City Profile: Clearwater and Clearwater Beach

By: VISIT FLORIDA staff

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With a focus on eco-tourism, Clearwater offers opportunities for wildlife encounters along with many other family experiences.

More than 300 species of fish populate the waters, making the area one of Florida's premier fishing locales.

The area is gaining national and international recognition as a leader in eco-tourism and environmental management. Diverse ecosystems can be found in local parks, providing ample opportunities for hiking, biking, birding and other nature-based activities. The Pinellas Trail, a wonderful place for walkers, bikers, joggers and skaters, stretches 38 contiguous miles (76 km) from St. Petersburg to Tarpon Springs.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium is home to Winter the dolphin and was the recent set of the major motion picture Dolphin Tale. The film was based on the incredible story of the aquarium’s mission to rescue, rehab and release sick and/or injured marine life. At CMA, you can see Winter and all of our rescued animal residents and learn ways to help protect them.

There are golf courses aplenty in Clearwater and shopping opportunities so numerous that you will be tempted to take home more than you can carry! At mealtimes you will discover great variety in the cuisine. Try a Gulf-fresh grouper sandwich at a quaint outdoor café or fine dining accompanied by a breathtaking waterfront view. In the evening, visit one of the area's hottest nightclubs or tiki bars to dance and enjoy your favorite music.

Take in an outdoor concert or local festival in downtown Clearwater. Clearwater's Jazz Holiday, held in October each year, is one of Florida's premier jazz festivals. This four-day event is held at Clearwater's Coachman Park. For year round fun, Sunset Celebrations at Pier 60 is a nightly street festival featuring local artists, crafters and performers.

An added bonus is the area's proximity to many other Florida attractions. Just a few minutes away are the wonderful museums of St. Petersburg, professional sporting events and Tampa's Busch Gardens theme park. Orlando's attractions are about a 90 minute drive east.

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