Welcome to One of America’s Best Beaches!
The City of Clearwater wants to make sure your Spring Break is safe and fun. Watch this quick video of Clearwater Beach Lifeguard Manager Patrick Brafford, who has tips for beachgoers as they enjoy the sun during Spring Break.
Clearwater Beach is known world-wide for its clear blue waters, white sugar sand and spectacular sunsets. It’s no wonder Clearwater Beach was voted one of the beaches in America!
A family-friendly destination, Spring Break here typically runs from as early as mid-February to late April because of the varied vacation dates of schools.
If you plan on visiting in early March, you can expect plenty of sunshine and temperatures in the mid- to upper 70s. If you come in April, you will still enjoy lots of sunshine and temperatures ranging in the upper 70s and 80s.
And now, from March 1st thru April 30th, you can park for FREE and Ride for FREE onboard the Jolley Trolley and other PSTA Bus lines! Just look for the PARK & RIDE Marquee on the Jolley Trolley. For more information, please visit PSTA.net/springbreak
or call the PSTA InfoLine at 727-540-1900.
Clearwater Beach also offers plenty of activities for people of all ages to enjoy. Visit dolphins, otters and more at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.
Relax and enjoy Sunsets at Pier 60, a nightly sunset celebration featuring artisans, street performers and Clearwater’s world-famous Pier 60 sunsets.
Or take a break from the beach and enjoy a Philadelphia Phillies Spring Training game at Baycare Ballpark.
Here is your Ultimate Guide to visiting Clearwater Beach during Spring Break:
A message from Clearwater Police Chief Daniel Slaughter:
It’s spring break on Clearwater Beach, and that means lots of people – young and old – will be flocking to the beach.
We want to remind everyone – no matter your age – there is a zero-tolerance policy for alcohol on the public beach. We have increased our staffing levels and officers will be cracking down on alcohol-related matters and other illegal activities.
Teenagers and young adults should be aware: Underage drinking, fighting, disorderly behavior and driving under the influence will not be tolerated.
Parents of children and teenagers should not drop them off at the beach without supervision, or allow them to take a ride share and end up at the beach without supervision. Parents should know what is in their children’s cars, backpacks and drink containers. Parents should be available by phone in case police need to contact them and know they may have to come to the beach to retrieve their child if they end up in trouble. Or they may have to pick them up at the Pinellas Juvenile Assessment Center. Either option is not the best way to spend spring break.
We want everyone to have a fun and safe spring break, but the bottom line is this: We don’t want high school students and college students coming to Clearwater Beach and going home with a criminal record.
Beach Wheelchairs Are Available
Clearwater values accessibility for all to enjoy the bright and beautiful waters of Clearwater Beach.
Clearwater Beach provides manual and motorized beach wheelchairs for visitors with special needs and who wish to access the beach. Find out more about beach wheelchairs.
No alcohol is permitted on Clearwater’s public beaches.
Always Swim Near a Lifeguard
Head the advice, instructions and warnings of lifeguards. Don’t overestimate your swimming abilities, and never swim alone.
When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors
Weather can change quickly, causing conditions to deteriorate fast. Stay out of the water and stay off the beach when lighting is present.
Rip Current Safety
Break the grip of the rip. Don’t fight the current. Escape the current by swimming in a direction following the shoreline. When free of the current, swim at an angle – away from the current – toward the shore. Wave for a lifeguard. Most importantly – don’t panic.
Beach Warning Flags
Flags posted on the beach and flying from lifeguard towers represent ocean hazards and surf conditions. Please remember that water conditions can change quickly. Check with the lifeguard on duty if you are unsure of safe conditions.
Alcohol is a major factor in drowning. Alcohol impairs swimming ability and good judgment. Alcohol is NOT allowed on Clearwater Beach.
Don’t Float Where You Can’t Swim
Often, non-swimmers dangerously use floatation devices to go offshore. If they fall off, they can quickly drown. The only exception is a person wearing a Coast Guard-approved life jacket.
Don’t dive headfirst. Protect your neck.
Diving headfirst into unknown water and striking the bottom can lead to serious, lifelong injuries, including paraplegia. Check for depth and obstructions before diving, and then go in feet first the first time. Use caution while body surfing, always extending a hand ahead of you.
Life Jackets = Boating Safety
Eighty percent of fatalities associated with boating accidents are from drowning. Most involve people who never expected to end up in the water. Children are at the greatest danger. Use a Coast Guard-approved life jacket.
- Swim within the “Safe Bathing Limit” at all times. This area extends 300 feet west of the high-water line and is clearly marked by buoys or pilings.
- Boaters and jet skiers are not allowed inside the “Safe Bathing Limit” area.
- No animals are allowed on the public bathing beaches. This means no pets, dogs or cats on the public bathing area of Clearwater Beach.
- Florida sunshine is intense. Please be careful when sunbathing and use sunscreen with a high SPF.
Information provided by the City of Clearwater.