ST. PETE BEACH – The travel website TripAdvisor.com has named St. Pete Beach the nation’s top beach in 2012.
It was one of five Florida beaches to receive the distinction of Top 10 beach destinations. Others named were No. 2 Miami Beach, No. 6 Daytona Beach, No. 7 Fort Lauderdale and No. 10 Key West.
Also included in the Top 10 were No. 3 Myrtle Beach, S.C.; No. 4 Virginia Beach, Va.; No. 5 Honolulu, Hawaii; No. 8 Lahaina, Hawaii; and No. 9 San Diego.
The website’s description of St. Pete Beach focused on the area’s sand and dolphins.
“Sugary-white sand, dolphins frolicking just off shore and eight major barrier islands make St. Pete Beach a postcard-perfect seaside destination,” the website stated. “Situated on a peninsula off Florida’s west coast, it is an ideal place to experience the state’s wild beauty and the magical golden rays of the Sunshine State.”
The website compiles the list annually based on information it receives from its 20 million members.
TripAdvisor.com rated Myrtle Beach No. 1 a year ago. It also gave kudos to five Florida beaches.
They included No. 3 Panama City Beach, No. 4 Miami Beach, No. 5 Sanibel Island, No. 6 Clearwater and No. 10 Siesta Key.