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Hanauma Bay, Oahu, tops Dr. Beach’s list of Top Beaches for 2016

Hanauma Bay is the number one beach in the 26th annual Top 10 Beach List, complied by coastal expert Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, professor at Florida International University. Below are Dr. Beach’s Top 10 Beaches of 2016, including his photos and description of each:

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1. Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Oahu, Hawaii. Hanauma Bay Beach Park is located on the eastern end of Oahu. There is limited parking so the best way is to reach this stunning white sand coral beach enclosed in a breached volcano is to take the Waikiki Beach Shuttle. The marine protected area, which has the best accessible snorkeling in Hawaii, is closed on Tuesdays to give the fish a chance to rest. In fact, this became the first no-smoking beach in Hawaii because of the necessity to protect the thousands of beautifully-colored tropical fish which span the rainbow. There are lifeguards along this crescent-shaped beach along with full amenities.


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2. Siesta Beach Sarasota, Florida. According to Dr. Beach: “With some of the finest, whitest sand in the world, this beach attracts sand collectors from all over. Siesta Beach has clear, warm waters ideal for swimming. The beach is hundreds of yards wide in the shape of a crescent, due to anchoring of onshore rocks to the south. This beach is great for volleyball and other types of recreational fitness.”


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3. Kapalua Bay Beach, Maui, Hawaii...

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Siesta Beach does it again: Named America’s best beach

 

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TripAdvisor traveler photo

BeachManiacBlogWithText_150pxThis kind of attention is nothing new for Siesta Beach, with its pristine, sugary white sand and wide expanse, but this Florida Gulf Coast slice of paradise has been named the best beach in America by the 2015 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards.

“I was totally blown away by how fine, soft, clean and uncrowded the beach was. My feet were in heaven,” wrote on recent traveler.

And while the sand is the main attraction at Siesta Beach, the island that serves as its home is also a big draw. The beaches of Siesta Key, just south of Sarasota, are lined with condos and hotels, but the island nonetheless has retained a quiet get-away atmosphere. You won’t find a lot of restaurants and bars on the beaches of Siesta Key, but that keeps it quiet and family-fun oriented.

The other top 10 American beaches in the 2015 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards, in order, are:

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Marco Island is most expensive beach destination in Florida

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Marco Island Marriott. TripAdvisor traveler photo.

beach_maniac_blog_100pxMarco Island, located a few miles from the Florida Everglades and close to Naples, is the most expensive beach destination in Florida, according to the latest survey from CheapHotels.org.

The survey specifically compared the hotel rates of 20 popular Floridian destinations for this year’s February and March time period, the high season for most beach destinations in the Sunshine State.

In Marco Island, travelers will have to spend an average of $302 per night for the most affordable double room. It bears pointing out that only hotels located close to the beach and with a positive average client rating were considered for the survey.

The following table lists the 10 most expensive beach destinations in Florida. The rates indicated reflect the average rate for the cheapest available double room (minimum: 3-star hotel) at each locale for the time period spanning February 1 through March 31, 2014. Although this survey comes from CheapHotels.com, I am linking out to TripAdvisor pages where you can compare prices from multiple sources for your specific vacation dates.

  1. Marco Island $302
  2. Sanibel Island $287
  3. Key West $254
  4. Delray Beach $253
  5. Fort Myers Beach $214
  6. Islamorada $198
  7. Anna Maria Island $197
  8. Key Largo $184
  9. Sarasota $183
  10. St. Pete Beach $181

For the full results of the survey, visit http://www.cheaphotels.org/press/florida2015.html

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TripAdvisor names 10 Breathtaking Beaches

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beach_maniac_blog_100pxFrom Australia to Hawaii to the Caribbean, TripAdvisor has searched for those special beaches that leave you in awe from the moment you arrive to the moment you have to leave. With the help of its traveler-reviewers, the site has compiled a list of 10 Breathtaking Beaches that every beach lover should add to his or her own wish list. For all you beach maniacs who live in the United States, there are several nearby beaches that you can reach in short order and make your own – at least for a while – at an affordable cost. One of those is pictured above: Grace Bay in the Turks & Caicos, a beach that repeatedly makes lists of the best in the world. Others nearby include Pink Sands Beach in the Bahamas and Siesta Key Beach in Florida.

