Will you love the Sugar Sand Festival?

15 Jun 2017 Will you love the Sugar Sand Festival in Clearwater?

Will you love the Sugar Sand Festival in Clearwater Beach?

I did love being at the amazing Sugar Sand Festival 2017! There is so much to do and discover in Florida. Enjoy my videos from my visit which show you the magical time we had together.

VIDEO: 1 Let’s Go to Clearwater Florida for the Sugar Sand Festival

I was delighted with my balcony room at the brand new Wyndham Grand which overlooked the pool and the beach. I had great sunset views and walked on the beach for sunrise in the most amazing sugar sand.

Have you been diving in Florida? I went Scuba Diving with Captain Ryan from Tanks-A-Lot. Have you ever held a basket star? You can see me holding one in the video. We dove at Big A and Area 51.

Dinner at Salty’s with blackened mahi mahi was a great start to my Florida adventures.

VIDEO2 The VIP Dining Experience at Sugar Sand Festival is SUPERB 

The Sugar Sand Festival 2016 took 11 artists 11 days to build with 1000 tons of sand.  Fantasy was the theme and the creations were incredible. I loved them all.
The VIP dining experience at sunset was spectacular. I loved sitting in a chair made with sand, eating great food and listening to marvelous music.
Spending the day at Clearwater Marine Aquarium was amazing. They truly focus on Rescue, Rehab and Release for marine animals and their boat tour taught about the animals, the estuary and the mangroves. The children were able to touch creatures, observe a net pull and identify fish. We had a sea urchin, pinfish, catfish on our boat. We saw dolphins on our boat tour and back at the Aquarium we saw Hope and Winter from the Dolphin Tale movies!
Turtles, manatees, river otters and many other creatures are saved by the hospital facilities here. This marine life rescue center has over 700,000 visitors a year. There are over 400 volunteers helping care for the animals. You can participate and be a trainer for a day.
Where did we eat in Clearwater? Palm Pavilion Beachside Grill & Bar, Clear Sky Cafe and Frenchy’s South Beach Cafe.
The Palm Pavilion has live music every day and first opened in 1926.
 Master sand sculptors Damon Meri and Dean Arscott spoke to me about their love of art, sand and sculpting.
The Sugar Sand Festival supports a project for Sandy Lane Elementary School and brings students to visit Clearwater Beach. Some of them see the ocean and Pier 60 for the first time!
I loved being at the outdoor concert at Coachman Park. I have always enjoyed Jake Shimabukuro‘s music but this was the very first time I heard him play a live concert. WOW! He is fantastic! Definitely see a concert in Clearwater Beach!
Without a doubt, Kenny G gives a great show! He played in the crowd, he told funny stories and he is an incredible musician. His entire band is fantastic. I loved when he talked about how long they had been together and if you keep practicing, you will get there. Life takes practice and a sense of humor! I cannot wait to see another concert with this consummate entertainer!

Thank you to Clearwater Beach and the Sugar Sand Festival. My entire group loved participating. Thank you to Jason Frye for sharing the camera with me in this and other of the Florida videos!

I hope to see you at the Sugar Sand Festival 2018! Lisa Niver

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Lisa Niver

After exploring 99 countries and sailing for seven years on the high seas, Lisa Niver is ready for more active adventures! Find her We Said Go Travel videos with over 1.25 million views on Roku, Amazon Fire TV and YouTube. Her stories include Dutch designer villas for Luxury Magazine, interviewing Fabien Cousteau for Delta Sky, skiing with the blind for Sierra and WWII for Saturday Evening Post and Smithsonian. She is verified on both Twitter and Facebook and is the Adventure Correspondent for The Jet Set TV. Her latest projects are 50 new things before she is 50 and Facebook Live for USA Today 10best. She has run 13 Travel Writing Awards publishing nearly 2000 writers from 75 countries and this summer is the first We Said Go Travel Photo Competition. She was a winner in the 59th annual 2016 Southern California Journalism Awards for her print column in The Jewish Journal. She was invited to the United Nations as a Champions of Humanity ambassador, to the red carpet at the Oscars with United Airlines and to New Orleans with American Express and Starwood Hotels. She also contributes to USA Today, Wharton Business Magazine, the Jewish Journal and was a 2012 nominee for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, a 2014 nominee for the Charles Bronfman Prize and a finalist in two categories for the 59th annual Southern California Journalism Awards.

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