Clearwater Beach Vacation Rental Vs. Hotels in Florida

Economy got you down? Your family is begging for a vacation, yet the bad economic news keeps you from looking for travel deals. You NEED a vacation!!!

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There is a way to beat the gloom and doom. Buddy up. That’s right – buddy up. A vacation rental by owner offer unbeatable vacation deals if split between a few friends.

And, what’s not to like (if you go with compatible families)? The kids play together and stay out of your hair; the guys can do guy things together; and the gals can enjoy the beach.

Just a look at Clearwater Beach vacation rentals makes my point. But first, let’s look at Clearwater Beach hotels. A quick look on expedia found the lowest per night Clearwater Beach hotel rates around: $119 for the Safety Harbor Resort and Spa; $147 at the Dolphin Beach Resort and Beachcomer Resort and Hotel; $180 at Best Western; and $206 at the Bilmar Beach Resort and Holiday Inn.

Not bad prices for Clearwater Beach vacation deals during high season, but try sticking a family in a cramped hotel room. And, add the freight for eating out all the time, and the boarding for Fido. That adds up to a pretty penny for a well deserved Clearwater Beach vacation that is out of budget for many today.

Safety Harbor Resort & Spa Trademark Collection by Wyndham

Safety Harbor Resort & Spa Trademark Collection by Wyndham. On a natural mineral spring, and only moments from Safety Harbor, Florida's beautiful beaches, this resort features first-class spa services, exceptional accommodations and is close to Tampa city center.

105 North Bayshore Drive, Safety Harbor, FL 34695

On a natural mineral spring, and only moments from Safety Harbor, Florida’s beautiful beaches, this resort features first-class spa services, exceptional accommodations and is close to Tampa city center.

Safety Harbor Resort & Spa Trademark Collection by Wyndham. The area surrounding the Safety Harbor is filled with beautiful natural scenery, picturesque views and a variety of activities. Guests can find numerous water sports, entertainment and unique shops minutes from the hotel.

The area surrounding the Safety Harbor is filled with beautiful natural scenery, picturesque views and a variety of activities. Guests can find numerous water sports, entertainment and unique shops minutes from the hotel.

Clearwater Beach Hotel

The Clearwater Beach Hotel is situated on the southern end of Clearwater Beach overlooking the Clearwater Harbor

504 South Gulfview Boulevard, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Located on the southern end of Clearwater Beach and overlooking the harbor, Clearwater Beach Hotel features an outdoor pool and easy access to the sandy shore. Free WiFi is provided in all rooms. Pier 60 is 1 mi from the hotel.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium is 1.6 mi away. Sand Key Park is 3 minutes’ drive away from the Florida property.

Now on to a Clearwater Beach vacation rental. Just a quick look at the granddaddy of vacation rentals website,  found these vacation deals in Clearwater Beach.

Surfside Condos 202

Surfside Condos 202. This beautiful 3 bedroom, second floor condo is directly on the gorgeous white sands of Clearwater Beach.

11 Idlewild Street 202, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Surfside Condos 202, a property with an outdoor swimming pool and barbecue facilities, is located in Clearwater Beach, 2.9 km from Clearwater Marine Aquarium. The Sand Key Park is within 4.8 km of the apartment.

This air-conditioned 3-bedroom apartment includes 1 bathroom equipped with a bidet and a shower. A TV is available.

Sunsets at Pier 60 is a 19-minute walk from the apartment. St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport is 27.4 km from the property.

Joyce’s Beachfront Suite 3

Joyce's Beachfront Suite 3 is located in Clearwater Beach, 14.5 km from Clearwater Marine Aquarium and 9.7 km from Sand Key Park.

20254 Gulf Blvd, Indian Shores , Clearwater Beach, FL 33785

Offering a private beach area and sea view, Joyce’s Beachfront Suite 3 is located in Clearwater Beach, 14.5 km from Clearwater Marine Aquarium and 9.7 km from Sand Key Park. Featuring pool views and a swimming pool, this apartment also includes free WiFi.

A three bedroom, two bath house with a pool, private beach, boat, bicycles, and fishing poles that allowed pets. Rates weren’t posted for high season but ranged from $595 to $1095 a week. You do the math on the per night rate when you put a couple of families in there.

Sea Club Resort Rentals

Sea Club Resort Rentals. These self-catering Indian Shores, Florida apartments are across the street from the beach and 8.2 mi south of Clearwater Beach.

19725 Gulf Boulevard, Indian Shores , Clearwater Beach, FL 33785

These self-catering Indian Shores, Florida apartments are across the street from the beach and 8.2 mi south of Clearwater Beach. Features include a private dock, a heated outdoor pool and a picnic area by the water with barbecue pits.

John’s Pass Village and Boardwalk is 10 minutes’ drive from the property. Tarpon Springs Greek Village is 4.2 mi from Sea Club. St. Petersburg Pier and Aquarium is 21 mi away.

It appeared that this Clearwater Beach vacation rental was not directly on the beach, but was waterfront. For those rates, a small walk or drive makes this a great Clearwater Beach vacation deal.

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It appeared that this Clearwater Beach vacation rental was not directly on the beach, but was waterfront. For those rates, a small walk or drive makes this a great Clearwater Beach vacation deal.

On Clearwater Beach are many vacation rental condos. One listed was a three bedroom, two bath penthouse condo located on the top, tenth floor of the popular Sand Castle II Condominiums. The master bedroom and living room share an extra-large balcony directly overlooking the beach with breathtaking panoramic views, perfect for enjoying the Clearwater Beach brilliant sunsets.

The quiet, wide beach offers sparkling, white sand loaded with undiscovered seashells and relaxing cabanas. The heated swimming pool and whirlpool/spa stays warm all year long. There are two barbecue gas grills with tables for pool-side fun.

The master bedroom has brand-new, tropical island-style furniture with luxurious king-size bed, en suite bathroom, ceiling fan, TV, and opens to beachfront balcony.

The second bedroom has two pillow top queen-size beds with TV/DVD/VCR with panoramic views of intracoastal waterway. The third bedroom has new furniture with two twin-size beds, TV/DVD/VCR with Nintendo hookups also overlooking the intracoastal waterway.

There is a gorgeous leather, queen-size, sleeper sofa, over-size rattan chairs, and ceiling fan in living room that opens to the beachfront balcony.

In addition, there is internet all for $1995 a week during high season, and $975 a week during low season.

Another 3/2 beachfront Clearwater Beach vacation rental condo is handicap accessible with an elevator. It has a deluxe entertainment centers with large TVs, DVD’s CD players and stereos and a selection of family videos. It is stocked with board games and puzzles to entertain the kids when they are too tired for the beach and pool. Rates range from $1875-$2475 a week depending on season.

The piece de resistance is a five bedroom, three bath clean, spacious, well maintained house that sleeps 11-14. This beautiful beach house located on the north end of the Island of Clearwater Beach is only 34 steps to the sand! It has beautiful tropical landscaping, professionally decorated and furnished with all the comforts of home. Also included is a hot tub and internet. In addition, there is a community swimming pool and lighted tennis courts minutes away. You would be able to walk to all the beach activities, restaurants and shops or take the Jolly Trolley that runs every 30 minutes up Mandalay Avenue. Rates run from $2200 to $3100.

Clearwater Beach was recently rated in the TOP “5” best beaches in the state of Florida by Cable TV’s Travel Channel.

In addition, Clearwater Beach stretches for over five uninterrupted miles which includes Caledesi Island which was named the #1 beach in America  by Dr. Beach!