If you’re headed to Clearwater Beach for this first time you’ll soon come across the multilane roundabout. The Clearwater Beach roundabout splits the island in half. You’ll first encounter the roundabout when crossing onto the island from Clearwater Memorial Causeway. You’ll find north Clearwater Beach on the right side of the roundabout and south Clearwater Beach on the left. You’re headed to north Clearwater Beach, what lane do you need to be in?
How to drive around the Clearwater Beach roundabout
While approaching the roundabout, know which side of the island you are headed to and choose the appropriate lane before entering the roundabout. When entering Clearwater Beach, if you are headed to the north side of Clearwater Beach, you’ll be using one of the first two exits and need to be in the right lane. (Shown in green in the image above.)
If you’re headed to the south side of Clearwater Beach or essentially making a U-Turn and headed back off the island, approach the roundabout in the left lane and merge into the center lane of the roundabout. (Shown in yellow.) As vehicles exit the roundabout from the right lane (green), cautiously merge from the inside lane into lanes if possible before exiting the roundabout. If traffic is backed up and space is available, you may also exit from the center lane if there’s enough space available for a safe exit.
One part of the Clearwater Beach roundabout that is different from other multilane roundabouts is that the outside lane does not allow you to consistently circle the roundabout. The outside lane is forced to exit the roundabout and leave Clearwater Beach on Clearwater Memorial Causeway. If you are traveling from south Clearwater Beach to north Clearwater Beach, you must enter the roundabout from the left lane and drive in the center lane of the roundabout passed Clearwater Memorial Causeway, the exit at the appropriate north beach exit.
Please yield to traffic and travel cautiously when entering the roundabout. When exiting the roundabout, please be aware of pedestrian crossings appear shortly after the roundabout.