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Clearwater Beach

Florida

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If you think all Florida beaches are the same, you would be wrong. Clearwater Beach is widely known as a clean, family-friendly Gulf-Coast getaway that dazzles visitors with its small-town feel. It has earned a top spot in the list of the nation’s best beaches from outlets like USA Today, TripAdvisor, Tampa Bay Magazine and many more. And it’s a beloved spot for couples, for friends seeking a quick weekend beach trip, and for families looking for plenty of variety.

Activities and Attractions

You won’t be disappointed by Clearwater Beach’s immaculate white sands and glassy waters. Water sports enthusiasts choose this beach for its opportunities to parasail, jet-ski, surf and swim, among other activities, and lifeguards are present on the beach to ensure safety.

If you prefer to stay on land, rent a bike and coast along the Clearwater Memorial Causeway, or head to Pier 60, where a nightly festival, Sunsets at Pier 60, provides entertainment and the chance to browse a variety of items for sale from local vendors. The pier is also home to a snack bar, a playground and many spots to fish or simply watch the waves roll by. The recently improved Beach Walk is another area favorite for those who like to stroll and take in the sights and sounds. When your feet need a rest, hop on the Jolley Trolley and let it get you around town instead.

Nightlife and Dining

Take a break from the mid-day sun and head to Mandalay Avenue, home to tons of excellent, laid-back grills, bistros and cafes offering many culinary options. After a good meal, stop by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and say hello to Winter, star of the movie Dolphin Tale, who swims with the help of a prosthetic tail.

Though Clearwater Beach boasts plenty of ways to unwind, if you dig the party scene, stick around until night falls and head to one of the area’s bars and clubs, like the loud and lively Shephard’s Beach Resort or the sports-themed Brown Boxer Pub & Grille.

Clearwater Beach at a Glance

City:Clearwater

Country or State:Florida

Access:By car, by taxi, by trolley

Best time to visit:Sept. to Nov. - great hotel rates

High Season:Dec. to April

Low Season:May to August

Facilities:

  • Cabanas, umbrellas and water sports equipment for rent
  • Restaurants and bars around Mandalay Ave

Beach Type:

  • White sand
  • Saltwater
  • Popular

Special Events:

  • Clearwater Jazz Festival

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