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Clearwater Beach tops U.S. best beaches list

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Posted at 4:01 PM, Feb 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-18 09:21:59-05

Two Pinellas County beaches are recognized among the best in the country, with Clearwater Beach ranking at the top of the list.

Noted for its world-famous white sand, Clearwater Beach once again fills the top spot on TripAdvisor's annual list of the 25 Best Beaches in America.

The distinction also made it the only beach in the U.S. on TripAdvisor's list of the 25 Best Beaches in the World at No. 20.

St. Pete Beach finishes close behind on TripAdvisor's list of the nation's best beaches, coming in at No.4. That makes the St. Pete/Clearwater area the only Florida destination with two beaches in the Top 40.

"We've always known how stunning St. Pete/Clearwater area beach are, but for millions of travelers to reconfirm it through TripAdvisor's rankings is extremely rewarding - and a huge honor," Visit St. Pete/Clearwater Executive Director David Downing said. 

The annual list is compiled based on the votes of members of the world's largest online travel community. Winners are determined based on the quality and quantity of traveler reviews and averaged ratings gathered over a 12-month period.

Three years ago, USA Today named Clearwater Beach Florida's Best Beach Town and St. Pete Beach received TripAdvisor's top spot in 2012 honors.

TripAdvisor is the world's largest travel site, reaching more than 350 million unique monthly visitors and has more than 320 million reviews operating in 47 countries.