Partnering For a Purpose

Our alliance with Clearwater Marine Aquarium is inspired by a shared passion for protecting marine life and the environment. As CMA’s  preferred hotel partner, Winter the Dolphin’s Beach Club is focused on creating a delightful experience that inspires guests and the community to participate in this important mission.

We enthusiastically honor the aquarium’s most famous resident, Winter the Dolphin, who was disentangled from a crab trap line in 2005, treated by CMA, and fitted with a prosthetic tail. Now completely recovered, Winter shares her home with fellow rescued dolphins and other rehabilitating marine life. Our hotel also supports CMA’s expanding initiatives, including manatee research, whale conservation and sea turtle protection.

Your Stay Matters

You’re advancing the aquarium’s vision and engaging in ecotourism simply by being our guest. In support of CMA, we charge a daily Conservation Resort Fee of $9.95 per guest room — 100% of which goes directly to helping fund the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of injured marine life, and to providing a permanent home for animals who cannot return to the wild because of injuries.

In appreciation, you receive:

  • Concierge support for all CMA ticketing
  • VIP entrance to the aquarium
  • Educational presentations (complete with surprise marine life visitors) at the hotel
  • Two complimentary cartons of eco-friendly Just Water at check-in
  • High-speed internet and wifi throughout your stay
  • Complimentary use of beach towels while enjoying America’s No. 1 Beach
  • Sea turtles at CMASnorkel, a rescued juvenile loggerhead sea turtle at CMA

Not Your Typical Aquarium

Just six minutes from the hotel, this nonprofit rescue-based aquarium and working animal hospital isn’t like others you may have visited. Scroll down for a few ways CMA will enchant and intrigue your whole family.

  • Dolphin

See Real-Life Marine Life

Winter, rescued at two months old and later fitted with a prosthetic tale, isn’t the only resident worth visiting at CMA. You’ll meet Ricky the great white pelican (Winter’s co-star in the Dolphin Tale films), Snorkel the sea turtle, sharks Thelma and Louise, and many more adopted pals who call CMA their forever home.

  • Boat at sunset

Get Your Hands Wet

Hear behind-the-scenes stories of animal rescue, rehab, and release. Make a splash caring for dolphins, otters and pelicans. Take an eco-friendly cruise around the bay. Snap photos with an aquatic inhabitant. Kids can even attend seasonal CMA camps.

  • Nicholas the Dolphin at window with guest at CMA

Make Some Wet & Wild Friends

There’s nothing like watching your child’s face light up at the sight of real-life dolphins, sea turtles and other adorable marine life. Thanks to our partnership with Clearwater Marine Aquarium, your whole family can experience one-of-a-kind encounters – and unforgettable memories.