Clearwater Beach, FL

Travel Guide
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, 33767
The price is $130 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
$130
per night
Jan 30 - Jan 31
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Clearwater Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff and ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (1,909 reviews)
"Close to a lot"

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2023

Clearwater Beach Hotel
Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach
Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach
4 out of 5
100 Coronado Drive, Clearwater Beach, FL, 33767
The price is $237 per night from Feb 5 to Feb 6
$237
per night
Feb 5 - Feb 6
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Clearwater Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, 3 restaurants, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the bar and the clean rooms in our ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (2,080 reviews)
"People are friendly."

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2023

Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach
Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa
Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
301 S Gulfview Blvd, Clearwater Beach, FL, 33767
The price is $244 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
$244
per night
Feb 1 - Feb 2
Stay at this 4-star beach resort in Clearwater Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,579 reviews)
"Loved the location, pool and suite. However, charging $27.00 a day to self park plus resort fees is ridiculous. It was way too expensive and we will not return."

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2023

Hyatt Regency 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.
  Top Floor With Ocean View and Pool, Sleeps up to 6, #427 Excellent Location
Top Floor With Ocean View and Pool, Sleeps up to 6, #427 Excellent Location
Clearwater Beach, FL
Stay at this beach condo in Clearwater Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, a beach locale, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Captain Blighs Landing and Pier 60 Park ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (13 reviews)
No complaints here
"My family and I really enjoyed our stay. We did not have any complaints. However, one suggestion would be to have curtains over the windows. The blinds could only keep out so light."

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2023

Top Floor With Ocean View and Pool, Sleeps up to 6, #427 Excellent Location
Perfect Staycation! Restaurant and Bar, Pool, Short Drive to Sunsets at Pier 60!
Perfect Staycation! Restaurant and Bar, Pool, Short Drive to Sunsets at Pier 60!
Clearwater, FL
Stay at this beach vacation home in Clearwater Beach. Enjoy free breakfast, a beach locale, and a fitness center. Popular attractions Pier 60 Park and Clearwater ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
"Excelente, sería bueno tener a alguien que ayude con las maletas."

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2022

Perfect Staycation! Restaurant and Bar, Pool, Short Drive to Sunsets at Pier 60!
52 Foot Water Adventure Houseboat Clearwater Beach
52 Foot Water Adventure Houseboat Clearwater Beach
3.5 out of 5
Bay Esplanade, Clearwater Beach, FL, 33767
Stay at this 3.5-star houseboat in Clearwater Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a rooftop terrace. Popular attractions Captain Blighs Landing and Pier ...
3.9/5 Good! (14 reviews)
"The boat is amazing! The stereo did not work, we did not have a kayak or our own personal dingy. Definitely am going to stay again though."

Reviewed on Jun 3, 2022

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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