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Clearwater Beach – Where to Eat, Stay & Play!

Clearwater Beach - Where to Eat, Stay & Play

Clearwater Beach, Florida has been voted as 2018’s #1 Best Beach in America, ranked in the top 10 Best Beaches in the World, and is one of the Best Spring Break Beaches in America! If you’re planning a trip to Clearwater Beach you may have some questions and we will do our best to answer them all! If you have a question about Clearwater Beach we don’t answer, please leave a comment below!

Traveling to Clearwater Beach

Clearwater Beach, Florida is located just outside of Tampa, Florida – providing easy access from nearby airports, Tampa International Airport and St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport. Both airports are within 20 miles of Clearwater Beach, making it a short drive… in distance at least. During peak tourism season the traffic entering onto Clearwater Beach can back up. If you’re just going to the beach for the day you can avoid the traffic and save on the hassle of finding parking by taking Clearwater Beach Ferry from Downtown Clearwater.

If you didn’t take the Clearwater Beach Ferry, you’ll need to find some parking. There are several public parking lots, parking meters on the streets and a parking garage located on the north side of the island – but parking can still be difficult to find. So always keep in mind the ability to park in Downtown Clearwater and use the Jolley Trolley or Clearwater Beach Ferry.

Where to Eat

Clearwater Beach has many incredible restaurants to visit for breakfast, lunch, happy hour, romantic dinners and even late night cravings.

Delicious Seafood:

  • Frenchy’s Original Cafe
  • Bait House
  • Sea-Guini
  • SHOR American Seafood Grill

Great Food with the Best Views:

  • Palm Pavillion Beachside Bar & Grill
  • Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill
  • Bait House (great outdoor atmosphere, on the water)
  • Jimmy’s Fish House & Iguana Bar
  • Shephard’s Ocean Flame

My Personal Favorites:

  • Frenchy’s Original Cafe: Buffalo Shrimp, Grouper Sandwich or Crabby Shrimp Sandwich
  • Bait House: Drunken Shrimp, South Beach Quesadilla or Bait House Burger
  • Pearly’s Beach Eats: Blackened Fish Tacos
  • Clear Sky Cafe: Bloody Mary Bar and great breakfast food!

Where to Stay on Clearwater Beach

The Villas of Clearwater Beach and Surfside Condominiums are of course our top choice when asked where to stay on Clearwater Beach! B&W Management, Inc. offers Clearwater Beach Condominiums each with Beachfront Oceanview private balconies for the best sunset views possible!

Surfside Condominiums and The Villas of Clearwater Beach have 2 bedrooms, 2 bathroom units and 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Each of these units come with private balconies, full kitchens, washers and dryers in each unit, private parking spaces and access to the pool and BBQ grill by the pool. Each unit will even come with beach towels and beach chairs!

Surfside Condominiums also has and a beachfront penthouse with four bedrooms and 3 and a half bathrooms available!

These Clearwater Beach condos are perfect for family vacations!

If you’re looking for a place to stay for a quick weekend trip and don’t need as much room. There’s also some great Clearwater Beach Hotels right on the island!

Great Clearwater Beach Hotels:

  • Opal Sands Resort
  • Sand Pearl Resort
  • Wyndham – Clearwater Beach
  • Frenchy’s Oasis Motel
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites – Clearwater Beach

Where to Play

On the Beach!

Head on down to the beach with your beach towel, beach chair, and don’t forget your SPF! Clearwater Beach is known for its soft white sand and warm waters with calm waves. It’s a great place to sit and relax, play with kids, and go for a beautiful walk on the beach. You can even walk the beach to Caladesi Island State Park. One thing to keep in mind is that Clearwater Beach is proud to be a family beach, and alcohol is not allowed when your feet hit the sand. There are many bars and restaurants touching the edge of the beach and have beautiful views and cold drinks ready for you. If you’re staying with B&W Management, Inc. enjoy your favorite drinks right on your private beachfront balcony!

On the Water!

Looking to enjoy some time on the water? You can rent paddle boards, kayaks, and other beach and ocean toys from Clearwater Beach PaddleBoard and Rental Co.! The Clearwater Beach Marina has a lot of fun to offer as well including fishing charter boats, sunset dinner cruises, charter sailboats, para-sailing, paddleboards, and kayak rentals, dive boats, boat rentals, jet ski rentals, speed boat rides and a number of different sightseeing and excursion tours including a pirate ship!

