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SARASOTA, Fla. (February 18, 2015) – Siesta Beach in Sarasota County on Florida’s Gulf Coast today announced it has been recognized as the overall winner in the 2015 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice™ awards for Beaches, ranking first out of 25. For the third year, TripAdvisor has highlighted the world’s top beaches based on the millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from travelers around the globe.


“It is an honor to be chosen by our fans for this award,” says Virginia J. Haley, CDME, President of Visit Sarasota County. “We are fortunate to have such a beautiful beach in Sarasota County. This honor is a reflection of the outstanding service provided by Sarasota County Parks & Recreation and volunteers who give their time and talents daily to ensure the beach is pristine and welcoming to all.  We are proud to share the beach with the world.”


“It’s that time of year when most people are dreaming of lying on a beach, so it’s the perfect time for us to unveil the world’s best beaches based on feedback from the TripAdvisor community,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. “The best news is that travelers can find affordable hotel deals on TripAdvisor for less than $200 per night at these award-winning beach destinations, enabling them to make their warm-weather dreams a reality.”


To see TripAdvisor traveler reviews and opinions of Siesta Beach go to For all of the 2015 Travelers’ Choice award-winning beaches, go to Travelers can also follow the conversation on Twitter at #travelerschoice.


For more information about visiting Siesta Key Beach in Sarasota County on Florida’s Gulf Coast, go to


For more information please contact Lynn Hobeck Bates at (941) 955-0991, ext. #103, or [email protected].


About Sarasota County

Located on Southwest Florida’s Gulf Coast, Sarasota County offers a vibrant arts and cultural scene, a diverse array of culinary experiences and a variety of opportunities to take advantage of the clear waters and the great outdoors. Sarasota County provides the quintessential, laid-back beach getaway with numerous sprawling, white-sand beaches, including Siesta Key Beach, named the top beach in America by TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice™ in 2015 and  “America’s Best Beach” in 2011 by Stephen Leatherman, aka, Dr. Beach. Dubbed “Home of the American Circus,” Sarasota County served as the headquarters for the Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus for 75 years, and visitors can experience its unique circus heritage first-hand by following the circus trail or catching a performance by one of two local circus companies. For more information on visiting Sarasota County, visit or call (800) 522-9799.



About TripAdvisor
TripAdvisor® is the world’s largest travel site*, enabling travelers to plan and book the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools that check hundreds of websites to find the best hotel prices. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, reaching 315 million unique monthly visitors**, and more than 200 million reviews and opinions covering more than 4.5 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions. The sites operate in 45 countries worldwide, including China under TripAdvisor also includes TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to millions of monthly TripAdvisor visitors.


TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) manages and operates websites under 24 other travel media brands:,,,,,, (including, and,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, and


*Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, worldwide, December 2014


**Source: Google Analytics, average monthly unique users, Q3 2014; does not include traffic to



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