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Pinellas County beaches make ‘best’ list
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An aerial view of the beach at Fort De Soto Park – ranked No. 4 in the United States and No. 20 in the world in the 2013 TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Beach awards.
An aerial view of Caladesi Island’s three-mile beach, one of Florida’s few undisturbed barrier islands. Caladesi Island State Park in Dunedin ranked No. 12 on the list of the best U.S. beaches in the 2013 TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Beach awards.
Beachgoers enjoy a stunning sunset at Pass-A-Grille in St. Pete Beach ranked No. 15 on the list of the best U.S. beaches in the 2013 TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Beach awards.
Pier 60 is one of the attractions to Clearwater Beach ranked No. 18 on the list of the best U.S. beaches in the 2013 TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Beach awards.
Four Pinellas County beaches received TripAdvisor’s 2013 Traveler’s Choice awards and are ranked among the best 25 beaches in the United States. Fort De Soto Park also made the list for the best in the world.

The list released the week of Feb. 18 ranked Fort De Soto Park in Tierra Verde as No. 4 in the United States and No. 20 on the list of the best beaches in the world.

Caladesi Island State Park in Dunedin ranked No. 12 on the list of the best U.S. beaches. Pass-A-Grille in St. Pete Beach ranked No. 15 and Clearwater Beach ranked No. 18.

"Our beaches have been recognized around the world for everything from sand quality to family-friendliness to environmental management," said Visit St. Pete/Clearwater Executive Director DT Minich. "But to have four area beaches recognized simultaneously by TripAdvisor's Traveler's Choice emphasizes the stunning diversity and depth of our offerings - from pristine island getaways and sprawling state and county parks to high-energy resort-area beaches, our area really does have it all."

Owned by Pinellas County, Fort De Soto is one of the largest county parks in the state of Florida, with more than seven miles of shoreline. It is located at 3500 Pinellas Bayway S., Tierra Verde.

“This is a very peaceful beach off the beaten path unlike city beaches where the traffic and noise are always interrupting what should be a peaceful scene,” is part of TripAdvisor’s description of Fort De Soto.

For more information, visit, call the park office at 727-552-1862, the campground office at 727-893-9185 or the automated information message line at 727-582-2267.

The state of Florida’s Caladesi Island State Park, 1 Causeway Blvd. in Dunedin, ranks No. 1 out of seven attractions in Dunedin. TripAdvisor says it is one of Florida’s few remaining undisturbed barrier islands.

Caladesi Island’s three-mile beach is only accessible by boat or ferry. Ferry service is provided by the Caladesi Island Ferry, which departs from Honeymoon Island State Park. For more information about the ferry, visit www.c­alade­sifer­ry.or­g or call 727-734-1501.

For more information about Caladesi Island State Park, visit www.f­lorid­astat­epark­­/cala­desii­sland or call the ranger station at 727-469-5918.

St. Pete Beach’s Pass-A-Grille, is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. TripAdvisor says it is “one of the very few beachfront historic districts in Florida.”

“Pass-A-Grille is a quaint beach neighborhood that combines the most beautiful beach, while sands, eclectic shopping, restaurants and outdoor market all within walking and biking distance.”

For more information, visit www.v­isitp­assag­rille­.com.

The city of Clearwater’s Clearwater Beach is ranked the No. 1 beach in the Gulf region, according to TripAdvisor. It is located on the western end of State Road 60, about two miles west of downtown Clearwater. It was recently named Florida’s Best Beach Town in a USA Today reader’s poll.

Known for its family-friendly activities, including swimming and volleyball, Clearwater Beach is open daily with beach guards on duty from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.m­yclea­rwate­­/info­/abou­t/geo­graph­y/bea­ches.­asp.

The Travelers' Choice Beaches awards are based entirely on the quality and quantity of traveler reviews and ratings for beaches gathered on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period.

To view the complete list of winners, visit www.t­ripad­visor­.com/­Trave­lersC­hoice­-Beac­hes-c­Top-g­1.
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