COVID-19 alert: Travel requirements are changing rapidly, including need for pre-travel COVID-19 testing and quarantine on arrival.

Clearwater, FL
Travel Guide

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

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham St. Pete-Clearwater Airpt
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham St. Pete-Clearwater Airpt
2.5 out of 5
3301 Ulmerton Rd, Clearwater, FL
The price is $67 per night from May 24 to May 24
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Eddie C. Moore Softball Complex, Ruth Eckerd Hall, and Great Explorations Children's Museum. ...
3.6/5Good! (953 reviews)
"Property conditions was not the best. Dirty carpet, bathroom wasn’t the cleanest. Outside building and exit doors weren’t secure. No one bothered to give us clean towels or try to clean our room. Front desk person was friendly. Probably won’t be returning though."

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2021

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham St. Pete-Clearwater Airpt
Quality Inn & Suites St. Petersburg - Clearwater Airport
Quality Inn & Suites St. Petersburg - Clearwater Airport
2.5 out of 5
3655 Hospitality Lane, Clearwater, FL
The price is $69 per night from May 18 to May 18
Located in Feather Sound, this hotel is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Tampa Bay Grand Prix and 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Feather Sound Country Club. Derby Lane and Cove Cay ...
3.7/5Good! (132 reviews)
"Very friendly staff at check in"

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2021

Quality Inn & Suites St. Petersburg - Clearwater Airport
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Clearwater South
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Clearwater South
2.5 out of 5
5000 Lake Blvd, Clearwater, FL
The price is $105 per night from May 16 to May 16
Situated in Clearwater, this hotel is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Tampa Bay Grand Prix and within 6 mi (10 km) of Sawgrass Lake Park and Largo Mall. Tampa Bay and Bright ...
4.1/5Very Good! (953 reviews)
"Traffic is tough leaving the facility (especially after 4:00pm) any day, especially on a Friday...otherwise, not bad!"

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2021

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Clearwater South
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.
Happy Getaway Nest. Very Cozy & High Quality
Happy Getaway Nest. Very Cozy & High Quality
Clearwater, FL
Situated in Clearwater, this romantic condo building is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Wright Park and within 3 mi (5 km) of Church of Scientology and Coachman Park. Morton ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (12 reviews)
Comfort and Location!
"As described and pictured. Make sure you can walk up stairs to 3rd floor carrying luggage. No view of pool, but lots of quiet and privacy. Walk thru comes to the pool. 5 minute drive to excellent restaurants. 10 minutes to the beach and Pier60. Would definitely stay again!"

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2021

Happy Getaway Nest. Very Cozy & High Quality
Luxury 1 BR Suite w/ Breathtaking Beach Views
Luxury 1 BR Suite w/ Breathtaking Beach Views
Clearwater, FL
Located in the heart of Clearwater, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Harborview Center, Church of Scientology, and Coachman Park. Pier 60 Park ...
Luxury 1 BR Suite w/ Breathtaking Beach Views
Classy 2 Bed 2 Bath Minutes From the Beach
Classy 2 Bed 2 Bath Minutes From the Beach
Clearwater, FL
The price is $90 per night from May 10 to May 10
Situated in Clearwater, this condo building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Wright Park and Church of Scientology. Coachman Park is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) away.
4.1/5Very Good! (10 reviews)
"Very nice 2 BR condo, full kitchen, clean and tastefully decorated"

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2021

Classy 2 Bed 2 Bath Minutes From the 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.

Popular places to visit in Clearwater

Top things to do in Clearwater

Reviews of Clearwater

4.2

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
687
5 - Excellent 43.67450731087095%
4 - Good
637
4 - Good 40.49586776859504%
3 - Okay
191
3 - Okay 12.142403051493961%
2 - Disappointing
30
2 - Disappointing 1.9071837253655435%
1 - Terrible
28
1 - Terrible 1.7800381436745074%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 3, 2020

BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

Very nice vacation

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

Clearwater was ok. We changed hotels to Clearwater beach and had a much better experience

4/5 - Good

Ed

Jun 2, 2020

We went for the beach it was nice, clean but very crowded.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 1, 2020

It was My first time To Clearwater Beach It was Excellent Clean the Water was Beautiful I will be Going back in the Future. Very Friendly Staff And Helpful. Lots of Activity to do while your there I could not get them all in.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 26, 2020

Great and calm beaches, nice for the walk and the food

Read travel guides and advice on visiting Clearwater

Best piers in America

Best piers in America

Best piers in America
St. Petersburg, Florida Vacation Ideas for Planning an Itinerary

St. Petersburg, Florida Vacation Ideas for Planning an Itinerary

St. Petersburg, Florida Vacation Ideas for Planning an Itinerary
11 US cities that feel like international destinations

11 US cities that feel like international destinations

11 US cities that feel like international destinations
Best U.S. places to celebrate milestones

Best U.S. places to celebrate milestones

Best U.S. places to celebrate milestones
The 10 cleanest cities in the U.S.

The 10 cleanest cities in the U.S.

The 10 cleanest cities in the U.S.
Tampa Bay: Emerging foodie destination

Tampa Bay: Emerging foodie destination

Tampa Bay: Emerging foodie destination
Spring Training in Tampa Bay

Spring Training in Tampa Bay

Spring Training in Tampa Bay
The many beaches of Tampa Bay

The many beaches of Tampa Bay

The many beaches of Tampa Bay
Family fun in Clearwater

Family fun in Clearwater

Family fun in Clearwater

Cities near Clearwater