Best Beach Town: Beating out nine other popular Florida beach destinations, Clearwater Beach was named "Best Beach Town" in January 2013 by the most widely read newspaper in America, USA Today. 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. Clearwater Beach has also been named "Best for Family Fun" by Fodor's in 2011.
Lay of the Land: This beach has it all: white sand, sparkling waters, marinas, bathhouse, boat ramp, full-time lifeguards, playground, showers, attractions, nightlife, restaurants, and accommodations ranging from high-end resorts to old fashioned mom-and-pop motels. No beach chair? No problem. Sit down at any of the cabanas or beach chairs, and an attendant will come by to collect the rental fee (sun umbrellas are available to rent, too). Pier 60 is where anglers can cast lines 24/7. Just south of Pier 60, the newly-opened BeachWalk pedestrian thoroughfare winds its way southward. For disabled visitors, Surf Wheelchairs which are easier to use on the sand and float in the water are available free of charge by contacting 727-462-6963.
Little Known Facts: Clearwater Beach was voted as having the Best Sand on the East Coast by Conde Nast Traveller. Looking for a cheap date? It only costs fifty cents to take a walk out to the end of Pier 60.
Why You Should Go: Clearwater Beach offers something for everyone, and you can visit dolphins and other marine life at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Be sure not to miss the nightly free festival, Sunsets at Pier 60.