St. Petersburg / Clearwater / Tampa, Florida (USA)

ST. PETERSBURG / CLEARWATER is worth crossing the bridge for—world-class arts + culture, award-winning beaches, diverse wildlife.

Like stepping into a postcard, St. Petersburg/Clearwater is a gem on Florida’s west coast. Nestled on a peninsula separating Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, St. Pete/Clearwater has an impressive array of attractions and activities in a compact area.

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The Dali Museum

Made of glass, but resembling more like molten confectionary, Dale Chihuly’s fantastical art has a permanent home at the Morean Arts Center. This shrine to Chihuly was purpose-built, blending art and architecture to best showcase large-scale pieces such as the anemone-like Ruby Red Icicle Chandelier and the Persians. moreanartscenter.org Nearby, along St. Pete’s waterfront is the unmistakable, avant-garde building that could only be home to The Dali Museum. Here you’ll find the largest collection of the surrealist’s work outside of Spain. Not to miss: The Persistence of Memory (aka: the melting clocks) and The Hallucinogenic Toreador.  thedali.org

TASTE

Octopus at Locale Market.
Octopus at Locale Market.

Named one of the top seafood restaurants in town (and there are a lot to choose from) by USA Today, Sea Salt should not be missed. Chef Fabrizio Aielli has 130 different salts in his kitchen to masterfully season his innovative dishes. seasaltstpete.com For more casual fare, Locale Market offers a beautifully curated, European-style grocery experience designed by celebrity chefs Michael Mina and Don Pintabona. Gourmet take-away meals are available, as are epicurean grocery items for you to cook at home. localegourmetmarket.com For a visually spectacular dining experience, RumFish Grill at the Guy Harvey Outpost features a 33,500 gallon aquarium that spans an entire wall of the dining room, filled with local marine plants and animals. Cutting edge seafood is the second main attraction, where diners can choose from elevated comfort food like lobster mac’n’cheese and Gulf shrimp jambalaya to more exotic offerings like Lionfish. rumfishgrill.com

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Winter, the dolphin with a prosthetic tail

Just across the harbour from stunning Clearwater Beach is The Clearwater Marine Aquarium, a marine rescue centre that’s home to star of “Dolphin Tale” and “Dolphin Tale 2”, Winter, who swims with a prosthetic tail. seewinter.com For wildlife in the wild, head to Fort de Soto Park and slip into the water aboard a kayak. Spend a couple of tranquil hours gliding amongst the mangroves and you may be lucky enough to see stingrays, dolphins and even manatees. pinellascounty.org/park/05_ft_desoto.htm And if you’re looking for a game head over to The Shuffleboard Club, which has been enjoying a massive renaissance in recent years. On Fridays this private club opens to the public for an evening of free shuffling fun. stpeteshuffle.com - Catherine Tse

Find more info on St. Pete/Clearwater at visitstpeteclearwater.com.
For more on Florida:  visitflorida.com.

TAMPA

Tampa knows how to entertain. Whether you're here to observe its adorable, gentle manatees or the not-so-gentle Tampa Bay Buccaneers this city offers fun across the spectrum. For cigar aficionados, check out historic Ybor City. yborcityonline.com If you've brought the family, Busch Gardens, an African-themed adventure park is not to be missed. buschgardens.com

For more to see/do in Tampa, go to visittampabay.com.

Photos courtesy of Visit St. Pete Clearwater and Leroy Bridges (VSPC)

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Congratulations To Our Writers For Winning & Being Finalists In The 2015 NATJA Awards

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Dear Lucas, Jenn, Michael & Barb,

On behalf of associates, partners and supporters of Just For Canadian Doctors and Just For Canadian Dentists magazines, congratulations on your 2015 award(s) for excellence in travel writing, photograph and promotion from the North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA)!  It is an honour for our magazines that your work was chosen as winners or finalists among esteemed publications.  Your award-winning writing and photography continue to make our magazines a must-read for doctors and dentists.

With your combined awards, Just For Canadian Dentist and/or Just For Canadian Doctors magazine published 2 golds, 2 silvers, 2 bronzes and 6 finalists! Click here to see the complete list of 2015 NATJA Awards Competition Winners and Finalists.

I also want to extend our congratulations to Tim Johnson, one of our regular writers, for a winning submission that was published in another magazine!

Please join me in congratulating Lucas, Jenn, Michael and Barb for their achievements. Looking forward to working with you to make 2016 another successful year.

Regards,

Linh T. Huynh
Publisher

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Below is list of winners & finalists featured in Just For Canadian Doctors and/or Just For Canadian Dentists.

NATJA_GOLDGold: Michael DeFreitas, “Paradise Found,” Just For Canadian Dentists
(Photography: Overall Excellence – Print Publication)

Gold: Lucas Aykroyd, “Polar Bear Mother Swims with Her Cubs in Nunavut,” Just For Canadian Dentists
(Photography: Nature – Print Publication)

NATJA_SILVERSilver: Barbara Sligl, “Caribbean sunset on the bowsprit,” Just for Canadian Dentists
(Photography: Landscape, Seascape – Print Publication)

Silver: Michael DeFreitas, “Paradise Found,” Just For Canadian Dentists
(Photography: Photo Essay – Print Publication)

NATJA_BRONZEBronze: Jenn Smith Nelson, “Unplugged Prairie Escape in Saskatchewan,” Just for Canadian Doctors & Just for Canadian Dentists
(Illustrated Story, Magazine)

Bronze: Michael DeFreitas, “Paradise Found,” Just For Canadian Dentists
(Photography: Portrait, People – Print Publication)

Finalists:

Michael DeFreitas, “Snorkeler and Giant Luttuce Coral,” Just For Canadian Doctors
(Photography: Landscape, Seascape – Print Publication)

Michael DeFreitas, “Hawaiian Girl,” Just For Canadian Doctors
(Photography: Portrait, People – Print Publication)

Michael DeFreitas, “Flash It,” Just For Canadian Doctors
(Travel Tips & Advice)

Michael DeFreitas, “Paradise Found,” Just For Canadian Dentists
(Illustrated Story, Magazine)

Michael DeFreitas, “Paradise Found,” Just For Canadian Dentists
(Photography: Cover Photo, Illustration – Print Publication)

Barbara Sligl, “MuCEM in Marseille,” Just for Canadian Dentists 
(Photography: Facility, Architectural – Print Publication)

Lucas Aykroyd, “North of 60 in Nunavut,” Just For Canadian Dentists
(Destination Travel, International Magazine)