A reigning champion for sand and sunshine, Tampa Bay is once again home to what’s been deemed the best beach in the country.
Clearwater Beach was named the best beach in the U.S. for 2018 by the popular travel site TripAdvisor reclaiming the crown two years after it won it for the first time in 2016.
"This is something you literally cannot buy," said David Downing, president and CEO of Visit St Pete/Clearwater, the region’s tourism marketing agency.
"We spend a lot of money on advertising but when you have the visitors of such a popular website provide this kind of designation, well, that means a lot."
Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos, a Pinellas County native who has lived in Clearwater since 1976, said his office hasn’t yet decided how it will tout its No. 1 spot.
"This designation promotes not only Clearwater, but it’s really a feather in the cap of Pinellas County," Cretekos said. "We all benefit when one of our beaches is named one of the top destinations in the nation."