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Enjoy Clearwater, Florida for Vacation and Retirement

Updated on January 22, 2023
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Clearwater, Florida
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Best Cities in the 21st Century

Clearwater is a city of 106,000+ people on the beaches of the Gulf Coast of Florida, across from Old Tampa Bay and northwest of St. Petersburg, which is in the same metropolitan area. This is a comfortable place to retire or to vacation, but it also enjoys jobs listings over 31,000 positions during Spring 2015.

See the map below for the exact location of Clearwater northwest of I-275 on US 19. This area is full of new additions and improvements in the quality of life for residents.

Clearwater - St. Petersburg Market Area

Clearwater, Florida:
Clearwater, FL, USA

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Travel Distances From Clearwater to Other Communities

City or Town
Distance from Clearwater
Clearwater Beach
2.4 miles from city center
Approximately 5 miles
Palm Harbor
8.5 miles
4.7 miles
Approximately 10 miles
Pinellas Park
Approximately 14 miles
Treasure Island
16 to 19 miles, depending on route
23 miles
St. Petersburg
21 miles
42 miles

Great Improvements to Ease Life

Clearwater leadership and residents seem always on the lookout for ways to improve life in the community. For instance, residents successfully petitioned the Federal Government to declare Clearwater in a single zip code 29822.

Another improvement is the addition of Z-Vans in the community that travel around teach deaf students how to use video phones. This has improved communication services offered already to the deaf and hard of hearing.

The Aging Well Center makes a tremendous effort to provide wellness tips and programs for Seniors. This division of city government appreciates Seniors and is constantly offering new things to help maintain independence and enjoy life. Anything from meals to health tips to how to use the local Police Department is on the agenda.

Clearwater is a good place for the retirement years, but many younger people make a good living in the area. In fact, over 49,000 job openings daily within a radius of 25 miles of city center in early 2023 on Indeed and SimplyHired. Many of these positions are in the Healthcare and Transportation/Freight Industries.

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Pelicans at a Clearwater area dock.
Pelicans at a Clearwater area dock.
Pelicans at a Clearwater area dock. | Source

New Multi-Screen Cinema

Clearwater became the home of a 12-screen cinema in December 201l. The high-tech Cobb Countryside 12 Theater at the Westfield Countryside Mall quickly became popular.

Cobb Countryside 12 Theater

Cob Countryside Theater, 2nd Floor Westfield Mall:
27001 U.S. 19, Clearwater, FL 33761, USA

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Things to Do and See in Clearwater

Movies are back "in" in Clearwater. The city had not hosted a first-run film between 2002 and December 2011, but that changed with the addition of a new theater complex.

Just in time for the new Christmas films, Clearwater welcomed a new 12-screen cinema. This is the brand-new high-tech Cobb (CMX) Countryside 12 Theater at the Westfield Countryside Mall.

Travel and Tourism make this area a prime site for new entertainment venues that current residents of all ages can enjoy as well. High-Tech? -- The first three rows of seats in the Cobb theater's 4D offering includes vibrating chairs. In addition to that, the theater offers many more features in its huge addition to the Westfield Countryside Mall.

Additional Cinemas

  • AMC Woodlands Sqaure 20: 3128 Tampa Road
  • Regal Largo Cinema: 10500 Ulmerton Road
  • AMC Palm Harbor 10: 379112 US Route 19 N
  • Regal Park Place: 7200 US Route 19 N
  • Studio Movie Grill: 7718 113th Street N, Seminole FL
  • Sunset Point Bar and Grill Movies: 24095 US Highway 19 N

Clearwater Beach
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In 2019, Clearwater Beach ranked Number One in American beaches by TripAdvisor's Best Beaches poll.

Additional Attractions

  • Clearwater Beach: About 3 miles long. Pier 60 at this beach has a 1,080-foot fishing pier, a recreational park, covered pavilions, and places to eat and shop. It's like an outdoor mall.

