Clearwater Beach Activities

3 Night Clearwater Beach Family Vacation - Clearwater Beach Family Getaway

Are you trying to plan a fun 3 night Clearwater Beach family vacation? We are here to help! We will talk about the closest airports, where to eat, what to do, and of course, we hope you come to stay with us. B&W Management is currently offering 3-5 night beach getaways by phone only – call us today!  (727) 461-1123

4 Day / Three Night Clearwater Beach Family Vacation Plans

When writing these Clearwater Beach family vacation tips, I will include more activities and places to eat than most families would use. Every family is different in what they like to do and eat. I will attempt to have something for everyone in these tips.

If you have any questions, please leave comments below. I will answer all questions as quickly as I can.

Day 1 – Clearwater Beach Family Vacation

Clearwater Beach Pizza Alba Pizza at Sunset

  • Arrive in Clearwater Beach
  • Lunch on the sand at Palm Pavilion or Frenchy’s Rockaway
  • Enjoy the beach and pool
  • Dinner from Alba’s Pizza
  • Sunset on the beach/balcony

When you arrive in the Clearwater Beach area, there are most likely two things on your mind – food and the beach! If it’s early enough for lunch, let’s combine both! I’d recommend stopping for a delicious lunch at Palm Pavilion or Frenchy’s Rockaway. Palm Pavilion and Frenchy’s Rockaway both offer delicious food, beautiful views, great drinks and oftentimes have live music – and they’re next door to each other! So if one has a long line, put your name on the list and check out how long the wait is at the other. If both have a wait, enjoy the sun and put your feet in the sand. Both restaurants are directly on the beach!

After lunch on the first day, it’s usually focused on the beach and pool. Enjoy the soft white sand, clear water, and calm waves. Go for a walk, build sand castles, search for sand dollars on the sandbar, or relax by the pool. For dinner, why leave the beach? Enjoy Alba Pizza! It’s only steps off the beach. Enjoy a quick, easy meal on a private balcony while watching the sunset!

Day 2 – Clearwater Beach Family Vacation

Clearwater Beach Paddleboarding

  • Breakfast at Ryan’s Island Cafe
  • Beach / Pool Day
  • Fishing, Kayaking, Paddleboarding, Jet ski Rentals
  • Lunch at Frenchy’s Original Cafe
  • Waterfront Sunset Dinner with live music and mini golf
  • Waterfront Dinner and sunset cruise

On day 2, your first full day of a Clearwater Beach family vacation, I’d start with a coffee and a walk on the beach if you’re an early riser. If you’re not, follow a walk on the beach with breakfast at Ryan’s Island Cafe. Ryan’s Island Cafe is a typical but very delicious breakfast diner right in the center of Clearwater Beach.

The whole day is all about soaking up that Florida sun! After breakfast, head to the beach, swim in the Gulf of Mexico, and relax by the pool. Not the sitting around type? There’s still plenty to do! You can head to the end of Pier 60 to go fishing (including gear rental), splash around with a jet ski, kayak, or my personal favorite – a paddleboard. All are available to be rented from several different locations around Clearwater Beach. When it comes to kayaking and paddleboarding, I’d recommend renting them from Clearwater Beach Paddleboard Company. They’ll get you set up quickly and easily, answer any questions you may have, and you’ll be able to cruise around the Intracoastal, where the water stays smooth throughout the day. If you’re up for it, paddle out to one of the small islands and enjoy your own tropical island like the photo above.

Whenever you’re ready for lunch, head to Frenchy’s Original Cafe for a delicious grouper sandwich or crabby shrimp sandwich. Frenchy’s Original also offers great burgers and other non-seafood options as well.

Later that evening, it’s time for some fun without missing the sunset and a delicious dinner. Depending on your family’s interests, here are two options – mini golf, or a sunset cruise.

If you’re interested in Captain Bligh’s mini golf, I’d pair that activity with dinner at Jimmy’s Fishhouse. They’re very close by each other and dinner at Jimmy’s Fishhouse comes with live music, and beautiful sunset views from Clearwater Pass.

Not a golfer and you’re more interested in being on the water? Grab dinner at Bait House and then head out for a sunset cruise. My favorite sunset cruises include Captain Memo’s Pirate Ship, Little Toot Dolphin Adventure, and Schooner Clearwater sailing cruise.

Day 3 – Clearwater Beach Family Vacation

Tarpon Springs Florida Hella's Restaurant at Sunset

  • Breakfast at Clear Sky Cafe
  • More Beach and Pool or other outdoor activities
  • Clearwater Marine Aquarium
  • Explore Nearby Areas such as Tarpon Springs, John’s Pass
  • Lunch in Tarpon Springs / John’s Pass
  • Souvenir Shopping Walk
  • Pier 60 Sunset and Shopping
  • Dinner at Crabby’s Hideaway

There’s a lot of delicious restaurants on Clearwater Beach, and one that I always have to recommend is Clear Sky Cafe for breakfast. The whole menu is great including breakfast, but starting a vacation day with a fantastic Blood Mary is hard to pass up.

