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Clearwater Beach Travel Guide

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Best Times to Visit Clearwater Beach

The best time to visit Clearwater Beach is between October and December. During these autumn months, you'll find low humidity, fewer tourists and many holiday events to experience. However, October and November technically fall within the Atlantic hurricane season, and although they're not peak hurricane months, you should be aware of the possibility of a storm developing. July, August and September's frequent rainstorms and January, February and March's high volume of snowbirds (retirees and part-time residents from the northern U.S.) make summer and winter two seasons to avoid. If viewing wildlife is your main objective, consider visiting in April, May or June when migratory birds, stingrays and sea turtles are commonly spotted. While the area is different every season, Clearwater Beach benefits from warm weather year-round.

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Weather in Clearwater Beach

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Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center

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January-March

Temperatures are mild (think: daytime averages in the high 60s to mid-70s) during this time of year, making winter a great time for outdoor activities like hiking and biking. You may also catch a glimpse of some of Florida's most unique wildlife, including roseate spoonbills and manatees, when visiting Honeymoon Island State Park in winter. However, this peak season brings an influx of tourists to the area, so hotel rates are higher. Consider reserving your accommodations months in advance to ensure availability.

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April-June

Clearwater Beach warms up to the high 80s during the day by the end of the spring season, but it's still a nice time to visit. Bird species like great blue herons migrate to the area in spring to lay eggs. You'll also find more stingrays in the waters, which makes for exciting snorkeling adventures. When you're visiting the beach, keep an eye out for sea turtle nests. Endangered species like loggerheads start nesting here in April. Also, keep in mind that June marks the start of hurricane season in the Atlantic, so while unlikely, storms may potentially develop late in spring. Because of this, hotel prices are typically less expensive than in other seasons, especially in June.

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July-September

This time period sees the most rain each year, as well as high humidity levels. It's common for average highs to sit in the 90s during these months, so if you're visiting, you'll probably want to stay somewhere close to the water so you can cool off easily. Because of the intense humidity and the threat of hurricanes (September is the most active month of Florida's hurricane season), summer is Clearwater Beach's offseason, which means you'll find smaller crowds and cheaper room rates. If you plan a visit during this season, consider buying travel insurance so you won't lose money if severe weather ruins your trip.

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October-December

Fall typically offers some of the best weather (think: daytime temperatures in the 70s and 80s), though October and November sit within the Atlantic hurricane season, so while unlikely, a storm could form. But don't let this deter you from planning a fall visit: Most of the season features weather ideal for sightseeing and fewer tourists than what you'll encounter during the peak winter season. If you're sticking to a budget, avoid arriving around the holidays when prices tend to go up.

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