An overview of pool and beachfront of Dolphin Beach Club.

Designed with nonstop family fun in mind, Winter the Dolphin's Beach Club in Clearwater Beach has amenities the little ones will love, including a gentle beach made for wading.

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Places to Stay in Clearwater Beach

No matter which Clearwater Beach hotel you choose, you’ll be close to the picture-perfect Gulf of Mexico. Since Clearwater Beach is a barrier island, there are plenty of waterfront hotels and resorts to stay at while visiting this slice of paradise.

Looking for a luxe beach resort experience? The beachfront Sandpearl Resort is flush with amenities – from sparkling pools to a 12,000-square-foot spa and world-class dining. About a mile south, you’ll find the Sandpearl Resort’s sister property, Opal Sands Resort, which offers similarly luxurious amenities. There, the beach is just steps away – though it might be hard to leave your poolside cabana with a view of the Gulf. Or opt for the Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach for a vacation brimming with coastal luxury mere steps from the sugar-white sand, modern amenities, full-service spa, and four-diamond dining.

For family-friendly places to stay in Clearwater Beach, check out the Clearwater Beach Marriott Suites on Sand Key – an all-suite hotel that features an on-site spa and an outdoor pool with a 25-foot waterfall. Relax and recharge in a comfortable suite with a private balcony, ultra-soft bedding and great amenities.  

Winter the Dolphin's Beach Club was developed as the first eco-friendly hotel on Clearwater Beach. The hotel, honors the spirit of rescued marine life with a tribute to Clearwater Marine Aquarium's most famous rescued resident animal, Winter the Dolphin (2005-2021). Funds from each room night will go toward animal care, education, research and conservation of marine animals. 

Backpackers and other budget travelers, Clearwater Beach has a couple of options for you too, including the Enchanted Inn & Gulfside Cottages and Royal North Beach. Both offer rentals within walking distance of the beach, as well as a quiet respite.

To be in the heart of the bustling beach action, stay at Shephard’s Beach Resort: With its chic rooms, beach bars and live music, it tends to draw a younger crowd. The Palm Pavilion Inn, a vintage Art Deco boutique property, sits adjacent to the iconic restaurant of the same name. And let’s not forget Pier House 60, where the cheerful rooms overlook the Gulf or the Intracoastal Waterway, and rooftop bar Jimmy’s Crow’s Nest beckons with the promise of a sunset show.

Finally, crowning this barrier island community is the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa, a pink tower offering large, well-appointed suites with jaw-dropping beachfront views. Doesn’t it sound like the perfect place for your next Florida vacation?