Beat the winter blues, visit one of these top 5 beaches

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Beat the Winter Blues, Visit One of These Top 5 Beaches

Despite the fact Alaska was just named the happiest state in America by the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, we're gonna focus on one thing we can all agree on: Beaches are better.

TripAdvisor released its annual list of the top beaches in America. The top two are in sunny Florida. Siesta Beach in Siesta Key, Florida, took the top spot.

And Saint Pete Beach in, surprise, Saint Pete Beach, Florida, took second.

We finally see tropical Hawaiian beaches start to make the list for picks No. 3 and 4.

Then, we're back in Florida at Pensacola Beach for No. 5. Not much variety, huh?

The awards are based on traveler reviews of the beaches.

If you want a great beach, the moral of TripAdvisor's story is ... go to Florida or Hawaii. Six of the top ten are in Florida, three are in Hawaii and then No. 6 goes to California's La Jolla Cove.

And of course ... Floridians now have some mad bragging rights. Hey, it ain't called the "Sunshine State" for nothin'.

But maybe we should all just be happy we even have a list of our own. On TripAdvisor's list of the Top 25 Beaches in the world, the good ol' U.S. of A. didn't even make the top 10.

If you're feeling adventurous and your passport is up to date, the honor for the world's top beach went to Baia do Sancho in Brazil.

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