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It’s a Short Drive to Cool Vibes. Let’s Go.

Now’s your time. Time to pack up the car, turn up the tunes and drive over to soft white sands and warm Gulf breezes. This is it, the feeling you’ve been waiting for. Maybe you’re visiting for theme parks and thrill rides, or you live here year-round. Either way, it’s time you see why St. Pete/Clearwater has America's Best Beaches. The real vacation starts right now.

BEACHES

This Way to the Beach

Twelve stunning beaches. Twelve places to find the perfect way to chill. From lively Clearwater Beach (named the No. 1 beach in the U.S. in 2019 by TripAdvisor) to laid-back St. Pete Beach (TripAdvisor's No. 4 pick in 2019) to all-natural Caladesi Island State Park and Fort De Soto Park, you're sure to find your best beach vacation ever. Here, you’re surrounded by warm Gulf waters, so it’s easy to find a way to play. Build powdery-perfect sandcastles. Take the kids on a dolphin-spotting boat trip. Feel the wind in your hair as you breeze along on a jet ski. Explore the beaches up and down our coast, and you’ll find an island-style vacation without leaving the country. To discover even more ways to enjoy our beautiful beaches and waterways, dive in to an amazing experience here.

PLAY

Beyond the Beach

Let the theme parks disappear into the rear view. It’s time to think about a very different family adventure. There’s always something amazing going on at our big-name events. Watch sand become spectacular sculptures at the Clearwater Beach Sugar Sand Festival, and sidewalk art come alive before your eyes at the annual Chalk Art Festival. Stroll along listening to music and savoring local seafood dishes at the Johns Pass Seafood Festival. Plus, we’re home to the world-famous Clearwater Marine Aquarium and the world-class Dalí Museum. It’s all here, close to the beaches.

SUNSETS

Because Real Beaches Have Sunsets

Watch the sun slowly set over the Gulf - it's the perfect way to end the day. These are the moments in life you and your family will never forget. You won’t find sunsets like these at a theme park, and you surely won't see them on Florida's East Coast. Smile and enjoy the moment, because this is what it’s all about.

So what are you waiting for?

You’re just a short drive away... so close to the beach escape you know you want. Pass the kids the tablet, put on their favorite movie, and before you know it, you’ll be spending the day in paradise.

In fact, why not treat yourself and take the time to truly unwind? Stay and play for a few days in a family-focused beachfront resort, a funky and historic Airbnb or a comfy condo. If you'll be arriving by plane, we're an easy flight, with international airports in both Tampa and St. Pete/Clearwater. And, since we're only 90 minutes from Orlando, you can spend some time at your favorite theme parks and finish your family vacation on our gorgeous sands, making the kind of memories that will last a lifetime. It’s a breeze to get to the best beaches in America. 

Imagine your toes in the sand, a cold drink in your hand, and your family watching the sun sink into the Gulf. The West Coast is the best coast.

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