Recent Coverage

Clearwater enjoys national recognition, not just for its fantastic beaches but for exciting year-round events, abundant activities, outstanding accommodations, unique dining and much more. Here is a collection of some of our most exciting press mentions.

  • Celeb Sightings- Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival

    US Weekly - April 21, 2016

    Organizer Lisa Chandler greeted guests and VIPs at her annual Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival sponsored by Bright House Networks, which will showcase more than 1,000 tons of music-theme sand sculptures through Sunday, April 24, in Clearwater Beach, Florida.


    Download (PDF)
    Read online

  • Florida’s Clearwater Beach listed among top 25 in the world

    Atlanta Journal Constitution - April 21, 2016

    A year-round destination, according to TripAdvisor, Clearwater was recognized for its “sugar fine white sand” and the increased likelihood of spotting dolphins along the Gulf shoreline. There are lots of shops and restaurants that line the beachfront, providing visitors plenty to do during their stay.


    Download (PDF)
    Read online

  • 25 Best Family Beach Vacation Ideas in Florida

    Vacation Idea - April 4, 2016

    Clearwater Beach was featured as one of the nation’s most beautiful beaches for family trips to Florida. 2.5 miles of fine sand beaches, picturesque boardwalks, funky beach shacks, a beach festival every single night, and ice cream shops all along the beach are just a few activities families can enjoy.


    Download (PDF)
    Read online

  • Tails of Triumph

    Toronto Star - April 4, 2016

    Dolphin Tale stars Winter and Hope have made a profound impact on Clearwater’s tourism sector and economy. Guests from all over the world have visited the dolphins at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, whose main mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and release animals into the wild.


    Download (PDF)

  • Forks & The Road

    National Post - April 4, 2016

    Clearwater Beach has silky sand beaches, shimmering blue Gulf of Mexico surf, deluxe luxury resorts and upscale dining to please guests of all ages. The National Post takes a closer look at new Clearwater developments.


    Download (PDF)

  • Property of the Month: Opal Sands Resort

    Successful Meetings - March 31, 2016

    The new Opal Sands Resort was listed as the property of the month on Successful Meetings. The resort features luxury suites, ocean view rooms, Sea-Guini restaurant, and a lively beach-chic atmosphere.


    Download (PDF)
    Read online

  • 24 Amazing Beaches in the United States

    Afar - March 29, 2016

    It’s not easy to find beachfront dining in the Tampa area, but you can nearly put your feet in the sand at Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill on Clearwater Beach. The most popular item on the menu is the grouper sandwich; made fresh from the Gulf of Mexico via Frenchy’s own fleet of fishing boats.


    Download (PDF)
    Read online

  • Clearwater Revival

    Travel Industry Today - March 28, 2016

    Home to luxury beachfront hotels and fantastic dining options, Clearwater is a great getaway for every type of traveler. Delicious Italian seafood creations, grouper sandwiches, and wood oven pizzas are just a few choices visitors can enjoy while exploring the city’s great beach views.


    Download (PDF)
    Read online

  • Hotels Opening 2,000 New Rooms For Growing Tourism Season

    Travel Week - March 2, 2016

    ​The new Opal Sands Resort on Clearwater Beach is the newest property making headlines. The resort boosts luxury beach views and 17,000 square feet of waterfront space.


    Download (PDF)

  • What’s New at Spring Training in Food, Fashion & Fandom at Phillies’ Bright House Field

    Phillies.mlb.com - February 26, 2016

    The award-winning Bright House Field - the Phillies Spring Training Facility in Clearwater, Florida - just got even better with several new additions recently made to its food, fashion and fandom lineup.


    Download (PDF)
    Read online

  • The Most Affordable Spring Break Destinations

    Travel + Leisure - February 24, 2016

    Clearwater Beach is a popular Spring Break destination, and Travel + Leisure has determined when travelers can enjoy the best deals.


    Download (PDF)
    Read online

  • Phillies making final preparations for Truck Day

    Philadelphia Sun Times - February 22,2016

    The Phillies have packed their Spring Training truck, and will make the annual 1,058-mile trek from Citizens Bank Park to Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla. The truck holds a variety of items, including sports equipment, Phillies clothing, and the famous hot dog launcher.


    Download (PDF)
    Read online

  • Phillies Spring Training: Five Things to do in Clearwater

    Fansided - February 22, 2016

    ​The start of Phillies Spring Training is here, and Clearwater Beach serves up a variety of activities and places to see.


