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TripAdvisor: Siesta Key third-best beach in U.S.


Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2014 at 01:41 PM

Which is your favorite beach?

Caladesi Island
16%
Clearwater
14%
Siesta Key
40%
St. Petersburg
14%
Other
16%

Total Votes: 255

Spring breakers, looking for one of the best beaches in the country to kick back and grab some rays, should consider driving about one hour south to Sarasota County.

Travel website TripAdvisor recognized Siesta Key Public Beach as No. 3 in its Travelers’ Choice Awards list for best U.S. beach destinations.

More than 1,800 users of the website offered their reviews, with comments ranging from the beach’s pure white sand, tranquil feel and great shell hunting.

Tampa Bay area residents who may not want to drive that far have a few nearby options among the top 25.

St. Petersburg Beach came in at No. 9, with Caladesi Island State Park in Dunedin at No. 11 and Clearwater Beach at No. 21.

Other Florida beaches in the top 25: St. Augustine Beach (14), Bahia Honda State Park and Beach in Big Pine Key (17), Panama City Beach (20) and Navarre Beach (25).

Hawaii had five of the top six beaches in the country. Lanikai Beach in Kailua was named the country’s best beach, followed by Ka’anapali Beach in Lahaina.

What’s your favorite beach hangout? Tell us in the comments below.

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