Read more on TripAdvisor:

10 breathtaking beaches

If you’re looking for a beach that will truly take your breath away, this list is for you.

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10 Florida beaches make TripAdvisor’s list of 25 best in U.S.

Siesta Key's sugary sand makes it a popular destination for beach walking and sun-bathing. TripAdvisor traveler photo.

Siesta Key’s sugary sand makes it a popular destination for beach walking and sun-bathing. TripAdvisor traveler photo.

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We previously reported on TripAdvisor’s Top 10 Beaches for 2014, but the travel site has now expanded the list to the Top 25, and Florida beaches receive a lot of well-deserved recognition. Among the Florida beaches in the Top 25 are Siesta Key Public Beach (#3), St. Pete Beach (#9), Caladesi Island State Park (#11), St. Augustine Beach (#14), Bahia Honda State Park and Beach (#17), Pensacola Beach (#19), Panama City Beach (#20), Clearwater Beach (#21), Lido Beach in Sarasota (#22), and Navarre Beach (#25). In this article, the Palm Beach Post and VisitFlorida.com expand on the news:

10 Florida beaches make TripAdvisor’s list of 25 best in the U.S.

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7 of TripAdvisor’s Top 10 U.S. Beaches for 2014 are in Hawaii

Hanauma Bay, Oahu, Hawaii. TripAdvisor photo.

Hanauma Bay, Oahu, Hawaii. TripAdvisor photo.

beach_maniac_blog_100pxHawaii has seven of the top 10 beaches in the United States, including the top beach: Lanikai Beach in Kailua on the island of Oahu, according to TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Awards for 2014.

The other Hawaii beaches in the Top 10 are Ka’anapali Beach, Lahaina; Maui (2), Hanalei Beach, Hanalei Kauai (4);  Wai’anapanapa State Park, Hana, Maui (5), Wailea Beach, Wailea, Maui (6); Manini’owali Beach (Kua Bay), Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii (8); Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Honolulu, Oahu (10).

Two Florida beaches made the Top 10: Siesta Key Public Beach and Saint Pete Beach. Hunting Island State Park in Beaufort, S.C., was the other Top 10 beach.

Other non-U.S. beaches in our part of the world that made the list of the Top 10 Beaches in the World are Grace Bay, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos (2); Flamenco Beach, Culebra, Puerto Rico (3); and Playa Norte, Isla Mujeres, Mexico (10).

Top 10 beaches in the U.S.:

1. Lanikai Beach, Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii

2. Ka’anapali Beach, Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii

3. Siesta Key Public Beach, Siesta Key, Florida

4. Hanalei Beach, Hanalei, Kauai, Hawaii

5. Wai’anapanapa State Park, Hana, Maui, Hawaii

6. Wailea Beach, Wailea, Maui, Hawaii

7. Hunting Island State Park, Beaufort, South Carolina

8. Manini’owali Beach (Kua Bay), Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, Hawaii

9. Saint Pete Beach, Saint Pete Beach, Florida

10. Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

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The 10 most expensive destinations in Florida (and how to find deals)

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Delray Beach – Image by Mberjano via Flickr.

Delray Beach is Florida’s most expensive destination based on the cost of its lodging. That’s according to a new survey from TravelMag.com. The survey specifically compared the hotel rates of all Floridian destinations for this year’s February and March time period, the high season for most beach destinations in the state.

In Delray Beach, a coastal town located close to Boca Raton in Palm Beach County, travelers will have to spend an average of $298 per night for the most affordable double room. It bears pointing out that only hotels located close to the beach and with at least a 3-star rating were considered for the survey.