    Download (PDF)
    Read online

  • Travelers’ Choice: World’s best beaches

    CNN - February 18, 2016

    TripAdvisor’s rankings of the world’s best beaches are in, and Florida’s Clearwater Beach topped the U.S. rankings.


    Download (PDF)
    Read online

  • Phillies Equipment Truck Arrives In Clearwater

    Philadelphia CBS Local - February 18, 2016

    The Phillies equipment truck completed the long trip from Philadelphia to Clearwater, FL ahead of 2016 Spring Training. The truck arrived on Valentine’s Day and for fans who love America’s Pastime, spring training marks the beginning of a long and beautiful year.


    Download (PDF)
    Read online

  • Opal Sands Resort Debuts in Clearwater Beach, Florida

    Luxury Travel Magazine - February 17, 2016

    Opal Sands Resort, the newest property under Ocean Properties, Ltd. & Affiliates, is opening in February in Clearwater Beach, setting the bar for luxury beachfront accommodations in Florida’s #1 Best Beach Town, as named by USA Today.


    Download (PDF)
    Read online

  • 10 most popular spring break destinations

    USA Today - February 17, 2016

    ​Clearwater Beach is ranked on USA Today’s 10 most popular spring break destinations for 2016. With miles of stunning white sugar sands, sunny skies, and a variety of activities, Clearwater is a great spot for families and couples to explore.


    Download (PDF)
    Read online

  • Clearwater Beach Named Best In U.S.

    Successful Meetings - February 17, 2016

    ​Clearwater Beach was named the #1 beach in the U.S. by the top ranked travel site TripAdvisor for the 2016 Traveler’s Choice Awards.


    Download (PDF)
    Read online

  • There’s so much to soak in at Florida’s Clearwater Beach

    Boston Herald - February 11, 2016

    From the quick car ride out to the Clearwater Beach area that takes you on a bridge over breathtaking Tampa Bay and to the Gulf of Mexico, to the many things to do (for the active and the not so), Clearwater Beach is ready for guests.


    Download (PDF)
    Read online

  • Operation Cold Stun: Inside the Fight to Save Clearwater’s Sea Turtles

    Afar - February 2016

    Sea turtles stunned by the cold weather have been arriving by the dozens at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, stretching the aquarium’s turtle team thin. The Tampa Bay area reached frigid temperatures, causing an influx of sea turtle intakes. Sea turtles are reptiles, and assume the temperatures of the environment around them. When the temperatures drop, it puts sea turtles at risk of being cold-stunned.


    Download (PDF)
    Read online

  • Update: Florida’s 2016 Hotel Forecast

    Recommend - January 28, 2016

    Nestled along Florida’s glittering Gulf Coast, the 450-guestroom Wyndham Grand Resort Clearwater Beach on South Gulfview Boulevard at the north end of the prominent Beach Walk, is scheduled to open in early 2017. The $175 million mega-resort will span 700,000 sq. ft, featuring a large outdoor pool complex, a spa, and several restaurants accessible from Beach Walk. For more information, visit wyndhamworldwide.com.


    Download (PDF)
    Read online

  • Florida fun for visitors during Toronto Blue Jays spring training

    Toronto Sun - January 27, 2016

    DUNEDIN, FLA. - You haven’t memorized Josh Donaldson’s career batting average. Your screen saver doesn’t show Jose Bautista’s bat flip. Still, you’re happy to be headed to see the Toronto Blue Jays play some spring training games in the St. Petersburg-Clearwater-Dunedin region of Florida and, lucky for you, it is a diverse, relaxed family destination even for those who are not Jays fans. Here’s a list of great things to do from a guy who covered the Jays for six years and makes regular visits to the area.


    Download (PDF)
    Read online

  • 11 Beautiful Florida Beach Towns You Need To Visit

    Buzzfeed - January 17, 2016

    If you’re looking for more than just a beach, then you must visit Clearwater Beach. Yes, it’s an enormous stretch of pearly white sand on the Gulf Coast, but it also boasts plenty of nightlife and restaurants to keep you busy off the beach too.


    Download (PDF)
    Read online

  • World’s Best Family Beach Hotels

    Travel + Leisure - January 8, 2016

    With horseback riding trails, wholesome lawn sports, and a pristinely restored antique motor yacht plucked straight from the early 20th century, you won’t waste a moment of your family vacation fretting over how to keep everyone in the group occupied. It’s no wonder it received a perfect score at the top of our Best Family Beach Hotels list.


