Clearwater Beach was named the best beach in the United States in TripAdvisor’s 2018 Traveler’s Choice Awards.
Being the best beach isn’t anything new for Clearwater. The beach was also ranked #1 on TripAdvisor’s list in 2016. In 2015, Clearwater Beach was the only beach from the U.S. to be ranked in the World’s Top 25 Beaches category on TripAdvisor.
The beach was also named in the Top 10 Best Family Beach in 2018 according to Family Vacation Critic.
Clearwater Beach is known for its white sand and sparkling water. The beach about 2.5 miles long of never-ending beach activities, such as jet skiing and beach volleyball.
Florida locals are not very surprised that the beach was ranked so high. Amanda Carlton moved to Tampa, Florida five years ago. She was born and raised in Pembroke Pines, Florida. Clearwater Beach was the first beach she discovered in the area.
“Clearwater being the No. 1 beach doesn’t really surprise me at all,” Carlton said. “There’s a bunch of people here and everybody loves it.”
In the middle of the beach there is Pier 60, where people can get great views.
The beach is perfect for any occasion and any group of people. There is a playground to entertain children, and live music and local vendors for adults.
“I definitely think this beach is very energetic.” Carlton said. “There is so many activities for you to do. You got the pier, you got beach volleyball, jet skiing, there’s music and games, and all of that going on at all times.”
The great thing about Clearwater Beach is it is located on the west coast of Florida. It makes it a perfect spot to watch the famous Florida sunset on a nightly basis. Whether it’s cloudy or not, it is still a great view.
Clearwater Beach isn’t only just the ocean and sand. It is a must-see beach town, filled with culture from the Tampa Bay Area.
“If you are visiting for the first time this is a great tourist attraction,” Carlton said.