Welcome to the Clearwater Beach Vacation Guide. Clearwater Beach is an easy 29 mile drive from Tampa International Airport and even closer to Clearwater/St. Petersburg International Airport. The beach has sugar white sands that you will only experience at Clearwater Beach. Whether you enjoy world-class fishing charters, relaxing on the beach, unique food and beverage experiences or visiting one of the many spa’s, there is something for everyone. Their accommodations offer many options, from mom-and-pop establishments to world class resorts. A visit to Pier 60 is highly recommended for one of their nightly festivals.
Even with all the activities Clearwater Beach has to offer, the best part of your trip might be as simple as a stroll on the beach at sunset. Clearwater Beach is an award winning beach voted among the “most beautiful beaches in the world” by Conde Nast Traveler, USA Today, “Dr. Beach” and FamilyTravelForum.com. You can check out the beaches of the Clearwater/St Pete Beach area here to find a good location to stay.
Over the course of a year, the temperature typically varies from 56°F to 89°F and is rarely below 45°F or above 93°F. The warm season lasts from May 11 to October 6 with an average daily high temperature above 85°F. The hottest day of the year is July 22, with an average high of 89°F and low of 79°F. The cold season lasts from December 4 to February 24 with an average daily high temperature below 73°F. The coldest day of the year is January 17, with an average low of 56°F and high of 69°F.
There are two airports in or near Clearwater. The St. Petersburg-Clearwater Airport is 16 miles from the Clearwater Beach area. Tampa International Airport is 29 miles away. To create a fair watch, go to AirFareWatchDog which will alert you when the flights are going down in price. Also check my airfare tips on how to make sure you are getting the lowest fare. For finding the lowest fare, go to CheapFlights. I find them to be the best for flight comparison, and getting the best deal if you are ready to purchase. Once you have your airfare, make sure you reserve your airport parking ahead of time. You can Save On Airport Parking and not have the last minute hassle (been there) of trying to get parking reserved.
Pick up the keys to your car rental in Clearwater, FL and drive to the Gulf Coast museum of Art to marvel at masterpieces. Afterward, make your way to Cliff Stephens Park and wander around 44 acres of nature. Of course you need to spend some time relaxing in the sand, so pack the rental car full of towels and beach chairs; head to Clearwater Beach for some pristine views of the Gulf.
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Things to Do
Scenic Intro flights in the motorcycle of the sky. A hands-on adventure that puts you in the pilot seat. Not a daredevil? No worries, they cater to the thrill seekers and scaredy cats alike. Take off and land on the ground or the water! See amazing sunsets with the sunset flights. Ready for blast-off? Call now and book your adventure today: 727-755-IFLY (4359) or visit Sky Surfing
Little Toot Dolphin Adventures
Dolphin sightings guaranteed! *or your next trip is free within 1 year from 1st trip! Because of their “tug boat” shape and power, they can create a huge wake, a wake that Dolphins love to jump and play in. Closer sightings because their boat is lower to the waters edge. Soft drinks, water and beer are available for your pleasure. Restrooms are on board for your convenience. Kids Love Dolphins Too!! The Little Toot is kid safe and children of all ages routinely go out with us. And they love it! Contact them at 727-446-5503 or visit Little Toot Dolphin Adventures.
Fins Jet-Ski Kayak & Boat Rentals
They offer private, customized, pre-booked—by reservation– Jet-Ski Tours around Clearwater Beach, the Nature Preserve of Caladesi Island, or head north to Three Rooker and Anclote Key…covering over 20 miles of open riding areas!! The most anywhere. Tell them what you want…open riding areas, dolphin watch, shelling, celebrity home tours. Their tours last for 60 minutes to 3 hours with no hidden fees, like extra charge for gas, or passengers, etc.! Kayak rentals in Clearwater are available by the hour or by the day. Kayak rentals in Clearwater are available by the hour or by the day. Enjoy a leisure cruise aboard Fins custom Pontoon boat for a sunset or dolphin watching cruise. Contact them at 727-480-6200 or Fins Jet-Ski Kayak & Boat Rentals.
