Best Things To Do In Clearwater Beach

 Check out this guide of can’t-miss things to do that’ll amplify your next vacation to America's Best Beaches!

Aerial view of Pier 60 and blue cabanas in Clearwater Beach

Clearwater Beach has regularly ranked as the top beach in the United States by TripAdvisor.

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Soak Up the Sunshine on the #1 Beach in the U.S.

A woman on Clearwater Beach stands and smiles away from camera with Pier 60 in the background

Clearwater Beach's powdery white sand is part of what makes it one of America's Best Beaches. The sand actually comes from the Appalachian Mountains and is made of quartz rather than sea shells.

No trip to Clearwater Beach is complete without getting some R&R in on America's Best Beaches! Powder-soft, sugar-white sand, warm Gulf waters and fiery sunsets are only a few reasons millions of travelers named Clearwater Beach their favorite beach in TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards in 2016, 2018, and 2019. During your visit, be sure to carve out at least half a day to soak in that warm Florida sunshine on our award-winning beaches. 

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Get Inspired at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium

A female worker taking care of Rex, one of the rescued dolphins at an outdoor tank at Clearwater Marine Aquarium.

Experience pure wonder when you get face to face with Rex and the other rescued dolphins, sea turtles, otters and sharks at Clearwater Marine Aquarium.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium takes you into the world of marine life rescue. Dive right in and learn about their ongoing work of rescue, rehabilitation and release. Enhance your trip with a guided tour, a boat ride and don't miss their daily educational presentations! 

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Catch a Fiery Sunset at the Pier 60 Sunset Celebration

Pier 60 at sunset with a sailing boat in the water

Enjoy the sunset celebration at Pier 60 as the day comes to an end.

The perfect way to end the day? Catch a gorgeous sunset on the beach! Better yet, head to Pier 60 for its nightly sunset celebration. On any given night, you’ll see a variety of acts including fire breathers, escape artists, stilt walkers and much more! Plus local crafters line the pier, where you can shop for the perfect memento to remember your trip. All this while soaking in the last rays of the day. 

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Sink Your Teeth into a Grouper Sandwich at Frenchy’s

A grouper sandwich from French's Rockaway Grill in Clearwater Beach

"This is THE place to go for Grouper Sandwiches on the west coast of FL." - George L, TripAdvisor Reviewer.

Here on the Florida Gulf Coast, we’re known for our gulf grouper - and few do it better than Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill. With their own fleet delivering the fresh catch every day, they have the tastiest fish to create their famous mouthwatering grouper sandwich. Grab a seat on the beach and sink your teeth into this flaky, delicious dish. We promise you won’t regret it. 

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Dolphin Tour

A wild dolphin jumping out of water.

Meet some of our friendliest locals when you embark on a dolphin cruise.

Hop aboard a dolphin cruise and get up-close and personal with some of the friendliest locals around! Set sail on a relaxing cruise on the Gulf and be on the lookout for wild dolphins leaping and diving in the boat’s wake. Get your camera ready because this can’t-miss experience is one you’ll want to remember forever. 

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Sip a Cocktail with Your Toes in the Sand

An exterior shot of the Palm Pavilion Restaurant just after sunset

The Palm Pavilion has been a staple on Clearwater Beach since 1926.

Take your happy hour to the next level with your toes in the sand and postcard-perfect views of the beach. Cocktail hot spots line Clearwater Beach, but if you're looking for laid-back and casual with live music, you'll want to check out Palm Pavilion. Drinks even come with a complimentary sunset every night!

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Hop Aboard the Jolley Trolley for a Day in Dunedin

Hop on the Jolley Trolley to cruise to Clearwater's charming neighbor, Dunedin! There's so much to explore in this coastal town including seven breweries, eclectic shops and delectable dining spots. On the ride over, you'll enjoy views from the vintage-style trolley, driven by a "Concierge on Wheels" who will point out local attractions and share fun facts. This experience is all about the journey AND the destination!
 

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Sunday Brunch at Island Way Grill

The best way to fuel up for the day? BRUNCH! And Island Way Grill is known to serve up the best Sunday brunch in town. You’ll want to come hungry because their all-you-can-eat buffet knows no limits on delicious dishes – from sushi to eggs, their options are endless. Pair this with a mimosa and you’ll be ready to take on the day! Pro tip: call ahead to make reservations because this place fills up fast!

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