You’re in for beaches, baseball and delectable bites with an island vibe.

Clearwater, Florida, is best known as home to America's best beaches, often beating out Hawaii for top accolades. Accordingly, there are a ton of activities centered around the water, from lounging on the beach to up-close encounters with dolphins at the aquarium. But there are plenty of land-based things to do as well, with a small (but happening!) downtown filled with shops and dining. Sports fans can catch professional baseball spring training games at BayCare Ballpark. Plus, this city sees 240 days of sunshine on average, so there’s never a bad time to visit.

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Explore Clearwater

  • Downtown
  • Island Estates
  • Sand Key

Downtown

Overview

Although the beaches are the main draw, Clearwater's revitalized downtown has world-class shopping, dining and live entertainment. The buzzy neighborhood overlooks the picturesque Clearwater Harbor Marina, so you've still got stunning water views.

Known For

Entertainment, Shopping, Dining

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Island Estates

Overview

Clearwater Marine Aquarium, which specializes in the rescue, rehabilitation and release of marine animals, is the highlight of Island Estates and draws tons of visitors each year. The neighborhood is also an excellent spot for water sports and boat tours of the Clearwater Bay.

Known For

Aquarium, Water Sports

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Sand Key

Overview

Sand Key is the perfect spot to set up a blanket on the white sand, take a dip in the so-blue-it-can’t-be-real water and check out the famous nesting site for endangered sea turtles. There's plenty off the sand, as well, from kayak and bike rentals to stellar seafood restaurants with bay views.

Known For

Seafood, Beaches, Wildlife

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Stay in The Center of it All

Immerse yourself in your destination at these centrally located hotels.

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Explore Clearwater, Florida's Beaches (and Beyond)

Beach in the sun with pier in the distance

Explore Downtown

The first day is all about exploring the revitalized downtown. Pop into shops, enjoy the city's best dining establishments and take in a show with the stunning bay as your backdrop. It's a day filled with land-based activities set against water views.

Palm tree lined street with tall buildings

Relax on the Beach

 Learn firsthand why Clearwater is consistently named one of America's best beaches. Today, enjoy authentic coastal living with opportunities to parasail or paddleboard in the calm waters. Then, pop over to Sand Key to see the endangered sea turtle habitat before heading to Pier 60 for sunset.

Natural walking path with palm trees

Meet the Wildlife

Get ready for a wild time. That's because today is centered around a visit to the famous Clearwater Marine Aquarium. There you can get up close to wildlife like dolphins and stingrays before heading out on a boat to the untouched Caladesi Island State Park.

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