Nordquist’s Top-Three Tampa/St. Petersburg Options
Top vote: Users of TripAdvisor.com names Fort De Soto Park in Tierra Verde the best beach in America for two years in a row thanks to pristine white sand beaches and tranquil atmosphere.
Hospitality: St. Pete Beach offers full accommodations. If you want to relax but need all of the comfort creatures available, pitch your umbrella here.
Something special: Clearwater Beach―the name really says it all. Clear gulf waters. Done.
Brian Yaeger is the author of Red, White and Brew: An American Beer Odyssey. He homebrews in San Francisco and if you have an intact bottle of Ring of Fire, beer mail him at byaeger on the communal sites or at firstname.lastname@example.org.