ClearwaterUnited States of America

See the cradle of Scientology, visit the famous bottlenose dolphins from Dolphin Tale and try water sports at the stunning beaches.

Clearwater is a delightful beach town with all types of water sports activities and an entertaining pier area. It is also known across the globe as the headquarters of the mysterious and controversial Church of Scientology. Sunbathe on the gorgeous beaches and learn about the notorious religion of Tom Cruise and John Travolta in this intriguing town.

Among the town’s highlights is the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, which is known for rescuing injured sea creatures. See the famous bottlenose dolphins Winter and Hope from the Dolphin Tale movie. Winter has a prosthetic replacement for her tail, which was caught in a crab trap line.

Get around the town center via the Suncoast Beach Trolley. Visit the majestic building of the Church of Scientology, which the religion considers a 21st-century cathedral. Drop in at the Church of Scientology Information Center to learn more about this enigmatic belief system.

Enjoy the picturesque scenery in the region while you practice your swing at Cove Cay Golf Course. Enjoy a meal at its grill restaurant against a picturesque backdrop of the lake and the bay. Bring your kids to Congo River Golf – Clearwater for a course of miniature golf that leads through waterfalls, caves and tropical rainforests.

Take advantage of the year-round warm weather with a trip to Pier 60. Note that August is particularly wet, with afternoon storms. Watch the lightning during tempests and the sunset on a clear day. At Clearwater Beach rent Jet Skis and kayaks to take out on the water.

The town is located on the western outskirts of Tampa in the western section of central Florida. Fly to the Saint Petersburg Clearwater International Airport or the Tampa International Airport, a 30-minute drive east across Old Tampa Bay from the town. See some of Florida’s other famous nearby towns, such as Largo, St. Petersburg and Palm Harbor.

Clearwater is a haven for golfers, beachgoers and Scientologists.

Where to stay in Clearwater

Feather Sound
St. Petersburg - Clearwater featuring tropical scenes

Feather Sound

Known for Family-friendly, Beaches, Dining

Beaches, restaurants and shopping are just a few things travellers enjoy about Feather Sound. Check out Tampa Bay or Feather Sound Country Club while you're exploring the area.

Top hotels in Clearwater

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Magnuson Hotel Clearwater Central
Magnuson Hotel Clearwater Central
2 out of 5
21252 Us Highway 19 N, Clearwater, FL
£47
per night
24 Nov-25 Nov

Situated near the beach, this motel is within 1 mile (2 km) of St Petersburg College, Bright House Field and Tampa Bay. Congo River Golf - Clearwater and Eddie ...

3.5/5Good! (3,190 reviews)

"Great to rest, friendly stuff, good beds, very quiet"…"

Reviewed on 18 Nov 2019

Magnuson Hotel Clearwater Central
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham St. Pete-Clearwater Airpt
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham St. Pete-Clearwater Airpt
2.5 out of 5
3301 Ulmerton Rd, Clearwater, FL
£54
per night
24 Nov-25 Nov

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Eddie C. Moore Softball Complex, Ruth Eckerd Hall and Great Explorations Children's Museum. ...

3.9/5Very Good! (1,795 reviews)

"Carpet was old. Bed and linens and towels were new and crisp and clean."…"

Reviewed on 19 Nov 2019

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham St. Pete-Clearwater Airpt
La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Clearwater Central
La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Clearwater Central
2.5 out of 5
21338 Us Highway 19 N, Clearwater, FL
£74
per night
24 Nov-25 Nov

Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Bright House Field and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Ruth Eckerd Hall. Coachman Park and Clearwater Marine ...

4.1/5Very Good! (802 reviews)

"Large room and very comfortable king bed. Great complimentary breakfast. Enjoyed the large pool and jacuzzi."…"

Reviewed on 14 Nov 2019

La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Clearwater Central

Popular things to do in Clearwater

Bright House Field
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Bright House Field

Catch an event at Bright House Field during your trip to Clearwater.Take in the great live music and beautiful sunsets in this family-friendly area.

Coachman Park
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Coachman Park

Enjoy the beautiful sunsets and explore Coachman Park, a favourite green space in Clearwater. Amble around this family-friendly area's beautiful beaches or experience its great live music.

Church of Scientology
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Church of Scientology

Enjoy a stop at Church of Scientology, a landmark worth seeing in Clearwater. Amble around this family-friendly area's beautiful beaches or attend a baseball game.

Clearwater Country Club
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Clearwater Country Club

Enjoy a round of golf in Clearwater at Clearwater Country Club. Wander through the beautiful beaches and seaside in this family-friendly area.

Harborview Center
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Harborview Center

After visiting Harborview Center, make a plan to see the other sights and activities in Clearwater. Wander through the beautiful beaches and seaside in this family-friendly area.

Salvador Dali Museum
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Salvador Dali Museum

5/5(18 reviews)

Browse the surrealistic masterpieces of a world-famous Spanish painter in a remarkable building that perfectly suits the style of the art exhibits.

Top activities in Clearwater

One Game of Zombie Scavengers of Clearwater, FL
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One Game of Zombie Scavengers of Clearwater, FL

£2

Can you survive the zombie apocalypse… Zombie Scavengers leads you into the city to collect supplies to survive during this interactive scavenger game. With the whole world in chaos and zombies outnumbering the living 10 to 1, small colonies of the living are doing all they can to survive.

Clearwater Inshore Fishing
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Clearwater Inshore Fishing

£126

Get introduced to an expert captain and cast off for the exciting backwaters of Clearwater Beach and Caladesi Island State Park. Feel the magic as you track down the perfect spot to cast a line and wait for that fateful bite from the perfect trophy catch.

Deep Sea Fishing off Clearwater Beach with Transportation
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Deep Sea Fishing off Clearwater Beach with Transportation

£116

Enjoy lunch on Clearwater Beach and feel the sun on your face while enjoying a break from the crowds and lines of Orlando's theme parks. Take off from Clearwater Marina and cruise out just off the Gulf Coast for the best grouper and snapper deep-sea fishing in Florida.

Vacation Photographer in Clearwater
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Vacation Photographer in Clearwater

£24

Book a private professional photographer for a family trip, destination wedding, secret proposal or just a great day. Prices start at 8.

The Florida Aquarium - General Admission Tickets
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The Florida Aquarium - General Admission Tickets

£22

Visit The Florida Aquarium and see more than 12,000 plants and animals from Florida and beyond in the 250,000-square feet (23,000-sq m) located in downtown Tampa. Start your Florida Aquarium experience in the Wetlands Trail, which is home to animals and plants found in Florida.

Let's Roam Tampa Scavenger Hunt
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Let's Roam Tampa Scavenger Hunt

£9

Tampa Riverwalk, University of Tampa, Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park

Reviews of Clearwater

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

2 Jul 2019

The beaches were lovely once I found them, and the attractions aren't too far away. I would stay here again.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

22 Jun 2019

Everything else lovely part from hotel and staff

5/5 - Excellent

Michael

1 Jun 2019

Beaches are stunning. Sand is the best anywhere. Frenchys Rockaway Grill is the place to eat

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

10 May 2019

Had a great full day of deep sea fishing from Clearwater. Went to Tarpon Spings for the day, which we loved. The rest of the time was spent shopping and visiting family.

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