That’s no idle boast – it’s a fact, according to the 2015 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Top 25 U.S. Beaches. Of the 25, an unprecedented nine 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.”
Read on to discover Florida beaches on the 2015 Travelers’ Choice list:
Siesta Beach (#1)
Pristine beach that never seems to end. Photographer's dream. A place in the sun that warrants returning again and again.
Located in Sarasota, Siesta Key Beach boasts calm, clear waters, pure-white quartz sand, and a charming village brimming with mom and pop eateries and shops.
St. Pete Beach (#2)
The best beach on Florida
Situated on the Gulf in central west Florida, St. Pete Beach offers beachfront accommodations in a vast array of price ranges – never mind its soft sugar sand beaches, perfect for your whole gang.
Pensacola Beach (#5)
Very Pleased to See P'Cola Beach in TA's top 5 in America
Nestled in the northwest corner of Florida on the Gulf of Mexico, Pensacola Beach is bustling with activity and fun. But just east and west of town, you can discover miles of quiet shores.
Clearwater Beach (#8)
Beautiful, Dolphins...but busy!
Clearwater Beach, snuggled against the Gulf of Mexico in central west Florida, has everything: Beaches with white sand and shallow waters, free nightly sunset celebrations, attractions like Clearwater Marine Aquarium, and restaurants like Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill, famed for its fresh seafood, served right on the beach.
St. Augustine Beach (#9)
The best beach in Florida for people who have DOGS!
Located on the east coast of the Sunshine State, St. Augustine is the oldest city in the nation, filled with history, attractions, and a stunning beach. Not only can you play in the surf and drive on the beach, you can bring your best friend.
Panama City Beach (#10)
Snow white sand, turquoise blue waters
Panama City Beach offers shopping, dining, watersports, and affordable accommodations, but that’s just the tip of the sandbar. This northwest Florida wonder offers 27 miles of pristine white-sand beaches, so you can be sure to find a spot to spread out your beach towel.
Fort Myers Beach (#18)
Great shelling after the strong winds
Seven miles of sugar sand define Fort Myers Beach, located in southwest Florida. What’s not to like? It features a cute town, a pier, accommodations in every price range, wildlife like dolphins, and glorious beaches. And its sunsets are spectacular!
Hollywood Beach (#20)
Beautiful beach looking out at tints and shades of turquoise
For a vintage Florida feel, check out southeast Florida’s Hollywood Beach and its Broadwalk, a three-mile paved walkway that you can explore via bike, skateboard or on foot. You can indulge in a cocktail or ice cream cone, enjoy all sorts of watersports, people-watch, or enjoy free nightly entertainment at the beach theatre.
South Beach (#21)
For notorious nightlife, incredible dining, and nonstop action, you can’t beat this iconic Miami Beach destination, a favorite with celebrities and models.
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 2014 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 2014. TripAdvisor sites operate in 36 countries worldwide.
All photos by Lauren Tjaden for VISIT FLORIDA