There are plenty of beaches as nice as & nicer than Clearwater. Typically, the further down the gulf coast you go from the Clearwater area the clearer & prettier the water gets. St. Pete Beach, Siesta Key, Casey Key, Venice, Sanibel, Naples, Marco Island & more are all beautiful. For more waves - check out the east coast beaches. Cocoa Beach & Amelia Island are my favorite east coast beaches.
We have been to Clearwater, St Petes and Fort Lauderdale. Out of these Fort Lauderdale was by far the best. We found Clearwater, although the actual beach was nice, the area was run down and after 9.00 everything died! We have 2 young children and although we certainly didn't want nightclubs etc we wanted somewhere with a bit of life in the evening! Maybe some nice shops, restaraunts etc.
We felt the same about St.Petes but Fort Lauderdale was totally different.. wonderful beach, cleaner streets, better restaraunts, shops, you can get the water taxis to different places and there is a really nice entertainment complex ( can't remember what it was called) but it had shops, restaraunts, cinema, small bowling alley etc. I'm sure it was a Spanish sounding name.
If you do consider Fort Lauderdale you will find it is nearer to Miami so if you are doing a two centre holiday with Orlando you are better off flying into Orlando and out of Miami.
It would be interesting to know what you decide!
Have a good trip.
Thank you for the pointers.
Without question Destin offers about the most beautiful BEACH AND WATER in Fl however, it is way off u course.. Destin is up in what is called the PANDHANDLE. The olny other area that offers the bautiful beach as Destin is in the Fl. KEYS, totally differene direction than DESTIN... Water in ALL of the KEYS is BEAUTIFUL. Good luck..........
Thanks for your advice.
I also hear that the Keys are beautiful.