The second in a destination series, Strange Corners & Surprising Detours is a recurring feature that highlights unusual, compelling and less-visited sites around Tampa Bay, and, occasionally, other places encountered while traveling. Photos and words by Julie Garisto; additional pics by Daniel Veintimilla.
Clearwater conjures only a couple of bits of imagery to to most. Just about everyone loves or knows about the overcrowded, overdeveloped but still fabulous Clearwater Beach. Downtown Clearwater is still under-appreciated, known primarily for its Church of Scientology buildings, and maybe the Capitol Theatre or Coachman Park, but almost no attention is given to the eye candy between the gulf and the bay.
The Harbor Oaks neighborhood, located just south of downtown, is one of the prettiest and oldest neighborhoods in the city, and up the road, a collection of neighborhoods known to residents as “Greenwood” is a post-segregation but still-pretty-much segregated community, avoided by most white people. The area’s charms, however, shouldn’t be overlooked.
Here’s a look at some of the above interesting and pretty Clearwater places you won’t find in the tourist brochures.