Sun and sand: Top beach geataways
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Got Spring Fever? The best way to cure it, of course, is with a dose of Vitamin D in the form of sunshine.
We’ve partnered with TripAdvisor — the world’s largest travel site — to go (beach) combing for the best sun-and-sand Spring Break destinations.
Just in time for Spring Break, TripAdvisor has released its Traveler’s Choice Awards for the world’s best beaches. Clearwater Beach in Clearwater, Florida tops the charts for domestic beaches. Grace Bay in Turks and Caicos earned the No. 1 spot for best beaches in the world. The awards were determined by the quality and quantity of TripAdvisor traveler reviews over a one-year span.
TripAdvisor has also identified value hotels and vacation rentals to help travelers save while having fun in the sun. Once you decide where you want to soak up the sun, you can use TripAdvisor to plan your trip — everything from booking flights, hotel reservations and activities to using their app when you’re on-the-go.
Ready, set, jetset!
The best abroad: Grace Bay, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
Add a Caribbean stamp to your passport!
Just southeast of the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos is an archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean. Travelers especially swoon over Grace Bay. “Waters are bluer than you can imagine,” says one TripAdvisor reviewer. “Miles of fine, white beach and gorgeous turquoise water,” says another, who has been visiting the beach for two decades and notes it hasn’t lost its charm.
Best way to explore the beach: Looking for a unique way to explore the beach? TripAdvisor reviewers love the Provo Ponies tours. The horses will take you on a ride along the sandy beaches (and also trot through beach’s turquoise waters). “It feels like the most surreal dream riding these horses,” one reviewer s
TripAdvisor hotel pick: Caribbean Paradise Inn — which is bookable on TripAdvisor and goes for an average of $256 per night, which is 61 less than the city average. Reviewers say this newly renovated hotel is just a block (or five-minute walk) from the beach.
The best in the United States: Clearwater Beach
Florida’s Clearwater Beach in Clearwater, Florida comes in first when it comes to the best beaches in the United States. Beach lovers laud Clearwater Beach for its pristine white sand and shallow, clear waters along the Gulf of Mexico. The sunsets also get thumbs-up from TripAdvisor reviewers. One writes: “What’s not to like? Beautiful white powder beaches, tranquil breezes, crystal clear water, and technicolor sunsets.”
Best ways to the explore the beach: Explore the beach on a jet ski with Clearwater Beach Jet Ski Rentals and Guided Tours. TripAdvisor reviewers are fans of the tour guides and call it a “must-do” experience. Or, enjoy one of the beach’s famous sunsets aboard a pirate ship on Captain Memo’s Pirate Cruise. Reviewers say they had just as much fun as their kids and some spotted dolphins.
TripAdvisor Hotel Pick: Sea Captain Resort on the Bay, which is bookable on TripAdvisor and goes for $161 per night on average, which is 6 percent less than the city average. Reviewers love how close the hotel is to the lively Pier 60.
The best in the west: La Jolla
When it comes to the best beaches in the United States, Florida and Haaii dominated the Top 10 list. But, La Jolla Shores in La Jolla, California represents the West Coast on the list and comes in at No. 8 on the list. If you’re looking to vacation out in California, La Jolla Shores boasts a mile-long beach with soft sand and is a known paradise for swimmers, surfers and scuba divers.
“This is a beautiful, clear peaceful beach just perfect for family trip with kids. Every option is fine: sunbathing, swimming, surfing, kayaking, strolling,” says one reviewer.
Best way to explore the beach: Explore the caves that the shore wraps around on a rented kayak. Reviewers got a sense of adventure out of kayaking through the caves and getting up-close-and personal with sea lions. “We learned a lot about the coastline and marine life in the area. Watching the sea lions snooze, swim, and play was terrific,” says one reviewer who was vacationing with family.
TripAdvisor hotel pick: The Empress Hotel of La Jolla, bookable on TripAdvisor for an average rate of $227 per night, which is 12 percent less than the city average. Reviewers write about the lovely rooms, friendly staff and “five-star service” at this boutique hotel.