Situated on Clearwater Beach’s promenade halfway up Florida’s Gulf Coast, the brand-new Opal Sands Resort is mixture of calming ocean-inspired decor and sleek, modern luxury. So close to the gulf that you’ll feel practically suspended over it, the hotel has everything guests could ask in a Florida beach resort, including direct access to the white sand beach rated by USA Today as the “Best Beach in Florida.”
STAY: Spectacular Views for Everyone
All 230 of the guestrooms and suites at Opal Sands resort face the Gulf, so the view in each room is unrivaled among Clearwater Beach hotels. Private balconies ensure guests can enjoy the sea breeze, even from the privacy of the guestrooms. For true luxury, book the Opal or Presidential Suite, which come with sizeable private balconies complete with Jacuzzi, so you can soak away your worries while watching the surf below.
EAT: A Focus on Fresh
Fresh local seafood, handmade pastas, and Neopalitan pizzas will leave you happily stuffed at Sea-Guini, while artisanal cocktails are prepared by hand at the Sea-Guini lounge. Take a break from the beach for a light lunch at Sandbar, a short walk down the dune.
PLAY: On and Off Sand
First and foremost, there’s one of the best beaches in Florida. If that’s a little too far, stretch out by the zero-entry pool that overlooks the Gulf of Mexico, and let the pool attendants cater to your every whim. Once you’ve had your share of sun, check out our guide to all the activities within walking distance. A trip to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium is a must, where you can meet Winter and Hope, two of the dolphin superstars from the Dolphin Tale movies. For outdoor enthusiasts, head over to Caladesi Island, one of the few completely natural islands on the Gulf Coast.
SAVE TIME FOR
The resort is a short walk from Pier 60, where the setting sun transforms the pier into a daily celebration that features arts and crafts vendors, street musicians, and entertainers. The sun’s last gasp is almost secondary to all that the scene offers.