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Ryan's Ice Cream and Yogurt Shop on Sand Key - Clearwater Beach FLorida 33767Last week I wrote about the Dog Days of Summer on Sand Key Beach Clearwater, Florida. We enjoyed the beach and watching both the Sea Screamer and the Pirate Ship pass by. Well after a long day at the beach we were reminded that there is nothing is better than cooling off at Ryan's Ice Cream & Yogurt with a truly decadent sweet treat. The funny thing is the name is a bit deceiving because they don't actually serve yogurt - but they do serve gourmet a large variety of ice creams, sorbets, shakes, smoothies, cakes, pies and even rainbow snow cones.  

Ryan's is one of the 20 shoppes that makes up the The Shoppes on Sand Key - across the street many of Sand Keys luxury waterfront condos.Ryans ice cream and yogurt sand key clearwater beach florida 33767

The Shoppes on Sand Key are the only stand alone retail establishment on Sand Key so they get quite a bit of business from the people living and staying in the Sand Key condos and from locals like us. There are deli's, resturants, tropical clothing stores, Dunkin Donuts and our favorite ice cream shops - Ryans!     

Ryan's is family owned and offers a variety of great ice cream flavors and even fancy waffle cones, dipped in chocolate with sprinkles .  They offer limited seating inside at 2 tables with the ceiling fans whirling above but with a great view outdoors we chose to eat our treats on the boardwalk overlooking Clearwater's Intercoastal Waterway. 

Last week I asked the boys to help me pick their favorite Ice Cream at Ryans. Well one settled on a family favorite - the Mint Chocolate Chip - so cool and refreshing.   The other decided to drop the "Cream" and just do "ICE" as in Rainbow Sno-Cone...

Watching him enjoy his sno-cone was a great reminder of life's simple pleasures!

 

Sometimes we forget to just savor the little joys of life - a sno cone, a great view, a cool summer  breeze - Does life really get any better than this?

Ryan's Ice Cream & Yogurt is located at Suite 118 of the Shoppes on Sand Key and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Their phone number is (727) 596-0006 - Click the link below for directions to our favorite ice cream parlor.

Shoppes on Sand Key
1261 Gulf Blvd.
Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
727-596-8465

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Comment balloon 37 commentsCyndee Haydon • August 22 2007 08:48PM

Comments

Well, you sold me on that Ice Cream/ Yogurt shop. He really made that sno cone look twice as good!
Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) over 11 years ago
Hey, I am the first one here! I love the show! It turned out great. I remember the day you were taking these photos as we talked that evening and you sure did take some great shots. I love this post about Ryan's Ice Cream and Yogurt in the Shoppes on Sand Key.  I hope you are feeling better. Katerina
Posted by Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services (Get It Done For Me Virtual Services ) over 11 years ago
Sally thanks for visiting - I agree - it takes a kid to remind you of really "experiencing" a sweet treat! It was a great family day! 
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
Katerina - I'm feeling better but still having to take it easy - the boys joked I had to be feeling better to be blogging again (LOL) - Glad you enjoyed the show - I enjoyed making it! Sand Key is just a great place!!
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
Barbara - thank you for your compliments - I appreciate you stopping by - RES makes all our pictures come to life!
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
Thank you for participating in Ice Cream Carnival Cyndee! 
Posted by Chris Griffith, Bonita Springs Listing Agent (Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL) over 11 years ago

Great show, and he looked like he really enjoyed it.  Answer a question from a Colorado in-lander for me...

Why is it Sand Key and not Sand Cay?  I know Cay is pronouced Key, so why would it be spelled k-e-y? 

Thanks Cyndee!

Posted by Joanne Hanson, Summit County, Colorado Realtor (Coldwell Banker Colorado Rockies Real Estate) over 11 years ago
Mmm.  Ice Cream!  Ryan's sounds like the place to be on a hot summer day in Clearwater Beach FL.  Do they have Rocky Road Ice Cream?  It's my favorite!
Posted by Stephanie Edwards-Musa, knitwit at thred UP (thredUP.com) over 11 years ago
Chris - Did you enjoy the show? I know the star was the "sno cone" but we did share the "mint chocolate chip" - you know I love a fun carnival! :-)
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
Cyndee, glad you feeling better. Did the ice-cream help ????
Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) over 11 years ago

Joanne - I've researched it for you - I believe it's a language thing and also relates to when in time the land of shore was named - we have mostly "key's in Florida and in the Caribbean you see the word "Cay" more often.

Here's something that may do a better job of explaining it...