Every day is a great day for the beach in my mind, but if you’re looking to explore there’s several great options near by. Closest to you is the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is a rehabilitation focused aquarium. Their goal is to rescue, rehabilitate and then release the wildlife that can be seen when visiting the aquarium. When visiting you’ll have the opportunity to see dolphins, sea turtles, otters, pelicans, stingrays, and more. Many of these animals will be in the rehabilitation process and hopefully released soon, while others will be living in the aquarium for ongoing care.

Two other options are visiting some other nearby attraction areas for great food, views and shopping areas. Drive north from Clearwater Beach to Tarpon Springs for an authentic Greek sponge fishing village (see photo above). Or you can head south to John’s Pass. At John’s Pass you’ll be able to walk to boardwalk for great views of boats headed in and out of the Gulf of Mexico and be surrounded by unique restaurants and storefronts.

After a great day of exploring, take a walk through Clearwater Beach on a souvenir shopping walk to grab some fun souvenirs from your Clearwater Beach family vacation. Enjoy an outdoor dinner at Crabby’s Hideaway as you walk past the shops on your way to Pier 60. After dinner enjoy the live entertainment, shopping, and beautiful sunset views of Clearwater Beach’s Pier 60.

Day 4 – Clearwater Beach Family Vacation

Clearwater Beach Rainbow

  • Breakfast at Another Broken Egg
  • Enjoy the beach or pool before you go
  • Explore Safety Harbor

On your last day visiting Clearwater Beach, Florida, enjoy a few more moments of your family’s favorite activities. Take one more walk on the beach or a few more minutes by the pool, shop at another store or two or explore one more nearby town before heading back out on the highway or to one of the nearby airports. If you want to explore one more place, I recommend Safety Harbor. It’s a beautiful town on the water of Old Tampa Bay. The town is filled with Florida charm. If you’re looking for a bite to eat while you’re there, The NONA Slice House is a well-known restaurant in the area known for delicious pizza and live music.

Airports Near Clearwater Beach, Florida

Clearwater Beach Airports - Tampa International Airport TPA St. Pete - Clearwater International Airport PIE Southwest Airlines Flying over Gulf of Mexico and Honeymoon Island

Clearwater Beach is located just outside of Tampa, Florida. Being close to Tampa gives you a chance to visit many Tampa attractions when you’re staying on longer trips, but for shorter weekend getaways, the best part about being near Tampa is the access to two nearby airports.

Tampa International Airport (TPA)

Tampa International Airport is the biggest airport nearby. If you’re flying in and out of Tampa International Airport, you can find multiple flights daily from all major airlines. Many rental car companies and other ride-booking options are available to travel to and from the airport to Clearwater Beach. The distance from TPA to Clearwater Beach is ~20 miles and takes about 35 minutes without traffic.

St. Pete – Clearwater International Airport (PIE)

St. Pete – Clearwater International Airport is the smaller airport. I love flying in and out of St. Pete – Clearwater International Airport. Traveling between car rental areas and check-in or security areas is smaller and takes much less time. The gates are all very close. The small size makes it quick and easy. There’s a big downside, though – not many airlines fly in and out of St. Pete – Clearwater International Airport. Most of the flights are on Allegiant Airlines. The flight times are usually specific to one flight per day, and depending on the time of year, you may only have a few flights per week. If those days/times work – it’s excellent! Easy to get through, car rentals are steps away, and pick up and drop off are right in front of the check-in areas – the airport’s small size makes life easy if the days/times work for you.

St. Pete – Clearwater International Airport is ~13 miles from Clearwater Beach and takes about 25 minutes without traffic.

Where to Stay on Clearwater Beach

We’d love to have you stay with us! B&W Management offers beachfront condos that are perfect for a family of any size. We have 2 bedroom/2 bathroom condos, 3 bedroom/2 bathroom condos, and even a 4 bedroom, 3-a-half-bath penthouse condo. All condos have full kitchens, laundry rooms, and private balconies facing the beach.

How good is the view? The rainbow beach picture above was taken from one of B&W Management’s condos; every condo we offer has that view! And our sunsets are lovely too!

Clearwater Beach Sunset From B&W Management Inc - Balcony view of Clearwater Beach from Surfside Condos - B&W Condos Balcony Sunset Clearwater Beach

Clearwater Beach Fireworks - July 4th 2023

A Clearwater Beach vacation is a great way to celebrate the 4th of July! Here’s all the information for a great July 4th celebration, including where to watch Clearwater Beach Fireworks.

Clearwater Beach Fireworks – July 4th, 2023

The Clearwater Beach fireworks for the 4th of July (2023) will not be on the beach. The July 4th fireworks will occur at the Clearwater Celebrates America event at “The Sound” at Coachman Park in downtown Clearwater. Don’t worry. These fireworks can be seen from both downtown Clearwater and Clearwater Beach.