Sanibel Island and Siesta Key rank as the second and third most expensive destinations on the survey, with average overnight rates of $296 and $284, respectively. Meanwhile, the southernmost point in the United States, Key West, follows as the fourth most expensive locale in Florida. An average rate of $276 per night for the most affordable double room contributed to Key West securing that spot.

The following table lists the 10 most expensive destinations in Florida. The rates indicated reflect the average rate for the cheapest available double room (minimum: 3-star hotel) at each locale for the time period spanning February 1 through March 31, 2014. (We link to TripAdvisor, where you can compare prices.)

1. Delray Beach $298
2. Sanibel Island $296
3. Siesta Key $284
4. Key West $276
5. Longboat Key $269
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Best Florida Beaches: Gulf Coast

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Check out our annual guide to the best beaches along the Gulf of Mexico. Grab a towel, lounge chair and your sexiest swimsuit, and then dive in.

 

Beach Maniac‘s insight:

Among my favorites are Fort Myers Beach, Marco Island, Naples and Clearwater.

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Kaanapali Beach on Maui named this year’s Top Beach in the U.S. by TripAdvisor travelers

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Kaanapali Beach on the Hawaiian island of Maui is this year’s top beach in the United States, according to TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site. Siesta Key Beach in Florida came in second. In its annual Travelers’ Choice Beaches Awards, the travel site listed these as the Top 10 Beaches in the U.S.:

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  1. Ka’anapali Beach, Lahaina, Hawaii
  2. Siesta Key Public Beach, Sarasota, Florida
  3. Gulf Islands National Seashore, Pensacola, Florida
  4. Fort De Soto Park, Tierra Verde, Florida
  5. Lanikai Beach, Kailua, Hawaii
  6. Wailea Beach, Wailea, Hawaii
  7. Assateague Beach, Assateague Island, Virginia
  8. La Jolla Cove, La Jolla, California
  9. Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach, California
  10. Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Honolulu, Hawaii

Top 10 Beaches in the World:

  1. Rabbit Beach, Lampedusa, Italy
  2. Grace Bay, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
  3. Whitehaven Beach, Airlie Beach, Australia
  4. Baia do Sancho, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
  5. Flamenco Beach, Culebra, Puerto Rico
  6. Playa de las Catedrales, Ribadeo, Spain
  7. Lopes Mendes Beach, Ilha Grande, Brazil
  8. Horseshoe Bay Beach, Southampton Parish, Bermuda
  9. Eagle Beach, Aruba
  10. Rhossili Bay, Swansea, Wales

The 2013 rankings are based entirely on feedback from millions of TripAdvisor travelers. TripAdvisor said 276 winning beaches were named around the world. Dedicated lists highlight travelers’ favorite beaches in Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Central America, Europe, Middle East, the U...

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USA Today searches for the Best Beach in Florida

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What is the best beach in Florida? There is no shortage of beautiful beaches lining the shores of the Sunshine State, and they offer something for everyone, from quiet serene escapes to those packed with restaurants, resorts and plenty of tourists. Everyone has their own opinion of what makes a great beach, and USA Today is asking its readers to help identify Florida’s best beaches. So they first turned to Dr. Beach, the famous Florida International University professor Stephen P. Leatherman, who is well known for visiting and analyzing beaches every year to determine which are the best. Leatherman provided USA Today with a list of 10 beaches to start with, based on his extensive research. Every one of these beaches is great in its own way, although I know I personally would like to add Fort Myers Beach and Daytona Beach to the list. Do you agree with this list (in alphabetical order below), and which beach – whether it’s on this list or not – would you say is the Best Beach in Florida?

  • Clearwater Beach
  • Cocoa Beach
  • Delray Beach
  • Key West
  • New Smyrna Beach
  • Pensacola Beach
  • Sanibel Island
  • Seaside
  • Siesta Key
  • South Beach

Vote on USA Today  or – if voting is completed – find out the results here.

Check out traveler reviews of the best beach hotels in Florida – and compare prices – on TripAdvisor.

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