TripAdvisor: 7 of top 10 beaches are in Florida

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Siesta Key in Sarasota is ranked the best beach in the nation. Photo via Flickr by Mike Miller.

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) Seven of the top 10 beaches ranked as the best in the nation by a travel-ratings website are in Florida.

TripAdvisor said Wednesday in a news release that the sand at Siesta Key outside Sarasota was the best rated beach in the nation.

Other Gulf Coast beaches weren’t far behind.

St. Pete Beach was number 3, followed by Clearwater Beach and Panama City Beach. Hollywood’s beach in South Florida was ranked sixth, followed by Pensacola Beach and St. Augustine Beach near Jacksonville.

TripAdvisor says the rankings were based on the number and quality of the traveler reviews written on its website.

Here’s a full list of the rankings for the top 25 beaches:

  • Siesta Beach on Siesta Key near Sarasota, Florida
  • Ka’anapali Beach in Lahaina, Hawaii
  • St. Pete Beach, Florida
  • Clearwater Beach in Clearwater, Florida
  • Beach at Panama City in Panama City Beach, Florida
  • Hollywood Beach in Hollywood, Fla.
  • Pensacola Beach in Pensacola Beach, Florida
  • St. Augustine Beach in Saint Augustine Beach, Florida
  • Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Ocean City Beach in Ocean City, Md.
  • Fort Lauderdale Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • South Beach in Miami Beach, Florida
  • Wai’anapanapa State Park in Hana, Hawaii
  • Ogunquit Beach in Ogunquit, Maine
  • Wailea Beach in Wailea, Hawaii
  • Lanikai Beach in Kailua, Hawaii
  • Henderson Beach State Park in Destin, Florida
  • Driftwood Beach in Jekyll Island, Ga.
  • Virginia Beach in Virginia Beach, Va.
  • Santa Monica Beach in Santa Monica, California
  • La Jolla Shores Park in La Jolla, California
  • Hapuna Beach in Waimea, Hawaii
  • Race Point Beach in Provincetown, Massachusetts
  • Carlsbad State Beach, Carlsbad, California
  • Poipu Beach Park, Poipu, Hawaii

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