Before 1906, Clearwater was known as Clear Water Harbor — the “clear water” moniker traces back to the freshwater springs found in the area by the American settlers who began farming the region in the 1840s. Today, visitors swim the Gulf of Mexico’s crystal clear waters at Clearwater Beach. The city of Clearwater, located northwest of St. Petersburg, straddles the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. The mainland side is known as Clearwater, and the barrier-island side on the gulf is called Clearwater Beach.
Downtown Clearwater has ample activities for boaters of any age. The Capitol Theatre offers movies and live events all year long, and the Clearwater Marine Aquarium gives visitors up-close and personal interactions with dolphins, otters, pelicans, sea turtles, sharks, and stingrays. The Cleveland Street Saturday Morning Market features fresh local produce, baked goods and flowers.
The most popular reason to go to Clearwater is to hang out on the beach. Whether you like to lie in the sun, take long walks along the shoreline or while away the hours beachcombing, Clearwater Beach’s world-class sand will not disappoint.