Clearwater, Florida

To the northwest from St. Petersburg and west from Tampa, Clearwater, Florida is situated in Florida's Pinellas County on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico. This region was once populated by the Tocobaga people. In the early 1830s, the Army of the United States constructed a fort that looked out over the harbor. A community formed near the fort and soon a town developed. By the 1900s, the village had its own newspaper. From then until today, Clearwater has been known as a great beach resort area and a well-loved winter retreat.

Sunset on Clearwater Beach, FloridaThe county seat and the headquarters for the Church of Scientology, Clearwater has its lovely beach with soft white sands as one of its best features. Those who want to visit the beach and beat the larger crowds should go early on a weekday morning. The sunrise over the skyline is stunning. Then for those who are fans of sunsets, Clearwater beach has an incredible western-facing view over the waters of the Gulf as the sun drops from the sky.

Besides the beach, the city has many festivals and other public events as well as other attractions to offer those who are visiting in the area. The Marine Aquarium has tanks with fantastic fish and sea creatures like sharks and sting rays. Sand Key Park has a beach, nature trails and a dog park. People enjoy coastal wildlife, the boardwalk and outdoor sports with friends and family at Sand Key Park. Clearwater is also known for its world-class ice skating rinks.

When it comes to accommodations, Clearwater has a wide variety. Travelers can choose from apartments, resort hotels, motels and any type of lodging to meet all budgets and preferences. The restaurants within the city and along the coast offer seafood and international cuisines. Superb cafes and restaurants offer excellent choices for all hungry travelers and locals.

As part of the greater Tampa Bay area, Clearwater has much to offer. Then, visitors can experience some of what the region has to offer. Family fun is found at Busch Gardens and at a home game for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Boating, a visit with local dolphins, touring museums and historic landmarks are just some of the activities to capture the interest of travelers. With unforgettable memories and romantic walks along the beach, visitors can find the best of Florida at Tampa Bay and the seaside city of Clearwater.


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