Naples and Everglades City Finish Top 10 in USA Today Rankings

Cities take honors in “Best Small Town Food Scene” and “Best Small Town for Adventure”

Naples, Fla.(May 18, 2018) –  National news site USA Today has released results from its latest 10Best Readers' Choice travel award contest and both Naples and Everglades City ranked in the top ten in their specific categories. Naples finished ninth in the category of “Best Small Town Food Scene,” while Everglades City finished sixth in the category of “Best Small Town for Adventure.”

Nominees for all categories are chosen by a panel of relevant experts which include a combination of editors from USA TODAY; editors from; relevant expert contributors; and sources for both these media and other Gannett properties. The experts identify the top 20 cities before the ballot is open to the public. To qualify, a city could have a population no bigger than 25,000 people. The contest was then open to the public to vote on his/her favorite city over the course of four weeks, with consumers eligible to vote once per day over the course of 30 days.

“Florida’s Paradise Coast continues to see a rise in visitors year over year, and our local restaurants, attractions and hotels have continued to evolve and get better to meet the demand,” said Jack Wert, Executive Director of Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention & Visitor’s Bureau. “With hundreds of chef-driven and independently owned restaurants, the dining scene in Naples is growing rapidly and notable chefs want to be a part of this emerging culinary city. On the adventure side, the Everglades are one of the hidden gems of Florida and many people don’t realize how accessible the area is from Naples and Marco Island. It’s a great place for adventure seekers of all levels.”

The full rankings for “Best Small Town Food Scene” and “Best Small Town for Adventure” can be found on the USA Today website.

This accolade adds to a list of recent recognitions. In 2016 and 2017, Naples/Marco Island was also:

  • Ranked in top 20 “Best Places to Vacation in Florida” by TripAdvisor
  • Ranked #1 “Happiest-Healthiest City” by Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index
  • Ranked #11 “Happiest City in the U.S.” by National Geographic Explorer
  • Named the “Best Beach Town To Live In” by WalletHub
  • Ranked in the top 10 “Best Adventure Travel Destination in the United States” by U.S. Tourism Quality Index
  • Ranked 3rd in “America’s Favorite Beach Towns” by Travel Leisure
  • Ranked 8th "Best Big City" in the U.S. by Condé Nast Traveler
  • Awarded a 2017 Readers’ Choice Award by ConventionSouth

About Florida’s Paradise Coast
Whether travelers are looking for a romantic escape or family getaway, Florida’s Paradise Coast — Naples, Marco Island, Everglades City and the Gulf Coast portion of  Everglades National Park — has an array of vacation options year-round. With more than 30 miles of soft, white sand beaches, thriving arts and culture scene, distinctive dining, family attractions and the best of outdoor adventure, the Paradise Coast is truly a destination with it all. Located just two hours from Miami, four hours from Orlando and three hours from Tampa, the Paradise Coast is easily accessible from some of Florida’s largest cities. Travelers outside of the Sunshine State can fly into Southwest Florida International Airport, which provides nonstop service to 48 destinations on 15 different air carriers.

For more information about the Paradise Coast, call 800-688-3600 or visit Follow the destination on Twitter and Instagram @ParadiseCoast, and on Facebook at

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