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Clearwater Beach named best beach in the United States, 7 other Florida beaches in Top 25

TripAdvisor's annual Travelers' Choice Awards puts six Sunshine State destinations in its Top 10, based on reader reviews. Clearwater Beach also claims the spot as seventh-best beach in the world.
January 2, 2015 - The setting sun draws a large crowd to the waters edge on Clearwater Beach. (JIM DAMASKE | Times)
January 2, 2015 - The setting sun draws a large crowd to the waters edge on Clearwater Beach. (JIM DAMASKE | Times)
Published Feb. 21, 2018|Updated Feb. 21, 2018

Florida's beaches again dominate TripAdvisor's reader list of top beaches, with Clearwater Beach reclaiming the title of best beach in the United States.

The well-known Pinellas County beach took the No. 1 spot in the 2018 TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards, which are based on reader reviews about locations around the world.

Readers awarded Florida six of the Top 10 spots, and eight of the Top 25, with Clearwater Beach winning back the lead position it last enjoyed in 2016. Siesta Beach near Sarasota claimed the championship in 2017, but dropped all the way down to second on this year's list.

Clearwater Beach also was named No. 7 beach in the world, according to TripAdvisor. It was the only Florida beach on that list.

Miami Beach's South Beach came in fourth, followed by Fort Lauderdale Beach in Broward County at sixth, St. Pete Beach in Pinellas at seventh, Hollywood Beach, also in Broward, at eighth.

Panama City Beach and Fort Myers Beach made it into the U.S. Top 25, too. You can read more about the announcement at the Tampa Bay Times.

TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards Top 25 U.S. beaches

1. Clearwater Beach, Florida

2. Siesta Beach, Florida

3. Ka'anapali Beach, Maui, Hawaii

4. South Beach, Florida

5. Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Oahu, Hawaii

6. Fort Lauderdale Beach, Florida

7. St. Pete Beach, Florida

8. Hollywood Beach, Florida

9. Santa Monica Beach, California

10. Lanikai Beach, Oahu, Hawaii

11. Panama City Beach, Florida

12. Waikiki Beach, Oahu, Hawaii

13. Kailua Beach Park, Oahu, Hawaii

14. Fort Myers Beach, Florida

15. Napili Beach, Maui, Hawaii

16. Wailea Beach, Maui, Hawaii

17. Hapuna Beach, The Big Island, Hawaii

18. Poipu Beach Park, Kauaʻi, Hawaii

19. Manhattan Beach, Los Angeles, California

20. Pacific Beach, San Diego, California

21. Race Point Beach, Cape Cod, Mass.

22. La Jolla Shores Park, San Diego, California

23. Driftwood Beach, Jekyll Island, Georgia

24. Coligny Beach, Hilton Head Island, S.C.

25. Virginia Beach, Virginia

TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards Top 25 world beaches

1. Grace Bay, Turks & Caicos

2. Baia do Sancho, Brazil

3. Varadero Beach, Cuba

4. Eagle Beach, Aruba

5. Seven Mile Beach, Cayman Islands

6. La Conca Beach, Spain

7. Clearwater Beach, Florida, USA

8. Seven Mile Beach, Jamaica

9. Bavaro Beach, Dominican Republic

10. Playa Norte, Mexico

11. Elafonissi Beach, Greece

12. Falesia Beach, Portugal

13. Fig Tree Bay, Cyprus

14. Bournemouth Beach, United Kingdom

15. Anse Lazio, Seychelles

16. Manly Beach, Australia

17. Santa Monica State Beach, California, USA

18. Agonda Beach, India

19. Kleopatra Beach, Turkey

20. Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay, Galapagos Islands

21. Spiaggia dei Conigli, Italy

22. Sharm El Luli, Egypt

23. Nungwi Beach, Tanzania

24. Punta Uva Beach, Costa Rica

25. White Beach, Philippines


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