The Clearwater Celebrates America event is in downtown Clearwater on July 4, 2023. The event features a classic car show, family-friendly games, fun street entertainment, a farmers market, and fireworks that night! These fireworks will be the largest fireworks display in Clearwater’s history and feature live music from The Florida Orchestra. To attend the fireworks show at “The Sound” in Coachman Park, you’ll need tickets – the tickets are FREE, but you need to reserve a spot here.

Fireworks Views from Clearwater Beach

The 4th of July fireworks may be viewed from multiple places on Clearwater Beach. The general area to look for fireworks is walking to the island’s east side and towards downtown Clearwater. The fireworks will take place over the Intracoastal water between downtown Clearwater and Clearwater Beach.

Here are some great viewing locations. These areas may be busy or blocked off, so please allow time to check a location before the fireworks to see if it is available.

  • If you’re staying at Surfside Condos, the fireworks may be viewable from the upper floors on the backside of the building (elevator and stairs side).
  • Waterside at Somerset Street and Bay Esplanade
  • Waterside at Clearwater Beach Library & Recreation Complex – 69 Bay Esplanade, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
  • Waterside at 51 Baymont Street, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
  • Vue 360 Rooftop Bar (Courtyard by Marriott Clearwater Beach)
  • Rooftop of North Beach Parking Plaza – 490Poinsettia Ave, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
  • Papaya Street Plaza – 175 Papaya Street, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
  • Parking lot next door to Frenchy’s Seafood Company – 419 E Shore Drive, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
  • Bait House and surrounding area – 45 Causeway Blvd, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Where's Clearwater Beach? Clearwater Beach, Florida is located on the Gulf of Mexico just outside of Tampa

When talking about my favorite places to go on vacation, my first response is always Clearwater Beach! …and that’s usually followed with the response… “Where’s Clearwater Beach?”

Where’s Clearwater Beach

Clearwater Beach is located on the Gulf of Mexico side of Florida. When looking at a map, you’ll find Clearwater Beach, Florida, in the Tampa Bay area. If you can find Old Tampa Bay on a map, follow the thinnest spot of land between Old Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. That narrow area of land will lead you to the downtown Clearwater area. Clearwater Beach is a barrier island on the Gulf of Mexico connected by a bridge to Clearwater, Florida.

Clearwater Beach, Florida, is an award-winning, family-friendly vacation destination. It has been named one of the Best Places to Travel in 2022, one of the best beaches in Florida, the United States, and even one of the best travel experiences in the world.

Where is Clearwater Beach Airport

Clearwater Beach airport is located only 12 and a half miles from the beach in Pinellas County, Florida. The airport’s official name is St. Pete – Clearwater International Airport (PIE). This small airport is an absolute breeze to get in and out of. It’s a short drive, and the airport’s small size makes it quick and easy to get in and out of.

St. Pete – Clearwater International Airport (PIE) offers domestic flights through Allegiant Air and Sun Country Airlines. International flights can be booked through Swoop Airlines.

If you’re looking for a different airline, this isn’t the only nearby airport. A wide variety of airlines can travel domestically and internationally to Clearwater Beach through the larger Tampa International Airport. Tampa International Airport is also close to Clearwater Beach, a short 20-mile drive from the airport to Clearwater Beach.

What to do in Clearwater Beach

Clearwater Beach is full of delicious restaurants, bars for everyone, and fun things to do for the whole family throughout the day and night.

Where to Stay in Clearwater Beach

Beachfront Condos on Clearwater Beach

Beachfront Condos on Clearwater Beach – https://clearwaterbeachrentals.com/

The beachfront condos hosted by B&W Management, Inc are the best places for families to visit Clearwater Beach.

These condos have beachfront views, private balconies, full kitchens, in-unit laundry, heated pools, and more. These condos come as 2 bed/2 bath, 3 bed/2 bath, and 4 bed/3 and a half bath options.

These condos are located on North Clearwater Beach. This provides a quieter and more relaxed surroundings than the hotels on South Clearwater beach. Access to the beach is steps away, and the public beach is less crowded on this side of Clearwater Beach. While it is quieter and calmer, you don’t miss out on any fun or the amenities of Clearwater Beach. There are bars within a few blocks, restaurants are nearby, and even the most popular beachfront restaurants with live music are within walking distance.

Clearwater Beach Day Trips

While Clearwater Beach is located on the Gulf of Mexico, you can still combine a beach vacation with a trip to Disney World or many other excellent areas of Florida!

Crystal River Florida Kayaking

Kayaking in Crystal River, Florida

Does Clearwater Beach have a boardwalk?

Pier 60 – Clearwater Beach Boardwalk

A frequent question asked is, does Clearwater Beach have a boardwalk? Yes! Clearwater Beach does have a boardwalk. The Clearwater Beach boardwalk area is known as Pier 60.

