Siesta and Lido make top beaches list on TripAdvisor

Anna Maria Island beaches did not make the cut for 2014

cschelle@bradenton.comMarch 19, 2014 

SARASOTA -- Florida might have as many beaches as Hawaii in TripAdvisor's latest Top 25 U.S. Beaches, but none are in Manatee County.

Siesta Key ranked third, the highest in Florida, and Lido Beach, also in Sarasota County, ranked 22nd, according to the 2014 list released Tuesday. Lanikai Beach in Oahu, Hawaii was the top beach.

"We are thrilled to share this news," said Erin Duggan, director of brand for Visit Sarasota County. "We are honored so many visitors to our shores love their experience here and are willing to share it with others."

TripAdvisor's survey of 13,000 U.S. travelers found 81 percent plan to take a beach vacation in 2014, compared with 69 percent in 2013. Summer is the most popular season for beach vacations with the most popular months being: July (23%), August (20%), June (19%).

"For those fed up with the long cold winter, there's really no better cure than an escape to one of these award-winning beaches," said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor.

"Even if you can't go to one of these stunning beaches soon, just looking at the photos will take you away for a moment, until you can plan a trip."

Siesta Key dropped from No. 2 to No. 3 from last year's beach rankings. Other area beaches that made the list include Saint Pete Beach at No. 9, Caladesi Island State Park in Dunedin at No. 11 and Clearwater Beach at No. 21.

Curiously, Anna Maria Island ranked third among U.S. islands in another TripAdvisor ranking and none of its beaches made this list. The island's beaches are now in better shape after a $13 million replenishment project wrapped up from Anna Maria south to Coquina Beach.

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