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Clearwater Beach, FL

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We asked you to weigh in on our 10 expert picks and determine this year’s Best Overall Beach. Travel Channel fans voted and chose Clearwater Beach, FL, as their fan favorite!

We said: 

“The sand at Clearwater Beach is as soft as baby powder, and the gradual slope to the warm Gulf water makes it an ideal beach for babies and toddlers” according to Have Baby Will Travel founder Corrine McDermott.

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I think it’ safe to say that some of us in the US are ready for warm weather. Our panel of advisors picked their favorite beaches for Travel’s Best Beach Awards 2014, and now, we — the staff at Travel Channel — give you the inside scoop on some our personal favorites. Get awe-inspiring beach ideas and check out our Editors’ Picks: Favorite Beaches slideshow.

Learn more about the secluded towns to go windsurfing in Goa, India; the best places to cool off after sunbathing on Bald Head Island, NC; and why nudists should head to Praia Mole in Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil.

In addition to our favorite beach picks, make sure you check out recommendations for the Top 10 California Beach Getaways, Spain’s Best Beaches and  Top 10 Mexican Beach Resorts for more travel ideas for your next beach getaway.

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Which Beach Are You? Quiz

It’s Beach Week and therefore it begs the question: What’s your perfect beach destination? Do you require romantic sunsets or raging parties? Unspoiled sands or the best surf?

To help you find out, take our “Which Beach Are You” quiz. Then pack your bags for the beach you should visit next. After all, who doesn’t love a good assessment quiz? Just ask Buzzfeed.

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Click on the photo grid to see more of your best beach photos.

Behold your best #TCBeachWeek photos in all their glory (well, minus the emojis). We asked you to submit your favorite beach photos on Instagram — and boy, were we impressed with the results.

It’s clear Travel Channel fans have searched the world over for the most beautiful beaches, check out the rest of our favorite beach photos. Warning: For those still in below-freezing temps, these pics will instill extreme wanderlust.

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Travel's Best Beach Awards 2014

Now that you’re daydreaming of getting away to somewhere warm, we give you 10 times the beach inspiration with Travel’s Best Beach Awards. To kick off Beach Week, we sifted through the sexiest beaches and island vacations to narrow down the nominees in 10 categories, from Best Family Beach to Best Exotic Beach and everything in between. READ MORE

Beach Week 2014

There are few things we love more than a day at the beach — so we’re celebrating 7 days of sun, surf and sand on TravelChannel.com. Here are 3 ways you can get in on the action:

1) Visit TravelChannel.com and The Traveling Type blog through Sun. March 2 for exclusive beach programming, including The Wild Side of the US Virgin Islands with Kinga Phillips.

2) This year’s Best Beach Awards have been handpicked by our panel of advisors, now it’s your turn. Vote for Best Overall Beach … the winner will be revealed March 3.

3) Last, but not least: We want to see your favorite beach! Share your best beach photos with us on Instagram using hashtag #TCBEACHWEEK for a chance to be featured.

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#TCBEACHWEEK

Beach Week is coming! The snow and ice can’t melt fast enough for most of us — so starting Mon. 2/24 until Sun. 3/2, TravelChannel.com is celebrating the best in beaches. Stay tuned for our Best Beach Award winners, the hottest oceanfront resorts, exclusive video with beach babe, Marianela, and more.

Until then dip your toes in the sand (pun intended) and dig up your best beach photos. Share them with us on Instagram with hashtag #TCBEACHWEEK for a chance to be featured. We want to see your favorite beach!

All submissions are subject to our Terms of Use.

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Go ahead, spread out under these palm trees, that’s what they’re here for.

Daily Escapes!

Gearing up for a beach weekend to celebrate summer’s last hurrah? We hate to rain on your Labor Day beach plans, but with hurricane season in full swing there are a few beaches you might want to avoid. We checked in with the meteorologists at weathertrends360 to get their forecast for the holiday weekend – here are the beaches with the highest risk for storms:

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Showers and thunderstorms are in the forecast for the majority of the weekend. While there may be a day of drier weather, the forecast is definitely not in favor of a sun-filled weekend. If you do get rain, there are still plenty of things to do in Myrtle Beach with the family inside, like touring Ripley’s Aquarium.

Outer Banks, North Carolina

Like Myrtle Beach, the Outer Banks are expected to have more wet days than dry, which could put a damper on the holiday weekend. If you’re stuck indoors, feast on the area’s freshest seafood at Nag’s Head Austin Fish Company or cozy up with clam chowder at Roadside Bar and Grill, a restaurant tucked inside the oldest house in Duck.

Southern Florida

Taking a trip to southern Florida during hurricane season is always a risk, and it’s definitely one we would rather not take this year. With a forecast of above-average tropical activity, it’s best to leave the southern Florida destinations for another year (or another time of year). One of our picks for where to travel in November is Florida. If you can wait for the beach until then, you’ll be rewarded with picture-perfect skies and fewer crowds.

New Orleans

Showers and thunderstorms are in the forecast over the weekend, and like southern Florida, it’s always risky taking a trip to this city on the Gulf during hurricane season. If you are in the Big Easy with stormy weather, you can always head for cover and hear live music most hours of the day at New Orleans’ Coolest Live Music Venues.

South Padre Island, Texas

Planning a trip to South Padre Island over Labor Day? Wet weather over the weekend could keep beachgoers indoors more than they would like. If the weather is iffy, consider a weekend off the beach in Austin or San Antonio, where there’s plenty to do indoors.

 

But it’s not all bad news! Weathertrends360 also gave us their forecast for the best beaches this Labor Day weekend.  One of their top picks? The Jersey Shore. Show your support for the area that was devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Enjoy sunny skies on beaches that have been rapidly rebuilt with the “Jersey Strong” motto.

Where else has a low risk for strong summer storms? Check out weathertrends360 full list of the Best Beaches for Labor Day Weekend.

For more short and long-term weather forecasts, use weathertrends360′s forecast tool.

 

Tonight at 7|6c, an all-new episode of Bikinis & Boardwalks hits Atlantic City, NJ — once home to notorious gangsters — and Hollywood Beach, FL — home to plenty of alligators. Each boardwalk offers it’s own type of bite … it’s up to you to decide which one you want to try.

Atlantic City, NJ

The Basile family has been slinging subs made with prime cuts of meat to the visitors of White House Sub Shop since 1946, and more likely than not, their patrons have included a few gangsters.

Steel Pier was the venue for the Miss America pageant from 1935 through 1938, and it’s been described as “An Amusement City at Sea.” Today, it features more than 25 adrenaline-pumping rides – all jutting right out over the ocean.

Hollywood Beach, FL

The Anne Kolb Nature Center is a 1,501-acre coastal mangrove wetland where you can rent kayaks or canoes to go exploring. Who knows, you might spot one of the threatened or endangered species that calls this reserve home.

Located right on the Intercoastal Waterway, the Le Tub Saloon was noted by GQ Magazine as having the best hamburger. Plus, in the home of the key lime, you can’t go wrong with their key lime pie made fresh on the premises.

Which beach would you rather visit? Tune in tonight at 7|6c to get the lowdown on each spot, then let us know!

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