Pier 60 is a must-see when visiting Clearwater Beach, Florida. Pier 60 hosts a daily sunset festival. The sunset festival includes something for everyone. On Pier 60, you’ll find street performers, local craft shops, fun games for kids, fantastic playgrounds, fishing off the end of the pier, and of course – absolutely stunning sunsets! The daily sunset festival starts 2 hours before sunset and closes 2 hours after sunset.

Pier 60 is a concrete pier that sticks out over the Gulf of Mexico. The concrete pier provides a smooth surface with no steps, making it a handicap-accessible pier for everyone to enjoy.

Clearwater Beach Boardwalk on South Clearwater Beach

Beach Walk – South Clearwater Beach

You can follow the concrete boardwalk south from Pier 60 and enjoy a wide beach walk that connects Pier 60 to all of south Clearwater Beach. You’ll find public access points to the south beach area, restaurants, souvenir shops, hotels, and more along the beach walk. It’s truly a beautiful and relaxing walk.

Clearwater Beach Paddle Board Rental 4

I’ve previously written about standup paddle board rental locations in Clearwater Beach, but I wanted to share some more information with you. Here’s my first-hand experience of paddle boarding in the Clearwater Beach area.

Paddle Board Rental

My wife and I rented paddle boards from Clearwater Beach Paddleboard & Rental Co. We waited to book our paddle board rental until we were in Clearwater Beach and made sure we rented on a day with good weather. We wanted to make sure that it wouldn’t rain, but we also wanted to make sure it wouldn’t be too windy or have choppy water. We called Clearwater Beach Paddleboard & Rental Co to make a reservation the day before our rental. If you’re visiting Clearwater Beach during a busy time of year, you may want to call further in advance. Their number: (727) 444-0441

Clearwater Beach Paddleboard & Rental Co is located at 439 Poinsettia Ave, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767. Their storefront is not on the water, but don’t worry you do not need to carry the paddle board around. The rental company will take care of it for you. We showed up at the shop the morning of our rental, checked in, signed some paperwork, and were ready to go in minutes! We chose to paddle board in the Intracoastal of Clearwater Beach and they had us set up to leave from their dock just down the street from them. They walked us down to the dock, helped us get set up with lifevests, paddles, and boards. They took the time to show us how to properly set the paddle length to match our height and give us some tips on using the paddle boards before we headed out.

Where We Went

Clearwater Beach Paddle Board Rental 2

I’ve been wanting to paddle board the Intracoastal of Clearwater Beach for a while so I had a plan on where to go before I was on the paddle board. I knew there were some fun islands to visit between Island Estates and Clearwater (mainland Clearwater, not Clearwater Beach). These islands can be seen when looking north when driving across the causeway bridge.

There are a few small islands in this area. I used either Google Maps or Apple Maps to get a visual of what the islands. I looked to see what they were like and which would be easiest to get to on a paddle board. Using the satellite images, I found an island that had small sand beaches and wasn’t too far. My wife and I decided on that island and started mapping out how we would get there.

Paddle Boarding to the Island

We left from the dock attached with Frenchy’s Seafood Company. From the docks, you can see all the boats at the Island Yacht Club directly across the water. We started off heading towards the north side of the Island Yacht Club. Paddling all the way around Island Estates would take a long time, so we planned a shortcut.

This was the part of the trip I wasn’t sure would work, but thankfully it did. We counted three inlets north of Island Yacht Club and paddled into the third inlet. At this inlet, there’s a small bridge that we were able to paddle under. It’s a very small bridge, and it happened to be high tide during our adventure. This made the road really low to the water.  We dropped down onto our stomachs and paddled with our arms like a surfboard to get under the bridge. It was tight! Thankfully it was also short. We were on the other side within a minute to two minutes.

From there, we paddled out past the homes on the other side of Island Estates. When we reached the edges of the Intracoastal waterway. The island we were looking for could easily be seen in the center of the Intracoastal waterway, just a little south of us.

Our paddle board adventure to and from the island can be seen below. The red line is the route we took to get from the paddle board rental dock to the island and back. It is about 1.25 miles from the dock to the island, two and a half miles there and back.

Clearwater Beach Paddle Board Rental Map

What We Brought

What did we bring with us? Not much! We each had our board, paddle, and life vest provided by the Clearwater Beach paddle board rental company. Nicki and I put sunscreen on right before heading out. We each wore a baseball cap, SPF shirts, and sunglasses. Nicki tossed her phone into a watertight bag to keep it safe. I tossed my GoPro that floats into my pocket. That’s all we headed out with.

Now that I’ve done it once. Next time, I’ll bring a water bottle and extra sunscreen with me. If I plan on staying on the island for a while, I’d add a small snack as well.

Was It Difficult?

