Clearwater Beach Vacation Rentals Guide

Central West FL / Clearwater Beach


Clearwater is uniquely located on Gulf Coast to the West and Tampa Bay to the Southeast.

The city is one of the most historic in Pinellas County, offering a beautiful and quaint beach getaway. It is the smallest of the 3 main cities in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater metropolitan area, however, Tampa and St. Pete are close by for access to larger cities. Come for the beautiful, white beaches and shallow waters of Clearwater Beach, and stay for the excellent shopping, dining, and live entertainment in Downtown Clearwater. Home to the famous dolphins, Winter and Hope, Clearwater is a great destination for families and adults alike.



The Clearwater Memorial Causeway connects Clearwater and Clearwater Beach, which is approximately a 6-minute drive with no traffic. Clearwater Beach is separated into a resort area and a residential area, with a total population of 896, while Clearwater (downtown) has a larger population of 109,210. Both Clearwater Beach and Clearwater provide fun and activities for all ages and groups.


  • Clearwater beach is high among the rankings for the best beaches in the USA
  • Rich cultural heritage
  • In the Guinness Book of World Record's for having the "most sunny days" in a year (361 days)
  • Nearby sporting events, such as hockey, football, baseball
  • Close by is Caladesi Island


Panama City Beach is one of the most popular retreats on Florida's Emerald Coast, perfectly suited for an action-packed holiday or a relaxing beach getaway. Here’s a handy list of things to do to help you find out if it’s the perfect fit for your next vacation. 

  • Visit the famous dolphins Winter and Hope at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium
  • Take a short drive (45 mins) to Busch Gardens in Tampa, one of Florida's best theme parks
  • Deep sea fishing charters
  • Water sports rentals (jet ski, parasailing, paddle boarding etc.)
  • Museums and historical sites
  • Take the ferry to Caladesi Island


Be sure to book your vacation during one of these fun and exciting events.

  • Treasure Island Sport Kite Competition (January)
  • Nearby Tampa Bay Lighting Hockey Games
  • Nearby Tampa Bay Buccaneers Football Games
  • Florida Motorcycle Expo (February)
  • Clearwater Super Boat National Championships (September)
  • Jose Cuervo World Volley Championships (September)


Search, find and book your Clearwater Beach, Florida vacation rental on Florida Rental By Owners website. Exclusively for travelers wishing to communicate and book directly with the owner. There are no traveler fees for using Florida Rental By Owners website. Owners are verified for ownership. All transactions occur directly with the owner. Read reviews and guest experiences to ensure your vacation rental will meet your goals.  We have many homes to meet the demands of over a million travelers and you can find accommodations of every kind to suit many visitor types. Singles, couples, small and large families, reunions, sports groups and business visitors. Bring Fido too, we have lots of pet-friendly homes to offer.

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Travelling to Clearwater Beach

There are two airports to choose from all within 2 hours of Panama City Beach. Whether you live in the United States, Canada, Europe and beyond you are sure to find a final destination close by. 


Greyhound Bus - many lines run into Clearwater from surrounding areas.


For those driving in, consider driving from these closer states;

  • Birmingham, AL - 586 miles

  • Atlanta, GA - 529 miles

  • Charleston, SC - 511 miles
  • New Orleans, LA - 646 miles

  • Nashville, TN - 774 miles

  • Little Rock, AR - 987 miles

  • Louisville, KY - 936 miles

St. Pete - Clearwater Airport - (PIE)

St. Pete-Clearwater Airport is located midway between Tampa and Clearwater Beach. It is 12 miles from Clearwater Beach, which is approximately a 25-minute drive. It is a destination for low-cost carriers. The main airline carrier is Allegiant Air. PIE is less busy than Tampa International Airport and is frequently used by pilots of private planes and executive jets.

Tampa International Airport - (TPA)

Tampa International Airport is 20 miles (85 km) away from Clearwater Beach. This route usually takes about 30 minutes. This airport is served by over 20 major airline carriers.

Sarasota - Bradenton International Airport - (SRQ)

Sarasota - Bradenton International Airport is the furthest airport from Clearwater Beach, however, it does sometimes carry good flights into Florida. It is 56 miles from Clearwater Beach; approximately a 90-minute drive. This airport is serviced by seven major carriers, two of them Canadian. Air Canada & West Jet. U.S. carriers are United, American, Delta, Elite, and Jet Blue Flights are not offered year round since it is considered a tourist destination check with each carrier.

Orlando International Airport - (MCO)

Orlando International Airport within the city limits of Orlando. Travel time to Clearwater Beach is 2 hours and 7 minutes. It also has a hotel on site for late night arrivals or early departures. This airport is the second busiest in the state of Florida and services 39 airline carriers. in addition to U.S. and Canadian options, it is the best option for European flights.


Transportation in Clearwater Beach

There is an abundance of transportation options at the major airports including Uber, taxis, shuttles and limousine services. Most are open 24 hours a day but we highly suggest booking transportation in advance.  There are lots of transportation shuttles available, but your own vehicle will give you much more freedom to come and go as you please. There are also lots of local restaurants to explore, not to mention the endless attractions and shopping! 

Clearwater Jolley Trolley: service to the beach, Downtown Clearwater, Dunedin, Palm Harbor and Tarpon Springs. The beach and coastal routes run 7 days a week. Regular fare of $2.25 with additional passes available. Visit their website for details and a tracker

Clearwater Beach Airport & Taxi: this service is useful for those who did not rent a car or for those wishing to take a taxi.

Clearwater Ferry: A taxi service offering stops on North Beach, Island Estates/Clearwater Marine Aquarium and the Clearwater Marina. Get on the ferry downtown (free parking). Adult fare is $4.00 each way. Visit their website for more details

Golf Carts & Bike Rentals: Use one of many companies in Clearwater Beach supplying bikes and carts for rental!


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