Queen Fleet Deep Sea Fishing
With the ability to charter up to 150 passengers, Queen Fleet is the premiere fishing charter in the Tampa Bay area. Whether you’re after grouper, snapper, sea bass, or any other deep-sea fish, Queen Fleet’s captains have the experience and expertise to turn any novice fisherman into a full-blown, deep-sea angler! Queen Fleet’s two large party boats can accommodate up to 150 passengers. Whether you are looking for a half or full-day fishing trip, private charter or party, enjoy deep sea fishing in comfort. Contact them at 800-557-3006 or Queen Fleet Deep Sea Fishing.
Clearwater Marine Aquarium
A visit to Clearwater Marine Aquarium is a must-do for the whole family. This is not your typical aquarium! Their marine life rescue center in Clearwater, Florida is home to Winter the dolphin, star and inspiration of the hit movies Dolphin Tale and Dolphin Tale 2, both filmed on location. Come be inspired and educated by our ongoing work of rescue, rehabilitation and release. For more information call 727-441-1790 or visit Clearwater Marine Aquarium.
Best Places to Eat
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$ Pearly’s Beach Eats
Pearly’s Beach Eats opened on Papaya Street in Clearwater Beach, Florida during Fall 2014. Since then, they’ve been building a name for themselves by serving up some of the best Beach Eats available. They offer a unique blend of American, Mexican, and seafood entrees and a family-friendly kids menu. With ample outdoor seating, shade from Palm Trees, and plenty of fans, they’ll help you beat the heat after a relaxing day on the beach. And no worries if it rains! They deliver to Clearwater Beach and Island Estates for free. For more information call 727-223-9955 or visit Pearly’s Beach Eats.
$$ – $$$ Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill
Open-air beachfront dining overlooking the Gulf of Mexico with beautiful sunsets. Rockaway serves up a variety of fresh seafood and other Floribbean dishes. Their specialties include their famous she crab soup, super grouper sandwich and the best Rum Runners on the beach! For more information call 727-446-4484 or visit Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill.
$$ – $$$ Salty’s Island Bar & Grille
Serving hand-crafted signature cocktails and Chef-Inspired Island cuisine. Have a seat on their second story patio with scenic views of beautiful Clearwater Beach, or enjoy their large bar on the first floor, providing hourly specials, and live music daily. For more information call 727-216-8085 or visit Salty’s Island Bar & Grille.
$$$$ Caretta on the Gulf
Savor fresh local flavors and an elegant ambiance at Sandpearl Resort’s Caretta on the Gulf. Named for the loggerhead sea turtles that grace our shores, Caretta on the Gulf invites guests to experience Clearwater’s only AAA Four-Diamond restaurant. Breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico are complemented by fresh, seasonally inspired cuisine. In addition to Caretta’s standard menu, they are also pleased to offer an all-natural, organic menu with expertly paired organic wines. For more information call 727-441-2425 or visit Caretta on the Gulf.
$$ – $$$ Clear Sky Cafe
Breakfast at Clear Sky Beachside Cafe is served with an upscale twist (by the way, you can get great Mimosas and Bloody Marys with your breakfast). Lunch and Dinner menus offer an extensive mix of Tapas Appetizers, Gourmet Pizzas, Signature Paninis, Burgers and Salads. Enjoy the Freshest Seafood on the beach, including “en papillote.” Their award winning menu offers a culinary tour of the world’s best flavors all in one friendly cafe conveniently located in Clearwater Beach, Florida! For more information call 727-442-3684 or visit Clear Sky Cafe.
Nightlife In Clearwater Beach
The Bait House Tackle & Tavern
Open since the 1940s, The Bait House Tackle & Tavern is located in the marina on beautiful Clearwater Beach. They offer the freshest fish, highest quality tackle and gear, and some of the best food on the beach. Their daily menu features fresh, locally caught seafood, with an assortment of beers and wine. Stop by for a cold beer or to enjoy dinner while you watch a beautiful sunset on our deck. Go by boat and take the whole family! Contact them at 727-446-8134 or visit The Bait House Tackle & Tavern
Salty’s Island Bar & Grill
Serving hand-crafted signature cocktails and Chef-Inspired Island cuisine. Have a seat on their second story patio with scenic views of beautiful Clearwater Beach, or enjoy their large bar on the first floor, providing hourly specials, and live music daily. Contact them at 727-216-8085 or visit Salty’s Island Bar & Grill
Surfside Tap House
Clearwater Beach has long been a haven for year-round fun and is annually voted among the Top 10 Beaches in America. Their special focus is on Craft Beer with a wide assortment of local Tampa Bay area Breweries as well as unique Crafts from Florida and across the Country. They also pour the ABCs of the world’s best Macro Breweries. They feature an indoor/outdoor Bar, outdoor seating, amazing live Entertainment daily and a spacious inside area with Hi-Def flat screen TVs. Contact them at 727-201-3530 or visit Surfside Tap House.
