USA Today Names Two Area Beaches to ‘Best List’

Monday, December 9, 2013 - 4:13pm

St. Pete/Clearwater, FL (December 6, 2013) - Today's edition of USA Today crowned two more St. Pete/Clearwater beaches with reader awards. Fort De Soto Park took home "Best Family Beach" and Anclote Key Preserve State Park notched "Best Hidden-Gem Beach."

The competition pitted some of Florida's most popular beach destinations against each other in a head-to-head comparative poll that the publication labled a "Florida beach smackdown."

"We use the phrase 'America's Best Beaches' in promoting the area for a reason," said David Dowing, Deputy Director for Visit St. Pete/Clearwater. "And to have the readers of the most popular newspaper in America honor us in this way really drives the point home beautifully."

These accolades join a quality list from 2013:

  • Clearwater being named "Best Florida Beach Town" by USA Today in January.
  • Fort De Soto Park, Caladesi Island State Park, Pass-A-Grille and Clearwater Beach named four of the Top 25 U.S. Beaches by TripAdvisor.
  • St. Pete Beach named one of America's Top 10 Beach Towns by Parents magazine.
  • Clearwater Beach chosen as one of Peter Greenberg's "Best Beaches in the U.S."

Clearwater Beach was also honored in the poll with a runner-up to Hollywood Beach Boardwalk in the "Best Boardwalk" category.

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