I’d have to say one of the best things about living in Tampa is being less than 30 minutes away from some great beaches. Clearwater Beach is consistently ranked as one of the best beaches in the United States. It has wide strips of white sand, warm water, amenities, and a vibrant downtown if you want to go for a walk or find something to eat. I would add one disclaimer, though: The water is not as clear as you might imagine. We would put it at a 7 on our scale where 10 represents the Caribbean and 0 represents the Chesapeake Bay.
We have been to this beach two Saturdays in a row. You probably want to get there very early (before 9 AM) to find parking. If you want to rent a beach umbrella and chairs you really need to get there before noon..