Clearwater Beach Florida
Clearwater Beach Florida has frequently been ranked one of the best beaches in the United States. It’s usually at the top of the “must visit” list of tourists when they come to Tampa Bay. Its Sandpearl resort was named one of the best beach resorts in the U.S. In February 2018, Clearwater Beach was named the best beach in the United States and seventh-best in the world by TripAdvisor. Amid the multitude of hotels dotting the coastline are private single-family homes, townhomes, condominium towers and, on the north end of the island, extravagant, luxury mansions.
Pier 60, named for State Road 60 which terminates in Clearwater Beach, is a central spot for beachgoers and has a playground, a snack bar with attached souvenir shop, and a long fishing pier. There are professional entertainers who perform on the pier every day, along with children’s acts. It’s the site of a daily event called Sunsets at Pier 60, which includes street performers and musical acts. On the pier itself is a nightly display of goods sold by local artisans such as jewelry, candles, and other gift items.
Numerous restaurants and shops can be found adjacent to the beach, whose attractiveness was greatly improved in recent years with a beautification project called Beach Walk. The Beach Walk is located just south of Pier 60. There are drinking fountains, shower nozzles for beachcombers to rinse the sand off, and bicycle racks, as part of the upgrade. It also is a great spot for fishing. Beach “renourishment” efforts such as dune restoration enhance the area’s natural beauty along a wide curving sidewalk. In addition, directly across from the pier is the Clearwater Municipal Marina, which offers deep sea fishing and boating activities for visitors.
Clearwater Beach Florida is in Pinellas County. It’s north of St. Petersburg, South of Dunedin and west of mainland Clearwater. Clearwater Beach has a population of a little more than 107,000 residents.
Did you know?
The Clearwater Jolley Trolley has provided transportation up and down the beach since 1982. It currently runs to North Clearwater Beach and down to Sand Key, including Island Estates. Mandalay Avenue is the main drag on the north end of the beach with Gulfview Boulevard being so on the south. Both areas feature a variety of businesses.
Local Special Events
Clearwater Beach Florida has a very active community. The beach community typically co-sponsors events with Clearwater and their residents and visitors participate. There are no shortage of activities going on. They create opportunities for the community to interact, celebrate, and enrich residents’ and visitors’ lives. Some events, like the Super Boat National Championship & Festival, bring visitors from around the world.
Other activities include: Clearwater Distance Classic, NHL All Star Beach Bash, beach volleyball tournaments, Bike Fest, Farmers Market, food and music festivals, St. Patrick’s Day celebration, Easter Egg Hunt, Sunsets at Pier 60 (daily festival), Pier 60 Sugar Sand Walk, GreekFest, 4th of July Fireworks, Jazz holiday, box car rallys, Halloween Boo Bash, Uncorked, Festival of Trees, Turkey Trot, Island Estates Holiday Boat Parade and the Outback Bowl Beach Day.