St. Petersburg - Clearwater, FL

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Fort De Soto Park which includes a sandy beach
Plan time for visits to the top-rated white-sand beaches of the region as well as its varied cultural attractions.

West of Tampa is a glorious peninsula, stretching from Clearwater south to St. Petersburg. Come for beautiful beaches and discover unexpected cultural treasures.

On the Gulf of Mexico side of the peninsula, the sugary white sands and warm waters of Clearwater Beach make it an award winner, popular with families and singles. Visit the beach year-round. Walk out onto Pier 60 to look for dolphins swimming in the wild and photograph a striking sunset. Nearby is the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, with dolphins, pelicans, sea turtles, otters, sharks and rays. Find more than 120 man-made and artistically decorated dolphins along the Clearwater Dolphin Trail throughout the Clearwater and St. Petersburg region.

Cross the causeway to Clearwater. Attend the Capitol Theatre’s big-name comedy and music acts in an intimate venue. See community theater or participate in adult summer acting classes at the Francis Wilson Playhouse. Head east to Ruth Eckerd Hall along Tampa Bay. Major acts, including touring Broadway shows, perform in this larger venue. Nearby, watch the home team Clearwater Threshers play baseball or Philadelphia Phillies in spring training at Spectrum Field.

Head south along the peninsula to enjoy other beautiful beaches all along the Gulf Coast. Stop at the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo. In November, Treasure Island hosts the Sanding Ovations festival, with expert sand sculptors making masterful creations and music, food and beach activities for amateur sandcastle builders.

St. Petersburg offers numerous varied museums, from the Florida Holocaust Museum to the Dalí Museum, with an amazingly large number of the artist’s works, and the Chihuly Collection of exquisite glass.

Just inland is Lake Maggiore with the Boyd Hill Nature Preserve. Visit its aviary and look for birds in the wild along its boardwalk.

Complete your Clearwater and St. Petersburg trip at another sandy spot, St. Petersburg Beach. In fact, your vacation could be perfect even if you did nothing but relax on the powdery white sands of the two cities’ famous beaches.

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Where to stay in St. Petersburg - Clearwater

The Exchange Hotel
The Exchange Hotel
2.5 out of 5
234 3rd Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL, 33701
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $111 per night from Dec 19 to Dec 20
$111
per night
Dec 19 - Dec 20
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in St. Petersburg. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and valet parking. Popular attractions American Stage Theatre Company ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (300 reviews)
"Nice hotel, staff was great!! The only complaint was that the elevator was not working."

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2022

The Exchange Hotel
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 Dec 11 to Dec 12
$130
per night
Dec 11 - Dec 12
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! (1,831 reviews)
"Staff was amazing"

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2022

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 $255 per night from Dec 15 to Dec 16
$255
per night
Dec 15 - Dec 16
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! (2,049 reviews)
"The property is lovely. I’ve stayed in it before. On this trip I was CeCe the manager was great and so was Abe who checked us in. However, the young man (Calvin?) who checked us out fell way short of the standard set by Abe and CeCe."

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2022

Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach
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FUSION Resort Two Bedroom Suites
FUSION Resort Two Bedroom Suites
3.5 out of 5
290 107th Avenue, Treasure Island, FL, 33706
Stay at this 3.5-star aparthotel in Treasure Island. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a marina. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (650 reviews)
"One side of my sheets had a stain on them and hair, I slept on the opposite side. I'll let it go because I know how difficult it is to get good labor."

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2022

FUSION Resort Two Bedroom Suites
Beach House Suites by the Don CeSar
Beach House Suites by the Don CeSar
3 out of 5
3860 Gulf Boulevard, St. Pete Beach, FL, 33706
Stay at this 3-star beach aparthotel in St. Pete Beach. Enjoy a beach locale, WiFi, and room service. Our guests praise the bar and the helpful staff in our ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (855 reviews)
"Great view and the beach is perfect!"

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2022

Beach House Suites by the Don CeSar
Sunset Vistas Two Bedroom Beachfront Suites
Sunset Vistas Two Bedroom Beachfront Suites
3.5 out of 5
12000 Gulf Blvd, Treasure Island, FL, 33706
Stay at this 3.5-star beach condo in Treasure Island. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 outdoor pools, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the pool and the clean rooms in ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (2,723 reviews)
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"We had a great stay. Gee was most helpful with any questions we had. There is some remodeling going on but all was taken care of by Gee. My third stay here and we will be back!"

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2022

Sunset Vistas Two Bedroom Beachfront Suites
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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