I'm driving my daughter and a friend to Tampa for a convention this Sat. Will be in town from ~10 am to 8 pm, and I don't intend to attend the convention. I have some family in Clearwater so will do some visiting but clearly I have plenty of time to get a workout in. Where would you guys suggest going? Where can I get in an OWS and/or a run?
Pretty much all the beaches up and down gulf blvd. are lovely and good for swimming. My parents live in Madiera Beach (down from Clearwater, up from St. Pete's Beach), and I run up and down the beach every day when I am there.
Pretty much what mmrocker13 says. Clearwater Beach is great for both. I usually park at the public parking lot on the north side of Clearwater Beach at a restaurant called Frenchy's Rockaway Grill and swim from there. The swim markers are roughly 200 yds apart out there. You can also start your run from that location and run along the boardwalk. Another place you can try is Ft Desoto Park in Saint Petersburg. If you're in Tampa, you can run along Bayshore Blvd., a 4 mile long continuous sidewalk that runs alongside the convention center. Swimming is harder to come by if you're near the convention center but you can swim off of the Courtney Cambell Causeway between Tampa and Clearwater.
Yeah, I think I'll go to Ft Desoto. Did a race there a couple of years ago and it was very nice. They also have public showers, a definite plus. Thanks for the input guys, that's the wonderful thing about Florida, always a fantastic place to catch a great workout no matter where you go.