USA Today Names Clearwater Beach the “Best Beach Town in Florida”
January 25, 2013
USA Today, the most widely read newspaper in America, has named Clearwater Beach "Best Beach Town in Florida." Online voters confirmed what many have believed for a long time that Clearwater Beach is outstanding. USA Today states Clearwater Beach received more than 25% of nearly 30,000 votes cast by online readers, making it the clear winner.
Launched in January, the online poll featured a selection of 10 Florida beach towns handpicked by beach expert "Dr. Beach." Otherwise known as Stephen P. Leatherman, "Dr. Beach" routinely rates beaches on the basis of sand, surf, and a welcoming sense of community.
Located on Florida's Gulf Coast, Clearwater's miles of sugar white sand beaches are popular year round. Visitors enjoy crystal clear water, tranquil Gulf breezes, and an endless supply of entertainment. The beachside paradise blew the competitors out of the water as readers tweeted or voted online at USAToday.com. Other strong contenders included popular beach towns such as Siesta Key, Sanibel Island, and Miami's South Beach.
"We are the best beach," said Mayor George N. Cretekos. "This is exciting for all of Clearwater and really Pinellas County. We had a great tourist year last year and with this honor it will help us do better in the years to come."
Clearwater is an ideal destination for travelers of all ages and interests, occupying prime real estate along Florida’s stunning Gulf Coast. As a top, year round location for both leisure and business, Clearwater boasts an endless supply of sun, warm weather, great dining and shopping, along with extensive outdoor activities both on land and at sea. Clearwater Beach is consistently ranked among America’s most beautiful and the city is also home to a wide variety of sporting and music events, including Philadelphia Phillies Spring Training and the annual Clearwater Jazz Holiday.