Clearwater Beach Romantic Getaway Ideas for Couples
Are you planning a trip to Florida? Be sure to include a visit to Clearwater Beach. This destination is perfect for a romantic getaway on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Romance in Florida? Absolutely!
With one of the best beaches in the state, a Clearwater romantic getaway has relaxation, fun in the sun, adventure, and romance. Named the best beach in the United States by TripAdvisor in 2019, Clearwater sits directly on a barrier island, connected to Sand Key barrier island and offers a variety of shopping, dining water activities, and attractions to enjoy.
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Located just 45 from Tampa International Airport, Clearwater Beach got its name from its abundance of natural springs scattered throughout the city. While these springs no longer exist, Clearwater Beach is still a top-notch travel destination for couples the world over.
Clearwater Beach Accommodations for a Romantic Getaway
We are huge fans of the Hilton hotel brand. In light of the coronavirus that crippled travel for months, Hilton has implemented their Clean Stay with Lysol protocol. We have stayed at several Hilton brand hotels during June and July and found them to be safe and sanitary. The cleaning measures implemented with their Clean Stay protocol is very evident in the hotels we’ve stayed in.
Couples can relax in the heart of it all at the Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa just minutes from Pier 60. This is one of our favorite hotels, because of its location. What could be better than a beachfront hotel on one of Florida’s best beaches? The hotel overlooks a private beach, making it ideal for active couples seeking a romantic getaway near everything. Spend time at the poolside bar and grill, take advantage of the tiki bar on-site.
The resort is also just a short quarter-mile walk from Clearwater Beach Municipal Marina (25 Causeway Blvd.). Why not plan to arrive by boat, dock at the marina, and stay at the Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa? That is a perfect recipe for boat lovers who want to spoil themselves with a luxury stay on land.
The Clearwater Beach Municipal Marina is also where you can take advantage of a wide variety of water activities.
Just a short drive (approximately 15 minutes) from Clearwater Beach in Belleair, The Belleview Inn, and its stunning facade will make you feel as though you’re a world away. This 19th-century hotel is the epitome of luxury with gorgeous rooms and bathrooms with claw-foot tubs.
Ideal for couples on a romantic getaway, the hotel offers complimentary in-room breakfast. It also boasts an on-site cafe, an outdoor pool as well as an 18-hole golf course.
Things to Do in Clearwater Beach
From the downtown area, both the Clearwater Ferry (make reservations online) and Jolly Trolley offer visitors easy ways to get around Clearwater beach. Couples can spend part of their romantic getaway taking in the sights, sounds, and flavors of the area from Pier 60.
This centrally located hub offers nightly celebrations to include bands, crafters, live entertainment, and sunset movies. Sunsets at Pier 60 is a year-round, nightly festival that brings all ages together to celebrate all the city has to offer.
Clearwater Beach Florida Activities
From Clearwater Beach Municipal Marina, couples can charter a private boat or take advantage of one of the many cruises, dolphin adventures, sightseeing and mansion tours, or thrill cruise rides. Movie fans can get up close and personal with the celebrity dolphin, Winter, from the Dolphin Tale movie at Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Rest assured that regardless of your preference in water activities you’ll find it at Clearwater Beach.
Clearwater Beach also serves as a home base if you want to visit attractions like Fort De Soto Park in St. Petersburg or the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo. The latter is just a ten-minute drive away while Fort De Soto Park is just under an hour from Clearwater Beach.
If freshwater is more your style, consider a trip out to Lake Tarpon. Just 30 minutes from Clearwater Beach, this 2,500-acre lake is ideal for a romantic boat ride with your love and makes for a great day trip from the area.
Finally, consider heading out for the day to nearby Caladesi Island State Park. You can get to the island from Clearwater Beach either by a 20-minute ferry ride or, if you’re truly adventurous, you can walk to Caladesi Island.
Annual Events in Pinellas County Florida
In the winter months, the Annual Dunedin Highland Games & Festival is a popular draw while Springtime brings the AMPLIFY Clearwater Taste Fest on the Beach. Summer is where Pinellas County truly shines though, from the Margarita & Music Festival to the Tampa Food and Art Festival, the Gulf Coast is a perfect romantic getaway destination.
Where to Dine On Your Romantic Getaway in Clearwater Beach
Every romantic getaway deserves a cozy dinner for two and Clearwater Beach has countless options. Whether you’re seeking a cozy beachfront spot or exclusive, multi-course dinner, there’s something for every taste.
Situated right on the Gulf of Mexico inside the beautiful Sandpearl Resort, Caretta on the Gulf is the perfect spot for steak, seafood, and sushi. You’ll love the ambient surroundings, especially at sunset as you dine on delicious food overlooking the beautiful coast.
Bobby’s Bistro and Wine Bar is the ideal mix of luxury and casual comfort. Located just steps from Pier 60, this, innovative spot is for those seeking a blend of fun food like brick-oven pizza coupled with a selection from the restaurants’ award-winning list. Wine connoisseurs will appreciate their expansive wine cellar next door in the most unexpected of places.
For couples celebrating an anniversary or birthday, The Black Pearl is a must-visit during a romantic getaway to Clearwater Beach. With delectable starters like White Truffle Lobster Rissoto and Lump Crab Cakes, The Black Pearl is a seafood-lovers delight. This beautiful restaurant, located in nearby Dunedin, also offers an extensive selection of wine.
Be sure to put a romantic getaway to Clearwater Beach at the top of your list for your next Florida getaway. With its white-sand beaches, beautiful coast, and abundance of activities, it is a must-visit destination on the Florida Gulf Coast.