Destination guide

Enjoy Clearwater at vacation home rentals

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

Tourist attractions near Clearwater vacation rentals

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.

Activities

Things to do near Clearwater vacation homes

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.

Weather

Local weather for your stay in Clearwater vacation rentals

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.

Family friendly

Kid-friendly attractions near Clearwater vacation homes

Families with children will love all the fun attractions in Clearwater. Vacation homes are available near places like Largo Central Park, a large recreational area with a community center, playgrounds, and a military court of honor, and Splash Harbour Water Park, a water park with slides, kiddie pools, a lazy river, and other water-based activities. Kids will also like the Moccasin Lake Nature Park, a tranquil nature park with tree-lined pathways, walking tours, nature exhibits, and education kids’ camps.

Good for couples

Romantic vacation homes in Clearwater

Clearwater is the ideal vacation spot for couples. Vacation rentals are available near romantic places like Honeymoon Island State Park, a popular swimming beach with soft sand for shelling, and Caladesi Island, a tranquil island with sandy beaches and calm, clear waters. You'll also like the Florida Botanical Gardens, a cultivated garden with local and tropical flora in natural habitats.

Can I find a vacation rental around Clearwater?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 6,526 vacation rentals near Clearwater. From 1,687 Houses to 3,936 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 HomeAway.

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: 933 vacation rentals
  • Sand Key: 918 vacation rentals
  • Carlouel: 96 vacation rentals
  • Island Estate: 523 vacation rentals
  • Clearwater Point: 270 vacation rentals

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

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Clearwater?

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

  • Tampa Bay Grand Prix: 6,921 vacation rentals
  • Cove Cay Golf Club: 7,625 vacation rentals
  • St Petersburg College: 5,899 vacation rentals
  • Clearwater Marine Aquarium: 6,934 vacation rentals
  • Captain Blighs Landing: 7,095 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Clearwater listed on HomeAway 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. HomeAway has 1,687 Houses in Clearwater. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Clearwater include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 3,936 rentals available
  • Villas: 43 rentals available
  • Cottages: 366 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 4,524 vacation rentals with pool available in Clearwater. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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