By The Frommer’s Staff
(full article linked here)
We’re excited to announce this year’s list of top destinations. As in years past, they represent a mix of emerging spots, under-appreciated cities, and places we think you need to experience before they’re overrun by tourist crowds. While authors and editors again contributed their suggestions, this year we reached out for some additional advice: During October and November readers from around the world nominated their favorites and then voted for this year’s inaugural Reader Favorite. The one element that connects all of these? We can’t wait to go….
Below, are the other destinations which fill out the top 12:
Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Hawaii (the Big Island), United States
Salta Province, Argentina
Isles of Scilly, England
Mexico City, Mexico
Florida Panhandle Beaches, United States
Like the Rodney Dangerfield of the American Southeast, Florida’s panhandle never gets the respect it deserves. Dubbed the “Redneck Riviera” by dismissive northerners, northwest Florida, in fact, contains some of the most diverse recreation choices along Florida’s drastically under-appreciated Gulf coast, and some of the best options for visitors seeking an affordable family vacation. From Destin to the west, where you can hire a fishing or sailing charter, to the smattering of National Seashores as you move east, there’s really something for everyone. Seaside’s planned community is so “perfect” it was the setting for the The Truman Show, yet you’ll also find old-school Florida towns with funky shops, tiny hotels, pristine beaches, and the perfect cottage to rent.
“Stunning beaches, nature trails … great restaurants, and a cozy, yet quirky, sense of community.” — Lesley Abravanel, author Frommer’s Florida