FL Wins 3 of 5 Spots for TripAdvisor’s Underrated Beach Towns

By: Lauren Tjaden


The people have spoken. And it’s nothing but sweet, sunshiny news for Florida.

TripAdvisor polled more than 1,800 of their users about their summer beach-going habits, their favorite underrated American beach towns and what they look for in a beach town.

Not surprisingly, folks concurred that the beach is the biggest draw when choosing a destination. And somewhat predictably, they said they really like the beaches in Florida.

In fact, of the five beach towns TripAdvisor members said you shouldn’t miss out on, three are in Florida.

Here they are:

  • Anna Maria Island is a seven-mile- long slice of paradise located on the Gulf of Mexico, just south of Tampa Bay. Users liked that it’s less developed as well as its "Old Florida" feel and its laidback vibe.

  • Siesta Key, a barrier island sited in Sarasota, was chosen because of its pure white sugar-sand, its emerald hued waters, and its charming village.  

  • Sanibel Island, found due west of Fort Myers Beach, was beloved for being swanky-but-not-in-your-face-swanky. Shelling, biking, and the JN 'Ding' Darling National Wildlife Refuge were also big draws.

But you should check them out for yourself to see if they live up to all the hype. You know, trust but verify. Or something like that.

Check out all of the picks and the comments here.

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