Clearwater Beach is rated No. 1 with its sugary-white sand, dolphin sightings, and laid-back style. Other beautiful beaches include Belleair Shore, Indian Rocks Beach, Indian Shores, North Redington Beach, Madeira Beach, Treasure Island, St. Pete Beach, Pass-A-Grille Beach, Tierra Verde, and Fort De Soto Park.
Whether soaking up the Florida sunshine in a beachside cabana or indulging in the pool or spa, top resorts like the Don CeSar, the Sandpearl Resort, and Opal Sands Resort will make you feel like a million bucks. Or treat yourself to Sunsets at Pier 60 Daily Festival or the numerous area yacht clubs.
Must See: Fort De Soto Park
This park is operated by Pinellas County on five offshore keys or islands: Madelaine Key, St. Jean Key, St. Christopher Key, Bonne Fortune Key, and the main island, Mullet Key. You will find yourself absorbed in the abundance of natural beauty and a wealth of bird life, sea life, wildlife, and plant life.
Must Do: Clearwater Marine Aquarium
A former water treatment plant, the aquarium opened in 1972 and is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. It's dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of injured or sick marine animals, as well as public education, conservation, and research. Winter the dolphin, star of Dolphin Tale and its sequel, was a world-famous resident of the aquarium.
Must Have: Frenchy's
Locations in Clearwater Beach and Dunedin. These island-themed local establishments are famous for their grouper sandwiches and other fresh-from-the-Gulf seafood in an open-air setting. Frenchy's is named after founder Michael Preston, who was born in Quebec, a French-speaking province of Canada. Frenchy’s goal is simply to have a laid-back and friendly atmosphere where people can enjoy a cold drink and fresh seafood.