Many people have never been paddle boarding and have asked if it was difficult. Paddle boarding is easier than I thought it would be. Paddle boarding to the island wasn’t my first time though. I’m from Missouri and have been paddle boarding on lakes for a couple of years. I had at least a little bit of experience with balancing on the board and knowing how it feels.

When starting out, it’s best to stay on your knees. It’s safer to keep lower to the board and easier to balance. I would always recommend staying on your knees when in shallow water or leaving a dock. Wait to stand up until you are away from docks and in deeper water. This was if you fall, you won’t hit a hard surface and the water will be deep enough to not hit the bottom.

The distance wasn’t too challenging, but it did take a while. It’s very common to have some wind on large water areas and paddling into the wind is more difficult. When we were paddling to the island, we were paddling into the wind. It took us twice as long to get to the island than it did to get back. The trip there was tiring at times with going into the wind. The way back was really enjoyable and smooth.

The day we went paddle boarding, the water was fairly smooth and there weren’t many boats out to leave wakes. This made it easier to stay on the board with relatively smooth water. When a boat would go past us, we’d quickly turn our board and head toward the boat’s wake. When on a paddle board, it’s best to paddle with the front of your board directly into the boat’s wake.

Clearwater Beach Paddle Boarding Adventure

It’s officially Clearwater Beach Spring Break season! Get ready! Clearwater Beach is about to get busy this weekend! Expect to see the Clearwater Beach area become extra busy on March 11, 2022, through March 20, 2020. The entire Tampa Bay area may become busier during this time because of the local areas’ spring breaks occurring simultaneously. The school systems of Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco, Hernando, Manatee, and Sarasota counties all have spring break during these dates. Add in the University of South Florida located in Tampa, and that adds up to over 500,000 students, families, and staff in the area on spring break.

Parking can quickly become a hassle with this many visitors. If you’re looking to get around check out the Jolly Trolley which is offering free rides during the Clearwater Beach Spring Break season. Looking for things to do while visiting Clearwater Beach? Check out our events page to see what’s going on in the Tampa Bay area!

Clearwater Beach Spring Break – Things to Know

  • No glass on Clearwater Beach
  • Alcohol is not allowed on the beach
  • No open flames or grills on the beach
  • Dogs are not allowed on the majority of Clearwater Beach (there is a dog-friendly area on the north side of Clearwater Beach)
  • If a storm is coming in, get off the beach and go indoors
  • Bring sunscreen with you to the beach and reapply
  • Swim near a Clearwater Beach Lifeguard station
  • Watch the beach warning flags (see below)

Clearwater Beach - Beach Warning Flags

Clearwater Beach Souvenirs

When vacationing with us, you may want to bring back a Clearwater Beach souvenir to remember the great trip. Or maybe you’re looking for a gift to surprise family and friends with a fun gift. Here are some great places to buy Clearwater Beach Souvenirs starting with the classic dad comment “Bring me back some sand.”

Clearwater Beach Sand and Shells

Let’s start with the first question, is it legal to bring back sand from Clearwater Beach? I haven’t seen a specific ruling on this, but I believe the answer is no. It is not legal to bring sand back from the beach from the majority of coastal beaches in the United States. With that said, a very small amount of sand and shells is usually not a big deal for tourists to collect. Please check to make sure the shells do not have a live organism in them and aren’t a live organism itself such as starfish and sand dollars. You can also check the Clearwater Beach souvenir shops to find small containers of shells and sand that are already packaged and ready for purchase.

Clearwater Beach Souvenir Shops

Fun Places to Shop Outside of Clearwater Beach

Clearwater Market Marie

Enjoy the Clearwater community and support local vendors at The Market Marie, an outdoor marketplace. The Market Marie is located at 710 Court Street in Downtown Clearwater, Florida – at the intersection of Court & Myrtle. The Market Marie is open on the second Saturday of each month from 10 AM until 4 PM.


John’s Pass

John’s Pass Village and Boardwalk is one of the best shopping areas in the Tampa Bay area. It’s a beautiful outdoor shopping area that offers many local shops, restaurants, and a full marina of cruises, fishing boats, rental boats, kayaks, paddleboards, jet skis, and more!


Dunedin, Florida

Just north of Clearwater Beach, you’ll find Dunedin, Florida. Located less than 30 minutes from Clearwater Beach, Dunedin is known for its delicious food paired with a relaxed, friendly small-town atmosphere. The downtown Dunedin area is filled with restaurants, coffee shops, ice cream shops, and fun little storefronts.


Tarpon Springs, Florida

A little further north of Dunedin, Florida you’ll find the Greek Sponge docks in Tarpon Springs, Florida. The beautiful Greek village has the highest percentage of Greek Americans of any city in the United States. Enjoy a short trip to Tarpon Springs and experience delicious Greek food, quaint local shops, and walks down the sponge docks. You’ll find stores filled with amazing souvenirs including sponges, soups, clothing, cigars, artwork, and more!

