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And the best beach in Florida is...

USA TODAY  Laura Bly January 25, 2013

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What do volleyball players, a crippled but plucky dolphin named Winter and Hulk Hogan have in common?

They’re all claims to fame for Clearwater Beach, the Gulf of Mexico barrier island resort community that USA TODAY Travel readers crowned the best beach town in Florida.

Readers voted online on 10 nominations submitted by “Dr. Beach” — aka Florida International University professor and coastal expert Stephen P. Leatherman. Nearly 30,000 votes were received, and Clearwater was a clear winner with more than 25% of the tally, followed by Siesta Key, Cocoa Beach and Sanibel Island.

RELATED: Vote for the best beach town in Florida

Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater spokesman David Downing admits to an all-out campaign for victory, from concerted appeals to the tourist bureau’s 137,000 Facebook fans and 8,500 Twitter followers, to hiring a plane that trailed a “VOTE CLEARWATER AS USA TODAY’S #1 BEACH” banner over the Gulf on a postcard-perfect, 80-degree day.

We’ll visit the winning town and report our findings in USA TODAY Travel on Feb. 15. Meanwhile, Clearwater fans, share your don’t-miss suggestions as a comment.  USA TODAY  Laura Bly January 25, 2013


By Edyta Gryc - Broker Associate,  Fri Feb 1 2013, 09:33
Siesta Key Beach in Sarasota is my favorite. The sand is incredible....
By Annalisa Weller,Realtor®,  Fri Feb 1 2013, 13:57
Yes, it is. Ft Desoto is another good one. We're pretty lucky to have such great beaches so close. Thanks for reading. The best in 2013!

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