Pier 60

Clearwater Beach, Florida is known for its spectacular sunsets. We celebrate each one at our Daily Pier 60 Sunset Festival! Join us for our nightly sunset celebration featuring artisans, crafters, street performers, and our world famous Pier 60 sunsets! The daily festival starts two hours before sunset and lasts until two hours after sunset. On Fridays and Saturdays, bring a blanket or a low lying lawnchair and stay for a free outdoor movie at Pier 60’s Sunset Cinema! (Click here to see what movies are scheduled)

Visit Winter & Hope

Visit Winter and Hope, the stars of Dolphin Tale and Dolphin Tale 2, at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium! The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is not your typical aquarium. It is a marine life rescue center focused on the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of sick or injured marine animals. While visiting the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, you’ll get a chance to meet Winter the dolphin and get an immersive look into the world of marine life rescue at the working animal hospital.

Rainy Day Activities

If you end up with a rainy day, there’s still a lot of fun things to do!

  • Clearwater Marine Aquarium
  • Tampa Bay Escape Room (located in Downtown Clearwater)
  • Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI)
  • And a lot more!

Click here for more rainy day activities!

Have some questions? Ask in a comment below and we will respond shortly!

12 Best Clearwater Beach Hotels

Clearwater Beach Hotels - Opal Sands Resort

Planning a Clearwater Beach vacation? B&W Management offers beautiful Clearwater Beach vacation rentals, all with beachfront views! The beachfront condos come with multiple bedrooms and bathrooms, full kitchens and swimming pools; making them a great place to stay during a week-long (or longer!) Clearwater Beach vacation. If you’re planning a shorter trip, such as a weekend trip for the Sugar Sand Festival, Clearwater Super Boat International Championship, or the Stone Crab Festival – check out these great Clearwater Beach Hotels and Resorts!

Clearwater Beach Hotels

Opal Sands Resort

Opal Sands Resort is the newest Clearwater Beach hotel. Each room and suite at Opal Sands is a serene beachfront escape with plush beds, flat-screen TV’s, and large balconies with beautiful views of Clearwater Beach and The Gulf of Mexico. Perfect for the beautiful Clearwater Beach Sunsets.

  • 230 Gulf-front rooms and suites
  • Gulf-front, zero entry, swimming pool, and hot-tub
  • Full-service spa
  • Sea-Guini: Uniquely inspired seafood, influenced by the flavors of the Mediterranean and Italy
  • Beachside Tiki Bar

Sandpearl Resort

Sandpearl Resort is located on the north side of Clearwater Beach, featuring great views from rooms and suites, a large beach-front swimming pool, and Clearwater Beach’s only Four-Diamond restaurant, Caretta on the Gulf.

  • Beach chairs and daily cabana rentals
  • Food and Beverage services from Tate Island Grill
  • Beach hammocks
  • Family S’more nights on the beach
  • Sand sculpture lessons
  • Movies by the pool

Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach & Wyndham Clearwater Beach Resort

Wyndham has two Clearwater Beach hotels, the Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach and the Wyndham Clearwater Beach Resort. These are located in the same area of South Beach, Clearwater Beach. They offer great beach views but aren’t quite on the beach. There’s a small street to cross to get to the beach – but there are no other buildings separating them or blocking views. Both Wyndham locations and are very close to the Clearwater Beach Marina and Pier 60.

  • Outdoor pool
  • Restaurant
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Bar
  • Fitness center
  • Valet parking

Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa

Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa is a fantastic hotel located near the Wyndham Clearwater Beach Hotels in South Beach, Clearwater Beach. The Hyatt Regency hotel rooms feature some amazing beach views and are very close to the beach, just cross one small street and you’re feet are in the sand!

  • Outdoor heated pool on the 8th floor with beautiful beach views
  • Poolside cabanas
  • Fitness Center
  • Camp Hyatt – scheduled activities for guests aged 3-12
  • Dining at SHOR

Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa

Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa is located on the north side of Pier 60. This beachfront hotel offers great views and access to the beach, Pier 60, and the Clearwater Beach Marina.

  • Beach Cabana Rental
  • Beach Chairs Rental
  • Beach Umbrella Rental
  • Bicycle Rental
  • Bouyah Water Sport Rental
  • Fitness Center
  • Fitness Room
  • Full-Service Spa
  • Jet Skiing
  • Paddle Tennis Table
  • Playground
  • Outdoor pool

Frenchy’s Oasis Motel

Frenchy’s Oasis Motel is a retro, boutique motel. Frenchy’s Oasis Motel has a pool with a waterside view and a short walk to the beach!

