Add world-class beaches and gulf views to your Orlando vacation with a visit to St.Pete/Clearwater. Nestled along the Gulf of Mexico, an easy drive from Orlando, St.Pete/Clearwater is a relaxing and luxurious alternative to Central Florida’s busy theme-park scene, with tons of big-name events like the Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival inspring, the kid-friendly Sunsets at Pier 60 in summer and the Clearwater Super Boat Races in fall. Find your beachside oasis on the Gulf Coast without breaking the bank with these travel deals and discounts.
Choose Your Favorite Beach: St. Pete/Clearwater's Beach Scenes
While Central Florida has its fair share of theme parks and attractions, the Gulf Coast is a haven for beaches, with Clearwater Beach ranking as No. 1 beach in America in2016, and No. 20 in the world in 2016 by TripAdvisor. No stranger to the list, St. Pete Beach also landed at No. 4 that year.
Choose your tempo, from lively and active on St. Pete Beach to all-natural Caladesi Island State Park and Honeymoon Island State Park. Relax on the shore, or jet out into the Gulf of Mexico on jet skis, kayaks, speed boats or paddle boards. Add unforgettable beach experiences to your visit with beach, bay and river kayaking, horseback riding on the beach or beach camping.
Beyond Beaches: Attractions for Everyone
Whether you’re a couple looking for a flavorful food scene with buzzing nightlife balanced by museum tours and downtown city shops, or a fun-loving family excited for thrilling watersports and beach time in the sunshine, St. Pete/Clearwater is where you'll make lifelong memories.
Choose from a day at the Salvador Dalí Museum in Downtown St. Pete and then bounce between the many bars and restaurants along Central Avenue. Or, check out marine life at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, where the whole family can explore below sea level with turtles, dolphins, otters and more, then catch a ferry to Caladesi Island State Park to explore the trails and uninhabited shore, and catch glimpses of area wildlife in its natural habitat.
Within Easy Reach: Getting Here from Orlando
Just over 100 miles from Orlando, the Gulf Coast will add a laidback spin to your non-stop Orlando vacation. Ride the rides and explore the parks, then hop on Interstate 4 (I-4), connect to I-275, and within two hours, find yourself chilling out on one of the area’s famous beaches. Two area airports, Tampa International Airport (TPA) and St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport (PIE), make it easy for you to arrive in Orlando and depart from the Gulf Coast area. Don’t forget your bathing suit for this leg of your trip—world-class beaches are calling!