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 & Other Monetary Information
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.
Climate and Weather
Average Air Temperatures:
Winter — Max 73º F (23º C)/Min 51º F (10º C)
Spring — Max 87º F (31º C)/Min 58º F (14º C)
Summer — Max 91º F (33º C)/Min 74º F (23º C)
Fall — Max 89º F (32º C)/Min 60º F (15º C)
Average Water Temperatures:
Winter — 63.7º F (18º C)
Spring — 73.7º F (23º C)
Summer — 84.7º F (29º C)
Fall — 76.7º F (25º C)
Average Seasonal Rainfall:
Winter — 2.33 inches (5.9 cm)
Spring — 2.41 inches (6.1 cm)
Summer — 7.03 inches (17.9 cm)
Fall — 3.31 inches (8.4 cm)
Source: National Weather Service
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.
Distance to Clearwater from other Florida cities:
Daytona Beach – 183 miles (294.45 km)
Ft. Lauderdale – 267 miles (439.26 km)
Ft. Myers – 129 miles (207.56 km)
Jacksonville – 202 miles (325.02 km)
Key West – 387 miles (622.68 km)
Miami – 282 miles (445.69 km)
Naples – 167 miles (268.7 km)
Orlando – 90 miles (144.81 km)
Sarasota – 58 miles (93.32 km)
St. Petersburg – 23 miles (37.01 km)
Tampa – 22 miles (35.39 km)
Distance to Clearwater from Cities Outside of Florida:
Atlanta – 476 miles (765.88 km)
Boston – 1,422 miles (2287.99 km)
Chicago – 1,235 miles (1987.12 km)
Detroit – 1,222 miles (1966.19 km)
Hartford – 1,384 miles (2226.86 km)
Indianapolis – 1,015 miles (1633.14 km)
Kansas City – 1,287 miles (2070.78 km)
Louisville – 903 miles (1452.93 km)
Memphis – 788 miles (1267.89 km)
Milwaukee – 1,298 miles (2088.48 km)
Minneapolis-St. Paul – 1,609 miles (2588.88 km)
New York City – 1,163 miles (1871.27 km)
Philadelphia – 1,105 miles (1777.95 km)
Pittsburgh – 1,171 miles (1884.14 km)
Raleigh – 688 miles (1106.99 km)
Richmond – 819 miles (1317.77 km)
St. Louis – 1,037 miles (1668.53 km)
Tallahassee – 237 miles (381.33 km)
Toronto – 1,388 miles (2233.29 km)
Washington, D.C. – 958 miles (1541.42 km)
Four dog parks are available:
Sand Key Park
Eagle Lake Park
Crest Lake Park
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.
Stay Safe While Having Fun!
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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