A weekend in Clearwater Beach is dangerous, because you will not want to leave after experiencing the beautiful coastline, the stunning natural beauty of the area, and the endless choice of entertainment and outdoor activities on both land and water.
Clearwater Beach is truly a year-round destination with warm temperatures in the off-season and hot weather in the summer. Ranked among the most beautiful places to visit in the United States, Clearwater Beach offers miles of sugar-white sand, crystal clear waters, and warm gulf breezes.
When at Clearwater Beach, there is a perfect mix of play and relaxation – whether splashing or playing in the rolling waves on the beach, or lying on the warm sand all day, Jet Skiing, paddle boarding or boating, you can find plenty of activities to suit your ideal beach getaway. With flight times range from 3-6 hours from across Canada and the United States, it is a relatively quick flight to paradise, and could be a perfect long weekend destination.
— Watch the Sunset at Pier 60 —
The iconic Pier 60 is a must-see while at Clearwater Beach. Pier 60 is a 1,080-foot fishing pier and recreational park that features a bait house, telescopes, and six covered pavilions. You can often find street vendors along the pier selling hand-made crafts that are perfect souvenirs from your time at Clearwater Beach. Sitting either on the pier or on the beach to watch the sun slip beyond the horizon makes for a perfect way to end your day and start your night.
Pier 60 is a great destination whatever the time of day. It is a great place to take in the beauty of Clearwater Beach, watch the fishermen reel in their catch, or just listen to the live music that can often be heard floating down the pier.
— Take a Walk to Caladesi Island State Park —
Caladesi Island State Park is one of the few completely natural islands along Florida’s Gulf Coast. You can get here by boat or ferry, but if you are up for a hike the south end of the island connects to Clearwater Beach. If you head north from anywhere on the beach about a 45 minute walk will take you right into the state park.
Your walk down the gulf will take you past the many resorts and beautiful beach homes before you reach the quiet of the sand dunes – not far from the park entrance. As you enter the park, you will see the beautiful mangrove trees covered in seashells.
The pure white sand beaches earned the park the honour of America’s Best Beach in 2008. Here you can sunbath, swim, or look for shells. Additionally, you can look for wildlife while hiking the three mile nature trail through the island’s interior, or explore the coast line and have a picnic at the various picnic tables and sheltered founds throughout the area. If you are looking to do something on the water, then the 3 mile kayak trail that winds you through the bay and mangroves is for you.
On the island there is also a concession stand and restaurant where you can grab a bite to eat or drink. Restrooms can also be found on the island.
— Visit Clearwater Marine Aquarium —
Located a mile from the beachfront the Clearwater Marine Aquarium is a must-see for all ages. At the Aquarium you can see, touch, and experience bottlenose dolphins, loggerhead sea turtles, river otters, sting rays, fish, coral reefs, mangroves, and much more.
If you are familiar with the 2011 movie Dolphin Tale, then you may feel like you’re experiencing deja vu, as parts of the movie were filmed here and the star, Winter the dolphin, lives in the aquarium. The movie is based on Winter’s journey from losing her tail at three months old, when she was caught in a crab trap line which cut off circulation to her tail flukes. Winter and the facility garnered global attention following the amputation of her tail, when she became the first dolphin in the world to have a prosthetic tail. Her story is a true heart-warming tale of survival.
— Get Wet —
Go out and have some fun enjoying one of the many water sport activities there are to do in Clearwater Beach: from renting a Jet Ski, to deep sea fishing excursions, dolphin watching, boat tours, stand-up paddle boarding, and so much more. These activities give you the true feel of Florida by exploring the beautiful crystal clear waters of the Gulf Coast.
— Go Shopping —
Clearwater Beach has some great little shops along its main street, which are open all day and late at night, and where you can find some great souvenirs of your trip. If you are looking for something less touristy, then Tampa has some great shopping. Ellenton Premium Outlets is also a quick hour drive away from the beach if you are looking for great deals on some premium brand names.