Clearwater Beach, Florida, is situated on a narrow island between Clearwater Harbor and the Gulf of Mexico. Known for its pristine, white beach, the area is lively because of the many events and activities it hosts each year, including festivals and live music. Events such as the Sunsets at Pier 60 Festival and the Clearwater Jazz Festival offer music, magic shows and other fun activities. Outdoor and health enthusiasts can find many activities that encourage healthy, active lifestyles.
Enjoy a variety of water activities, such as fishing, parasailing, swimming and boating. Parasailing is one of the most popular activities at Clearwater Beach. You can start at the Clearwater Municipal Marina, where parasail vessels provide take-offs and landing. Take a guided charter fishing trip with one of the many charter boats in the area. Local game fish includes red grouper, white grunt, black sea bass, mangrove snapper, red snapper and greater amberjack.
Take a stroll down in the beach walk, and visit the shops and restaurants in Clearwater Beach. The beach walk features art sculptures and tropical landscaping. Another must-see spot along the beach is Pier 60, with concessions, volleyball pits, restrooms and showers. The area also boasts live shows by local artists, musicians and crafters.
Clearwater Beach is well-known for bottlenose dolphins. Visitors on the beach can spot dolphins at any time of year. Many programs and guided tours are available for dolphin viewing. Boats in the area offer dolphin-viewing tours, allowing you to see them up close.
The Clearwater Marine Aquarium and Discovery Cove are notable attractions in the area. The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is a wildlife-rescue center that lets you closely interact with sea turtles, dolphins, raccoons, otters, pelicans and opossums. You can swim with bottlenose dolphins at Discovery Cove and snorkel amid fish and coral reefs.
Clearwater Beach has plenty of sightseeing tours, such as Eco-tour boat rides and speedboat tours. Short cruises with dining options also are available. Cruises typically tour around Clearwater Harbor and Pass, Sand Key Park and Clearwater Beach.
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