Fodor's Expert Review Clearwater Beach
On a narrow island between Clearwater Harbor and the Gulf is a stretch of sand with a widespread reputation for beach volleyball. Pier 60, which extends from shore here, is the site of a nightly sunset celebration, complete with musicians and artisans. It's one of the area's nicest and busiest beaches, especially on weekends and during spring break, but it's also one of the costliest in terms of parking fees, which can reach $2 per hour. Traffic can get pretty gnarly here and parking spots scarce, especially approaching sunset, so get here early or opt for public or on-foot transportation as much as possible. Amenities: food and drink; showers; toilets. Best for: partiers; sunset; walking.