Clearwater Beach, FL

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Clearwater Beach showing a coastal town and a sandy beach

This Florida city is known for its pristine beaches, year-round sunshine, and family-friendly facilities and entertainment.

Just 19 miles (30.5 kilometers) from Tampa International Airport, Clearwater Beach is a popular destination for those seeking sun, beautiful beaches and plenty of entertainment options for the whole family. The resort area is situated on a narrow barrier island that’s about 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) long, which makes it easy to navigate on foot or by bike.

Most activity centers on the white sand of Clearwater Beach. Enjoy sunbathing, stand-up paddleboarding and beach volleyball. Browse the nearby Beach Walk, a palm tree-lined promenade that winds along the beachfront and is home to many cafés and shops.

For a break from the sun, head to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Here, sea turtles, stingrays and sharks share the complex with Winter, the famous bottlenose dolphin with a prosthetic tail. Winter was the inspiration behind and star of the family film Dolphin Tale.

As the evening draws in, make your way back to Pier 60, where beach-goers flock once the sun goes down. Every night, there is entertainment and local artisans selling a variety of goods against a backdrop of music and street performers.

Catch a boat, or walk, from the north end of the island to quiet Caladesi Island. Caladesi is home to 3 miles (5 kilometers) of unspoiled Florida wilderness, with a white-sand beach and hiking trails. Kayakers can paddle through 3 miles (5 kilometers) of water that winds through mangroves.

Sand Key Park, located off the south end of Clearwater Beach, is home to another impeccable beach. Here, nature enthusiasts can catch a glimpse of some of the marine birds and animals that are native to Clearwater, including sea turtles, herons, roseate spoonbills and great horned owls. This public park is only open during the day.

Where to stay in Clearwater Beach

Clearwater Beach Hotel
Clearwater Beach Hotel
2 out of 5
504 S. Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach, FL
The price is $102 per night from Nov 29 to Nov 29
Situated on the waterfront, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Beach Walk and Clearwater Beach. Sand Key Park and Pier 60 Park are also within 2 mi (3 ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,665 reviews)
"Very well located. Staff was very friendly."

Reviewed on Nov 23, 2021

Clearwater Beach Hotel
Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach
Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach
4 out of 5
100 Coronado Drive, Clearwater Beach, FL
The price is $292 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 5
Nestled on the beach, this Clearwater Beach hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Pier 60 Park, Beach Walk, and Clearwater Beach. Sand Key Park is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (2,507 reviews)
"Everything was perfect will definitely be returning in the future"

Reviewed on Nov 24, 2021

Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach
Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa
Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
400 Mandalay Ave, Clearwater Beach, FL
The price is $177 per night from Dec 2 to Dec 2
Nestled on the beach, this Clearwater Beach hotel is just steps from Beach Walk and Pier 60 Park. Clearwater Municipal Marina and Captain Blighs Landing are ...
3.8/5 Good! (1,582 reviews)
"The staff was very friendly and accommodating! Room was super nice and they constantly provide fresh towels. Will stay again"

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2021

Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Clearwater Bay Waterfront Beach Suites & Boat Slips 611-2
Clearwater Bay Waterfront Beach Suites & Boat Slips 611-2
Clearwater Beach, FL
Situated on the waterfront, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Clearwater Beach, Beach Walk, and Pier 60 Park. Sand Key Park is 3.1 mi (5 ...
4/5 Very Good! (1 review)
Good price but need early check in available.
"They need to allow early check in."

Reviewed on May 31, 2021

Clearwater Bay Waterfront Beach Suites & Boat Slips 611-2
Casa Del Sol  W/private pool  and water view.
Casa Del Sol W/private pool and water view.
Clearwater Beach, FL
Situated near the bay, this vacation home is within a 10-minute walk of Beach Walk and Clearwater Beach. Sand Key Park and Pier 60 Park are also within 3 mi ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (20 reviews)
Top Tier Location
"Beautiful property in a nice neighborhood, walking distance to several Clearwater attractions. House is very clean with heated pool in back. Sliding door off dining room is rather heavy, would recommend using sliding door in master bedroom to access pool. Would stay here again."

Reviewed on Nov 13, 2021

Casa Del Sol W/private pool and water view.
52 Foot Water Adventure Houseboat Clearwater Beach
52 Foot Water Adventure Houseboat Clearwater Beach
3.5 out of 5
Bay Esplanade, Clearwater Beach, FL
Situated in the entertainment district, this houseboat is 0.5 mi (0.7 km) from Pier 60 Park and 1.8 mi (2.8 km) from Sand Key Park. Ruth Eckerd Hall and ZooTampa ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (9 reviews)
"This was a truly wonderful experience. It’s a five minute walk to the beach, the bed and pillows are very comfortable and we loved staying there. Blair was very helpful and he checked on us several times. He is quite the character! The boat was anchored in the channel and we had a lot of fun going ..."

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2021

52 Foot Water Adventure Houseboat Clearwater Beach
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around Clearwater Beach

There is not much in the way of public transit in Clearwater Beach, and chances are your hotel will be in walking distance of the beach, restaurants and bars. While you’ll be able to walk to most places, you may want to rent a car to go further afield. Also consider using the Clearwater Jolley Trolley. This vintage bus runs along the main road behind the beach and is a convenient way to get around. Visit the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority website.Browse Clearwater Beach rental cars.

Best time to visit

Clearwater Beach has a classic Floridian tropical climate, which means that you’ll find the warmest temperatures in the summer (with highs of around 90 F/32 C). However, you’ll likely also get rained on if you visit between June and August. The best weather for lounging on the beach is in spring when temperatures are warm but there are no thunderstorms; however, this is also the busiest time of year.

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