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.


Clearwater Beach

If Clearwater Beach had a theme song, it would be “Walking 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. 

Clearwater ranks #6 on Tripadvisor's list of Top Trending Destinations in the U.S. for 2022!

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. It's no wonder why Clearwater Beach made Travel + Leisure's list of "The 14 Best Beaches in Florida" in 2021. 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. 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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