USA Today has named Clearwater Beach “Best Beach Town in Florida.” Online voters confirmed what many have believed for a long time that Clearwater Beach is outstanding. USA Today states Clearwater Beach received more than 25% of nearly 30,000 votes cast by online readers, making it the clear winner.
Launched in January, the online poll featured a selection of 10 Florida beach towns handpicked by beach expert “Dr. Beach.” Otherwise known as Stephen P. Leatherman, “Dr. Beach” routinely rates beaches on the basis of sand, surf, and a welcoming sense of community.
Located on Florida’s Gulf Coast, Clearwater’s sugar white sand beaches are popular year round. Visitors enjoy crystal clear water, Gulf breezes, and vast entertainment choices. Other strong contenders included popular beach towns such as Siesta Key, Sanibel Island, and Miami’s South Beach.
“We are the best beach,” said Mayor George N. Cretekos. “This is exciting for all of Clearwater and really Pinellas County. We had a great tourist year last year and with this honor it will help us do better in the years to come.”
City of Clearwater, www.visitclearwaterflorida.com.