The beaches of Clearwater are considered to be some of the best on the Florida Gulf Coast. On a holiday there, you can experience the pristine white sand kissed by the clear blue waters that gave the city its name. And while there's plenty to do on the beach, like fishing and spotting dolphins, the fun doesn't stop there. You can hike in nearby state parks, enjoy live music at Pier 60's nightly festivals, or play golf all day. You can savor it all by staying at a Clearwater condo for rent in these beachfront neighborhoods.
Clearwater Beach condo rentals
Clearwater Beach is the star of Clearwater's beaches. This stretch of sugar-white sand is a hive of activity all year-round. The water is shallow enough for kids to play in, but there are waves off the shore big enough to surf. If you don't have surfing gear, you can easily find a place to rent it from. You can also find a boat to take you fishing or on a dolphin-spotting trip. Clearwater Beach is also home to Pier 60 and the Beach Walk promenade. A live band plays every night at Pier 60, and many local artisans show up to hawk their handmade creations as souvenirs. Clearwater Beach condo rentals range from studios and 1-bedroom units for couples, to multi-bedroom units for families and large groups. Many of these condos have direct beach access and sea-view balconies. A lot of them are clustered near Pier 60, but if you want quieter surroundings, you can choose the Clearwater Beach condos further north of the pier.
Clearwater condos for rent in Island Estates
If you prefer a quiet holiday away from the touristy bustle, you can stay at a Clearwater condo in Island Estates. An island on the Intracoastal Waterway, Island Estates is connected to the Clearwater Beach barrier island as well as to the mainland via the Clearwater Memorial Causeway. The island is mostly residential, though you'll find there are many condominiums and vacation rentals near the waterfront with views of the sea and their own access to the water. It's a popular spot among snowbirds who descend upon Florida in winter to enjoy warmer weather. Island Estates is home to Clearwater Marine Aquarium, a park and rehabilitation center where injured and stranded marine animals are taken care of and, later on, returned to the wild. You can take the kids to the Aquarium so they can help feed the dolphins, nurse sharks, otters, pelicans, and sea turtles that live there.
Clearwater beach condos in Sand Key
Sand Key is a good neighborhood to consider if you want to have a quiet holiday in upscale surroundings. The Clearwater beach condos you'll find there are mostly high-end properties, with views of the Gulf of Mexico if they're facing west, and views of the Intracoastal Waterway if they're facing east. Many of these condo units have private balconies for enjoying said views. Additionally, the buildings may have deluxe amenities on-site, such as restaurants or bars, spas, fitness centers, tennis courts, hot tubs, and heated swimming pools. Sand Key has its own shopping complex with a variety of retail and dining options. But if you want more options or livelier entertainment, you can easily drive north to Clearwater Beach, which is only a few minutes away via Gulf Boulevard. And if you want to walk on the wild side, this barrier island is home to Sand Key Park. It's a stretch of protected beach and salt marshes, a nesting ground for sea turtles and birds.
Clearwater condos near Belleair Beach
Belleair Beach is outside Clearwater's boundaries, but you may want to stay at a Clearwater condo nearby if all you want out of your holiday is absolute peace and quiet. Many of these condo rentals are on secluded sections of the beach, and many offer a variety of on-site amenities such as hot tubs, heated swimming pools, and fitness centers. Some also have boat ramps from which you can go on a fishing trip or simply paddle around. You can also have close encounters with wildlife, as portions of Belleair Beach are nesting grounds for seabirds and turtles. Belleair Beach is on the same barrier island as Sand Key and only a few minutes' drive south.