"Absolutely the best white sand beach!"

By Perri Ormont Blumberg

 

If you're looking for an incredible beach vacation, Florida has no shortage of spectacular sandy oases. But one Tampa Bay beach can boast of a new accolade: Best Beach in the United States, according to TripAdvisor's 2018 Travelers' Choice Awards.

Which gorgeous stretch of Sunshine State sand won top honors? Clearwater Beach, an idyllic paradise on the Gulf of Mexico that averages 361 days of sun a year. Trailing close behind in second place was Florida's Siesta Beach, followed by Ka'anapali Beach in Maui in third place. To determine the rankings, TripAdvisor looked at the number of reviews and ratings for beaches around the world, along with the quality of traveler reviews.

Here's the list of top ten beaches in the U.S.:

1. Clearwater Beach - Clearwater, Florida
2. Siesta Beach - Siesta Key, Florida 
3. Ka'anapali Beach - Lahaina, Hawaii
4. South Beach - Miami Beach, Florida
5. Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve - Honolulu, Hawaii
6. Fort Lauderdale Beach - Fort Lauderdale, Florida
7. Saint Pete Beach - St. Pete Beach, Florida
8. Hollywood Beach - Hollywood, Florida
9. Santa Monica Beach - Santa Monica, California
10. Lanikai Beach - Kailua, Hawaii

To see all the winners for 2018's Travelers' Choice awards — including the top 25 beaches in the U.S. and the world — visit tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice. Who's ready to book that flight to St.Pete-Clearwater?