Clarenville is located two hours (190 km.) west of St. John's, and 7 hours (710 km.) east of Port-aux-Basques, along the Trans-Canada Highway. The nearest airport is Gander International (1.5 hours away), although more frequent service is available from St. John's International Airport.
There is no public transit in town, and a car is a necessity for getting around. There are small taxi operators in town.
Clarenville's main tourist draw is the White Hills Ski Resort, located just outside of town. Clarenville is the main starting point for exploring the Bonavista Peninsula, including the scenic towns of Trinity and Bonavista.
Clarenville has a number of food options, and is a frequent rest stop for travellers on the Trans-Canada Highway.
There are a number of fast-food restaurants in Clarenville, including A&W, KFC, McDonalds, Mary Browns Fried Chicken, Tim Hortons, Subway and Quiznos.
Traditional Newfoundland restaurants in Clarenville include Stead's Landing and Rod's Restaurant, as well as Greening's Restaurant in nearby Lethbridge.
The two main hotels in Clarenville are the Clarenville Inn and St. Jude Hotel, both of which are located on the Trans-Canada Highway, and are multi-storey hotels. The Wave Hotel is the newest hotel and has a swimming pool. The Restland Motel offers townhouse-style accommodations and is located in the middle of town. B&Bs are available as well.
Clarenville is well situated for outdoor activities. The surrounding area is largely wilderness, and excellent for exploring by snowmobile or ATV. Boating enthusiasts can explore Random Sound and Trinity Bay, on which Clarenville is located.