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Clearwater
Travel Guide

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.

Top hotels in Clearwater

Residence Inn by Marriott Clearwater Downtown
Residence Inn by Marriott Clearwater Downtown
3 out of 5
940 Court Street, Clearwater, FL
The price is £144 per night from 7 Mar to 8 Mar

Located in the heart of Clearwater, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Harborview Center, Church of Scientology and Coachman Park. Pier 60 Park and Beach ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (989 reviews)

"The suite aspect of the room really separates it from the traditional linear hotel room."…"

Reviewed on 26 Feb 2021

Residence Inn by Marriott Clearwater Downtown
Courtyard St. Petersburg Clearwater
Courtyard St. Petersburg Clearwater
3 out of 5
3131 Executive Dr, Clearwater, FL
The price is £76 per night from 7 Mar to 8 Mar

Situated in Clearwater, this hotel is 10.7 mi (17.2 km) from Tropicana Field and 11.6 mi (18.6 km) from Salvador Dali Museum. Pier 60 Park and Sand Key Park ...

4.4/5Excellent! (801 reviews)

"Room and public areas were clean, pool area kept tidy with towels readily available. Breakfast options worked for us. Loved the 3pm check in and noon check out- we had a late afternoon flight."…"

Reviewed on 27 Feb 2021

Courtyard St. Petersburg Clearwater
Magnuson Hotel Clearwater Central
Magnuson Hotel Clearwater Central
2 out of 5
21252 Us Highway 19 N, Clearwater, FL
The price is £80 per night from 7 Mar to 8 Mar

Situated near the beach, this motel is within 1 mile (2 km) of St Petersburg College, Bright House Field and Tampa Bay. Ruth Eckerd Hall is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) ...

3.5/5Good! (1,368 reviews)

"Nice fairly clean and simple hotel. Pool was great. Ft desk people very helpful. Central location in Clearwater. I'd recommend it"…"

Reviewed on 16 Feb 2021

Magnuson Hotel Clearwater Central
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Clearwater

Adorable Private Bungalow
Adorable Private Bungalow
1810 Douglas Ave, Clearwater, FL

This family-friendly Clearwater holiday home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Clearwater Country Club and Jack Russell Stadium. Coachman Park and Church of Scientology ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2 reviews)
Cute little bungalow

"I had a great weekend stay here. The location was just a short drive to the Clearwater beaches and Dunedin. I also enjoyed the big, private backyard. Having the covered carport was an added bonus."…"

Reviewed on 15 Oct 2020

Adorable Private Bungalow
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1920 Springtime Ave, Clearwater, FL

Located in the heart of Clearwater, this holiday home is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Dunedin Stadium and within 3 miles (5 km) of Coachman Park and Church of Scientology. ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (4 reviews)
Nice and simple

"The place is nice. They had little special touches but did not have dish soap or detergent to wash clothes. The neighborhood was quiet and nice. I would go again."…"

Reviewed on 17 Feb 2021

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Clearwater Vacation Beach 1BR Condo Fits 2-4or6ppl Book Now Get Discounts!!!!
Clearwater Vacation Beach 1BR Condo Fits 2-4or6ppl Book Now Get Discounts!!!!
701 S Madison Ave, Clearwater, FL

Situated in Clearwater, this condo is within 1 mi (2 km) of Wright Park and Church of Scientology. Coachman Park is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) away.

4.5/5Wonderful! (22 reviews)
Great stay!

"We visit Clearwater many times a year and this is an amazing place to stay. The photos don’t do it justice and the location is great and central to all fun things. A short drive to the beach or right down the road from great shopping. We will definitely stay here again."…"

Reviewed on 17 Feb 2021

Clearwater Vacation Beach 1BR Condo Fits 2-4or6ppl Book Now Get Discounts!!!!
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Clearwater

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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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