Destination Rankings & Awards

Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Area Rankings, Awards & Accolades 



• WalletHub names Naples the #1 Best Beach Town to Live In.

• Naples is ranked the No. 1 Best Place to Retire in the U.S. by SmartAsset. 

• analyzed and ranked "Boomtown" cities with increasing income and economic growth. Naples tops the list at No. 1. 

• The Naples/Marco Island metro area is ranked #1 for wellbeing in the U.S. for the fourth straight year by Gallup.

• ranks Naples No. 12 overall in the Small Cities category, but the highlight of the ranking is the No. 3 ranking for Place, since it has so much to offer, and No. 2 for Parks & Outdoors, with fishing, paddling and all kinds of on-the-water-tours including mangrove and manatee tours. 


Where to Retire magazine named Naples to its America's 100 Best Places to Retire (sixth edition), and Naples is also on the publication's list of Best Main Street Towns.

• Naples and Marco Island are included in TripAdvisor's "20 Best Places to Vacation in Florida, focusing on rental home vacation properties.

• Naples and the surrounding communities of Marco Island and Immokalee are ranked the No. 1 Happiest, Healthiest U.S. City for the third consecutive year by the Gallup-Sharecare State of American Well-Being Community Rankings. 

• Marco Island is named the Most Educated City in Florida by Insurify.

• Marco Island is ranked as the No. 1 Safest City in Florida by the National Council for Home Safety and Security. 

• WalletHub ranks Naples #2 on the list of Best Beach Towns to Live In.


• SportsEvents Announces Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention & Visitors Bureau as a 2018 Readers’ Choice Award Winner.

• Naples Marco Island and Everglades CVB and the Minto US Open Pickleball Championships have been named 2017 Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism by Sports Destination Management.

• The Naples, Marco Island, Immokalee metropolitan area is ranked at #11 in the "Top 25 Happiest Cities in the United States" ranking in the National Geographic/Blue Zones® Index issued by National Geographic, Gallup and best-selling author and National Geographic Explorer Dan Buettner.

• Naples and the surrounding communities of Marco Island and Immokalee ranked the #1 Happiest, Healthiest U.S. City for the second consecutive year by the Gallup-Heathway’s State of American Well-Being Community Rankings. 

• Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau is awarded the 2017 Reader's Choice Award by ConventionSouth magazine for the fourth time. 

• Naples is named the "Best Beach Town to Live In" by WalletHub.

• Naples and the surrounding metropolitan area is ranked in the "Top 10 Best Adventure Destinations in the United States" by the U.S. Tourism Quality Index. 

• Naples ranked #1 Least Polluted City in the United States by


• Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention & Visitors Bureau Is Honored With Convention South’s Annual Readers’ Choice Award.

• Conde Nast Traveler names Naples at the 8th "Best Big City" in the U.S. – Results were compiled for the entire Florida’s Paradise Coast / Collier County area.

• Naples voted #9 Best Small Town Food Scene by readers at USA Today's 10Best travel section.

• Naples and the surrounding communities of Marco Island and Immokalee ranked the #1 Happiest, Healthiest U.S. City by the Gallup-Heathway’s State of American Well-Being Community Rankings. 

• ranks Naples #10 Best City for Hotels

• Recreational Fishing & Boating Foundation names Everglades National Park #1 Family Fishing Destination for the second year in a row. 


• Two north Naples beaches are on the 2015 Top Ten U.S.A. Beach List by Dr. Beach. Barefoot Beach Preserve County Park is #2 for the second straight year, and Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park is #9, moving up from #10 in 2014.

• J.D. Power released its 2015 North American Airport Satisfaction Study and Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) ranked #1 in the country in the medium airport category.

• Fifth Avenue South voted the #2 Alfresco Dining Neighborhood in the U.S. by readers at USA Today's 10Best travel section.

• Naples Voted at the #1 Best Destination for Luxury Travelers in the U.S. by readers at USA Today's 10Best travel section.

• Naples ranked #15 in the Conde Nast Traveler list of Best Small Citys (U.S.) in the 2015 Reader's Choice Awards.

• Naples #1 on the TripAdvisor vacation rental division's list of 23 Affordable Fall Destinations.

• Two Naples-area beaches are on's list of 10 Best Beaches of Florida's Gulf Coast. Coming in at #1 is Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park and at #3 is Clam Pass County Park.


• Marco Island wins TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice 2014 pick for #1 Island in the U.S. and #4 Island in the World.

• Naples voted #5 favorite golf destination in the U.S. by USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice. 

• Everglades National Park voted 7th Best National Park by USA Todays 10Best Readers' Choice.

2013 and Previous Years

• Florida's Paradise Coast -- Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades was voted 2014 Golf Destination of the Year by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO).

• Marco Island named Top #3 Island in the United States by TripAdvisor's Travelers' Choice 2013

• Naples is named a Top 25 Beach in the U.S., according to TripAdvisor's Travelers’ Choice 2011. Naples is #13 on this list, based on millions of real and unbiased reviews and opinions from travelers around the world.

• U.S. News & World Report honored Naples as one of the 11 Best Relaxing Getaways in the United States,one of the Top 15 Best US Luxury Destinations and one of the Nine Most Relaxing Beaches in the United States.

• Named a 2011 Top 25 Small Cities for Art by American Style Magazine.

• Condé Nast Traveler Magazine named Naples as one of the 20 Best Beaches in America in 2006.

• The Travel Channel designated Naples as America’s Best All-Around Beach in 2005.

• Yahoo! Travel consumers rated Naples as one of their Top Ten Favorite Sandy Spotsin the United States. The results of the poll appeared in the July/August 2003 issue of National Geographic Traveler magazine and at Yahoo! Travel.

• Naples was named The #1 Small Art Town in Americaby author John Villani in his book The 100 Best Art Towns in America.

Hotel Awards

Edgewater Beach Hotel
• 2019 Conde Nast Traveler magazine "Readers Choice Award"

Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club
• 2019 Smart Meetings Magazine "Best Beach Hotel in the Southeast"
• 2017 Meetings Today Magazine’s “Best of the South Award”

AAA/CAA Five Diamond Hotels January 27, 2017
• The Ritz-Carlton, Naples

AAA/CAA Five Diamond Hotels January 15, 2016
• The Ritz-Carlton, Naples

Forbes Travel Guide 2017 Star Award Winners

Five-Star Hotels
• The Ritz-Carlton, Naples

Four-Star Hotels
• Inn on Fifth and Club Level Suites
• The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples

Meetings Awards

• 2017 ConventionSouth Magazine's Annual Readers’ Choice Award.

• 2017 Smart Meetings Platinum Award

•  2016 M&C Gold Service Award

• 2015 Pinnacle award recipient from the readers of successful Meetings Magazine. 

• 2015 M&C Gold Service Award