Why Go To Clearwater
Clearwater Beach dazzles with impeccable beaches and inviting waters. Trip Advisor named it the nation's #1 beach in 2018. Caladesi Island, off the north end of the beach, was recognized as the nation's best by Dr. Beach in 2008.
Besides the beaches, there is Clearwater Beach's inviting, small-town atmosphere. At the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, you will find Winter the Dolphin, star of the movie Dolphin Tale. Winter swims with a prosthetic tale and the movie about its triumphs has struck a chord with adults and children who identify with the young dolphin's struggles.
With Clearwater Beach's attractions, fine restaurants and family-friendly lodgings, and exciting beach activities, Clearwater Beach will have the whole crew smiling.
The U.S. News & World Report travel rankings are based on analysis of expert and user opinions.
Clearwater is ranked as:
#14 in Best Beaches In Florida
Best Things To Do In Clearwater
Home to some of the best beaches in America, Clearwater is a great family beach destination. Sure, it’s in Florida, but it’s not Giant Rodent Florida (a.k.a. Orlando) or Crazy Spring Break Florida (a.k.a. Fort Lauderdale). Rather, it’s Calm, Old-Fashioned Florida… which is something worth seeing. Oh, and the weather’s outstanding.
Clearwater Travel Tips
When to go - Arguably there is not a bad time to visit Clearwater Beach. But if you prefer to avoid big the big crowds of Spring Break and Summer the conscience is that bet best time is in May. The sun is heating up but it’s not quite the Sahara yet. It's also the time when most schools have had their spring break but have not breaked for summer yet, so you avoid the major traffic and crowds.
Avoid the Meters - To avoid the hassles and cost of parking, & driving in the beach madness take the Jolly Trolley! This is a fun way to get a bit of a tour as well, since the Jolly Trolley has two routes to offer. The Beach Route and the Coastal Route, which runs through Clearwater Beach, Downtown Clearwater, Dunedin, Palm Harbor and Tarpon Springs.
SPF's - It's said that locals can spot the tourists by their scorched red faces and limbs. Most first timers in Florida do not understand the power of the sun there. Being closer to the equator the radiation is seriously intense and getting a sunburn is ridiculously easy. Apply a good sunscreen liberally There's nothing fun about getting a painful sunburn on your vacation.