I don't argue with TripAdvisor's choice of St. Petersburg Beach being one of the best beaches in the country. But No. 1? I don't think so. In my youth, I spent several years on St. Petersburg Beach, even before it became a tourist magnet, when the sand blew into your face and your hamburger as you ate lunch in the old restaurant on the water's edge. But that was then and this is now. For the last 30 years, my wife and I have enjoyed walking Siesta Beach in Sarasota and swimming in the 87-degree Gulf of Mexico. The last time I looked, Siesta Beach was ranked as the No. 2 beach in Florida, behind celebrity-crazed South Beach in Miami. You can't beat Siesta...two miles of white and fluffy sand from end to end. The city beach is always crowded, well supervised with plenty of food for hungry sun-bathers. We have stayed at Siesta Dunes Resort since the 1970s. There is nothing more refreshing and invigorating than walking the beach early in the morning, then sitting in the surf and "cooling off" in the warm seawater before avoiding the hot noon-day sun and going to lunch at Marina Jack's.