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Tripadvisor: St. Pete Beach is No. 1 in the U.S.

Bill DeYoung



Bellwether Beach Resort. Photo: Visit St. Pete/Clearwater

St. Pete Beach has been named the No. 1 beach in America by Tripadvisor in its annual Travelers’ Choice Awards. Madeira Beach came in at No. 9, with Clearwater Beach ranked 18th.

In 2020, St. Pete Beach was No. 2 on the Tripadvisor list, with Clearwater in the 5th spot. Madeira Beach has never made the list before.

“We take Tripadvisor’s awards very seriously in St. Pete/Clearwater,” Steve Hayes, president and CEO of Visit St. Pete/Clearwater, said in a prepared statement. “We have been home to the number one beach for four of the past six years, but after a devastating 2020 for travel, we’re especially honored to receive the Travelers’ Choice Award this year

“Our communities, including St. Pete Beach and Madeira Beach, have done an amazing job building these great destinations and keeping their beaches pristine for travelers from near and far.”

Clearwater Beach topped the list in 2019, 2018 and 2016. St. Pete Beach last took top honors in 2012.

According to Tripadvisor, “The Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best Beaches Awards reflect the opinions of real travelers worldwide, based on a combination of the quality and quantity of reviews and ratings, and the volume of saves from Tripadvisor travelers over the past year.”’

The St. Petersburg beaches were the only Florida destinations in this year’s Top Ten.





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    Brenda Boyd

    February 26, 2021at1:11 am

    Now everyone knows about our great beach here in Madeira Beach!

    “The St. Pete/Clearwater beaches were the only Florida destinations in this year’s Top Ten.” I think you meant the “St. Pete and Madeira Beaches were the only Florida destinations in this year’s Top Ten.” since Clearwater was not- Clearwater came in 18th.

    Thanks from a proud Madeira Beach resident. 🙂

    • Bill DeYoung

      Bill DeYoung

      February 26, 2021at9:54 am

      Thanks for the catch, Brenda! Fixed!

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