The U.S. Tourism Quality Index Ranks Naples as a Top Outdoor Adventure Destination

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Photographers are drawn to the variations in ecosystems in the expansive Big Cypress Swamp in the Gulf Coast Everglades region.

By JoNell Modys

The U.S. Tourism Quality Index has released the 2017 list of top U.S. Sports & Adventure Vacation Destinations and Naples is No. 9 on the list. The survey was conducted by Resonance, which reviewed the performance of destinations on travel website TripAdvisor.

Resonance's methodology was based on the number of "very good" or "excellent" reviews a destination received on TripAdvisor in the Outdoor Activities and Boat Tours & Water Sports categories when calculating the rankings for Sports & Adventure destinations.

“The white sand beaches and clear, calm waters in Naples serve as an outstanding backdrop for adventure activities, from stand-up paddle boarding and jet skiing to classic coastal favorites like boating and fishing” said Jack Wert, executive director of Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention & Visitor’s Bureau. “And with Naples’ proximity to Everglades National Park, Big Cypress National Preserve and the Ten Thousand Islands, visitors and locals have the flexibility to experience more off-the-grid adventures like multi-day kayak expeditions, wilderness hikes or exploration of the pristine cypress swamps in pole boats or on giant swamp buggies.”

The Hawaiian island of Oahu topped the list at No. 1. Other Florida cities to make the Top 10 include No. 5 Destin and No. 6 Miami. The full report can be downloaded at

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