TripAdvisor, Inc., the world’s largest travel site, has ranked The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel as No. 3 on its list of top 15 U.S. destinations on the rise for 2012 based on feedback fromTripAdvisor travelers and editors.
Lee County follows No. 1 Nashville, Tenn. and No. 2 Austin, Texas on the diverse list of top destinations that according to TripAdvisor have shown a “remarkable increase in traveler reviews on TripAdvisor.com over the last year.”
Lee County outranked Pensacola (No. 5) and St. Augustine (No. 9) as the only other Florida destinations on the list.
In summarizing the Lee County destination, TripAdvisor said, “Most visitors go to Fort Myers for the deep-sea fishing, the golf courses and the famous white sand beaches that line the Gulf Coast. Attractions include the winter estates of Henry Ford and Thomas Edison, as well as nearby Naples and the islands of Sanibel and Captiva.”
Last year, TripAdvisor also ranked Sanibel and Captiva islands high in its inaugural 2011 Travelers’ Choice Beach awards.
In the “Top 25 Beaches in the World” category, Sanibel Island ranked No. 16, while on the “Top 25 Beaches in the United States” list, Sanibel Island was rated No. 6 and Captiva Island came in at No. 8.