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Best Clearwater Beach Resorts for Families

Family Resorts on Clearwater Beach

Looking for the perfect family-friendly getaway? Look no further than Clearwater Beach!

With its beach-laden shores, warm sunny weather, and an array of attractions, Clearwater Beach is the ultimate destination for families seeking a memorable vacation. We will explore the best Clearwater Beach resorts that are specifically designed to cater to families.

Whether you’re in search of spacious accommodations, exciting amenities, or convenient proximity to local attractions, these resorts have it all. Join us as we dive into the top Clearwater Beach resorts for families and discover the ideal place for your next unforgettable vacation.

We should be qualified to recommend the best Clearwater Beach resorts for families, since we live here. We have seen many lists that point to places that aren’t on the beach, some unsuitable for children and a few that don’t qualify for a “resort”.

So, here are a resident’s choices from 40 years of living here!

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Families look for different things in a beach resort for their family.

Choose Your Resort For Your Needs

When choosing a beach resort for a family vacation, there are several important factors to consider. No two families are identical. One may have more emphasis on a particular factor than another. Consider these points when choosing a beach resort:

1. Family-Friendly Amenities: Look for resorts that offer amenities catering to families, such as kid-friendly pools with shallow areas, water slides, playgrounds, and supervised children’s activities.

2. Safety and Security: Ensure that the resort provides a safe environment for families, with lifeguards on duty at pools and beach areas, secure entrances, and well-maintained facilities.

3. Accommodation Options: Check if the resort offers spacious and comfortable accommodations suitable for families, such as suites or connecting rooms, with amenities like cribs, rollaway beds, and kitchenettes if needed.

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4. Activities and Entertainment: Choose a resort that offers a variety of activities and entertainment options for all ages, including water sports, beach games, cultural experiences, and evening entertainment such as live music or shows.

5. Dining Options: Look for resorts with multiple dining options to cater to different tastes and dietary needs. Family-friendly restaurants with children’s menus, buffets, and casual dining options can make mealtime easier and more enjoyable for everyone. Remember, resort eating can put a dent in a budget, so make certain there are nearby dining options.

6. Accessibility: Consider the accessibility of the resort, especially if you have young children or family members with mobility issues. Look for resorts with easy access to the beach, pools, restaurants, and other facilities.

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7. Family Packages and Deals: Keep an eye out for family-friendly packages or deals offered by the resort, which may include discounted rates, complimentary meals for children, or special perks such as free activities or babysitting services.

8. Reviews and Recommendations: Research online reviews and ask for recommendations from friends or family who have stayed at family-friendly beach resorts. Pay attention to feedback on the resort’s cleanliness, service, and overall suitability for families.

By considering these factors, you can find a beach resort that meets the needs and preferences of your family, ensuring a memorable and enjoyable vacation experience for everyone.

Best Resorts in Clearwater Beach for Families
North Beach is that section of the beach north of Pier 60. The Sandpearl and Hilton are there.

Our Choices for The Best Resorts on Clearwater Beach for Families

 Our choices for the Best Clearwater Beach Resorts for Families:

Sandpearl Resort

Located directly on Clearwater Beach, Sandpearl Resort offers a range of family-friendly amenities and activities. With spacious rooms, a kids club, and a zero-entry pool, it provides a memorable experience for families.

We recommend this resort because it is literally just a few steps to the beach. Sand Pearl has been serving families for many years and their service and amenities are top of the line. The kids will love their beachside pool.

Of all the Clearwater Beach resorts for families, the Sandpearl would be our choice there were no budget restrictions.

Cons: The Sand Pearl is a little over two blocks from the Clearwater Marina and Pier 60 where many water-based attractions are. This is normal walking distance for adults but may be challenging for very young children.

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Best Resorts on Clearwater Beach for Families
View from a room at the Wyndham on Clearwater Beach.
Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach

This resort boasts stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico and offers a variety of accommodations suitable for families. The Wyndham Grand features a pool with a waterslide, a kids club, and easy access to the beach which is just across the street.

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Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach

This is one of the newest resorts on the beach and they have had great reviews. It is within walking distance of restaurants, shops and Pier 60.

The Clearwater Marina is just a block away and there are alternative restaurants nearby.

Cons: The Wyndham is expensive and many guests say the value is there. It is not as large as the Sand Pearl.

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Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa

Situated on a prime stretch of Clearwater Beach, Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa offers spacious rooms, multiple pools, and a supervised kids club. Families can enjoy beachfront dining and various water activities.

