Clearwater Beach, Florida, is known as the best beach in the United States. With that title, it can be a busy area – especially during peak travel seasons. Traffic can back up getting on the island, and parking can become challenging to find, but don’t worry, there are many great ways to travel around Clearwater Beach!
Getting Around Clearwater Beach
Personal Vehicle – Owned or Rented
Whether you’re driving to Florida in your car or flying into the Tampa Bay area and renting a car, you’ll soon be headed towards Clearwater Beach with a vehicle full of family and luggage. Sometimes the best way to get there is in your private vehicle, even if you have to be patient with traffic. The most challenging part may be finding a place to park! If you’re staying with us in a beachfront condo, you’ll find a reserved parking spot available just for you.
Rideshare / Taxi
If you fly into the Tampa Bay area and you’re planning on staying in the Clearwater Beach (no day trips) you can save some money by not renting a car. Without a rental car, you won’t have to worry about parking, and there are many ways to get around Clearwater Beach without having your car. You just need to get from the airport to Clearwater Beach and back to the airport at the end of the trip. Rideshare apps like Uber and Lyft and even classic taxis are available at the nearby airports.
Clearwater Beach Ferry
Avoid the traffic and park for free! You can catch the Clearwater Beach Ferry from downtown Clearwater to the Clearwater Beach Marina, North Clearwater Beach, Island Estates and even Dunedin! Check out the routes, schedule, and purchase tickets here.
If you don’t have a car but still want to take some trips just off the island, you can take the Jolley Trolley! The Jolley Trolley can help you travel around Clearwater Beach from north beach to south beach and even off the island to many of the nearby communities – even as far as Tarpon Springs!
Free Beach Ride
In many restaurants, bars, and shops in the Clearwater Beach area, you’ll see cards for Free Beach Ride. Free Beach Ride will pick you up and take you anywhere in the Pinellas County area! You’ll be picked up by an easily identifiable Free Beach Ride’s minivan. They offer free rides in the Clearwater Beach area from 8 am to midnight. All you need is cash to tip your driver!
No cost and no parking fees! Clearwater Beach is a beautiful, safe community. Almost everything is close by and won’t take long to walk to. The only time you may want a vehicle is for a trip to the grocery store. It’s a bit further away, located on Island Estates, and you may not want to carry all the groceries back by hand. If you don’t have a car, trips to the grocery store can be quickly managed by Free Beach Rides or Rideshare / Taxi services.
While walking the area is easy, riding a bike is more fun! Clearwater Beach Paddleboard & Rental Company offers several different bikes to cruise around the beach with – even some electric bicycles!
If you like the bike idea but have several people and want to stay together (or maybe you don’t have a great balance) check out a Surrey Bike for the day! They can fit up to 6 adults and 3 kids!
Not looking to pedal around town? Scooters are available for rent too! All you need is a valid drivers license. Rent by the hour or by the day!
Scoot Coupes are available by the hour and full day as well! These three-wheeled, two passenger rides are a fun, street legal, way to cruise around Clearwater Beach!