COCOA BEACH, Florida -- USAToday.com, one of the top 20 most visited news sites in the U.S., has named Clearwater Beach "Best Beach Town in Florida." USA Today said Clearwater Beach received more than 25% of nearly 30,000 votes cast by its online readers. Cocoa Beach, Florida came in third place.
Launched in January, the online poll featured a selection of 10 Florida beach towns handpicked by beach expert "Dr. Beach." Otherwise known as Stephen P. Leatherman, "Dr. Beach" routinely rates beaches on the basis of sand, surf, and a welcoming sense of community.
Located on Florida's Gulf Coast, Clearwater's miles of sugar white sand beaches are popular year round. Visitors enjoy crystal clear water, tranquil Gulf breezes, and an endless supply of entertainment.
"We are the best beach," said Mayor George N. Cretekos. "This is exciting for all of Clearwater and really Pinellas County. We had a great tourist year last year and with this honor it will help us do better in the years to come."
Further information about the City of Clearwater and its extensive year-round calendar of special events can be found at www.visitclearwaterflorida.com.
SOURCE: City of Clearwater, Fla.