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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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Koh Samui, Koh Tao, Thailand (Photo Courtesy of Getty Images)

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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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

#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!

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Best Beach Awards 2012

It’s resort season and it’s a safe bet you’ve spent time daydreaming of relaxing somewhere with your toes in the sand. Just when you want to escape to warmer temps, Travel Channel releases its first-ever Best Beach Awards. We sifted through hundreds of hot beaches and island vacations to bring you the 2012 nominees in 10 categories:

1. Best Party Beach
2. Best Family Beach
3. Best Romantic Beach
4. Sexiest Beach
5. Best Beach Bars
6. Best Beach You Haven’t Heard of … Yet
7. Best Beach for Adventure
8. Best Exotic Beach
9. Best Scenic Beach
10. Best Beach Boardwalks

But the Best Overall Beach is up to you!

1. Siesta Key, Florida
2. St. Lucia
3. Lahaina Beach, Maui
4. Cabo San Luca, Mexico

Vote in the poll and enter for a chance to win your own escape to St. Lucia. Tune in starting Saturday, Jan. 14 @ 2|1c as the winners are unveiled all weekend.

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