Interstate 75 (I-75) carries visitors from Midwest and Northern states directly to the Tampa Bay area.
Interstate 95 (I-95) enters the northeast end of the state and connects to I-75 via I-10, an east-west route that enters the Florida panhandle from Alabama. I-75 connects with I-275 southbound, north of the Tampa Bay area.
To reach Clearwater, take the Tampa International Airport exit and then go west on State Road 60 onto scenic Courtney Campbell Causeway (also known as SR 60), which terminates on Clearwater Beach.
From Orlando, take I-4 west. Then follow the directions to Clearwater, noted above.
Currency Exchange is provided at Tampa International Airport (TPA) in the Main Terminal, Level 3 from 7 am - 8 pm.
ATMs are readily available at the airports and throughout the area.
Gratuity or tipping, is a way of life in the United States, 15% to 20% is standard. Servers, bartenders, taxi drivers and porters should receive a tip for their services. It is also customary to tip the hotel/motel housekeeping staff, hairdressers and spa attendants. It is not necessary to tip sales clerks in stores or fast food employees.
Sales tax of 7% is added to just about everything you purchase except for most food purchased in a grocery store, medicines and some other pharmaceutical items. There is an additional 5% tax on accommodations.
If you want to plan a wedding in Clearwater or just have the urge to elope, getting married here is a '"piece of cake." There are a number of very special locations for the ceremony, including botanical gardens and white sugar sand beaches. For marriage requirements go to www.pinellasclerk.org or call 727.464.4876.
Four dog parks are available:
Parks have separate areas for different size dogs
Dogs, other than service animals are not allowed on Clearwater Beach or within most parks.
Fort DeSoto County Park, Honeymoon Island State Park and all causeways allow dogs on leashes. Some restaurants with outside dining allow dogs.
* Check for individual properties' pet policy.
Florida law prohibits the sale of alcoholic beverages to persons under the age of 21. State law prohibits drinking alcoholic beverages in public and on the beach. It is also unlawful to have an open container of alcohol in a moving vehicle.
The community stresses safety at all times. Sailing classes through the Clearwater Community Sailing Center or Clearwater Sail & Power Squadron offer safe boating courses for a nominal fee.
Don't get caught! A Florida fishing license is required for non-Florida residents 16 years and older. There are two licenses, freshwater and saltwater, depending on the type of fish caught.
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