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Why rent a car in Clearwater?

Located on the sunny west coast of Florida, flanked by the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay, Clearwater offers a wide range of land and sea activities. Temperatures tend to be a little higher than in central Florida, but you’re never far from a beach for a cooling swim. To explore the award-winning beaches along its beautiful coastline, it’s a good idea to rent a car in Clearwater .

Only 10 minutes from the city centre, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium also serves as a marine life rescue centre. You can watch the animal care team working with rescued dolphins and sea turtles. Resident in the aquarium are dolphins Winter and Hope from the ‘Dolphin Tale’ movie. Just a hop away, Clearwater Beach sits on a barrier island with sugar-white sand stretching for two and a half miles along the gulf. It’s been ranked one of the best beaches in the US and best in Florida. Besides shops and restaurants, the area offers parasailing, jet ski rentals, boat tours and plenty of dolphin-spotting opportunities.

How to get to and around Clearwater?

Flights to Clearwater land at St Peter-Clearwater International Airport, a 20-minute drive to the city centre. St Petersburg, 40 minutes southeast, is home to the Salvador Dali Museum, holding the largest collection of Dali’s works outside Europe, and the Fort de Soto Park covering five islands. North Beach, with a large pirate ship playground guarding its entrance, is the perfect family beach featuring tidal pools for splashing in and colourful shells scattered on the sand.

Across Tampa Bay visit Tampa (a 40-minute drive), where Ybor City boasts great nightlife and fine restaurants for fresh seafood and Latin American cuisine. Have a paella washed down with Spanish wine or a top-quality craft beer.

Palm Harbor, 20 minutes north along the coast, is best known for the Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club’s golf championships. Less than 20 minutes south of Clearwater, the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo is a tropical oasis with rose and butterfly gardens in the heart of one of Florida’s most densely populated areas.

What brands are available?

You can pick up a hire car in Clearwater from one of several companies:

  • Alamo
  • Avis
  • Budget
  • Hertz
  • National
  • Thrifty
  • Must-sees within an easy drive of Clearwater

    Just over an hour south of Clearwater, in Bradenton, the De Soto National Memorial commemorates the 1539 landing of Spanish conquistador Hernando de Soto to begin an expedition that would cost him his fortune and his life. Have a stroll in the Robinson Nature Preserve, a salt marsh with hiking trails, canals, picnic spots, mangrove forests and a 53-foot tower with panoramic views of the Tampa Bay area.

    In Sarasota, an hour and a half south, the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art has the largest collection of Rubens’ canvasses outside Paris. The museum was founded by circus impresario John Ringling of Ringling Circus.

    Tips and tricks for driving in the U.S.

    American cars usually have automatic transmission. Drive on the right side. An international driving permit is not compulsory but recommended. Carry it at all times along with ID (passport) and proof of insurance.

    Speed limits vary from state to state; in general stick to 70mph on motorways. Beware that undertaking is not illegal in the US; to stay safe, don’t forget to signal before changing lanes.

    Provided there is no oncoming traffic, you can turn right at red traffic lights. At a four-way stop, all cars should stop, and the one that arrived first sets off first followed by the others in the order of arrival.

    Ready to plan your Clearwater city break?

    Feeling inspired to start planning a visit to Clearwater and the rest of the US? Check out this city guide and use the Expedia search tool to help you find the best car hire, flight and hotel and research the best attractions and activities.

    Remember that Expedia car hire comes with no hidden fees. The price you see is the price you pay!

    FAQs for car hire in Clearwater Beach

    What’s the best price car rental in Clearwater Beach?

    In the past 7 days the lowest priced car rental is in Clearwater Beach.

    What’s the average car rental price in Clearwater Beach?

    On average, car rentals in Clearwater Beach are .

    Why should I book a car rental with Expedia?

    When booking a rental car via Expedia you can easily compare a wide range of the most popular car hire companies and select the best option for you. There are no extra costs and no cancellation fees involved in booking a rental car with Expedia.

    How do I book a car rental with Expedia?

    You can book a car rental on Expedia either online or over the phone. You may have the option to reserve now and pay now, or to reserve now and pay later. The payment option will be indicated at time of booking. To collect Expedia Rewards points for your car rental, sign in to your account before you book or create an account on the Payment page.

    Are there any additional costs when cancelling a rental car?

    Most rental car bookings are eligible for a full refund regardless of when you cancel with Expedia. Not all prepaid bookings qualify for a refund. Review your itinerary for details. If your prepaid booking qualifies for a refund, your booking must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up for the refund. If you return your prepaid car rental early, you will not be refunded for any unused time.

    How can I cancel my car booking through Expedia?

    To cancel your car booking, sign in or enter your email address and itinerary number. Then select Find itinerary. Under Manage Booking, select Cancel Reservation, then CANCEL THIS RESERVATION. Most prepaid car rental bookings are non-refundable. Pre-paid bookings must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up to be eligible for a full refund. To change or cancel a car hire that you booked as part of a holiday, please contact us.

    Should I book a rental car online before arriving or directly in Clearwater Beach?

    Booking your car from home with Expedia ensures thay you can choose the type of car. You can also compare the different offers and additional services in advance to get the best offer for you. Upon arrival you only need to collect the keys before beginning your trip. In addition, you do not have to start searching for a suitable provider after arriving or reading the terms and conditions at the counter. This will save you a lot of stress.

    What insurance should I choose for my rental car?

    A comprehensive insurance is a good choice to avoid unpleasant surprises. That way you can enjoy your stay carefree and explore the area with your rental car.

    Do I have to pay my rental car in advance?

    We have a couple different options when it comes to paying for your car rental. Read on and see which is best for you. Reserve now, pay now: This option allows you to reserve your car rental and prepay at the time of booking. You’ll need a credit card to prepay, and can apply Expedia Rewards points to cover all or some of the booking cost. While some car rental companies may let you pay with a debit card, the driver still needs to present a valid credit card to cover the deposit upon pick-up. Reserve now, pay later: This option lets you reserve your rental car without paying in advance. When you get to the pick-up spot, just have whoever's driving present a valid credit card to pay the cost in full. The car rental company will also place a hold on your credit card in the amount of the car rental deposit.

    What do I have to pay attention to when hiring a car?

    When picking up your rental car, check for scratches or dents on the vehicle. Inspect the car carefully, make sure to take notes of potential damage and let the vendor know before driving off.

    Where can I find car rentals in Clearwater Beach?

    Rental car companies can usually be found at airports and various locations in the city centre.