Tropix Island Tiki Bar
A perfect place to unwind and relax, Tropix Island Tiki Bar is located directly on the sugar-white sands of Clearwater Beach. Along with breathtaking views of the water, the Tropix Island beach bar offers a full beverage menu as well as a delicious selection of snacks and finger foods. The bar is also a great spot to catch some seasonal live entertainment! Dining options include nachos, wings, onion rings, burgers, wraps, fries, and plenty more mouth-watering fare – all at reasonable prices. Contact them at 727-442-7171 or visit Tropix Island Tiki Bar
Stay hydrated with cold beverages from Tommy’s Tiki Bar. They offer beachside service along with beautiful sunsets. Sand Bar & Grill has diverse dishes that can be enjoyed poolside. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are available at Carambola with inside drinks at Coasters Lounge. For more information call 727-451-1126 or visit Tommy’s Tiki.
Top Clearwater Beach Hotels
Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa
This property is 1 minute walk from the beach. Located 150 feet from the Gulf of Mexico, the 4-star Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa features the full-service Sandava Spa, an outdoor pool, and 24-hour complimentary access to the fitness centre with cardio and weight equipment. Swim Bar & Grill offers Gulf-front views, a Pan Latino menu, and happy hour specials, or guests can enjoy American fare at SHOR for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Breakfast and snacks are served at Skimmer’s Coffee Bar. Poolside food and beverage service is available when booking a climate-controlled cabana. Spa treatments include private suites, detoxifying facials, and massages. A kid’s club is also available. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa.
This property is 2 minutes walk from the beach. Sandpearl Resort, a 4-star beachfront resort, is within 4 minutes’ drive of Clearwater Beach Marina and the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. It boasts a lagoon-style outdoor pool, a full-service spa, on-site dining, and elegant guest rooms with free WiFi. Recreation options at Sandpearl Resort include parasailing, beach volleyball, and cycling with free bicycle hires. A state-of-the-art fitness center and daily children’s programs are also available. Guests can enjoy exploring the resort’s boutique or the fine art gallery. Dolphin encounters can be arranged, and a variety of meeting and banquet rooms are also available on site. Fine dining with beachfront views, premium meat selections, and an extensive wine list are offered at Caretta on the Gulf. Casual beachfront and poolside dining is featured at the Tate Island Grill. The Marketplace offers grocery items and Starbucks® coffee. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Sandpearl Resort.
Pier House 60 Marina Hotel
This property is 2 minutes walk from the beach. Featuring free continental breakfast, this Clearwater Beach hotel is opposite the white-sand beach and adjacent to the Clearwater Marina. Amenities include a heated outdoor pool, free WiFi, and dining. Clearwater Marine Aquarium is 1.2 miles away. Guests can watch the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico from Jimmy’s Crow’s Nest rooftop bar. Harbor and Intracoastal waterway views are also possible. All-American fare includes quesadillas, flat breads, and wraps with salad as well as local beer. Guests can work out in the fitness center, which includes cardio equipment and TVs. A daily maid service, dry cleaning, and a business center with fax and printing facilities are also available. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Pier House 60 Marina Hotel.
This property is 1 minute walk from the beach. Located in Clearwater Beach in the region of Florida, 0.8 miles from Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Opal Sands features a spa center and hot tub. The resort has an outdoor pool and fitness center, and guests can enjoy a drink at the bar. Private parking is available on site. Exceeds expectations! Travelers who stayed at this property said it exceeded their expectations. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Opal Sands.
Sea Captain – Best Value
Located in Clearwater Beach, half a mile from Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Sea Captain features a year-round outdoor pool and barbecue. Free private parking is available on site. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Sea Captain.