Clearwater Beach is one of the most popular retreats on Florida's Gulf Coast, perfectly suited for an action-packed holiday or a relaxing beach getaway. Here’s a handy list of things to do to help you find out if it’s the perfect fit for your next vacation.
  • Visit the famous dolphins Winter and Hope at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium
  • Take a short drive (45 mins) to Busch Gardens in Tampa, one of Florida's best theme parks
  • Deep sea fishing charters
  • Water sports rentals (jet ski, parasailing, paddle boarding etc.)
  • Museums and historical sites
  • Take the ferry to Caladesi Island
  • Enjoy a multitude of dining options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Be sure to book your vacation during one of these fun and exciting events.
  • January  Treasure Island Sport Kite Competition 
  • February  Florida Motorcycle Expo 
  • February Clearwater Sea Blues Festival 
  • March  MLB Spring Training 
  • April  Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival 
  • April  Tampa Bay Blues Festival 
  • May   Clearwater Beach Restaurant Week
  • June, July, August  Summer vacation fun 
  • September  Clearwater Super Boat National Championships 
  • September  Jose Cuervo World Volley Championships
  • October  Clearwater Beach Chalk Art Festival 
  • October  John's Pass Seafood Festival 
  • October  Clearwater Jazz Holiday Music Festival 
  • November  Ribfest 
  • December  Outback Bowl Beach Day 
  • December  Holiday Lights in the Garden 
  • Nearby Tampa Bay Lighting Hockey Games
  • Nearby Tampa Bay Buccaneers Football Games
"No. 1 on America's Top 25 Beaches for 2018" - TripAdvisor
"No. 4 on America's Top 25 Beaches for 2017" - TripAdvisor
"No. 1 on America's Top 25 Beaches for 2016" - TripAdvisor
"No. 20 on World's Top 25 Beaches for 2016" - TripAdvisor
"No. 2 Best Florida Beach" - USA TODAY (2015)
“No. 8 on America’s Top 25 Beaches for 2015” – TripAdvisor
“No. 21 on America’s Top 25 Beaches for 2014” – TripAdvisor
“No. 18 on America’s Top 25 Beaches for 2013” – TripAdvisor
“Best Beach Town in Florida for 2013” – USA TODAY
“Best Place to Watch a Sunset” – USA TODAY (2013)
“Best Beaches in the U.S.” – Peter Greenberg (2013)

In addition to its TripAdvisor accolades, Clearwater Beach was also voted the “Best Beach Town in Florida” by USA Today readers in January 2013, Clearwater Beach is lauded for its gorgeous white sand and sparkling waters, not to mention beachside fun for all ages, from kid-friendly water sports and cruises to dining and dancing hot spots. Area favorites include the Wave at Shephard's Beach Resort, a two-level nightclub; Frenchy's Rockaway Grill, a beachfront favorite with live music; and, across the parking lot, the Palm Pavilion Beachside Grill & Bar, which also offers stunning beach views.
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