The Laughing Lizard…
It’s more than just great sunsets
and waves lapping at the shore.
It’s wonderful restaurants, museums, galleries,
shops and so much fun —
even the lizards are laughing.
Come in and stay for a few nights, a week or…
The Laughing Lizard is a tin-roofed, three-story, Key Westy island home built in 2005, located in the quaint island community of Indian Rocks Beach just south of Clearwater Beach in the Tampa Bay area on Florida’s west coast. This casual residence is a contemporary throwback to the cottage-style architecture that speaks to Indian Rocks Beach’s roots.
His recent adventures with Cindi include Barcelona, Spain and the French Riviera; Ireland; a month tour of the Scandinavian and Baltic countries (Cindi picked up her Volvo in Gothenburg, Sweden); 7 day bike/barge tour in Burgundy, France; Cairn, Sydney, Blue Mountains and Tasmania in Australia and New Zealand’s North and South Islands. In 2013 they spent five weeks in China and Nepal and separate trips to California’s wine country and North Carolina mountains.
In 2014 Bill and Cindi spent one month in Italy with stops in Venice, Florence, Rome, Sicily, Aeolian Islands (week long boat/bike tour), Calabria and Puglia. The highlight was visiting Bill’s grandfathers boyhood home and meeting a cousin!Cindi also has an extensive travel resume. She hitchhiked through Europe one summer while in college and has visited Costa Rica, Mexico, Canada, Greece, the old Yugoslavia, and most of the rest of Europe, Nepal and China. Cindi managed a ski club in Tampa and led trips to almost every ski area in Colorado, Whistler in British Columbia, Jackson Hole, Wyoming and more. She finished her “working” career in the construction industry as an interior designer, most recently on a high rise building on Tampa’s Harbor Island.
The next trip is a bike/barge trip on the Danube River from Passau, Germany to Budapest, Hungary with a pre-trip exploration of northern Croatia.
Bill, you can call him “Mayor Bill,” served on the Indian Rocks Beach City Commission for six years, three as Mayor. He also was an officer and served on the corporate boards of two professional firms providing engineering, architecture, environmental and planning services. He was also Executive Director of a multi county government agency in Florida.
Bill and Cindi’s residence is the Lizard Lair’s Nautical Newt room, and if they’re not on another adventure, look forward to welcoming you to the Laughing Lizard.
Big Cat Rescue
Caladesi Island State Park
Clearwater Marine Aquarium (home of “Winter” the Dolphin)
Florida Botanical Gardens
Fort DeSoto Park
Indian Rocks Beach Nature Preserve
Lake Seminole Park
Largo Central Park
Indian Rocks Beach Local Parks
Lowry Park Zoo
Pinellas Trail (biking/jogging/walking)
Sand Key Park
Cafe de Paris
Columbia Restaurant – Sand Key
Crabby Bill’s Seafood
E & E Steakout Grill
Guppy’s on the Beach
Island Way Grill
JD’s Restaurant & Lounge
Keegans Seafood Grille
PJ’s Oyster Bar
Salt Rock Grill
Slyce Pizza Bar
Stefano’s Italian Cuisine
Thai Pan Alley
TJ’s Italian Cafe
Francis Wilson Playhouse
MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the FL State Fairgrounds
Largo Cultural Center
Ruth Eckerd Hall & Capitol Theater
Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center
Clearwater Threshers (Minor League Baseball)
Derby Lane (Greyhound Racing)
Philadelphia Phillies (Spring Training-Clearwater)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (NFL Football)
Tampa Bay Downs (Thoroughbred Racing)
Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL Hockey)
Tampa Bay Rays (Major League Baseball)
University of South Florida Sports