Hotel at a Glance: Belleair Beach Club
The Belleair Beach Club is a laid-back family resort set right on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. Here, you can wiggle your toes in the surf or dive into the waves on the hotel’s private white-sand beach. Once you’ve dried off, head to nearby Sand Key Park to spot local wildlife or Clearwater Beach for its pier, entertainment, and shops and restaurants.
- Splash around year round in the outdoor pool, or lounge on the sun deck.
- Enjoy the view: You’ll see brilliant Gulf of Mexico sunsets from the hotel.
- Guest rooms include full kitchens and sofa beds.
- Have a cookout on one of the hotel’s grills.
- The Free Beach Ride service is a phone call away and will take you anywhere on the beach.
Clearwater, Florida: Seaside Spectacles and Family-Friendly Beaches
At Clearwater Beach’s Pier 60, every sunset is a cause for celebration. Buskers belt out tunes, circus performers breathe fire, and stilt walkers teeter along the beachfront as the sun dips below the Gulf of Mexico. It’s a testament to how integral the beach—a short drive across the Intercoastal Waterway—is to Clearwater’s culture.
In 2013, Clearwater was named the nation’s best beach town by readers of USA Today. Clearwater Marine Aquarium is home to one of the city’s biggest celebrities, Winter the dolphin, who starred in Dolphin Tale alongside Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd. You can stroll the city’s Dolphin Trail to see more than 100 whimsical statues of bottlenose dolphins. Or take the 30-minute drive to Caladesi Island State Park, where you can fish or kayak near 3-mile trails that wind through mangroves and bays.
Also a 30-minute drive away is downtown Saint Petersburg, which is full of upscale dining and shopping venues. Head to laid-back Pass-A-Grille to find an outdoor art market, boutiques, and an ice-cream shop right on the seashore.