St. Pete Beach Wins #1 US Beach Destination in TripAdvisor's 2012 Travelers' Choice Awards

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

St. Pete/Clearwater, FL (March 7, 2012) - This morning TripAdvisor, the world's leading authority on travel planning information, named St. Pete Beach the #1 beach destination in the United States and the #5 beach destination in the world. Based on the reviews of millions of travelers, the Travelers' Choice Award is the highest honor any beach destination can receive from the TripAdvisor community. 

"Once again, the St. Pete/Clearwater area receives top honors from the most important critics in hospitality - our visitors," said DT Minich, Executive Director of Visit St. Pete/Clearwater. "We are committed to providing our visitors with the best possible vacation experience and are proud that they consider our beaches among the best in the world." 

To see the full list from TripAdvisor, visit 

St. Pete Beach is one of a string of spectacular white sand beaches that make up the 35 miles of St. Pete/Clearwater coastline along the Gulf of Mexico. 

Today's TripAdvisor announcement adds to a series of accolades the area has received in recent years. Ft. DeSoto Park, on the southern end of the St. Pete/Clearwater peninsula, received TripAdvisor recognition in 2009 and 2010, and in 2011 it was named America's Best Family Beach by Parents magazine. Dr. Steven Leatherman, aka Dr. Beach named Ft. DeSoto top beach in 2006, and Caladesi Island the nation's best in 2008. 

With an average of 361 days of sunshine each year, the St. Pete/Clearwater area is the America's top beach destination on the Gulf of Mexico, hosting more than 5 million overnight visitors every year. 

Visit St. Pete/Clearwater is the destination marketing organization for Pinellas County, Florida.

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For more information:
Contact: Public Relations Manager Josh Hall:
Phone: 727.464.7223

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