TripAdvisor Names Best Beaches


Providenciales, Turrks and Caicos

TripAdvisor has announced the winners of its inaugural 2011 Travelers' Choice Beaches awards. Top beach spots were named in the U.S., Europe, Asia, Canada, the South Pacific, the Caribbean, Mexico and Central and South America.

Award winners were determined based on the most highly rated beach destinations by travelers in TripAdvisor reviews. Internationally, Turks and Caicos took the top spot while domestically, Myrtle Beach, SC, was named the best U.S. beach. Of the top 10 domestic beaches, Florida claimed a total of six spots.

According to a recent TripAdvisor survey of more than 2,100 U.S. respondents, 68 percent are planning a beach vacation in 2011. Fifty-four percent are planning a trip to a U.S. beach destination. Seventeen percent intend to visit the U.S. southeast coast; 13 percent expect to explore the northeast coast; 12 percent plan to go to the gulf coast; and 10 percent plan to visit the west coast. Twenty-six percent are planning a beach trip to the Caribbean or Mexico in 2011.

Travelers' Choice Beaches Award-Winning World Beach Destinations:
1. Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
2. Boracay, Philippines
3. Palm/Eagle Beach, Aruba
4. Negril, Jamaica
5. Tulum, Mexico
6. Myrtle Beach, SC
7. Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman
8. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
9. Cape May, NJ
10. Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Travelers' Choice Beaches Award-Winning U.S. Beach Destinations:
1. Myrtle Beach, SC
2. Cape May, NJ
3. Panama City Beach, FL
4. Miami Beach, FL
5. Sanibel Island, FL
6. Clearwater, FL
7. Honolulu, HI (Oahu)
8. Captiva Island, FL
9. Poipu, HI (Kauai)
10. Siesta Key, FL


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