I had the occasion to take a business/pleasure trip to Clearwater Spring of 2006. My wife and I had the trip of our lifetime. This was our first trip to the gulf. In our opinion the Atlantic side will never compare to our experience on the gulf. From the natural beaches of the state parks such as Honeymoon Island to the white sand beaches of Clearwater Beach area the water and everything is just beautiful. During our stay we experienced no adverse crowds and people everywhere were generally very friendly. There was plenty to do inland with the many shops, local minor league baseball and even simply walking the various marina's. We just can't stop thinking of this trip and our memories will last forever.