Thursday, September 20, 2018
Business

Clearwater Beach named No. 1 beach in the country by TripAdvisor

For the second year in a row, a beach along Florida's West Coast has been named the best in the country, according to the TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards.

This year, Clearwater Beach took the No. 1 spot.

Take that, Hawaii.

Each year, travel booking and planning website TripAdvisor ranks the world's greatest beaches based on the quantity and quality of traveler reviews and ratings on its site for a 12-month period. The No. 2 beach on the list this year is Lanikai Beach on Oahu in Hawaii. St. Pete Beach was ranked fourth.

Honored for its 21/2 miles of "powdery sand and calm, shallow water," Clearwater Beach is listed as a great vacation spot for its pedestrian-friendly Beach Walk Promenade and lively scene at Pier 60. According to TripAdvisor, Clearwater Beach "has it all" with a mix of beach scenes, water sports, restaurants and hotels.

Clearwater Beach also cracked the Top 25 beaches in the world list at No. 20. It's the only beach from Florida to make that list.

"TripAdvisor is close to the highest award you can get," said David Downing, executive director of Visit St. Pete-Clearwater, Pinellas County's tourism agency. "It really does validate what we already know — that our beaches are fabulous. To have them both recognized on this list is a huge feather in the cap for our destination."

Last year, Siesta Beach in Sarasota County won the title of No. 1 U.S. beach and St. Pete Beach was No. 2. Clearwater Beach came in eighth. This year, Siesta is No. 3.

Several other Florida beaches made the list in 2016, including Pensacola Beach (No. 7), St. Augustine Beach (No. 9) and Panama City Beach (No. 10).

Pinellas County beaches are no strangers to top beach awards. USA Today ranked Clearwater Beach the No. 2 best beach in Florida last year, and in 2013 it was the No. 1 best beach town. In 2008, Caladesi Island State Park was named the No. 1 beach by Dr. Beach (whose real name is Stephen Leatherman) of Florida International University. Once a beach or destination is ranked No. 1 on Dr. Beach's top lists, it can't win it again. Fort De Soto was No. 1 in 2005.

Contact Justine Griffin at [email protected] or (727) 893-8467. Follow @SunBizGriffin.

   
Comments
Tampa Bay’s fastest selling used car is a Prius. Do you drive the slowest selling car?

Tampa Bay’s fastest selling used car is a Prius. Do you drive the slowest selling car?

Apparently, a lot of people in Tampa Bay are trying to get their hands on a Toyota Prius. An analysis by iSeeCars shows that the eco-friendly car is the fastest-selling used vehicle in the area, averaging 19.2 days on the market. That might not be su...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Cargill recalls more beef on E.coli worries from Colorado plant tied to previous recall

Cargill recalls more beef on E.coli worries from Colorado plant tied to previous recall

Cargill Inc. is recalling more than 132,600 pounds of ground beef possibly contaminated with harmful E. coli bacteria that food-safety investigators believe has already caused 17 illnesses and one death.The beef originated at a Cargill slaughterhouse...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Colorado-based alternative fuel company to hire 45 at new $10 million factory in Plant City

Colorado-based alternative fuel company to hire 45 at new $10 million factory in Plant City

PLANT CITY — Alternative fuel firm MLMC Florida will open a $10 million factory near the Hillsborough-Polk county line and will create 45 new jobs paying an average salary of at least $58,383 a year, officials said Thursday.Based in Parker, Colo., ML...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Publix has pumpkin spice everything on sale, and other deals this week in coupons (Sept. 20-26)

Publix has pumpkin spice everything on sale, and other deals this week in coupons (Sept. 20-26)

Sometimes, the coupon gods align. And, man, that’s beautiful because everyone loves so-cheap-it’s-almost-free stuff.Vegetarians rejoice: This week’s steal of a deal is for you. Publix has Quorn "chick’n" nuggets and patties on BOGO (buy one, get one)...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Homes sales jump in Pinellas and Hillsborough in August after months of declines

Homes sales jump in Pinellas and Hillsborough in August after months of declines

Home sales in August hit their highest levels in a year in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties as prices throughout the Tampa Bay area continued to rise. In Pinellas, sales of single-family homes jumped nearly 7 percent from the same month a year ago....
Updated: 6 hours ago
Floridan hotel misses deadline, faces hearing on repairs to keep more concrete from falling

Floridan hotel misses deadline, faces hearing on repairs to keep more concrete from falling

TAMPA — When a chunk of concrete fell off the Floridan Palace Hotel last month, injuring a woman who was struck by debris, city officials gave the historic building’s owners a deadline to submit an engineering report and make repairs.That deadline ca...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Too many homeowners forced to tap home equity to pay for day-to-day expenses

Too many homeowners forced to tap home equity to pay for day-to-day expenses

Tapping home equity to pay for day-to-day expenses like groceries and utilities is a recipe for financial peril. It can work for a while, especially if home prices are rising. Eventually the spigot runs dry, bills pile up and your home can be lost to...
Updated: 12 hours ago
Pinellas County strikes bed tax deal with VRBO, HomeAway and other AirBnb competitors

Pinellas County strikes bed tax deal with VRBO, HomeAway and other AirBnb competitors

The Pinellas County Tax Collector’s Office will start collecting bed tax dollars from a slew of home rental apps that operate similarly to AirBnb starting Oct. 1.Prior to the new partnerships with TripAdvisor and Expedia, only AirBnb had set up to pa...
Published: 09/19/18
Study: Tampa International Airport ranks fourth best for satisfying travelers

Study: Tampa International Airport ranks fourth best for satisfying travelers

Times Staff WriterTampa International Airport was named the fourth-best large airport in the U.S. at keeping travelers satisfied, according to a study by J.D. Power released Wednesday.Meanwhile, the study ranked Orlando International as the country’s...
Published: 09/19/18
Valet parking? A concierge? Midtown Tampa outlines plans for an amenity-rich office building

Valet parking? A concierge? Midtown Tampa outlines plans for an amenity-rich office building

TAMPA — A sudden boomlet in premium office space is getting boomier as developers detail their plans for the first of three office buildings planned at Midtown Tampa, a $500 million mixed-use development near Interstate 275 and N Dale Mabry Highway.M...
Published: 09/19/18