Award-Winning Beaches

These St. Pete/Clearwater beaches have been recognized as some of the top beaches in the U.S. –  and even the world!

Aerial view of yellow cabanas, white sand and emerald-green water of Clearwater Beach.

Clearwater Beach is lined with relaxing cabanas you can rent for a little extra shade.

The amazing news is out: Caladesi Island State Park was named #2 Beach in the U.S. by esteemed coastal geologist Stephen Leatherman, a.k.a. "Dr. Beach."

St. Pete Beach was named Tripadvisor's No. 1 Beach in the U.S. in 2021 (and #5 in the world)! Nearby Clearwater Beach also earned accolades as the No. 1 beach in the U.S. in 2019, 2018 and 2016. 

The awards don't stop there. Travel + Leisure named St. Pete/Clearwater one of its Top Five U.S. Summer Trip Ideas, describing Clearwater Beach as "one of the most desirable summer getaways." Then there's a long list of awards from USA Today, whose readers ranked four area beaches (Clearwater Beach, Pass-A-Grille, Fort De Soto Park and Caladesi Island State Park) in its Top 10 in Florida.

Read on for more about these award-winning beaches.