Parking Recommendations

Parking Recommendations

The Tropics Boat Tours, like all other marina tenants, does not have dedicated parking. Please read the following recommendations closely and feel free to call our office with any follow up questions. We encourage all our guests to prepare so they can have a fabulous experience starting with getting to us. 

Recommended Parking:

We recommend using the Clearwater Ferry and parking for FREE in Downtown Clearwater. This service offers fast and efficient travel across the water, avoiding the traffic on the bridge and the parking on Clearwater Beach. You can find detailed information on their FREE app (iPhone users click HERE, for Android devices click HERE) or on their website at www.ClearwaterFerry.com. Parking is free and they depart often from Downtown Clearwater near Coachman Park and drop you off right at our marina daily. We recommend riding the ferry that is the hour or two before your required check in time. By showing your reservation confirmation you will receive a $2.00 discount on all Adult round trip tickets (excludes any other offers and promotions).

We are not responsible for the timing of your arrival to our booth if you chose to ride Clearwater Ferry.


Alternate Parking:

Due to the popularity and development of Clearwater Beach as a tourism destination, parking on-site is limited. There are great options for parking on Clearwater Beach but none of them are guaranteed as they all fill up on a first come, first serve basis.

  • Clearwater Municipal Marina: you can park into any metered space that doesn't specify NO PERMITS, feed it a quarter and walk over to our booth to purchase a City Parking Permit for the duration of your cruise. You will have to place the permit back into your car before boarding the tour. Spots marked handicap are only valid for 2 hours at a time, you may get ticketed if you do not purchase a parking permit. The Marina lot is 100% under the control of the city of Clearwater. The Tropics Boat Tours will not be responsible for tickets acquired due to non-compliance of policy or any policy changes made by the city that we have not been notified of. The Tropics cannot guarantee parking and recommend you find parking before purchasing the permit. ALL PARKING PERMIT SALES ARE FINAL, NO EXCEPTIONS!

  • North Beach Parking Garage: this parking option is located on the North side of Clearwater Beach, at about 15 minutes walking distance from our location. You will receive a ticket as you enter the garage and pay the fee when you leave. We are not able to validate parking there.

  • Pier 60 Parking Lot: this parking option is located directly West of us, at about 2 minutes walking distance from our location. You will need to pay for parking after you arrive and place your receipt on the dashboard of your car. We are not able to validate parking there.

  • Surf Style Megastore & Hyatt Regency Garages: these parking options are privately owned and located just South of us, at about 5 minutes walking distance from our location. You will receive a ticket as you enter the garage and pay the fee when you leave. We are not able to validate parking there.


Other parking lots and garages are available on Clearwater Beach. Parking rates may be found by visiting www.myclearwater.com or contacting the City of Clearwater Parking Department at 727-562-4704.


If you are visiting during High Season (March, April, May, June, July, August) plan for TRAFFIC! It is not uncommon to experience a very delayed drive down to the beach. State Road FL60 (Gulf to Bay) can back up as far as highway US 19 some days.  If you are familiar with the area, or have access to a local map, Drew Street is a great alternative route for Westbound travel.


To be safe always plan on arriving to our booth 1 hour and 30 minutes prior to your tour. If you have extra time you can always enjoy what's going on around us. It's always a great time.