Clearwater Beach Nightlife 2021

Looking for fun things to do at night in Clearwater Beach? Here’s a quick list of some of the Clearwater Beach nightlife for both adults and kids. From live music to indoor surfing, there’s something for everyone!

Clearwater Beach Family-Friendly Nightlife

Pier 60

The family-friendly Clearwater Beach nightlife can be found on the beach in the center of the island at Pier 60. You’ll find a fun area of playgrounds, live music, entertainment, and local craft shops every night at the Pier 60 Sunset Festival. This festival begins 2 hours before sunset and goes until 2 hours after sunset every day of the year! Come shop, play, and enjoy the beautiful views of Pier 60.

Captain Bligh’s Landing

Captain Bligh’s Landing is located on the south side of Clearwater Beach. Try your putting skills at the Putt-putt course featuring a pirate ship, cave, waterfalls, and more! Stop in and enjoy some classic video games in the game room! Open until 10:00 PM.

Flowrider Indoor Surfing

Try some indoor surfing until 11:00 PM. Located inside the Surf Style on South Clearwater Beach, Flowrider Indoor Surfing is a fun and safe way to try indoor surfing while the rest of the family shops!

Clearwater Beach Escape Room

Voted “Best” Escape Room of Tampa Bay. Can you find the clues needed to escape these rooms? Features several different storylines including Pirate Ship Adventure, Secure 8 at Area-51 Alien Adventure, Zombie Underground, Ultra Budget Airways, and The Da Vinci Exhibit! Learn more about these escape rooms.

Clearwater Beach Bars and Clubs

The Shipwreck
647 Mandalay Ave, Clearwater, FL 33767 | 1 PM – 3 AM every day

Beach Fire Beach Bar & Grille
608 Mandalay Ave, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767 | 8 AM – 1 AM every day

North Island Bar & Grille
600 Mandalay Ave, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767 | 11 AM – 3 AM every day

Palm Pavillion Beach Side Grill & Bar
10 Bay Esplanade, Clearwater, FL 33767 | 11 AM – 10 PM

Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill
7 Rockaway St, Clearwater, FL 33767 | 11 Am – 11 PM (Open until midnight on Friday and Saturday)

Hogan’s Hangout
499 Mandalay Ave, Clearwater, FL 33767 | 7 AM – 2 AM every day

The Brown Boxer
483 Mandalay Ave, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767 | 11 AM – 3 AM every day

Jamminz
411 Mandalay Ave, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767 | 3 PM – 3 AM every day

Jimmy’s Crows Nest
101 Coronado Dr, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767 | Noon – 12:30 AM (Open until 1:30 AM on Friday and Saturday)

Coco’s Crush Bar & Grill
317 Coronado Dr, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767 | 11:30 AM – 3 AM every day

WAVE Nightclub
619 S Gulfview Blvd, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767 | 10 PM to 2:30 AM Friday, Saturday and Sunday

The Brown Boxer – South Beach
741 Bayway Blvd, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767 | 11 AM – 3 AM every day

Clearwater Beach Running Routes

Love to run? In the middle of training for a race? Clearwater Beach is a great place to go for a run for locals and those visiting on vacation. Here are some great Clearwater Bech running routes with varying distances and hills (Yes, there’s even some hills to run in these Clearwater Beach running routes.)

When running these routes, please stay alert and use caution. If running on the beach, watch out for holes and sandcastles. If running by the street, please use sidewalks when available and cautiously use crosswalks when at intersections or when crossing streets.

Running on the Beach – North

Clearwater Beach Running Route - Beach Run North

Distances started from Pier 60 and headed north to Caladesi Island. These estimated distances are how far it is to these points, double the distance to come back.

  • Palm Pavillion: ~0.5 mile
  • The end of the trash cans on the beach / sand dunes stick out further onto the beach: ~0.8 mile
  • Regatta Beach Club / 8080 Pier: ~1.4 miles away
  • Caroul Yacht Club: ~2 miles away
  • Last house on North Beach: ~2.3 miles away
  • Shell Tree: ~2.75 miles away
  • First Caladesi Island bathroom: ~3.8 miles away
  • Hurricane Pass / North End of Caladesi Island: ~5.25 miles away

Running on the Beach – South

Clearwater Beach Running Route - Beach Run South

Distance starting from Pier 60 and headed South.

