Parents Names St. Pete Beach Among Best in U.S.

Magazine Honors 'Sunset Capital' as One of America's Top 10 Beach Towns

Monday, May 6, 2013

St. Pete/Clearwater, FL (May 6, 2013) - Parents magazine has named St. Pete Beach one of America's Top 10 Best Beach Towns for 2013.

The perennial Gulf barrier island favorite ranked third among top beach destinations, adding to the St. Pete/Clearwater area's already stellar list of accolades---including St. Pete Beach being ranked #1 by TripAdvisor, and USA Today naming Clearwater "Florida's Best Beach Town."

Parents magazine, which has a circulation of 2.2 million a month, sought out beaches with the perfect combination of sand and seas, choosing St. Pete Beach as a family vacation hotspot for its incredible mix of pristine beaches, dedication to beach safety and tons of fun both on the beach and inland. Also honored in the announcement was nearby Fort De Soto Park, noted for its many family-friendly amenities, including lifeguards.

"Parents magazine recognition of St. Pete Beach and Fort De Soto as top beaches proves that our area is unsurpassed when it comes to quality and hospitality," said DT Minich, Executive Director of 
Visit St. Pete/Clearwater. "Families and beaches really are the two dominant keywords when marketing the destination, so this accolade is a great honor that resonates perfectly with both our brand and our visitors."

Comparing the nation's beaches using the Natural Resources Defense Council's water quality reports,Parents focused on the health and cleanliness of the beach environments, narrowing down the top 100 beaches based on water quality alone. Parents' editors also considered the volume and quality of amenities---from the number of public restrooms and changing areas to beachside attractions---as well as the range of budget-friendly accommodations and nearby entertainment options for families. 

To view the entire list from Parents magazine, click here. To watch a video of the St. Pete/Clearwater area's Best Beaches, click here.

VSPC is the destination marketing organization for Pinellas County, Florida.

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