Holding the Guinness World Record for the most consecutive days of sunshine—no less than 361 days a year—Clearwater has everything to make your holiday complete! The smallest of the three cities of the Tampa Bay Metropolitan Area, Clearwater is located just west of Tampa and north of St. Petersburg. Nestled between the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay, it is separated from Clearwater Beach by the Intracoastal Waterway. The city is accessible via the Courtney Campbell Causeway, a magnificent bridge spanning Tampa Bay which joins Tampa and Clearwater. Crossing the bridge, you’ll feel like you’re driving on water.
Clearwater’s main attraction is undoubtedly its sandy beach, ranked the best beach in the Gulf of Mexico. This beach allows you to relax under Clearwater’s nearly constant sunshine while enjoying a host of activities in its turquoise waters.
A walk to the marina offers all types of potential destinations and activities, including sea excursions, scuba diving, deep-sea fishing and dolphin watching. You might want to arrange a romantic dinner on a boat to watch the sunset, or even a cruise on Captain Memo’s pirate ship (now that’s something the kids will really love!).
You can also visit the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, a nonprofit organization that rescues and cares for injured marine animals, then releases them back to the sea once they have recovered. On this outing you can observe sea turtles, pelicans, rays, sharks and dolphins being cared for. The best known permanent resident of the aquarium is Winter, a dolphin who lost her tail when she was caught in a crab trap. After being treated, she starred in the movie Dolphin Tale, the source of her fame!
Looking for a nature excursion? Head to Moccasin Lake Nature Park, where you can hike surrounded by huge oaks and relax while enjoying many types of birds, mammals and butterflies.
Finally, don’t miss the sunset on the promenade, known across the region for the best sunset view. It’s a celebration in itself to see so many people gathered on the promenade every evening to admire nature’s beauty.
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Events We Love
The Clearwater Jazz Holiday is a four-day and four-night, world-class, live, music festival, enjoyed by over 35,000 people. Enjoy the backdrop of the Gulf of Mexico with brilliant sunsets, while listening to legendary and relevant musical artists.
Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival is a ten-day beach wide celebration around sugar sands and sunsets! Activities for all ages including a children's play area, live entertainment, fireworks, sand sculpting competition, and much more. Don't forget to pass by the Sugar Sand Walk Exhibit. A 21,000 square-foot tent filled with sand-sculpted art created by world-class sculptors.
The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) is a public transit provider in Pinellas County, Florida, A quick and affordable transportation service.
Enjoy getting around Clearwater by car. The beautiful city is fairly easy to navigate although may be quite busy around the beach area especially on weekends.
Enjoy cycling along Clearwater Beach, appreciating it's breathtaking sunset or ride the 40-mile Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail, a perfect way to get out and explore many parts of the city.
St. Petersburg-Clearwater area is America's Boating and Sailing Capital. Surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico, deep-water residential canals and clear shallow water, you will definitely want to tour around by boat.
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