St. Pete Beach named no. 1 in U.S., no. 5 in the world by Tripadvisor

TODAY’S FORECAST: Sunny and warm with a 100% chance of walking on America’s Best Beach at sunset.


St. Petersburg Beach was voted the no. 1 beach in the United States and the no. 5 beach in the world by Tripadvisor for 2021. Madeira Beach landed at no. 9 in the U.S., Treasure Island at no. 16 and Clearwater Beach came in at no. 18. 


Tripadvisor says: “St. Pete Beach is a great walking beach with white quartz sand, clear calm water and seashells by the truckload.” 


The awards are based on reviews and ratings from Tripadvisor travelers gathered for a year. Also taken into consideration are travelers’ “saves,” meaning beaches that visitors wished they could visit even though the COVID-19 pandemic meant they couldn’t (or shouldn’t).


With a history as rich as its sunsets, St. Pete Beach offers something for everyone. With the beautiful pristine beaches, diverse selection of locally-owned restaurants, and shops, and award-winning accommodations for guests, it’s no wonder it is a favorite for visitors and locals alike.

St. Pete Beach Mayor Al Johnson




St. Pete Beach resident Al Johnson is proud to say he has lived there since 1998 and is now in his fourth year serving as the mayor. Originally from Massachusetts, he says he embraces the best of the Florida lifestyle. He can be found enjoying the sun, daily, riding his bike with friends or having lunch outside at Chill restaurant on Corey Avenue. He’s an avid runner.


When asked how he thought this prestigious award came about, he immediately says “Mother Nature was kind to us. We didn’t pay for this award. We earned it. We are a friendly, laid-back destination with great beach bars and businesses. “St. Pete Beach is special because the city staff, residents, businesses and hotels welcome our visitors and take care of the paradise we are custodians of.”




“What amazing news to learn St. Pete Beach was named the number five Best Beach in the World,” says Hendrik Bisanz, founder and CEO of SEASALT Properties. The native of Germany founded SEASALT four years ago. The company is based locally, with a global reach. They have 30 agents that speak eight languages between them and have experienced success with selling waterfront properties to international clientele from their headquarters in St. Pete Beach. The luxury real estate firm has specialized in buying, selling and managing residential properties on Florida’s west coast, all appreciating the fact they can live, work and play under the sun every day. 

German-born Hendrik Bisanz and Hauke Andresen, own and operate SEASALT Properties from their Corey Avenue office.


SEASALT Properties Director of Marketing, Hauke Andresen, is also from Germany and shares a passion for the water, sun and the Florida lifestyle. Their clients are from everywhere in the world. They have represented clients from the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Ecuador, Colombia, Argentina, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, India, Finland, Holland, Austria and the United Kingdom. Andresen says his clients love how the beaches are uncrowded, the water is the color of the Caribbean, that you can watch the manatees play and the atmosphere is low-key and relaxed. 


“We love how friendly the people are here,” Andresen says. “Our agency wants to show off paradise from the water, so we offer a 40-foot Catamaran named SEASALT, of course, with a private captain, and chef, for guests to charter a sunset cruise or a day-long outing. “

All eyes are on the Tampa Bay area. With another Super Bowl Championship under our belt, we now get to announce that we are once again winners in paradise.

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