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  • Location:Orlando, Florida
  • Duration:12 hours (approx.)

Clearwater Beach Day Trip from Orlando with Dolphin Encounter Cruise

Take a day trip from Orlando to the miles of white, sugar-sand beaches and sparkling waterways of Clearwater Beach! Relax and unwind on Florida's west coast, far from the hustle and bustle of Orlando. While enjoying your day at Clearwater, take a sightseeing cruise on the Gulf of Mexico to watch for bottlenose dolphins!


  • Day trip from Orlando to Clearwater Beach
  • Enjoy a 1-hour dolphin cruise
  • Watch adorable bottlenose dolphins swimming through the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico
  • Spend free time on Clearwater's soft white sand and enjoy lunch on the beach
  • Round-trip transportation from select locations in Orlando included

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

It's a laid-back day at a beautiful beach where you can relax in the soft sand and enjoy the sea breeze. Add the chance to see dolphins playing in the water, and you've got the makings of a perfect day on the coast

What You Can Expect

Clearwater Beach Day Trip from Orlando with Dolphin Encounter Cruise

Dolphin Encounter

After pickup from select Orlando hotels, your day of fun in the sun begins as you head west to Florida's Gulf of Mexico coast.

During the approximate 1.5-hour bus ride, listen to a little bit of history on Clearwater from your driver, hear about what you'll find when you get there, and watch an onboard movie.

When you arrive at Clearwater Beach, you'll have a couple of hours to spend how you wish on the beach, and then you'll head to the marina for your one-hour dolphin-encounter cruise. Watch for native bottlenose dolphins -- the sea's most lovable creatures -- as they play in their natural habitat. Snap photos of them jumping and swimming along the boat, and admire views of the beautiful shorelines of Clearwater and Caladesi Island. A $10 wristband can be purchased on board for unlimited beer, wine, vodka punch.

Back on the beach, enjoy approximately three to four more hours of free time to do as you wish -- swim, bodyboard, work on your tan or go for a walk on the sand. Beach umbrellas and chairs, as well as watersports equipment, are available for rent from a stand on the beach, if you wish.

When you're ready to eat, simply use your lunch voucher to pick up your lunch and enjoy a picnic on the beach.

In total, you'll spend about seven to eight hours in Clearwater, depending on the traffic from Orlando. The exact departure time of your dolphin cruise may vary depending on the day.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

it was perfect.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Absolutely wonderful!! The beach was beautiful. The cruise was great. All of the staff were awesome. Would do this again in a heartbeat.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

The trip to Clearwater was amazing, the weather brightened up in the afternoon for the dolphin tour, and we saw many dolphins in their natural habitat. It was a shame we had little time to explore Clearwater, but I would go back again anytime. The driver and Lorrie were great and have us information where to meet etc. and it was a great day. Thank you

4 star rating: Recommended April 2015

My family and I really had fun on this trip. It was definitely the highlight of our trip to Orlando. The sights were beautiful, the captain was entertaining and the music kept everything upbeat. We didn't get to see any dolphin's up close on our trip but we did see several jump out of the water. My 8 year old daughter was thrilled. Loved it! Would highly recommend.

4 star rating: Recommended April 2013

My 8 year old son and I went on this tour and it was AWESOME. Clearwater was beautiful. There were alot of things to do on the beach. We did parasailing right before taking our dolphin cruise. While on the dolphin cruise sure enough we saw dolphins and there were alot of them. It would help if you have a high speed camera so that you can capture great photos of them jumping out the water. I am really happy that I booked this for us to do. The only reason why they didnt get 5 stars is because the bus was very cold.

3 star rating: Worth doing June 2015

The boat trip was excellent. Saw dolphins a shark and turtle. Clearwater beach is beautiful - white sand for miles with plenty of restaurants. The coach trip was dreadful. A clueless guide who caused delays, had limited knowledge and gave out conflicting, unclear info. 6 hours on a bus - not good.

3 star rating: Worth doing June 2013

Tour would have been ok but for the weather. Had freak rainstorm the entire day which resulted in our dolphin cruise being cancelled. Nothing much to do in Clearwater other than the beach, which was a 'no-no' on the day we visited due to torrential rain. So we visited Marine Aquarium instead, fab!

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better August 2015

the pre paid lunch is collectable in probably the worst restaurant in Clearwater, all food is just the cheapest frozen food possible re heated, there are far better near by, you are dropped of at 10.30am, told to be at the boat by 11.30 and then left waiting in scorching heat with no shade for over half an hour, you are dropped at one end of Clearwater at 10.30am so they can show you where the restaurant is!!!! to walk back to the other end of Clearwater for the boat trip, to walk back to the other end for lunch, to walk back to the other end for pick up for journey home. As far as we could tell you are picked up far to early just so they can drop off at the aquarium on the way. If we went back we would do it ourselves, there is loads of parking, plenty of restaurants to choose from and you can arrive on the day and pick from umpteen boat trips.

1 star rating: I do not recommend this July 2015

Awful awful awful. Rude staff, expensive waste of time! Would not recommend this to anyone~~ save your money!

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