The magazine’s editors noted in the beach towns ranking that the “tiny resort town on the Gulf Coast has long been a favorite destination for the jetsetters that prefer quiet relaxation over the glitzy see-and-be-seen parties of Miami.” Naples was the highest rated Florida city on the beach towns list, beating out other popular beach spots including Sarasota (#8) and Sanibel Island (#4).
On the list of America’s Favorite Towns, editors noted that Naples ranked for “being quiet, safe, and relaxing. Plus, it scored perfectly for two non-stressful activities – boutique shopping (like the galleries and shops along Fifth Avenue South and Third Street South) and spas.”
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“It’s truly an honor to be recognized by such a travel-savvy readership as one of the country’s best beach towns and as one of the best towns overall” said Jack Wert, Executive Director of Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention & Visitor’s Bureau. “Not only do travelers appreciate our world-class beaches and diverse array of cultural offerings, but also the overall relaxing vibes that only Naples can offer.”
Travel + Leisure’s America’s Favorite Places survey opened on 10/8/2015 and closed on 04/15/2016. It was open to everyone, and ran alongside a sweepstakes. The open-response survey asked respondents to submit their favorite place and rate it in over 65 categories, including affordability, notable restaurants, and public parks. After discarding incomplete ballots and cities that received less than 20 votes, each entry was ranked according to an average score.