TripAdvisor Names Top Beach Destinations


TripAdvisor – the same travel website that publishes an annual list of "Dirtiest Hotels" – has combed through traveler reviews and come out with a list of top beach destinations in the U.S. and around the world.

Part of the website's "Traveler's Choice Awards," the list is based on reviews submitted by the 20 million members who use the TripAdvisor website.

In the U.S., Florida took six of the Top 10 beach destinations: Panama City Beach took home the bronze, while Miami Beach, Sanibel Island and Clearwater fell just behind. Captiva Island took the number eight spot and Siesta Key rounded out the list.

Hawaii claimed two of the top beach destinations with Honolulu and Poipu, a small town full of resorts and high-end shopping on the southern side of the island of Kaua'i.

Cape May, N.J. was named the runner up on TripAdvisor's list. The U.S. beach destination that received top honors was Myrtle Beach, S.C.

"It's that time of year when travelers are dreaming of getaways to warm beach destinations," says Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor, in a statement. According to a recent poll done by the company, 68% of U.S. respondents are planning a beach vacation in 2011.

As for the list of beach destinations throughout the world, Providenciales in Turks and Caicos claimed the number one spot. The beach destinations that rounded out the top five were Boracay, Philippines; Palm/Eagle Beach, Aruba; Negril, Jamaica; and Tulum, Mexico.

Myrtle Beach and Cape May fell into the sixth and ninth spots, with Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman and Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic sandwiched in-between the U.S. beaches. Santa Teresa, Costa Rica finished the Top 10 list.

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