A charming coastal city, Clearwater offers some of the most popular beaches in the United States. It’s home to the famous Clearwater Beach, located on a barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico. Thanks to its picturesque beaches and vibrant restaurant scene, Clearwater is an alluring destination year-round.
Things to do in Clearwater
Clearwater Beach is a long barrier island known for its four-kilometre white-sand beach where you can spot dolphins playing. While you’re at Clearwater Beach, visit Pier 60 during sunset to see the nightly celebration. Head further south across the bridge to Sand Key Park to picnic, explore a salt marsh or soak up the sunshine along its shoreline.
Travelling with the kids? Head to Clearwater Marine Aquarium. This aquarium focuses on rescuing and rehabilitating injured marine wildlife and gives you the chance to get up close and personal with dolphins in its care.
Be sure to visit Caladesi Island State Park, ideal for birdwatchers, beachgoers and wildlife lovers who want a serene coastal experience. Honeymoon Island is a state park nearby that manages to juggle wildlife conservation with unspoilt landscapes in its six-kilometre beach.
Getting around Clearwater
Clearwater is located less than one hour from downtown Tampa. Renting a car is a great way to get around, but you can also ride the historic Clearwater Jolley Trolley, which runs between major parts of Clearwater. Catch the local buses, including express services, if you want to reach more of Clearwater.