TripAdvisor ranks 25 best beaches based on travelers’ choice

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(WTNH)– Daydreaming about a beach vacation after all this cold weather? TripAdvisor just ranked the 25 Best Beaches in the United States to make planning that vacation a little easier.

According to the TripAdvisor Travels’ Choice Awards, the beach ranked as the best in the U.S. is Clearwater Beach, in Clearwater, Florida. One reviewer described it as a beach where “the sugar fine white sand is a trademark” and it’s  “perfect for a day in the sun” where “you might even spot a dolphin or two playing on the horizon.”

Florida beaches seemed to be the preference for travelers, appearing on the list nine times, with six of them making the top ten, all based on reviews posted on the travel website.

If you’re looking to travel a little farther, beaches in Hawaii and California also dominated the list. Lanikai Beach, in Kailua, Hawaii, was the beach voted second best. And La Jolla Shores was the first California beach to appear on the list at number 8.

For those not up for air travel, beaches in Massachusetts and Maine were also voted as some of the best. Ogunquit, Maine came in at number 15 for their beach, and Race Point Beach in Provincetown, Massachusetts, appeared in the 19th spot.

Below is the full list of TripAdvisor’s best beaches in the U.S.:

1. Clearwater Beach – Clearwater, Florida
2. Lanikai Beach – Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii
3. Siesta Beach – Siesta Key, Florida
4. St. Pete Beach – St. Pete Beach, Florid
5. Wai’anapanapa State Park – Hana, Maui, Hawaii
6. Ka’anapali Beach – Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii
7. Pensacola Beach – Pensacola Beach, Florida
8. La Jolla Shores – La Jolla, California
9. St. Augustine Beach – St. Augustine Beach, Florida
10. Panama City Beach – Panama City Beach, Florida
11. Henderson Beach State Park – Destin, Florida
12. Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve – Honolulu, Hawaii
13. Poipu Beach Park – Poipu, Hawaii
14. Manini’owali Beach (Kua Bay) – Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
15. Ogunquit Beach – Ogunquit, Maine
16. Newport Beach – Newport Beach, California
17. Coronado Municipal Beach – Coronado, California
18. Fort Myers Beach – Fort Myers Beach, Florida
19. Race Point Beach – Provincetown, Massachusetts
20. Las Olas Beach – Fort Lauderdale, Florida
21. Carlsbad State Beach – Carlsbad, California
22. Crystal Cove State Park – Laguna Beach, California
23. Navarre Beach – Navarre, Florida
24. Hanalei Beach – Hanalei, Hawaii
25. Ocean City Beach – Ocean City, Maryland

If you looking to get more exotic and leave the country, TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Awards also ranked the 25 best beaches in the world.

Voters chose Grace Bay in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos as the best beach on the planet, followed by Baia do Sancho, in Brazil and Playa Paraiso, in Cuba.

For the full global list, see below:

1. Grace Bay – Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
2. Baia do Sancho – Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
3. Playa Paraiso – Cayo Largo, Cuba
4. Anse Lazio – Praslin Island, Seychelles
5. Cayo de Agua – Los Roques National Park, Venezuela
6. Flamenco Beach – Culebra, Puerto Rico
7. Playa de Ses Illetes – Formentera, Spain
8. Ngapali Beach – Ngapali, Myanmar
9. West Bay Beach – Bay Islands, Honduras
10. Nacpan Beach – El Nido, Philippines
11. Maho Beach – Cruz Bay, St. John
12. Whitehaven Beach – Whitsunday Island, Whitsunday Islands
13. Sharm El Luli – Marsa Alam, Egypt
14. Elafonissi Beach – Elafonissi, Greece
15. Playa Manuel Antonio – Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
16. The Baths – Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
17. Camp’s Bay Beach – Camps Bay, South Africa
18. Praia da Marinha – Carvoeiro, Portugal
19. Kata Noi Beach – Karon, Thailand
20. Clearwater Beach – Clearwater, Florida
21. Playa Paraiso – Tulum, Mexico
22. Agonda Beach – Agonda, India
23. Horseshoe Bay Beach – Southampton Parish, Bermuda
24. Tumon Beach – Tumon, Mariana Islands
25. Praia de Santa Maria – Santa Maria, Cape Verde

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