Clearwater, FL

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Clearwater Beach showing a beach and a coastal town
See the cradle of Scientology, visit the famous bottlenose dolphins from Dolphin Tale and try water sports at the stunning beaches.

Clearwater is a delightful beach town with all types of water sports activities and an entertaining pier area. It is also known across the globe as the headquarters of the mysterious and controversial Church of Scientology. Sunbathe on the gorgeous beaches and learn about the notorious religion of Tom Cruise and John Travolta in this intriguing town.

Among the town’s highlights is the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, which is known for rescuing injured sea creatures. See the famous bottlenose dolphins Winter and Hope from the Dolphin Tale movie. Winter has a prosthetic replacement for her tail, which was caught in a crab trap line.

Get around the town center via the Suncoast Beach Trolley. Visit the majestic building of the Church of Scientology, which the religion considers a 21st-century cathedral. Drop in at the Church of Scientology Information Center to learn more about this enigmatic belief system.

Enjoy the picturesque scenery in the region while you practice your swing at Cove Cay Golf Course. Enjoy a meal at its grill restaurant against a picturesque backdrop of the lake and the bay. Bring your kids to Congo River Golf – Clearwater for a course of miniature golf that leads through waterfalls, caves and tropical rainforests.

Take advantage of the year-round warm weather with a trip to Pier 60. Note that August is particularly wet, with afternoon storms. Watch the lightning during tempests and the sunset on a clear day. At Clearwater Beach rent Jet Skis and kayaks to take out on the water.

The town is located on the western outskirts of Tampa in the western section of central Florida. Fly to the Saint Petersburg Clearwater International Airport or the Tampa International Airport, a 30-minute drive east across Old Tampa Bay from the town. See some of Florida’s other famous nearby towns, such as Largo, St. Petersburg and Palm Harbor.

Clearwater is a haven for golfers, beachgoers and Scientologists.

Where to stay in Clearwater

SureStay Hotel by Best Western St. Pete Clearwater Airport
SureStay Hotel by Best Western St. Pete Clearwater Airport
2.5 out of 5
3655 Hospitality Lane, Clearwater, FL, 33762
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $71 per night from Aug 17 to Aug 18
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Clearwater. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our ...
3.4/5 Good! (616 reviews)
"The staff members was very friendly"

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2022

SureStay Hotel by Best Western St. Pete Clearwater Airport
La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Clearwater Central
La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Clearwater Central
2.5 out of 5
21338 Us Highway 19 N, Clearwater, FL, 33765
The price is $109 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 17
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Clearwater. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in our reviews. ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,073 reviews)
"The staff was extremely nice and accommodating and nice! Breakfast was decent. The bathroom sink water was lukewarm at best but showers were hot. That is my only ‘complaint’. Overall would stay here again!"

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2022

La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Clearwater Central
Days Inn by Wyndham Clearwater/Gulf to Bay
Days Inn by Wyndham Clearwater/Gulf to Bay
2 out of 5
2940 Gulf To Bay Blvd, Clearwater, FL, 33759
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $84 per night from Aug 17 to Aug 18
Stay at this hotel in Clearwater. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular ...
3.9/5 Good! (1,006 reviews)
"The front desk employee was friendly and the manager was very helpful as well as friendly. The pool was down the first day but was back up and running by the second day, the hot tub appears to be out of commission long term. The location is good and has close proximity to a lot. Inside the room it ..."

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2022

Days Inn by Wyndham Clearwater/Gulf to Bay
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.
COZY RETREAT  modern condo near Gulf of Mexico beaches
COZY RETREAT modern condo near Gulf of Mexico beaches
Clearwater, FL
The price is $105 per night from Sep 7 to Sep 8
Stay at this condo in Clearwater. Enjoy an outdoor pool, WiFi, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the pool and the bathrooms in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (67 reviews)
"In short words, it is exactly what it said it is, a cozy place."

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2022

COZY RETREAT modern condo near Gulf of Mexico beaches
InTown Suites Extended Stay Clearwater FL
InTown Suites Extended Stay Clearwater FL
2.5 out of 5
2833 ROOSEVELT BLVD, Clearwater, FL, 33760
Stay at this business-friendly aparthotel in Clearwater. Enjoy free parking, WiFi, and laundry facilities. Popular attractions Ruth Eckerd Hall and Tampa Bay ...
3.1/5 (8 reviews)
"The room was clean and the hotel was quiet. The only negative is there was no dishes, pots or cutlery."

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2022

InTown Suites Extended Stay Clearwater FL
ALL Fenced Double Patio! 70inch tv Near Beaches!
ALL Fenced Double Patio! 70inch tv Near Beaches!
Clearwater, FL
The price is $139 per night from Aug 11 to Aug 12
Stay at this apartment in Clearwater. Enjoy free WiFi, a beach locale, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Sand Key Park and Pier 60 Park are located nearby. ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (8 reviews)
Great stay for our family
"Very easy to get to. Showed pic of pool table in listing but was not there."

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2022

ALL Fenced Double Patio! 70inch tv Near Beaches!
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.

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