Stuck at the office? These beaches are the stuff of daydreams during those dreary winter work hours.
TripAdvisor has released its list of the 25 best beaches in the country, full of pristine sand, palm trees and relaxing breezes.
Clearly, the Sunshine State is the place TripAdvisor users love to be, as 40 percent of the top 25 beaches, including seven of the top 10, are located in Florida. The best beach in America is also located in Florida, leading the list for the third time in the last four years.
The ratings are based on the quantity and quality of traveler reviews and ratings on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. The travel and booking site recognized 352 total beaches around the world in its rankings of the top beaches in the country and globally.
1. CLEARWATER BEACH – CLEARWATER, FLORIDA
The king stays the king. Clearwater Beach, located just outside of the Tampa and St. Petersburg areas, is No. 1 for the third time in the last four years and the second year in a row. The three-mile beach of fine white sand and warm waters is also the only U.S. beach to make TripAdvisor’s list of the world’s top 10 beaches. The site even has a whole list of deals on Clearwater Beach hotels.