Clearwater and its island beaches are one of Florida’s most popular vacation spots. Because of our world-renown beaches, our extensive recreational opportunities, including the largest recreational fishing fleet on the West Coast of Florida, easy walking distance to restaurants and attractions, and all types of accommodations designed to fit every budget and taste, and nature-based attractions, we are the place to play in Tampa Bay!
Others recognize this too. In 2018 and 2019 Clearwater Beach was designated TripAdvisor’s #1 Beach in America. It has also held the titles of “Best Beach Town in Florida” by USA Today, Best City Beach on the Gulf of Mexico by Dr. Beach, Best Beach by Tampa Bay Magazine and Best City Beach on the Gulf of Mexico by Conde Nast Traveler.
Pinellas County is the only Florida destination with three award-winning beaches Caladesi Island State Park, Sand Key County Park and Fort DeSoto County Park.
THINGS TO DO
ARTS & CULTURE
Ruth Eckerd Hall programs a wide range of performances for every age providing visitors a chance to enjoy the best of Broadway, classical music, dance, pop, country and jazz, comedy. Ruth Eckerd also operates the Capitol Theatre in downtown Clearwater with a year-round calendar.
Clearwater and its island beaches are fortunate to offer something for every taste. Our attractions vary from arts galleries and museums to the natural “get outdoors” environment and from historic architecture to festivals and events, plus traditional “attractions” such as theme parks.
SPORTS & RECREATION
The Clearwater area has always been noted for its participatory activities but the sport scene for spectators also is crowded. Clearwater and the surrounding Tampa Bay communities thrive on all manner of sports competition and are the home of many nationally known teams.
SHIFT YOUR PERSPECTIVE
Come, see and experience the real Florida. Allow yourself to be touched by nature. It’s one of the most natural and affordable vacation options.
Home to the largest recreational fishing fleet on the West Coast of Florida, the Clearwater Marina is a major component of our recreational core.
Clearwater’s restaurants offer a fascinating variety of good, reasonably priced food served in attractive and equally varied surroundings.
Clearwater Distance Challenge
This event combines a 50K, marathon, half marathon and a 5-miler along with a 5K walk. The Distance Classic offers choices for the entire family.
Clearwater Jazz Holiday
Held in waterfront Coachman Park, Clearwater Jazz Holiday is a jewel in the city’s cultural crown. Over four days find more than 26 hours of exceptional music by up-and-comers and legends in music.
Palm Pavilion Stone Crab Festival
Snow crab season brings out fans to celebrate this seafood delicacy. The Palm Pavilion showcases snow crabs during this annual celebration.
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
Because of Clearwater’s proximity to Orlando, only 90 minutes away, it is logical to make Clearwater – with its beautiful beaches, warm tropical breezes, and breathtaking sunsets – “home base” for your next vacation.