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Clearwater Beach

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Clearwater Beach is located on the north side of the island. It’s a quieter area of Clearwater Beach and only a short walk to the beach. If you’d rather not walk, they also offer free golf cart rides to the beach for guests!

  • Complimentary hotel breakfast
  • Fitness center
  • Outdoor pool

Edge Hotel

Edge Hotel is located on South Beach, Clearwater Beach with a stunning pool view! Edge Hotel features views of the Clearwater Pass and the Gulf of Mexico. Only a short walk to the beach itself!

  • Multiple pools, including a Gulf-front infinity pool
  • Tiki bars
  • Large sundecks
  • Complimentary breakfast buffet
  • Great restaurants connected and many others nearby
  • Laundry services

Pier House 60 Marina Hotel

Pier House 60 Marina Hotel features spacious hotel rooms and studios touching the waters of the Clearwater Marina. Hotel rooms have great views of the marina, intracoastal waterway and the beach! With a short walk across the street, you’ll be right next to Pier 60 on Clearwater Beach.

  • Jimmy’s Crow’s Nest rooftop bar on the 10th floor
  • Complimentary breakfast
  • Fitness center
  • Heated outdoor pool

Shephard’s Beach Resort

Shephard’s Beach Resort is located on South Beach, Clearwater Beach overlooking the Clearwater Pass. Shephard’s features a large pool deck with bars and lounge areas right on the water of Clearwater Pass. The Resort area includes bars, restaurants, and nightclubs.

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Clearwater Beach

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Clearwater Beach is located on the Clearwater Pass, next to Shephard’s and Edge Hotel. It features a heated outdoor pool with great views of the Clearwater Pass and the Gulf of Mexico.

DreamView Resort & Hotel

DreamView Resort & Hotel is located on the Clearwater Pass right before the bridge that connects Clearwater Beach to Sand Key. While it’s the furthest, but still not far, from the beach – it has a unique offering. DreamView Resort & Hotel offers a small private beach area right on the water of Clearwater Pass!

  • Small private beach
  • Beautiful views of Clearwater Pass
  • Restaurant
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Outdoor heated pool
  • Fitness Center
  • Coffee Shop

Clearwater Beach Hurricane Season

Clearwater Beach Hurricane Season

It’s early September 2018. We have just watched Tropical Storm Gordon push through the Gulf of Mexico, flooding the streets in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas. Now we are keeping our eyes on Hurricane Florence in the Atlantic. Hurricane Florence is tracking towards Bermuda but could turn at any time. Behind Hurricane Florence, there are two more storms starting to build that could be headed towards the United States. It’s officially the peak of the Clearwater Beach Hurricane Season.

The North Atlantic Ocean Hurricane Season, that includes the storms that would hit Clearwater Beach, actually started back in June and continues through November. The peak of Clearwater Beach Hurricane Season begins in mid-August and continues through September.

Clearwater Beach Hurricane – What To Do

If you have rented a beachfront condominium from Surfside Condominiums or The Villas of Clearwater Beach during the Clearwater Beach hurricane season, here’s what to do…

You need to keep an eye on the weather before you head to Clearwater Beach, Florida.

If beautiful beach weather is predicted. Great! Head to Clearwater Beach, relax, enjoy and have a wonderful trip. Maybe even walk down the beach to Palm Pavilion and grab a Hurricane at the bar – enjoy some great food and drinks right on the beach!

When you check the weather before the trip if there’s a hurricane headed towards Florida keep in touch with us before your trip. Call us, email us, reach out to us through our live chat system on our website. We will help answer any questions you may have. It is rare that a storm will require Clearwater Beach to be evacuated, but if that is the case during your trip B&W Management, Inc. will refund you.

If you’re interested in watching the Clearwater Beach Weather live, check out our Live Webcam! Our HD Webcam runs every day. You can take a look at the beach live at any time. Enjoy the same view you’ll have from the balcony of a beachfront condominium! Find our webcam here and even watch some of the highlights from the past such as: Tropical Storm Alberto on Clearwater Beach, beautiful Clearwater Beach sunsets, Hurricane Irma on Clearwater Beach, and a fireball pushing through the night sky over Clearwater Beach!

If you need more information on being prepared for a Clearwater Beach hurricane, please review the Pinellas County, Florida All-Hazards Guide. Download the full guide by clicking here.

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