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Clearwater, Tampa, & Sarasota Shores


Clearwater Beach Florida

Clearwater Beach Florida

Florida’s west central shores face the sterling Gulf of Mexico, and features miles of stunning shoreline in the forms of Pine Island Park near Weeki Wachee, Fort Island Gulf Beach in Crystal River, and Caladesi Island State Park west of Dunedin.

Set west of Tampa along the Gulf of Mexico coast, Clearwater Beach is a 2.5-mile white-sand shore within the city of Clearwater.

Located on a barrier island along Gulf to Bay Boulevard – or Florida State Road 60 – Clearwater Beach has an average temperature of 73 degrees, and features a nearby marina, a beachwalk, pier, and many other attractions. Clearwater Beach activities include parasailing, jet skiing, boating, and of course swimming, sunbathing, and sand castles.

Part of Clearwater Beach, Sand Key Park is ideal for picnicking and playing, while Pier 60 offers souvenir shops, family-friendly events, and a fishing pier. Don’t miss Sunsets at Pier 60, or head to the Beach Walk for restaurants, bike trails, and rinsing stations.

South of Clearwater, St. Petersburg is home to Fort De Soto Park. Although the park features many activities, Fort De Soto is best known for its award winning beaches – divided into East Beach and North Beach and totaling three miles of shoreline. Hosting nearly three million annual visitors, Fort De Soto also offers two fishing piers, a 2.5-mile canoe trail, and a seven-mile recreation trail. Enjoy lunch at the Arrowhead Picnic area, let the family pet loose at the dog park, or check out the Quartermaster Museum.

Other west central Florida beaches include Bradenton Beach on Anna Maria Island in Bradenton, and the South Brohard Beach & Paw Park in Venice.

Last but not least, be sure to stretch out on Siesta Key – one of the nation's top beaches. Found in southern Sarasota, the Siesta Key beach Known for its 99 percent quartz-sand shores, allowing the sand to remain cool and feel like talcum powder on your feet.


Choose From These Florida Regions:

West Central Shores Southern & the Keys Space Coast
Panhandle Beaches Southwest Gulf Coast Northeast Atlantic Coast

Best Western Hotels Along the Way:

1

Best Western Plus Bradenton Gateway Hotel

2215 Cortez Road W, Bradenton FL 34207-1245
Phone: (941) 238-0800  |  Fax: (941) 238-0810  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

2

Best Western Plus Bradenton Hotel & Suites

648 67th Street Circle E, Bradenton FL 34208-6087
Phone: (941) 757-5555  |  Fax: (941) 757-5556  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

3

Best Western Crystal River Resort

614 NW US Highway 19, Crystal River FL 34428-3952
Phone: (352) 795-3171  |  Fax: (352) 795-3179  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

4

Best Western Plus Yacht Harbor Inn

150 Marina Plz, Dunedin FL 34698-5703
Phone: (727) 733-4121  |  Fax: (727) 736-4365  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

5

Best Western Plus Siesta Key Gateway

6600 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota FL 34231-4832
Phone: (941) 924-4900  |  Fax: (941) 923-7774  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

6

Best Western Tampa

734 S Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa FL 33609-4403
Phone: (813) 490-2378  |  Fax: (813) 490-2380  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

7

Best Western Plus Ambassador Suites Venice

400 Commercial Ct, Venice FL 34292-1647
Phone: (941) 480-9898  |  Fax: (941) 488-6692  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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