Clearwater BeachUnited States of America

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

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Sand Key

4.5/5Wonderful!(108 area reviews)

While visiting Sand Key, you might make a stop by sights like Sand Key Park and Belleair Beach.

Sand Key
Clearwater Marine Aquarium showing marine life as well as a small group of people

Island Estate

While there might not be top attractions in Island Estate, you can explore the larger area and discover places like Clearwater Marine Aquarium and Pier 60 Park.

Island Estate

Top Hotels in Clearwater Beach

Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa
Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
400 Mandalay Ave, Clearwater Beach, FL
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $144 per night from Nov 8 to Nov 9

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 ...

3.8/5Good! (1,073 reviews)

"This is our Third stay at this hotel. We were nervous coming here during Covid but everything was extremely clean! Another excellent visit in the books. Thank you Helen! As for the Clearwater area, not a lot of mask wearing and social distancing so if you’re not comfortable with that be prepared"…"

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2020

Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa
Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach
Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach
4 out of 5
100 Coronado Drive, Clearwater Beach, FL
The price is $188 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26

Nestled on the beach, this Clearwater Beach hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Pier 60 Park, Beach Walk, and Clearwater Beach. Clearwater Marine Aquarium and ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (2,286 reviews)

"Lovely pool area and modern clean room. Property was clean and well maintained. Staff was also accommodating and pleasant. Great central location. Food in Dining and pool areas was good just slightly overpriced even for a hotel. Several locations even across the street and more upscale offering happy ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2020

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
The price is $195 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 27

Located in Clearwater Beach, this beachfront resort is in the entertainment district and within a 5-minute walk of Beach Walk, Pier 60 Park, and Clearwater Beach. ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,054 reviews)

"Beautiful property and located in a great area. We were able to walk everywhere."…"

Reviewed on Oct 22, 2020

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.

Vacation Rentals in Clearwater Beach

Island Cay Hotel - Clearwater Beach
Island Cay Hotel - Clearwater Beach
3 out of 5
648 Poinsettia Ave, Clearwater Beach, FL
The price is $90 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26

Situated by the ocean, this condo building is within a 15-minute walk of Beach Walk and Pier 60 Park. Clearwater Marine Aquarium and Church of Scientology are ...

4/5Very Good! (587 reviews)

"Island Cay is a smaller one level property which I personally prefer. We stayed in a poolside king efficiency unit and found it to be very spacious for the two of us. We had a small, bit outdated bathroom and small kitchen with fridge, stove/oven and microwave. They have utensils, dishes and cooking ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 3, 2020

Island Cay Hotel - Clearwater Beach
Royal North Beach All Suites
Royal North Beach All Suites
3 out of 5
657 Mandalay Ave, Clearwater Beach, FL
The price is $106 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26

Situated by the ocean, this condo building is within a 15-minute walk of Clearwater Beach, Pier 60 Park, and Beach Walk. Clearwater Marine Aquarium and Sand ...

4/5Very Good! (516 reviews)

"I me and my family just love this place we come here at least once a year sometimes twice it’s always nice clean amenities are great always have something to do around here, very nice hotel I recommend it to anyone"…"

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2020

Royal North Beach All Suites
Clearwater Beach Waterfront Luxury Condo 2 BR 2 BA
Clearwater Beach Waterfront Luxury Condo 2 BR 2 BA
Clearwater Beach, FL
The price is $100 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 27

Situated on the waterfront, this historic condo building is within a 5-minute walk of Beach Walk and Clearwater Beach. Pier 60 Park and Clearwater Marine Aquarium ...

4.1/5Very Good! (41 reviews)
It was very convenient and close to everything we had a wonderful time and most important quiet

"would recoment to anyone"…"

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2020

Clearwater Beach Waterfront Luxury Condo 2 BR 2 BA
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.

Popular places to visit in Clearwater Beach

Clearwater Marine Aquarium
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Clearwater Marine Aquarium

4/5(1,610 reviews)

Bring your kids for a behind-the-scenes look at the Dolphin Tale movies and marvel at the marine creatures who played the parts.

Sand Key Park
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Sand Key Park

4.5/5(1,437 reviews)

Enjoy the beautiful sunsets and explore Sand Key Park, a favorite green space in Clearwater Beach. Stroll along the beautiful beaches in this family-friendly area, or check out its top-notch restaurants.

Pier 60 Park
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Pier 60 Park

4.5/5(2,766 reviews)

Find appeal for all family members from dawn into late evening. Participate in the many exciting activities in this water wonderland.

Beach Walk
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Beach Walk

4.5/5(2,062 reviews)

The family will enjoy a trip to Beach Walk, a favorite attraction in Clearwater Beach. Wander the beautiful beaches or discover the area's beautiful sunsets.

Clearwater Beach
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Clearwater Beach

4.5/5(44 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a carefree day at Clearwater Beach, a popular beach in Clearwater Beach. Wander the clear-water beaches or discover the area's beautiful sunsets.

Sunsets at Pier 60
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Sunsets at Pier 60

4.5/5(60 reviews)

Enjoy the beautiful sunsets and explore Sunsets at Pier 60, a lovely green space in Clearwater Beach. Wander the beautiful beaches and seaside in this family-friendly area.

Top things to do in Clearwater Beach

Tropical Party Cruise with Buffet & Drinks
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Tropical Party Cruise with Buffet & Drinks

$37
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Tampa Bay CityPASS: Admission to Top 5 Tampa Attractions
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Tampa Bay CityPASS: Admission to Top 5 Tampa Attractions

$119
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Clearwater Marine Aquarium - Home of Winter from the Dolphin Tale movies
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Clearwater Marine Aquarium - Home of Winter from the Dolphin Tale movies

$40
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
Sunset Pirate Cruise
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Sunset Pirate Cruise

$43
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
StarLite Majesty Evening Yacht Cruise Clearwater
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StarLite Majesty Evening Yacht Cruise Clearwater

$27
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
The Davinci Exhibit
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The Davinci Exhibit

$31
Per adult

Reviews of Clearwater Beach

4.6

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 7, 2020

Amazing. Always my favorite place in US..

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 4, 2020

Best beach in FL

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

The beach was clean, fun and the water was beautiful.

5/5 - Excellent

Yu

Jun 2, 2020

Beautiful ocean and beach

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

One of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve seen on my trip and an absolute beautiful sunrise on the bay on the backside

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 31, 2020

Beach was beautiful but no smoking restrictions made it not as enjoyable as it could have been. We couldn’t get away from all the cigarette butts in the sand and clouds of smoke. Not very convenient or pleasing when traveling with small children.

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