  • Florida Holocaust Museum: 55 Fifth Street South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. Phone: 727.820.0100. A good friend visited this place, and her life was never the same again. We must not forget this history.

  • Welcome Aboard Clearwater Jolley Trolley! Everyone has a good time on this trolley car route around the most accessed spots in the Clearwater area. Great for Seniors, families and shoppers!

  • Welcome to Clearwater Ice Arena serves party, skating, hockey and figure skating needs -- Lots of fun!

  • Life is better around water and water creatures, shown in reduced blood pressure readings among many health studies! The aquarium is a wonderfully fun, healthy place to visit. Besides dolphins, this facility recuses sea turtles as well. The rescue hospital produces an online web series called Rescue-Clearwater, with new episodes twice a month.

The Clearwater Marine Aquarium Hospital is the site in my favorite films Dolphin Tale, and Dolphin Tale 2, about Winter the dolphin. Her tail was damaged by fishing lines to the point that she might die, but rescuers found and transported her to the hospital, where she was finally fitted with a new tail. She motivated many wounded veterans and injured children to try prosthetic limbs successfully before her death in 2022 from a twisted intestine.

Clearwater Beach Resort
Clearwater Beach Resort | Source

Best Resorts 2023 - 2024

Highest rated resort hotels around Clearwater, according to visitors' evaluations:

  1. Shephard's Beach Resort
  2. Winter The Dolphin's Beach Club: Less than 2.0 miles southwest from Clearwater Marine Aquarium Hospital (see map below)
  3. Sheraton Sand Key Resort
  4. Clearwater Beach Marriott Suites on Sand Key
  5. Opal Sands Resort & Spa

Shephard's Beach Resort:
619 S Gulfview Blvd, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767, USA

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Winter The Dolphin's Beach Club:
655 S Gulfview Blvd, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767, USA

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Sheraton Sand Key Resort:
1160 Gulf Blvd, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767, USA

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Clearwater Beach Marriott Suites on Sand Key:
1201 Gulf Blvd, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767, USA

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Opal Sands Resort & Spa:
430 S Gulfview Blvd, Clearwater, FL 33767, USA

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Senior Housing Options

Additional affordable housing communities in Clearwater are in planning and under construction.

Home Purchase Market

Calculated from raw data found at the real estate web site, the following housing was available now:

Number of Total Homes for sale: 2,000 in 2023

  • Price Range: $61,000 to $14,900,000
  • Median Price: $549,000

Number of 2-Bedroom Apartments/Condos for sale: 500+

  • Price Range: to $39,900 - $3,400,000; 18 Foreclosures up for auction.
  • Median Price: $249,900

Sports Options in Clearwater

  • Clearwater Threshers, Florida State League Baseball at Bright House Networks Field
  • Philadelphia Phillies, Major League Baseball at Bright House Networks Field for Spring Training.
  • Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Major League Baseball at St. Petersburg Tropicana Field.
  • Tampa Bay Lightning, National Hockey League at St. Pete Times Forum.
  • Tampa Bay Storm, Arena Football League at St. Pete Times Forum.
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers, NFL.

Recreational and Social Sports

  • Lazin' Ravens Track Club
  • Countryside Lightning Soccer and Chargers Soccer Club
  • Disc Golf - Cliff Stephens Park and Coachman Park.
  • Lega Mexicana - Mexican League Soccer
  • Pinellas Heat - Volleyball

Top 10 Companies Listing Jobs for All Ages

  1. BayCare Health System in Clearwater/Tampa/St. Petersburg
  2. Host Healthcare, Maxim Travel Nurses, and similar
  3. Moffitt Cancer Center
  4. American Power and Gas
  5. Tampa General Hospital
  6. Lockheed Martin: member of NASA Commerical Crew
  7. CVS/Pharmacy and other retail outlets
  8. Hy-Vee and Winn Dixie Groceries
  9. Schneider National; Barr-Nunn; Melton Truck Lines; Knight Transport: all Trucking and Freight
  10. Deloitte Development

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2011 Patty Inglish MS


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