As far as location, the Hilton has the best location of all the resorts. It is situated on its portion of Clearwater Beach and you literally walk out the door and you are on the beach. The resort is on the main street of Clearwater Beach with shopping just out the door. The Marina is a block away.

Cons: The Hilton is one of the oldest of the resorts we highlight here. Rooms and accommodations are acceptable but not as modern as the newer resorts.

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Best Clearwater Beach Resorts for Families
The Sheraton Sand Key Resort on Clearwater Beach may be a budget friendly choice for your family.
Sheraton Sand Key Resort

While not directly on Clearwater Beach, Sheraton Sand Key Resort is located just across the bridge and offers a tranquil family-friendly atmosphere. It features a pool, a kids club, and easy access to Sand Key Park.

The Sheraton has a very long history of making families happy because of their location (not as busy as the beach resorts). The resort is right on the Gulf of Mexico with a long wide beach. The beach runs for miles and is less crowded than Clearwater Beach.

There is a trolley that runs every thirty minutes that travels across the short bridge to the main Clearwater Beach. The Sheraton is generally less expensive than the newer resorts.

Cons: Not as close to shops and other dining as the main resorts. Another resort that has been around for many years.

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Clearwater Beach resorts - Opal Sands
The Opal Sands Resort is on the south end of Clearwater Beach. The curved shape offers amazing views to all rooms.
Opal Sands Resort

This modern beachfront resort offers luxurious accommodations and a range of family-friendly amenities. With a beachfront pool, a kids club, and easy access to Clearwater Beach, it provides an upscale experience for families.

Clearwater Beach is next to the resort. Opal is at the south end of the main beach and related to the ownership of the Sand Pearl. Plenty of alternative dining options in the area. Beautiful views of Clearwater Pass and the boat traffic in and out of the waterway.

Cons: They are adding another part of the Opal across the street. Construction could be problematic until 2025.

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Best Clearwater Beach Resorts for families
Hyatt Regency is a good choice for the best resort in Clearwater Beach for Families.
Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa

Boasting spacious suites with kitchenettes, Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa is a popular choice for families. It offers a pool with a waterslide, a kids’ club, and is conveniently located near Pier 60.

The resort is a popular choice because it is right in the middle of Clearwater Beach and has direct access across the street. Huge hotel with shopping and dining nearby plus the Marina is close by.

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JW Marriot Resort Clearwater Beach

This newly opened resort (mid-2023) on Clearwater Beach offers many of the luxury amenities expected from a JW Marriot. A rooftop pool highlights one of the best views on the island.

This upscale hotel is right on Clearwater Pass with its own private beach area.

Cons: It is very early for us to recommend this hotel. We know it is expensive and luxurious but a couple blocks away from the main beach.

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The JW Marriott Resort is a new family resort in Clearwater Beach.

Resorts on Clearwater Beach for Families  – More Budget Friendly

Clearwater Beach Marriott Suites on Sand Key

This all-suite resort provides ample space for families to relax and unwind. It features a pool, a kids club, and is located near Sand Key Park, offering a peaceful beach experience.

The Marriot also offers a trolley to the main beach and their own transportation to Sand Key Park. They have a fun pool, tiki bar and location on the Intracoastal Waterway.

The Marriott Sand Key may be the most budget friendly Clearwater Beach resorts for families.

Cons: Not on the main beach and just a few optional restaurants within walking distance.

Prices for the Marriott Suites Sand Key

Shephard’s Beach Resort

Known for its lively atmosphere and beachfront location, Shephard’s Beach Resort offers a range of family-friendly amenities. The Shepherd’s Beach Resort is immediately on Clearwater Pass with an expansive beach along the waterway.

Lots of watersports available like jet skis and other rentals. One block from main beach.

Cons: We recommend this hotel for older children in their teens. Not on the main beach but other food options nearby.

Prices for Shepherds Resort

Clearwater Beach sunset at one of the best resorts on Clearwater beach
The sunsets on Clearwater Beach are spectacular!

Summary of the Best Clearwater Beach Resorts for Families

Our choices of the best resorts on Clearwater Beach for families ensures an extraordinary beach vacation experience. With their stunning amenities, family-friendly activities, and prime locations, these resorts offer everything you need for a memorable getaway.

When you visit Clearwater Beach, you’re guaranteed to be captivated by its powder white sandy shores, crystal-clear waters, and vibrant atmosphere. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to create lasting memories with your loved ones. 

Check out our beach packing list and start planning your ultimate family beach adventure today!

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