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Clearwater BeachUnited States of America

With sugary beaches, exciting attractions, and a surprisingly fresh downtown scene, this Pinellas County paradise is a tropical dream come true. 

There’s no shortage of beach destinations in sunny Florida, but Clearwater vacations steal the show. Nestled between Tampa and St. Petersburg, this Gulf coast treasure boasts miles of pure-white sands, stunningly clear waters, and enough activities to fill a year of getaways.

The best trips to Clearwater start at the shore. Clearwater vacation packages often provide access to private beaches, but you’ll find plenty of public spots designed to help you soak up the sun. Travel magazines routinely rate Clearwater Beach at the top of their must-visit lists, and one peek at the area clearly explains why; not only is this destination gorgeous as all get out, but it’s also packed with cheap things to do. Spend the morning basking in the picturesque scenery, explore the exhibits at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, and then browse the shops and restaurants along the Beach Walk’s sun-drenched promenade. You might even track down a few Clearwater deals and discounts on kayaking, parasailing, and jet-skiing adventures. It’s a great way to catch some water-based thrills without breaking the bank.

For a slightly more remote journey, travel to Clearwater areas like Sand Key Park. Equal parts sandy beach and sprawling green space, this secluded spot offers a little something for everyone. Stroll the boardwalk, unwind on the beach, or hike through the nature trails to sneak a peek at some local wildlife. Kids will love the park’s playground, and parents will adore putting together a family barbecue near the on-site grills.

Of course, there’s more to Clearwater than magazine-worthy vistas. When you’re ready to head for dry land, venture out to the bustling downtown neighborhood to explore its combination of beach-town charm and big-city culture. The Cleveland Street District is filled with art galleries and restaurants, and the Harbor Marina regularly hosts waterfront events. Plus, if you visit between September and May, you’ll be able to take part in the much-loved Blast Friday events. This vibrant street fair takes place on the first Friday of every month, and it offers an incredible opportunity to see the city in action.

Top Hotels in Clearwater Beach

Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa
Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
400 Mandalay Ave, Clearwater Beach, FL
The price is CA $169 per night from Nov 5 to Nov 6

Nestled on the beach, this Clearwater Beach hotel is just steps away from Beach Walk and Pier 60 Park. Clearwater Municipal Marina and Captain Blighs Landing ...

3.8/5Good! (1,088 reviews)

"Its location is great, great beach, clean hotel, friendly and helpful staff."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 28, 2020

Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa
Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach
Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach
4 out of 5
100 Coronado Drive, Clearwater Beach, FL
The price is CA $213 per night from Nov 3 to Nov 4

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

4.6/5Wonderful! (2,292 reviews)

"Very nice property all around. High quality everywhere. Staff were attentive and courteous. I didn’t care for the fluffy bedspreads. They were very comfortable but stopped all air flow and I woke up sweaty a couple times and had to throw them off to just one sheet. Then it’s chilly."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 27, 2020

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
The price is CA $259 per night from Nov 30 to Dec 1

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

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,071 reviews)

"Best experience at a hotel. Joe B. from Long Island was amazing at the front desk. It was my birthday and he made my day! He was able to upgrade my room and even threw in a champagne bottle! All of the other staff were great and the hotel is beautiful."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 27, 2020

Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa
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.

Vacation Rentals in Clearwater Beach

Island Cay Hotel - Clearwater Beach
Island Cay Hotel - Clearwater Beach
3 out of 5
648 Poinsettia Ave, Clearwater Beach, FL
The price is CA $120 per night from Nov 8 to Nov 9

Situated by the ocean, this condo is within a 15-minute walk of Beach Walk and Pier 60 Park. Clearwater Marine Aquarium and Church of Scientology are also within ...

4/5Very Good! (587 reviews)

"Island Cay is a smaller one level property which I personally prefer. We stayed in a poolside king efficiency unit and found it to be very spacious for the two of us. We had a small, bit outdated bathroom and small kitchen with fridge, stove/oven and microwave. They have utensils, dishes and cooking ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 3, 2020

Island Cay Hotel - Clearwater Beach
Royal North Beach All Suites
Royal North Beach All Suites
3 out of 5
657 Mandalay Ave, Clearwater Beach, FL
The price is CA $139 per night from Nov 8 to Nov 9

Situated by the ocean, this condo is within a 15-minute walk of Clearwater Beach, Pier 60 Park and Beach Walk. Clearwater Marine Aquarium and Sand Key Park are ...

4/5Very Good! (518 reviews)
Good

"NA"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 28, 2020

Royal North Beach All Suites
Clearwater Beach Waterfront Luxury Condo 2 BR 2 BA
Clearwater Beach Waterfront Luxury Condo 2 BR 2 BA
445 Hamden Dr, 302, Clearwater Beach, FL
The price is CA $666 per night from Nov 2 to Nov 3

Situated on the waterfront, this historic condo is within a 5-minute walk of Beach Walk and Clearwater Beach. Pier 60 Park and Clearwater Marine Aquarium are ...

4.1/5Very Good! (41 reviews)
It was very convenient and close to everything we had a wonderful time and most important quiet

"would recoment to anyone"…"

Reviewed on Jul. 29, 2020

Clearwater Beach Waterfront Luxury Condo 2 BR 2 BA
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 Beach

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Reviews of Clearwater Beach

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4/5 - Good

Doris

Jan 31, 2020

It was an amazing beach where you can walk forever. The Gulfview Hotel on the Beach is a little gem in a great location. The Hotel could use a few updates but it was perfect for our short stay.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jan 7, 2020

If you like running by the beach, this is a place to go.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Dec 30, 2019

Clearwater Beach, Florida is the best! Our stay at the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa was absolutely amazing!!! Your staff member, Nathalie V. truly understands customer service and hospitality. Thank you! See you soon.....

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Dec 28, 2019

It is beautiful!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Aug 25, 2019

Beautiful white sand beach!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Aug 20, 2019

Very clean beach that is well kept. Perfect for families. Busy but not overly crwoded.

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