Yes, it has gorgeous sugary white sand and the surf is usually calm and relaxing and yes it is a great beach for families. I mean after all it is one of the top rated beaches in the United States but do you really want to go on another beach vacation? UH… YES!!!!
Grab your beach towels, swimsuits and flip flops and get packing because this beach is so much more than just another beach and if you want a vacation with the whole beach experience then Clearwater Beach is the beach vacation you have been looking for. It is no secret that this beach is a top rated beach and for good reason, with so many fun in the sun activities available and abundant options for dining your only problem will be deciding on which ones to choose.
Try some fishing at Pier 60, a 1080 foot fishing pier complete with bait house, store and snack bar and if the little ones are not all that interested in fishing, right in front of the entrance to the pier is one of the largest playgrounds on the Gulf.
Rent a bike and go biking on the Pinellas trail, learn to surf on an indoor surfing machine. How about parasailing off the back of a boat getting breathtaking views. Rent a unique fun ride scooter and explore the street sights of Gulf Blvd or perhaps a jet ski for some on the water action.
Pier 60 also offers sunsets nightly!! A great spot to view the sun sinking in to the Gulf waters, a beautiful sight indeed. In fact during the summer months at Pier 60 they celebrate sunset everyday from 6 pm to 10 pm with their Sunset Festival featuring arts and crafts, street performers and more.
Clearwater beach has no less than 87 boat tours available, from dolphin watching to eco tours to sunset cruises and even a pirate ship cruise. Prices and duration vary.
Meet Clearwater Beach’s resident movie stars, Winter and Hope, at Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Winter played the starring role in the Motion Picture A Dolphin Tale and Hope starred in Dolphin Tale 2.
Take a ride on the Jolley Trolley and check out downtown Clearwater or try some Greek food and tour the famous sponge docks in Tarpon Springs, maybe visit quaint downtown Dunedin’s unique shopping area.
All the big name hotels are there, like Hilton, Marriott, Hyatt, Wyndham and Holiday inn but there are also some exceptional boutique hotels there as well. Another option would be a private rental of one of the numerous condos in the beach area.
ITEMS OF NOTE
Parking can be a challenge as Clearwater beach can get very busy. If you are staying at one of the hotels on the beach then parking should be included in your stay, however if you are staying off the beach and driving over daily parking cost will start at $20 per day and up. An unlimited daily pass for the Jolley Trolley is $5.00
Most all facilities at Clearwater beach meet ADA requirements and special beach wheelchairs are available for rent at Fun Rides at a cost of around $65 per day.
Dogs are not allowed on Clearwater beach however there is a dog park at nearby Sand Key.
Clearwater Beach is 21 miles from Tampa International Airport (TPA) and 13 miles from Saint Petersburg/ Clearwater International Airport (PIE)