Destination guide

Go where the water's clear and the weather's fine

Skirting the Gulf of Mexico west of Tampa, Clearwater offers the perfect mix of culture and relaxation. Visitors flock here year round to enjoy the pristine sands of Clearwater Beach, but they stay for the dining, entertainment, and festivals that seem to be a constant fixture on the local calendar. A centrally located Clearwater vacation rental will put you in the heart of everything the area has to offer, from the relaxing beaches, to the top-notch museums, so the nightlife of the revitalized downtown area. Pack your sunscreen and prepare to enjoy the warm Florida weather!

Things to do

Hope springs eternal, and Winter's anything but cold

Clearwater Marine Aquarium is one of the city's biggest draws, thanks in large part to two rescued bottlenose dolphins named Hope and Winter, stars of the "Dolphin Tale" movies. Downtown, the revitalized Cleveland Street District offers plenty of shopping, dining, and nightlife to satisfy everyone in your travel crew. Baseball fans will want to pay a visit to Spectrum Field for some spring training or minor league action. Art buffs should head to nearby St. Petersburg to visit the Museum of Fine Arts and the Salvador Dali Museum, featuring the largest collection of the artist's work outside of Europe.


There's plenty to do, from golf to the Gulf

There's more than just beaches in Clearwater, though you'll definitely want to spend some time on the sand while you're enjoying your Clearwater vacation rental. Clearwater Beach is a great place to work on your tan and catch some amazing sunsets. If it involves a boat, you can do it here, from speedboating, to fishing charters, to dolphin-spotting cruises. There are also several annual festivals, plus a constant outdoor concert schedule to choose from, including the nightly Sunsets at Pier 60 festival featuring live music and street performers. Of course, it wouldn't be a Florida trip without a few rounds of golf.


Feel free to leave those winter coats at home

You can expect to see temperatures ranging from warm to hot all year long at your Clearwater vacation rental. Average highs are in the low 70s to low 90s year round, peaking in the hottest summer months of June to September. Overnight lows are still comfortably in the 50s even in the coldest months of December to February. It's generally sunny and dry from November through April. May through October is the rainy season, with hurricanes not uncommon in September and October, so check the forecast before you come.

Natural features

The waters really are clear in Clearwater

The city of Clearwater butts up against Florida's Intracoastal Waterway, home to an abundance of marine life. On the opposite side is the narrow barrier island where you'll find the white sands of Clearwater Beach stretching out along the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Dolphins are some of the most prominent creatures in the area, and there's a good chance you'll see them off the shore. For more wildlife encounters, you can head to Moccasin Lake Nature Park, a 51-acre nature preserve that's home to plenty of reptiles, amphibians, and birds of prey. Just watch out for the gators.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Clearwater

Fly into St. Petersburg, FL (PIE-St. Petersburg-Clearwater Intl.), the closest airport, located 7.7 mi (12.5 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could book a flight to Tampa, FL (TPA-Tampa Intl.), which is 16.1 mi (26 km) away.

Where to stay around Clearwater, FL?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 6,554 vacation rentals near Clearwater. From 1,581 Houses to 4,130 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Clearwater for a holiday or a weekend are on Vrbo.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Clearwater?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Clearwater:

  • Clearwater Beach: 1,030 vacation rentals
  • Sand Key: 1,011 vacation rentals
  • Carlouel: 101 vacation rentals
  • Island Estate: 562 vacation rentals
  • Clearwater Point: 331 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular point of interests near where I can stay when traveling to Clearwater?

Vrbo offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Clearwater. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Tampa Bay Grand Prix: 7,045 vacation rentals
  • Cove Cay Golf Club: 7,664 vacation rentals
  • Clearwater Marine Aquarium: 6,946 vacation rentals
  • Captain Blighs Landing: 7,131 vacation rentals
  • St Petersburg College: 6,033 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Clearwater listed on Vrbo where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Clearwater?

Yes, of course. Vrbo has 1,581 Houses in Clearwater. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Clearwater include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 4,130 rentals available
  • Villas: 53 rentals available
  • Cottages: 344 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Clearwater?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 4,436 vacation rentals with pool available in Clearwater. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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