  • South Beach Rocks before Clearwater Pass: ~0.5 mile
  • 1 mile to Clearwater Pass and back to Pier 60

South Clearwater Beach Loop – Small

Clearwater Beach Running Route - South Beach Loop - Small

Estimated Distance: ~1.35 miles

  • Start at the beginning of Pier 60 and head south on the beach walk
  • When the beach walk ends, continue south on the sidewalk of S Gulfview Blvd
  • Cross the street and head left or North on S Hamden Drive
  • Run straight on S Hamden Drive until it does a forced left turn onto Devon Drive
  • Turn right onto Coronado Drive and run towards the Clearwater Marina
  • Use the crosswalk between Clearwater Marina and Pier 60 and run back to the beginning of Pier 60

South Clearwater Beach Loop – Big

Clearwater Beach Running Route - South Beach Loop - Big

Estimated Distance: ~2.65 miles

  • Start at the beginning of Pier 60 and head south on the beach walk
  • When the beach walk ends, continue south on the sidewalk of S Gulfview Blvd
  • S Gulfview Blvd makes a U-turn (to the left) at the end of the south side of Clearwater Beach and turns into Bayway Blvd
  • Continue running on Bayway Blvd until the intersection of S Gulfview Blvd and turn right on S Gulfview Blvd
  • Turn right onto S Hamden Drive
  • Run straight on S Hamden Drive until it does a forced left turn onto Devon Drive
  • Turn right onto Coronado Drive and run towards the Clearwater Marina
  • Use the crosswalk between Clearwater Marina and Pier 60 and run back to the beginning of Pier 60

North Clearwater Beach Loop – Small

Clearwater Beach Running Route - North Beach Loop - Small

Estimated Distance: ~1 mile

  • Start at the beginning of Pier 60 and head north through the park and onto the sidewalk of Mandalay Ave
  • Run North of the Mandalay Ave Sidewalk
  • Turn right on Baymont Street (Hogan’s Hangout)
  • Run 2 blocks on Baymont Street then turn right onto E Shore Drive
  • Take E Shore Drive south until you hit the roundabout and use the lights to safely cross to the Clearwater Marina
  • After crossing, turn right and head back toward Pier 60 using the sidewalk following the circle and the Clearwater Marina parking lot
  • Use the crosswalk between Clearwater Marina and Pier 60 and run back to the beginning of Pier 60 (Near the Sea Screamer and the Pirate Ship)

North Clearwater Beach Loop – Big

Clearwater Beach Running Route - North Beach Loop - Big

Estimated Distance: ~2.45 miles

  • Start at the beginning of Pier 60 and head north through the park and onto the sidewalk of Mandalay Ave
  • Run North of the Mandalay Ave Sidewalk until you hit the residential circle on North Clearwater Beach
  • Use the first right turn of the circle to make a right onto Acacia Street
  • Turn right onto Bay Esplanade
  • Stay on Bay Esplanade as it makes a loop around some inner coastal water near Poinsettia Ave/Royal Way
  • Follow the forced right and Stay on Bay Esplanade as you reach the library and tennis courts
  • Turn left and run on the sidewalk of Mandalay Ave
  • Turn left onto Baymont Street
  • Run 2 blocks on Baymont and then turn right onto E Shore Drive
  • Take E Shore Drive south until you hit the roundabout and use the lights to safely cross to the Clearwater Marina
  • After crossing, turn right and head back toward Pier 60 using the sidewalk following the circle and the Clearwater Marina parking lot
  • Use the crosswalk between Clearwater Marina and Pier 60 and run back to the beginning of Pier 60 (Near the Sea Screamer and the Pirate Ship)

Memorial Causeway Bike Trail (Pier 60 to Downtown Clearwater)

Clearwater Beach Running Route - Memorial Causeway Bike Trail - Pier 60 to Downtown Clearwater

Estimated Distance: ~4.5 miles

  • Starting at the beginning of Pier 60 – Run through the park towards Clearwater Marina
  • Use the crosswalk near the Sea Screamer / Pirate Ship to cross Coronado Drive and reach the Clearwater Marina
  • Follow the sidewalk towards the Clearwater Roundabout and stay on the sidewalk as it starts following Clearwater Memorial Causeway (next to the Clearwater Marina Parking Lot)
  • Follow the sidewalk as it turns into the Memorial Causeway Bike Trail as it crosses a bridge near Bait House
  • Stay on the Memorial Causeway Bike Trail as you cross Island Estates and Cross the Causeway Bridge into downtown Clearwater
  • At the Downtown Clearwater end of the Causeway Bridge take a right turn and follow the sidewalk as it circles to get you down under the bridge to Pierce Street.
  • Turn right on the sidewalk Pierce Street and head towards downtown Clearwater
  • Turn right onto the sidewalk of S Osceola Ave
  • Turn right onto the sidewalk of  Court Street until it turns into the sidewalk of the Clearwater Memorial Causeway
  • Take the sidewalk of the Clearwater Memorial Causeway back to Clearwater Beach (this time on the north side of the Causeway)
  • Continue Straight on Clearwater Memorial Causeway when crossing Island Way
  • Cross the bridge back onto Clearwater Beach and follow the sidewalk around the north side of the Clearwater Roundabout
  • Safely Cross Mandalay Ave using the stoplight at the Hilton Clearwater Beach Hotel and turn left to run back to the beginning of Pier 60