    Download (PDF)
    Read online

  • Clearwater in NY Resident Magazine

    NY Resident magazine - December 2015

    Clearwater and the new Opal Sands Resort is being highlighted in this months issue of one of NYC leading lifestyle magazines. Editor-in-Chief Pamela Jacobs picks her favorite ways to expand your horizons this year, both in NYC and in South Florida.


    Download (PDF)
    Read online

  • Outback Bowl in national travel magazine AFAR

    AFAR - November 2015

    Along Florida’s stunning Gulf Coast rests the sunny town of Clearwater. Sugar sand beaches, year round sunshine, and a variety of activities ensure everyone who visits Clearwater will leave with lasting memories. Clearwater invites travelers to celebrate the 30th Anniversary Outback Bowl college football championship game with a day of fun and sun on its world-renowned Gulf beaches.


    Download (PDF)

  • World’s Best Beach Hotels

    Travel + Leisure - January 2016

    ​Feeling an ocean breeze is lovely. Enjoying it while also listening to live music and nibbling on a bowl of warm chips - that might be paradise.


    Download (PDF)

  • New Year, New EVERYTHING: 16 Simple Ways to Start Anew in 2016

    NY Resident Magazine - January 2016

    Clearwater and the new Opal Sands Resort is being highlighted in this months issue of one of NYC leading lifestyle magazines. Editor-in-Chief Pamela Jacobs picks her favorite ways to expand your horizons this year, both in NYC and in South Florida.


    Download (PDF)
    Read online

  • Animal Attractions that Will Blow Your Mind

    October 2015

    Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Clearwater, Florida houses the stars of the hit movies Dolphin Tale 1 and 2, Winter and Hope. These two dolphins have a permanent home in the Winter Zone exhibit, which was used as a filming location for Dolphin Tale 2. Winter was found stranded off the coast of Florida and lost her tail. Today, she swims with a prosthetic tail and guests will learn all about her story as well as Hope’s. Other exhibits include Otter Oasis, Turtle Cave, Stingray Beach, and Shipwreck Alley, an underwater viewing tunnel.



    Read online

  • Beach Hopping in Florida

    Passported - August 2015

    Clearwater Beach is a quintessential beach town: boardwalks, beach shacks, nightly sunset festivals and ample ice cream shops on over three miles of white powder sand.


    Download (PDF)
    Read online

  • Captain Blight’s Landing Miniature Golf Course

    USA Today - August 2015

    ​Our fabulous Captain Blight’s Landing Miniature Golf Course was featured in USA Today as one of the nations best.


    Download (PDF)
    Read online

  • Best American Beaches

    Travel Channel - July 2015

    ​Clearwater was stated as having one of America’s best shorelines in Travel Channel’s list of “Best American Beaches.”


    Download (PDF)
    Read online

  • Fourth Fireworks: America’s Birthday at the Beach

    USA Today - June 2015

    ​Clearwater Celebrates America was featured in USA Today’s article, “Fourth Fireworks: America’s Birthday at the Beach.” The annual fireworks show was highlighted.


    Download (PDF)
    Read online

  • The 23 Best Beaches in America

    Business Insider - June 2015

    Clearwater was included in Business Insider’s article, “The 23 Best Beaches in America.” Clearwater was highlighted as a family-friendly beach town.


    Download (PDF)
    Read online

  • 9 Beaches that are Perfect for Families

    FOX News - May 2015

    ​Clearwater was included in Fox News’ “9 Beaches that are Perfect for Families.” Clearwater was featured as a beach destination perfect for all ages.


    Download (PDF)
    Read online

  • Best Florida Beach Winners 2015

    USA Today - April 2015

    ​USA Today and 10Best readers named Clearwater Beach the second best beach in Florida, highlighting its nightly sunset celebration.


    Download (PDF)
    Read online

  • TripAdvisor’s Picks: Best Beaches in the World and the US

    CNN - March 2015

    ​Clearwater Beach was included in a CNN article, “TripAdvisor’s Picks: Best Beaches in the World and the US,” which states it is one of the top 10 best beaches in the US.


    Download (PDF)
    Read online

  • Florida’s 15 Most Popular Beaches, Ranked

    Thrillist - February 2015

    ​Clearwater was highlighted as one of Florida’s 15 most popular beaches on Thrillist.com. Clearwater’s Sandpearl Resort was also featured as a “laid-back summer bungalow.”


