Why should Dr. Beach have all the fun? While his famous best beaches in the U.S. list for 2014 won’t come out until Memorial Day weekend, the folks over at TripAdvisor have corralled their user reviews to come out with their second annual Travelers’ Choice Awards including the Top 25 Beaches, not only in the U.S., but for the world.
The site trumpets the awards with the tagline, “Millions of reviews. Nothing but the best.”
For 2014, Florida’s beaches shone bright again, with 10 of its sandy destinations ranking among the top 25 in the U.S.
Hawaii, which also had 10 of the top 25, has a stranglehold on the top 10 though, with seven beaches represented, while Florida had two and South Carolina had one. Four other states had one beach each in the top 25: California, Maine, Massachusetts and Virginia.
The top beach for Florida was Siesta Key Public Beach in Siesta Key, near Sarasota, coming in at No. 3 overall. Siesta Beach was Dr. Beach’s best beach in the U.S. in 2011.
It has 1,831 reviews on TripAdvisor with glowing statements such as that from user TrishaVanCole from Winnipeg, Canada who writes, “We made a day trip to Siesta Key — and it is definitely worth the trip. The sand is blindingly white (without sunglasses) and powder soft. The beach is clean and the water stays fairly shallow for a ways out. Lots of fun picking shells, playing in the surf and building in the sand and people watching.”
Florida’s other top 10 beach ranked No. 9: St. Pete Beach near Tampa Bay.
It has 754 reviews such as user Nathalie R from Kapuskasing, Canada who writes, “Beach was very clean and beautiful. Environment was very family-friendly and “spring-break free”. We will surely recommend the area to our family and friends and will return for future family vacations. The area truly is America’s best beach.”
The other Florida beaches in the top 25 are: No. 11: Caladesi Island State Park, Dunedin No. 14: St. Augustine Beach, Saint Augustine Beach No. 17: Bahia Honda State Park and Beach, Big Pine Key No. 19: Pensacola Beach, Pensacola No. 20: Beach at Panama City, Panama City Beach No. 21: Clearwater Beach, Clearwater No. 22: Lido Beach, Sarasota No. 25: Navarre Beach, Navarre
So statewide, five of the best beaches are centered on the Gulf Coast near Tampa Bay, while three are along the Gulf Coast in the Panhandle. The East Coast lands one and the Florida Keys land the other.
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Florida lands 10 of the top 25 beaches in the U.S.