Hotel at a Glance: Pier House 60 Marina Hotel
Clearwater Beach is right across the street from this family-friendly hotel, which sits next to Clearwater Marina. Naturally, it’s a popular place to lounge around in the sun, but if you’re looking to get out, you’re also close to downtown Clearwater and Clearwater Marina Aquarium.
- Complimentary breakfast is served daily in a dining room decorated with murals of the sea.
- Rooftop bar: See views of Clearwater Beach from 10 stories high
- Heated outdoor pool with views of the Clearwater marina
- Fitness center featuring treadmills and elliptical machines
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.