Trip time! Discover the beaches, sunsets, and aquarium in Clearwater Beach.

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.

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Beaches, Dancing and Sunsets

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Where to stay in Clearwater Beach

Sand Key
Just south of Clearwater Beach, lots of surfers the morning we were there #endlesssummer #florida
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Sand Key

4.5/5(65 reviews)

Sand Key might not have many top sights, but Sand Key Park and Pier 60 Park are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

Island Estate
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.

Top Hotels in Clearwater Beach

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach
Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach
4 out of 5
100 Coronado Drive, Clearwater Beach, FL
$229
per night
Oct 20 - Oct 21

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

4.6/5Wonderful! (1,746 reviews)

"It was great to stay at this hotel, the staff from the start was great from the car park attendants as we arrived, to check-in they made us very welcome. As regards to the location - it was fantastic. The breakfast in the restaurant was excellent too. Thank you."…"

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2019

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
$189
per night
Oct 27 - Oct 28

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

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,872 reviews)

"Great location - right across the street from Clearwater Beach, and a short walk to the Pier and other resorts (Opal Sand and Sand Pearl have nice outdoor bars/restaurants). The Hyatt has an ok restaurant on the 8th floor overlooking the water but it’s across a busy street - we had snacks here after ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2019

Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa
Seaside Inn & Suites
Seaside Inn & Suites
3 out of 5
401 S Gulfview Blvd, Clearwater Beach, FL
$69
per night
Oct 20 - Oct 21

Nestled on the beach, this Clearwater Beach hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Beach Walk and Pier 60 Park. Clearwater Marine Aquarium and Sand Key Park are ...

3.2/5 (1,849 reviews)

"The great thing about this property is that it is steps off the beach! Rooms were very clean and spacious! Had a very pleasant time in this very family oriented Inn"…"

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2019

Seaside Inn & Suites

Popular things to do in Clearwater Beach

Clearwater Marine Aquarium
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Clearwater Marine Aquarium

4/5(1,321 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(1,159 reviews)

Enjoy the beautiful sunsets and explore Sand Key Park, a favorite green space in Clearwater Beach. Amble around this family-friendly area's beautiful beaches and enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

Pier 60 Park
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Pier 60 Park

4.5/5(2,304 reviews)

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

Beach Walk
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Beach Walk

4.5/5(1,617 reviews)

The family will enjoy a trip to Beach Walk, a favorite attraction in Clearwater Beach. Visit the area's shops or amble around its beautiful beaches.

Salvador Dali Museum
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Salvador Dali Museum

4.5/5(984 reviews)

Browse the surrealistic masterpieces of a world-famous Spanish painter in a remarkable building that perfectly suits the style of the art exhibits.

Tropicana Field
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Tropicana Field

4.5/5(499 reviews)

Catch an event at Tropicana Field during your trip to St. Petersburg. Attend a baseball game or simply enjoy the lively bars while you're in the area.

Top activities in Clearwater Beach

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

$29

Take in the sights of beautiful Clearwater Harbor while digging into a delicious buffet dinner and sipping refreshing tropical drinks. This Caribbean-themed cruise presents you with an incredible assortment of island-style food and drinks while you dance the night away.

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

$27

Go beyond a typical aquarium experience and immerse yourself into the world of marine life rescue at Clearwater Marine Aquarium. See Winter, star and inspiration of the Dolphin Tale movies, which were filmed on location.

Tampa Bay CityPASS: 5 Must-See Museums & Attractions
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Tampa Bay CityPASS: 5 Must-See Museums & Attractions

$109

Tampa Bay CityPASS® tickets include prepaid admission to Tampa Bay’s must-see attractions at significant savings off the price of the same tickets purchased separately. Extra perk: CityPASS travelers skip most main-entrance ticket lines.

Sunset Celebration Cruise
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Sunset Celebration Cruise

$32

Join us on board our newly remodeled double-decker catamaran for a leisurely cruise out to the Gulf of Mexico (weather permitting) to catch our nightly award-winning sunset.

Sunset Pirate Cruise
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Sunset Pirate Cruise

$42

Join a crew of pirates for a sunset cruise over the blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico as you learn the tales of the brigand ship Pirates Ransom. Sip a drink on deck and dive into buccaneering fun for scallywags of all ages, from treasure hunts to water gun fights.

The Tour and Tasting Experience
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The Tour and Tasting Experience

$18

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Aspirations Winery, 22041 US Highway 19 N, Clearwater, FL 33765-2363 Wine tasting and then tour and demo of our wine making process. Duration: 1 hour

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