Once again, Florida Beach is ranked as being one of the best beaches in the United States, according to the annual TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards. Clearwater Beach currently holds the number one spot on the top 25 list of best beaches in the United States.According to the Orlando Sentinel, the majority of Florida's beaches made the top 10, including last year's winner Siesta Beach, which currently holds the No. 3 spot on the list. Other beaches that made the list include St. Pete Beach, which is sitting at No. 4; Pensacola Beach at No. 7; St. Augustine Beach at No. 9; and finally Panama City Beach, which is currently ranked at No. 10.
Other Florida beaches that made the top 25 include Henderson Beach State Park in Destin, Fort Myers Beach; Las Olas Beach, which is located in Fort Lauderdale; and Navarre Beach. Clearwater Beach is about two and a half miles long, and a traveler on TripAdvisor described it as "powder sand and calm, shallow water."
Clearwater Beach not only made it to No. 1 this year on the top 25 list, but it also made the cut in the top 25 for being one of the best beaches in the world. It currently ranks No. 20 on that list.
Florida beaches tend to do remarkably well in reader rankings every single year. The rankings are usually based on both the quality and the quantity of the reviews that can be easily found on the travel website. The Gulf Coast beaches, in particular, received higher rankings compared to the east coast. The two exceptions are St. Augustine and Fort Lauderdale, which managed to make the top 25 this year. Check out the list below.
Not surprisingly, the state of Florida also ranks fairly well in the annual Dr. Beach rankings of U.S. beaches. However, those rankings don't come out until Memorial Day.
Stephen Leatherman, who is the director of Florida International University's Laboratory for Coastal Research, has been putting out rankings since 1991. He typically uses the 50 criteria method to narrow down his best beaches list to 25 or so. Florida has been ranked as having the best beach in the U.S. seven times in a row on Leatherman's list.
Leatherman's basic strategy is to remove beaches that have already won in the past so that other beaches can have a chance at winning the title. However, this year, Leatherman said that he will modify the top beaches list so that previous winners will be able to re-enter the competition again.
TripAdvisor's awards are only based on reviews provided by readers, so beaches that are not frequently travelled will not make the top ranks on the website. The awards managed to reach out to 343 beaches across the world, providing top 25 lists for the United States and other regions as well.
Listed below is the complete list of the top 25 beaches in the United States. Did your favorite beach make the cut?
Top 25 Beaches In The US
1. Clearwater Beach – Clearwater, Florida2. Lanikai Beach – Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii3. Siesta Beach – Siesta Key, Florida4. St. Pete Beach – St. Pete Beach, Florida5. Wai'anapanapa State Park – Hana, Maui, Hawaii6. Ka'anapali Beach – Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii7. Pensacola Beach – Pensacola Beach, Florida8. La Jolla Shores – La Jolla, California9. St. Augustine Beach – St. Augustine Beach, Florida10. Panama City Beach – Panama City Beach, Florida11. Henderson Beach State Park – Destin, Florida12. Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve – Honolulu, Hawaii13. Poipu Beach Park – Poipu, Hawaii14. Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay) - Kailua-Kona, Hawaii15. Ogunquit Beach – Ogunquit, Maine16. Newport Beach – Newport Beach, California17. Coronado Municipal Beach – Coronado, California18. Fort Myers Beach - Fort Myers Beach, Florida19. Race Point Beach - Provincetown, Massachusetts20. Las Olas Beach - Fort Lauderdale, Florida21. Carlsbad State Beach - Carlsbad, California22. Crystal Cove State Park - Laguna Beach, California23. Navarre Beach - Navarre, Florida24. Hanalei Beach - Hanalei, Hawaii25. Ocean City Beach - Ocean City, Maryland
Listed below Are The Top 25 Beaches In The World
1. Grace Bay – Providenciales, Turks and Caicos2. Baia do Sancho – Fernando de Noronha, Brazil3. Playa Paraiso – Cayo Largo, Cuba4. Anse Lazio – Praslin Island, Seychelles5. Cayo de Agua – Los Roques National Park, Venezuela6. Flamenco Beach – Culebra, Puerto Rico7. Playa de Ses Illetes – Formentera, Spain8. Ngapali Beach – Ngapali, Myanmar9. West Bay Beach – Bay Islands, Honduras10. Nacpan Beach – El Nido, Philippines11. Maho Beach - Cruz Bay, St. John12. Whitehaven Beach - Whitsunday Island, Whitsunday Islands13. Sharm El Luli - Marsa Alam, Egypt14. Elafonissi Beach - Elafonissi, Greece15. Playa Manuel Antonio - Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica16. The Baths - Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands17. Camp's Bay Beach - Camps Bay, South Africa18. Praia da Marinha - Carvoeiro, Portugal19. Kata Noi Beach - Karon, Thailand20. Clearwater Beach - Clearwater, Florida21. Playa Paraiso - Tulum, Mexico22. Agonda Beach - Agonda, India23. Horseshoe Bay Beach - Southampton Parish, Bermuda24. Tumon Beach - Tumon, Mariana Islands25. Praia de Santa Maria - Santa Maria, Cape Verde
The list was obtained courtesy of the Orlando Sentinel.
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