Clearwater, Florida, in the Tampa Bay area, is a 100-year old beach town located on the banks of the Gulf of Mexico. It’s widely known for -- hold your breath -- clear water, pristine beaches, and some of the best marine life in the entire continental United States. Stingrays, sharks, dolphins, and turtles are as much a part of Clearwater’s community as its human inhabitants. Onshore, Clearwater is known for some vibrant shopping, fine dining, and sports venues. Aside from that, Clearwater is a proud foodie town praised by numerous magazines including Travel and Leisure, and it’s home to a burgeoning microbrew scene. For the more party-inclined the Gulfside town is also home to a handful of New York-style dance clubs that keep the party going until the morning. The town’s name, Clearwater, comes from a direct translation of the Native American term for the area, Pocotopaug.
Head to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, where sick and hurt marine life are brought to recover before being released. The aquarium is a great place to learn about the animals’ stories and about marine life in general. Moccasin Lake Nature Park and Cliff Stephens Park are great places to experience the natural beauty of Florida first hand. Philippe Park is also a great option as the oldest park in all of Pinellas County. Take a stroll along the mile-long path for sweeping views of Old Tampa Bay and opportunities for fishing, rock climbing, playing softball, and boating.
At Clearwater Beach, the main beach in the area, you can go for a swim, go dolphin watching, snorkeling, kayaking, and more. And if you’re sticking around overnight, there are tons of Clearwater Beach vacation rentals nearby.
Exercise buffs are not out of place in Clearwater, as they can head over to the Pinellas Trail, which is a 38-mile stretch of lush, shaded trail that winds from Tarpon Springs to St. Petersburg, and passing through Clearwater along the way. Rent a bike, roller blades, or even just strap on some running shoes and head out for a stroll.
Once you’ve spent enough time out in the sun, head over to the Ruth Eckerd Hall -- the city’s premier venue for orchestral shows, Broadway pieces, dance recitals, live music, and comedy acts.
Try one of the beers at Sea Dog Brewing Company, which is a historic microbrew chain started up in Maine in 1993. Other great microbreweries in the area include Jimmy’s Crow’s Nest, Pair O’ Dice Brewing Company, and Shephards Tiki Bar where you’ll find a waterfront concert stage hosting anything from indie rock to DJ nights. We also recommend you to watch a Threshers baseball game at Spectrum Field, which is Clearwater’s minor league baseball team. Spectrum field holds only 7,000 fans so it’s a nice intimate experience. In the spring, you might catch the Philadelphia Phillies here gearing up for the season during Spring Training.
Locals in Clearwater are friendly and welcoming, like much of the rest of the state.
The best time to plan a trip to Clearwater is October to April to avoid the soaring summer temperatures. During the fall, winter, and spring months, temperatures are cooler, and room rates are fairly cheaper. Keep in mind that most travelers opt for springtime, so consider visiting in fall or winter to dodge the crowds.
As far as accommodations go, if you’re looking for a dreamy family-friendly beach vacation in a relaxing corner of Florida, you will find it in Clearwater, Florida. For everything from funky beach bungalows to modern ocean-view penthouses and condo rentals, the rentals in Clearwater Beach are sure to please. Whether you’re on a family vacation or a dream vacation with your significant other, Clearwater has tons to offer. Having a great stay at a house rental is no small feat, but most of these are rentals including enough amenities to leave you more than happy.
Browse accommodations from all the best providers including Airbnb, VRBO, Homeaway and others at AllTheRooms.com. AllTheRooms has 1,209 vacation rentals, hotels and other great places to stay while you enjoy Clearwater, with everything from inexpensive hostels and homestays to luxury Airbnbs and hotels. A vacation in Clearwater can be budget-friendly - our cheapest price vacation rental is available at $10 a night. The average price of a vacation rental is generally $126 per night.
If you have to have internet access during your stay in Clearwater, then you can choose from over 512 places to stay that have WiFi internet. 40 places to stay include a morning meal. Fitness fanatics can get a workout in during their stay by choosing from 149 accommodations that have gym facilities. If you are driving to Clearwater, you'll want to pick from 516 places to stay that provide parking. 191 places to stay come with a pool or jacuzzi
If you're traveling with your best friend, then make sure to choose one of the 132 pet-friendly accommodations available.
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