In the HISTORY OF KEY LARGO By Jerry Wilkinson he writes:

"A note on the word "Key" used to identify an island. Its origin is not well established except by usage. Most believe that it began by the Spanish adapting the word "cayo' from the Taino Indians of Hispanola and Cuba referring to small islands. The Spanish normally used "isla" for island and "islet" for small island. At least in the New World, they appear to use "cayo" and "cayuelo" for a very small island. The English used "Cay" or "Kay" such as Cay Sal Banks. Cay is pronounced as the letter "K." English maps of the Keys made just prior to the Revolutionary War of 1776 used the word "Key." A Colonial American court record of the "Libel of Dennis and Allen vs the snow St. Fermin alias Britanis" in 1744 used the word "Keys" referring to the Florida Keys. See the Admiralty Papers, Vol. 2, 1743 -1744. "


[Origin: 1690-1700; < Sp cayo, prob. < Arawak]

Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
Stephanie - yes they did - I got a Turtle with chocolate fudge and vanilla ice cream - so glad there are no calories in this carnival :-) 
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
Missy - I'm trying to get some work in while I have a little energy - luckily we enjoyed the beach last week before I got sick. Thanks for asking! 
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
That was going above and beyond!  Thanks Cyndee...maybe a few other people were wondering too. 
Posted by Joanne Hanson, Summit County, Colorado Realtor (Coldwell Banker Colorado Rockies Real Estate) over 11 years ago
Joanne - Thanks for noticing - we give 110% all the time :-) You're right I learned something as well - thanks for asking the question.  
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago

There's always something good  to be said about an ice cream shop. It's primal. A symbol of good time treats and fond memories. The first one in our memory is long gone, and while we were in LA CC Browns on Hollywood Blvd. closed. But others are still there to take their place, and form new memories for the kids of today. It's all a good thing.

Thanks again for taking your time to comment on something we just did. Like ice cream, it was most appreciated. 

Posted by Gary Bolen, CRS - Lake Tahoe Real Estate Information (McCall Realty) over 11 years ago
Cyndee - I love to give the locals the business.... but when it is such a great treat in a great location it is not only good business but sooo much fun.... thanks for sharing
Posted by Thesa Chambers, Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon (Fred Real Estate Group) over 11 years ago
Cyndee what a great showcase of Ryan's Ice Cream. Your little guy sure is enjoying his snow cone.
Posted by Ashley Drake Gephart (Drake Intel Group) over 11 years ago
Gary - thanks for sharing this moment with me - sounds like you know how to really enjoy a good ice cream cone.
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
Thesa - We also like to support local businesses whenever possible - this is a great little shop that most would miss if you didn't know it was there.  
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
Ashley - it just embodied everything that's right with enjoying the little things. He had a "full body" experience that only the young can do! - Check out those lips (LOL) 
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
Ohhh I could use some yummy ice cream right about now! (better make it yogurt... I need to start being good) Love the photos in the slide show!
Posted by Lysa Napolitano over 11 years ago
 Ice Cream is ALWAYS a TREAT!!  I love this post!!  This sounds like a wonderful place to stop for a COOL-TREAT!!!  Local businesses are THE BEST!!                                            
Posted by Susie Roscoe, Real Estate Specialist | Brandon, FL (Signature Realty Associates) over 11 years ago

Cyndee,

Glad to see you back on AR!  Hope you recover quickly - I have had a bit of a head cold or allergies or some kind of crud this week too.

Nice presentation of your local ice cream and cold treat spot.  I love ice cream - give me a scoop of cookies and cream or rocky road. 

Posted by Rita Taylor, Sanford NC Real Estate - Homes for Sale in Sanford North Carolina (None) over 11 years ago
Cyndee - This is great1 I didn't get a chance to enter this contest! I took my daughter to Las Vegas for her 21st B-day. I am making an effort to enter more contests.
Posted by Paula Henry, Realtor - Indianapolis Real Estate - 317-605-4174 (Home to Indy Team @ HomeSmart Realty Group) over 11 years ago
Lysa - so glad you enjoyed the pic with my new camera - still writing blogs for all the great shots I got!
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
Susie - you make this post even yummier with your great graphics - thanks for sharing a sweet treat with me!!
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
Paula - I think there are still a few days left if you get a hankering for a cool treat :-) - Wow I can't believe you've got a 21 year old daughter - that sounds like fun. I am enjoying participating in more carnivals too.  
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
Cyndee, this was a great Ice Cream "the Real Scoop" post!  I wish you luck in the contest (though my competitive side wants to win, win, win!  LOL)
Posted by Karen Rice, Northeast PA & Lake Wallenpaupack Home Sales (Davis R. Chant, REALTORS) over 11 years ago
These are the best things in life - the simple pleasures with those we care about.
Posted by Jack Haydon, Clearwater Beach Condos - Real Estate Homes for Sale (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago

Congrats on your win in The Real Scoop Cyndee. I love homemade lemon ice cream in a waffle cone; unfortunately I have a dairy allergy and can't have any ........it's nice to read about though and dream..

thanks for a great post.

Jo 

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith over 11 years ago
Karen - I really enjoyed yours too - it was so much fun to have an excuse to "test some local scoops" 
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
Jack: that's why you've been my best friend for 22 years - :-)
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
Jo - can you eat "italian water ice" - I love the lemonaide flavor :-) - You see Sean picked a sno-cone himself :-) Great to have you visit. 
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
No wonder you won the "carnival"  sounds mmm mmm good.   
Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) over 11 years ago
Maureen - what a nice thing to say - it helps to have a "cute kid" in the post (LOL) - thanks for stopping by!
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
Thank you to everyone who potesd these videos! One thing I especially noticed about this show was how supportive the artists seem to be of each other. It seemed really friendly and relaxed, which was great to see.
Posted by Amalio over 6 years ago

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