Clearwater Pass and Sand Key Park Trail

Clearwater Beach Running Route - Clearwater Pass and Sand Key Park Trail

Estimated Distance: ~5.3 miles

  • Start at the beginning of Pier 60 and head south on the beach walk
  • When the beach walk ends, continue south on the sidewalk of S Gulfview Blvd
  • Turn right to cross Clearwater Pass on Gulf Blvd
  • Turn right into Sand Key Park and follow the small running trail through the park (not a sidewalk – it’s an unpaved running trail)
  • Use the trail to run Towards Clearwater Pass, loop back around by the beach parking lot and entrances to the beach, and towards the exit of the park
  • When exiting the park, safely cross the street and turn left on the sidewalk of Gulf Blvd to head back towards the Clearwater Pass
  • Crossover Clearwater Pass, continue straight on Gulf Blvd until you reach Bayway Blvd.
  • Turn left at Bayway Blvd
  • Continue running on Bayway Blvd until the intersection of S Gulfview Blvd and turn right on S Gulfview Blvd
  • Turn right onto S Hamden Drive
  • Run straight on S Hamden Drive until it does a forced left turn onto Devon Drive
  • Turn right onto Coronado Drive and run towards the Clearwater Marina
  • Use the crosswalk between Clearwater Marina and Pier 60 and run back to the beginning of Pier 60

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Is Clearwater Beach Walkable? - Hogan's Hangout

Is Clearwater Beach Walkable? YES! Clearwater Beach is a very walkable beach town with everything you need close by.

When visiting Clearwater Beach you’ll have a variety of options on where to stay that will play a role in how close everything is to you, but no matter where you stay, the island is walkable! When mentioning distances in this article, I’ll be using The Villas of Clearwater Beach and Surfside Condos as the reference point. Both of these fantastic vacation rentals are beachfront condominiums located on North Clearwater Beach. This area of the beach is a quiet, family-friendly area of Clearwater Beach.

Beach Access

You’ll find beach access points almost everywhere on Clearwater Beach. When staying at the condos rented from B&W Management, you’ll have beachfront views and are steps away from touching the soft white sand.

If you’re not staying in a beachfront condo or hotel, don’t worry, the beach is still within walking distance! The most common places to stay are within 3 to 4 (small) blocks from the beach. If you’re staying on south Clearwater Beach in places like Shephard’s Beach Resort, Holiday Inn, or Hampton Inn and Suites; you will have a small beach area nearby, but you’ll have to walk a bit further to get to the public beach area. The public beach is still very walkable at roughly a quarter-mile.

Restaurants

There are delicious restaurants everywhere on Clearwater Beach! Here are some popular restaurants on Clearwater Beach and their walking distance from The Villas of Clearwater Beach. By no means are these the only restaurants around; there are many, many more!

Bars

Enjoy a night out on Clearwater Beach! Below are some of the bars located on Clearwater Beach, but there are many more!

Shopping

You’ll find all kinds of wonderful storefronts to shop at on Clearwater Beach. Many of these storefronts are located on Mandalay Avenue. Another great shopping experience is the popup shops located on Pier 60 every day for the Clearwater Beach sunset festival! You can combine both and walk from Surfside Condos and The Villas of Clearwater Beach down Mandalay Avenue to Pier 60. This walk is only a mile long and will take you past all kinds of storefronts as you head to Pier 60 to enjoy a beautiful sunset, popup shops, live music, and more!

Activities

The number one Clearwater Beach activity is the beach, and that is only steps away! But you might be interested in doing a little more. Here are some other Clearwater Beach Activities and how they are all within a walkable distance.

  • Paddleboarding / Kayaking: You can rent Paddleboard and kayaks from Clearwater Beach Paddleboard Co. and they’ll bring them to you on the beach for lessons! The shop is a short walk away, but you won’t have to worry about carrying the boards and kayaks back to the beach!
  • Jetski Rentals: You can rent jetskis on the beach! Just walk south towards Pier 60 and you’ll come across the rental company directly on the beach before you reach Pier 60 – roughly a half-mile away on the beach. You can also rent jetskis from the Clearwater Marina which is only a mile away.
  • Parasailing: Parasailing may be available from the jetski rental place on the beach (roughly a half-mile away), or you can find parasailing options at The Clearwater Marina as well.
  • Fishing: Enjoy fishing from the end of Pier 60, 1 mile away or fishing tours are available at The Clearwater Marina, also a mile away.
  • Dolphin Tours: Many different dolphin tour excursions are available at The Clearwater Beach Marina.
  • Sailing: Enjoy sailing cruises from the Clearwater Beach Marina as well!
  • Walk to Caladesi Island State Park: Walking to Caladesi Island State Park is possible! It’s a longer walk at roughly 4.5 miles to the far end of Caladesi Island, but it’s very beautiful and fully on the beach! Learn more about Walking from Clearwater Beach to Caladesi Island!