St. Pete And Clearwater Beach Make TripAdvisor’s List Of Top Beaches

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Office of News and Communications

April 9, 2018


     (ST. PETE/CLEARWATER, Florida) – Neighboring St. Petersburg is St. Pete Beach, which was honored as the fourth best beach spot in the U.S., according to TripAdvisor’s list of Top Beaches for 2016. Not too far from St. Pete Beach is Clearwater beach, which was ranked the best beach spot in the U.S.

     Both beaches were also featured in Travel + Leisure’s top five summer trip ideas, making the beaches a perfect vacation destination for families or those looking for a more vibrant young people scene. 

     St. Pete Beach has been described as a postcard-perfect beach destination because of its sugar-white sands and blue waters. It offers as much relaxation or adventure as a vacationer could want.  

     Vacationers can learn more about the Old Florida vibe at other beaches along the coast like Treasure Island and Pass-A-Grille. Beaches like Honeymoon Island and Caladesi Island are great getaway destinations because they are undeveloped beaches. 

     People wishing to vacation here can camp on or close to St. Pete Beach for those looking for something out-of-the-ordinary. Those looking for a traditional stay can check out the hotels lining both St. Pete and Clearwater beach.  

     “In 2017, we had four hotels open, which offer more opportunities to welcome visitors to our community,” David Downing, the Visit St. Pete/Clearwater Executive Director, said.

     St. Petersburg is located on a peninsula that sits between Florida’s Gulf Coast and Tampa Bay. Its nickname is the “Sunshine City” because its average of 361 days of sunshine and pleasant weather, which makes it a year-round destination for golfing, boating, fishing and beach going.

     In recent years St. Petersburg has attracted a youthful demographic as it expands its vibrant arts scene, catered to a more foodie-focused audience and revitalized its bayfront with high-rise apartments, new shops and festivals. St. Pete Beach is also a short drive away from downtown.

      “We are proud that St. Pete/Clearwater is a top destination for both visitors and locals,”  Downing said. “It speaks to the work we have been doing to create a vibrant community that is constantly evolving.” 

     The Visit St. Pete/Clearwater mission is to enhance the county's economy by increasing direct visitor expenditures and job development, training and retention in the tourism industry.

     For more information about the beaches in the St. Pete/Clearwater area check out their website:

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