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Travel Experts and Consumers Give Southwest Florida Paradise Coast High Marks on Numerous "Best Lists and Reader Polls"

Naples, Fla. (April 20, 2012) Travel experts, online travel site users and magazine editors and readers have consistently given high rankings and praise to Florida's Paradise Coast which includes Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades. Here is a list of some of these prestigious rankings.

May 27, 2013 Wall Street Journal Market Watch ranks Marco Island #5 in Top Ten best places to buy a vacation home

Trip Advisor's Traveler's Choice 2013: Naples ranked #24 in Best Destinations in the United States

Trip Advisor's Top Islands 2013: Marco Island #3

Smithsonian Magazine

2012 The 20 Best Small Towns in America
Naples is #9 on this prestigious list of culturally rich small American towns


2012 10 Best Places to Retire in the U.S.
MarketWatch editors and researchers at rank Naples as the #3 spot to retire

Florida Travel + Life magazine

2011 Top 15 Secret Islands in Florida
Marco Island is included on this elite list.

U.S. News & World Report

2011 Best Florida Beaches
Naples is ranked #2 in Florida.

U.S. News & World Report

2011 Most Relaxing Beaches in the USA and Caribbean
Naples is ranked #5.

U.S. News & World Report

2011 Best Relaxing Getaways in the USA
Naples is ranked #5.

U.S. News & World Report

2011 Best U.S. Luxury Destinations
Naples is ranked #7.


2011 TravelersChoice Poll Top 25 Beaches in the USA
Naples is ranked #13.

University of Wisconsin

2011 and 2010 Healthiest Florida County
Collier County (including Naples, Marco Island and Everglades City) is selected as the #1 healthiest county in Florida for two straight years.

Southern Living

April 2010 Top Ten Secret Beaches of the South
Keewaydin Island, located between Naples and Marco Island, is included with a very positive editorial.

Birder's World

2010 Readers Favorite Places to Watch Warblers
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is #6.

Birder's World

2010 Readers Favorite Places to Watch Hawks
Everglades National Park is # 3.
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is #8.

Birder's World

2010 Readers Favorite Places to Watch Owls
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is #5.
Everglades National Park is #7.

Birder's World

2009 Reader's Favorite Places to Watch Eagles
Everglades National Park is #11.

2008 Best Places for a Long Life
Collier County ranked #4 in the USA.

AARP The Magazine

2008 - Top 10 Healthiest Cities to Live and Retire
The Naples/Marco Island metropolitan area is ranked #10 in the USA.

Coastal Living

2007 Top Romantic Escapes
Naples was listed #1 worldwide.

American Shore and Beach Preservation Association

2007 America's Top Restored Beaches
Collier County, Fla. beaches were included in this list of seven restored beaches for 2007.

America's Top Ten Beaches - Dr. Beach

2006 America's Top Ten Beaches list as determined by Dr. Beach
Barefoot Beach, located north of downtown Naples, was named #10 on the list in 2006.

Condé Nast Traveler

2006 20 Best Beaches in America
Naples is included on this list with an excellent editorial review.

Travel Channel

2005 America's Best All-Around Beach
Naples was selected by a panel of top national editors as America's Best All-Around Beach, the top beach designation for 2005.

The 100 Best Art Towns in America, by John Villani

Naples named the #1 Small Art Town in America


2005 Top Ten Less Traveled Beaches
Barefoot Beach is included on the list.

Florida Monthly

2005 Best of Florida Awards
Clyde Butcher named Best Florida Artist.

Yahoo! Travel
2003 User Poll in conjunction with National Geographic Traveler

Top Ten USA Beaches
Naples is selected as one of the Top Ten Beaches.

Birder's World

2002 Reader's 15 Favorite Birding Destinations in the U.S. and Canada
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary and Everglades National Park are named to this list