Siesta Public Beach On List of Top Beaches in World


Published: Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 8:27 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 8:27 a.m.

SIESTA KEY | TripAdvisor has added Siesta Public Beach to its 2013 Travelers Choice Beaches Awards list, beating out other world-renowned beach destinations across the globe.

Siesta Key's beach is ranked second on a list of the top 10 beaches in the U.S., and No. 16 on the top 25 beaches in world, the popular travel website stated Wednesday.

Travelers voted on TripAdvisor.com, which offers hotel reviews, photos and travel advice for vacation destinations worldwide.

"For those planning their summer vacations, spring break trips, or just looking for a weekend escape from the winter doldrums, take inspiration from TripAdvisor travelers that have visited these beaches and given them the highest levels of praise," said Barbara Messing, TripAdvisor's chief marketing officer, in a statement.

The designation marks the latest in a string of accolades for Siesta Key Beach, which Stephen "Dr. Beach" Leatherman touted in May 2011 as the nation's top beach in an annual ranking, based on 50 criteria.

Ka'anapali Beach in Lahaina, Hawaii, was voted the top beach destination nationwide in the TripAdvisor survey.

Other Florida beaches represented were the Gulf Islands National Seashore, in Pensacola, and Fort De Soto Park in Tierra Verde.

All three Florida destinations also made TripAdvisors' top 100 beaches in the world list, which included destinations in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East, and elsewhere.

"These beaches provide some of the finest spots around the globe to enjoy water activities, sun and sand," Messing added.

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