Naples isn’t just a place to eat, shop and sit on the beach.
It’s also a great place for adventure, according to the U.S. Tourism Quality Index.
The index ranks Naples No. 9 on this year’s list of the top U.S. Sports & Adventure Vacation Destinations.
The survey, conducted by Resonance, reviewed the performance of destinations on travel website TripAdvisor. The rankings are based on the number of “very good” and “excellent” reviews a destination received in the outdoor activities and boat tours and water sports categories.
“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, in a statement.
“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,” he said.
No. 1 on the list? The Hawaiian island of Oahu. Other Florida cities making the Top 10 list include Destin (No. 5) and Miami (No. 6).
Top 20 Cities for Sports & Adventure
1. Oahu Island
2. Maui Island
3. Hawaii Island
4. San Diego
7. Orange County
8. Tampa/St. Petersburg