Aerial view of Pier 60 and blue cabanas in Clearwater Beach

With sugary sand and family fun at Pier 60, it's no wonder Clearwater Beach is a beloved destination.

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Clearwater Beach

If Clearwater Beach had a theme song, it would be “Walkin’ on Sunshine.” This fun, friendly, casual beach town is always abuzz with activity and good vibes. It’s no wonder Clearwater Beach has been named America’s No. 1 Beach several times in recent years. 
 


Plan Your Perfect Beach Day

The beach is the stunning centerpiece here, with sugary sands and emerald waters that are just steps from hotels and restaurants. Rent a shaded cabana for the day – all you need to do is settle in and an attendant will come by. For a low-key beach day, walk to the north, where the crowds thin out some. No matter what spot you choose, you’ll always find plenty of amenities close by – including a large playground the kids will love right at the base of Pier 60. (Not staying on the beach? Check out our guide to beach parking in St. Pete/Clearwater.)

For a serene, natural beach experience, head south over Clearwater Pass to Sand Key Park, a pristine beach with acres of undeveloped beachfront.

Clearwater Beach was named the #1 Beach in the U.S. by Tripadvisor in 2019, 2018 and 2016.

Visit Clearwater Marine Aquarium

No trip to Clearwater Beach is complete without a visit to Clearwater Marine Aquarium, where staff and volunteers care for rescued dolphins, sea turtles, sharks and other marine animals. Here, you’ll meet Winter, the dolphin with a prosthetic tail, who inspired the film Dolphin Tale. Unlike many aquariums, this facility’s main focus is rehabilitating injured marine life and seabirds, or giving them a permanent home if they can no longer survive in the wild. 

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Overview of Opal Sands beachfront hotel pool

On the south end of Clearwater Beach, Opal Sands is a luxuriously appointed resort overlooking the Gulf.

Overview of Jimmy Crow's Nest rooftop bar showing Clearwater Beach in the horizon

For a quintessential Clearwater Beach experience, opt for a rooftop happy hour at Jimmy Crow's Nest.