    Download (PDF)
    Read online

  • 15 Most Memorable Restaurant Meals of 2014

    Forbes - December 2014

    ​Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill’s famous Grouper sandwich was included in Forbes’ article,“15 Most Memorable Restaurant Meals of 2014.”


    Download (PDF)
    Read online

  • The 25 Best Beaches in America

    Thrillist - August 2014

    ​Clearwater was highlighted as one of the “The 25 Best Beaches in America” on Thrillist.com.


    Download (PDF)
    Read online

  • Fun, Naturally

    AFAR - June 2014

    ​Susan Barnes, a local expert from Tampa, describes Clearwater as “Fun, Naturally.”


    Download (PDF)
    Read online

  • 11 Stunning Florida Towns You Need To Visit

    BuzzFeed - May 2014

    ​Clearwater Beach was included in a BuzzFeed article which states it is the place to go for the “best grouper sandwich of your life.” The Sandpearl Resort, Frenchy’s and Captain Memo’s are all included as recommendations.


    Download (PDF)
    Read online

  • TODAY’S TOP SPOT

    NBC TODAY Show - April 2014

    ​Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival was featured on NBC’s Today Show on Saturday, April 5th. The festival was highlighted as “Today’s Top Spot” on this nationally aired morning show.


    Download (PDF)
    Read online

  • Travel’s Best Beach Awards 2014

    Travel Channel - March 2014

    ​Clearwater Beach was included as “Best Family Beach” in the Travel Channel’s “Travel’s Best Beach Awards 2014.”


    Download (PDF)
    Read online

  • 11 Romantic Vacation Proposals

    Condé Nast - February 2014

    ​Alexis Clark from Condé Nast was looking for romantic vacation proposals and the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa’s marine “mission” proposal made the cut!


    Download (PDF)
    Read online

  • Travel at the Speed of Clearwater

    Dapper Magazine - Spring 2014

    Henry Billings was hosted in Clearwater for the Bright House 2013 Clearwater Super Boat National Championship & Festival, and this piece follows his time at the event, in preparation for this year’s event.


    Download (PDF)

  • 14 Travel Adventures for Families - Featuring Captain Memo’s Original Pirate Cruise

    Los Angeles Times - January 2014

    ​Captain Memo’s Original Pirate Cruise in Clearwater was included in a round-up of the 14 Travel Adventures for Families in 2014, and ran in the print issue of the Los Angeles Times, as well as online and in their e-newsletter.


    Download (PDF)
    Read online

  • 10 best attractions in Florida: Readers’ Choice winners

    USA Today - December 2013

    USA Today readers vote the Clearwater Marine Aquarium as “Best Florida Attraction!”


    Download (PDF)
    Read online

  • Filming of Movie Won’t Close Clearwater Aquarium

    New York Times - November 2013

    New York Times helps inform the public that the Clearwater Marine Aquarium will be open on weekends during the filming of highly anticipated “Dolphin Tale 2.”


    Download (PDF)
    Read online

  • Florida’s Rich Cultural Heritage

    Atlanta Journal Constitution - September 2013

    ​Jon Waterhouse recently provided readers with a list of places to visit in the State of Florida with a rich cultural heritage, with Clearwater being Number One!


    Download (PDF)
    Read online

  • Frenchy’s Sugar Sand Festival, Clearwater Beach

    TravelSquire.com - August 2013

    ​Travel writer Pamela Jacobs visited Clearwater during the Frenchy’s Sugar Sand Festival.


    Download (PDF)
    Read online

  • Dossier Tampa Bay

    United Hemispheres - July 2013

    ​The Dossier issue of United Hemispheres featured Tampa Bay as the perfect place to do business, and included a segment on tourism.


    Download (PDF)
    Read online

  • The beach is extra sweet in Clearwater, Florida

    Calgary Herald/Canada.com

    Kelley Scarsbrook recently visited Clearwater for the first Frenchy’s Sugar Sand Festival and loved the destination.


    Download (PDF)
    Read online

  • Andrew’s Make-A-Wish trip

    Living with Burkitts blog - June 2013

    The Laypath family traveled to Florida for their son, Andrew’s Make-a-Wish trip - he was diagnosed with cancer, but is currently in remission. In addition to visiting Disneyland, they also traveled to Clearwater to meet Winter!


