10 Florida Beaches Make TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice 2017 List of Top 25 U.S. Beaches
By enjoyFloridaBeaches.com Staff October 5, 2015
Ten Florida beaches make TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice 2017 List of Top 25 U.S. Beaches – more than any other state! Of the Florida beaches on the list, seven are listed in the top 10, and three are in the top 20.
TripAdvisor “Travelers’ Choice” awards are based on the quantity and quality of traveler reviews and ratings of beaches at TripAdvisor.com, gathered over a twelve-month period worldwide. The prestige of making TripAdvisor’s top 25 list is that this is not an editorial ranking, but the public has voted via their reviews.
Here are the Ten Florida beaches, and how they ranked in the 2017 Travelers’ Choice Top 25 List:
#1 Siesta Beach
#3 St. Pete Beach
#4 Clearwater Beach
#5 Beach at Panama City Beach
#6 Hollywood Beach
#7 Pensacola Beach
#8 St. Augustine Beach
#11 Fort Lauderdale Beach
#12 South Beach
#17 Henderson Beach State Park
Six of the TripAdvisor’s 2017 Top Beaches are on Florida's Gulf Coast, and four are on the Atlantic Coast.
Siesta Beach is on Siesta Key, an eight-mile barrier island west of Sarasota and an hour south of Tampa, overlooking the Gulf of Mexico.
With 99% quartz sand, the beach is unlike other beaches made of pulverized coral. The quartz makes the beach soft and reflective; so on the hottest days, the sand feels cool underfoot.
Siesta Beach is ideal for swimming with its clear, warm water. The shallow shoreline water and year-round lifeguard protection make Siesta Beach one of the safest beaches in the U.S.
In addition to being the #1 ranked beach in the United States, Siesta Beach is 5th on TripAdvisor’s Top Beaches in the world. The TripAdvisor “World Award” is among 343 world beaches, with Siesta Beach as the only U.S. beach to make the TripAdvisor World Beach list in 2017.
St. Pete Beach
For the last four years in a row, St. Pete Beach has ranked in the Top 10 on TripAdvisor’s Travelers' Choice List of Top 25 U.S. Beaches. This year, St. Pete Beach is ranked #3.
Featuring picture-perfect, sugar-white sand and crisp blue water, St. Pete Beach strikes the perfect balance for the casual, laid-back beach bum and the active attraction seeker. Beachgoers love the 361 days of sunshine per year, enabling them to enjoy the sandy-white beach.
Clearwater Beach is an impeccable beach with inviting water. The pristine 2.5 miles of sandy beach has received many awards in the past. Clearwater Beach is lauded for its gorgeous white sand and sparkling water, not to mention beachside fun for all ages. In addition to the 2017 TripAdvisor accolades, Clearwater Beach was voted the “Best Beach Town in Florida” by USA Today readers in January 2013.
Popular activities at Clearwater Beach include swimming, snorkeling, parasailing, touring the beach on a Segway, taking a dolphin-watching Gulf cruise, enjoying an action filled Pirate Cruise, and much more. Framed by its Beach Walk, visitors can take in long stretches of white sandy beaches, and a nightly celebration at the Sunsets at Pier 60 festival.
Panama City Beach
Featuring 27 miles of white sand beaches along the turquoise water of the Gulf of Mexico, Panama City Beach has dozens of public beach access points that make it easy to enjoy a day at the beach. And in the evening, the spectacular nightly sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico can be easily viewed, even when you have just a moment to watch.
Besides being one of the top attractions for beachgoers, Panama City Beach is popular among fishermen and scuba divers, because of the artificial reefs and westward angled coastline.
Nestled between Miami and Ft. Lauderdale, Hollywood, Florida is known for its beautiful stretch of beach that’s perfect for a beach vacation, in addition to year-long activities and live music.
The one-of-a-kind Hollywood Beach Broadwalk, a promenade that stretches nearly 2.5 miles along the Atlantic Ocean, was named one of “America's Best Beach Boardwalks” by Travel + Leisure magazine. This brick-paved thoroughfare hosts pedestrians, joggers, bicyclists, rollerbladers, and millions of others every year. The promenade also features a children’s water playground.
Clear water and inviting sugar-white sand beckon visitors to Pensacola Beach, where the atmosphere ranges from lively crowds and lifeguards to quiet beaches bordered by wispy sea grass. The Pensacola Beach Fishing Pier and Observation Post also provide breathtaking views, stretching 1,471 feet into the Gulf of Mexico and over the spectacular water.
No matter the season, beachgoers enjoy relaxing on the sunny, peaceful shores of Pensacola Beach's award-winning, emerald-green coastline.
St. Augustine Beach
St. Augustine Beach, FL, features a wide, beautiful beach on the Atlantic Ocean with several access points along its four-mile shoreline. As the northern most beach on TripAdvisor’s 2017 list, it’s a great place to spot dolphins and an occasional migrating whale.
St. Augustine Beach is located on Anastasia Island where, in addition to the white sand beaches, you’ll find St. Johns County Ocean & Fishing Pier. The pier features a beachfront park with a playground, picnic tables, restrooms, showers, pavilion, and volleyball courts.
Fort Lauderdale Beach
The City of Fort Lauderdale boasts more than seven miles of sparkling beaches that offer premier opportunities for recreation, relaxation, and fun, not to mention breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean.
The wide beach is full of activity, and perfect for sunbathing, shelling, volleyball, and more. The waves at Fort Lauderdale Beach provide an opportunity for fun activities like bodysurfing, boogie boarding, snorkeling, scuba diving, windsurfing, jet skiing, and deep-sea fishing.
Fort Lauderdale Beach’s mile-long beachside promenade is perfect for in-line skating and biking, with local shops and eateries along the way providing excellent places to stop. And the city’s iconic Wave Wall provides a great place to rest while enjoying the sights and sounds of the beach.
South Beach, also called SoBe, is the eclectic neighborhood at the southern tip of Miami Beach you've read about and seen on TV. South Beach is an international playground of the rich and famous, besides being a great place for family vacations.
Enjoy a view of the Atlantic Ocean from beautiful Lummus Park, while you relax on the beach. And if you’re adventurous, climb out onto the rock jetty or stroll along the inlet walkway.
While at South Beach, watch the cruise ships heading out to sea, take photos of the famous multicolored South Beach lifeguard stands, and enjoy the unique energy for which this beach is internationally famous.
Henderson Beach State Park
Henderson Beach State Park has 6,000 feet of gleaming white-sand beach that border the emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico. You will enjoy breathtaking sunsets while relaxing in this Florida State Park, with natural features that include sand pines and scrub oaks.
Beach access is convenient and in a natural setting, by way of the park’s boardwalks. Popular activities include swimming, sunbathing, fishing in the surf, biking, camping, walking along nature trails, and relaxing while listening to the waves. In autumn, the beach is even more stunning, when beach morning glories and other wildflowers carpet the sand.