That’s no idle boast – it’s a fact, according to the 2014 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Top 25 U.S. Beaches list announced March 18. Of the 25, an unprecedented 10 are Florida beaches.
“We appreciate the passion of our visitors who love Florida beaches and recommend them to others through TripAdvisor,” said VISIT FLORIDA Chief Marketing Officer Paul Phipps. “The Sunshine State has 825 miles of beaches, and they have all won people’s hearts, from the wild beauty you find at St. George Island to the urban sophistication of Miami’s South Beach.”
The beaches on the 2014 Travelers’ Choice list include:
- Siesta Key Public Beach (#3)
- St. Pete Beach (#9)
- Caladesi Island State Park (#11)
- St. Augustine Beach (#14)
- Bahia Honda State Park and Beach (#17)
- Pensacola Beach (#19)
- Panama City Beach (#20)
- Clearwater Beach (#21)
- Lido Beach in Sarasota (#22)
- Navarre Beach (#25)
Florida has so many beautiful beaches that Google Maps let VISIT FLORIDA use the Street View Camera to show them to you. Just in time for vacation season, panoramic views of the Sunshine State’s seaside vistas will be available online. We even made a behind-the-scenes video to give you a sneak peek.
Two teams of two trekkers outfitted with the camera on a backpack mount walked more than 740 miles of Florida’s 825 miles of beaches, starting in July 2013 at Gulf Islands National Seashore and finishing in November 2013 on Miami Beach. The trekkers walked an estimated 2 million footsteps to gather 7.5 million images that have been woven together to create an interactive and panoramic virtual tour.
About the Awards: The Travelers’ Choice Beach Awards are based solely on the quality and quantity of traveler reviews and ratings for beaches on TripAdvisor gathered over a 12-month period since the 2013 awards. TripAdvisor is the world’s largest travel site and hosts more than 150 million reviews by travelers. TripAdvisor branded sites comprise the largest travel community in the world, reaching more than 260 million unique monthly visitors in 2013. TripAdvisor sites operate in 36 countries worldwide.