    Download (PDF)
    Read online

  • Fun father-daughter trips for Father’s Day

    SheKnows.com - Travel - June 2012

    ​Jessica Padykula created a round-up of fun Father’s Day trips for daughters to consider, including Clearwater.


    Download (PDF)
    Read online

  • Clearwater Beach, el paraiso a orillas del Golfo de Mexico

    El Nuevo Herald - May 2013

    ​We hosted a group of media during the Frenchy’s Sugar Sand Festival, and this article by Giuliana Nanetti covered the entire area beautifully!


    Download (PDF)
    Read online

  • 5 Fantastic Florida Aquariums

    SheKnows.Com - Parenting - May 2013

    ​The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is included in this roundup of 5 top Florida aquariums.


    Download (PDF)
    Read online

  • New Festival Celebrates Clearwater’s “Sugar Sands”

    Travel Agent Magazine - April 2013

    ​Travel Agent Magazine promoted the brand new Frenchy’s Sugar Sand Festival to travel agents with this article about the event.


    Download (PDF)
    Read online

  • Frenchy’s Sugar Sand Festival in Clearwater Beach

    VisitFlorida.com - March 2013

    ​Visit Florida’s Entertainment & Luxury Insider, Kara Franker, promoted the Frenchy’s Sugar Sand Festival with this blog posting.


    Download (PDF)

  • And the Best Beach Town in Florida is… CLEARWATER!

    USA Today - February 2013

    ​The readers of USA Today voted Clearwater the best beach town in Florida, and travel editor Laura Bly visited the destination to find out what it’s all about!


    Download (PDF)
    Read online

  • The Frugal Traveler - Foodie Vacations offer Frugal Travel Options

    VacationStarter.com - December 2012

    Foodie travel is getting more and more popular by the day. The Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa hosted Clearwater Beach Uncorked, and Myschia was their guest.


    Download (PDF)
    Read online

  • Six Mother Daughter Getaways

    Familytravel.com - November 2012

    ​Familytravel.com’s Six Mother Daughter Getaways by Lynn O’Rourke Hays.


    Download (PDF)
    Read online

  • The Sea as a Race Course: Super Boats off Clearwater Beach

    Perceptive Travel - October 2012

    ​Perceptive Travel’s The Sea as a Race Course: Super Boats off Clearwater Beach.


    Download (PDF)
    Read online

  • VIP Access to the Clearwater Super Boat Championship and Seafood Festival

    Visit Florida - September 2012

    ​Visit Florida’s Entertainment & Luxury article about VIP Access to the Clearwater Super Boat Championship and Seafood Festival.


    Download (PDF)

  • Clearwater Beach, Florida with Kids: Top 25 Things to Do on Your Family Beach Vacation

    Mommy Poppins - September 2012

    ​Mommy Poppins’ article about 25 things to do in Clearwater.


    Download (PDF)
    Read online

  • Hilton Clearwater Beach: A Family Friendly Beach Resort in Clearwater, Florida

    Mommy Poppins - September 2012

    Mommy Poppins joined us on a press trip, and was very impressed with the Hilton, who hosted them.


    Download (PDF)
    Read online

  • Captivating Clearwater Beach, Florida

    Montreal Gazette - September 2012

    ​Montreal Gazette’s urban expressions article on Clearwater, Florida.


    Download (PDF)
    Read online

  • Clearwater, Florida

    Delaware Bride - September 2012

    ​Delaware Bride’s article on Clearwater, Florida as a wedding destination.


    Download (PDF)
    Read online

  • Girls Just Wanna Have Fun at These Mother-Daughter Getaways

    Dallas Morning News - September 2012

    ​Dallas Morning News article about activities for mothers and daughters.


    Download (PDF)
    Read online

  • All That Jazz

    Baypop Magazine - Fall 2012

    ​Baypop magazine featured an article about the upcoming 33rd annual Clearwater Jazz Holiday taking place in October 2012, with Bonnie Raitt as headline artist.


    Download (PDF)

  • Surf’s Up

    Dallas Child - August 2012

    ​Dallas Child’s kids culture writer Jessica Bower writes about the destination after a visit.


    Download (PDF)
    Read online

  • Go Escape

    USA Today - Summer 2012

    ​USA Today’s Go Escape about America’s secret beaches.


    Download (PDF)

  • Escape from Orlando’s Epicentre

    Calgary Herald - March 2012

    Calgary Herald’s Escape from Orlando’s Epicentre by Jody Robbins.


    Download (PDF)
    Read online