One South Florida city has a reason to be happy this morning. Naples was just named one of America's best small cities. Coming in at the top five, it is one of eight Florida cities getting high praise in the report.
"Life-affirming sunsets, natural bounty and impressive dining and culture coalesce in a coveted seaside oasis," said Resonance, a marketing and branding website that cultivated the list.
The report ranked this sun-drenched town at number 2 on its list of "Best Small Cities in America." Other Florida cities to make the list were Pensacola, Gainesville, Punta Gorda, Tallahassee, Port St. Lucie, Panama City, and the Villages.
Naples' "life-affirming" amenities and quality of life earned the city the top spot in the "deep Place" category, saying how impressed they were by the many places to go outdoors and beaches to catch a tan.
To bring their point home, they used Barefoot Beach Preserve County Park as the prime example of what makes Naples so special. The list touted its birdlife and undeveloped barrier island to highlight the area's beauty.
They also loved the downtown area. The ranking sang the Naples Pier's praises, which sits right in the heart of the city, describing it and the sunset backdrop as "as perfect an urban escape as you'll find anywhere."
Naples also managed to rank high in other categories. The city's restaurant scene got high marks — a number two ranking, in fact. "Arrive with your hunger and credit card," they wrote.
The city also did well in the culture department, ranking number five in Museum. Leading the city to this ranking was the Marco Island Historical Museum, which tells the story of this luxurious island off Naples' mainland.
This is just the latest feather in the cap for the Naples area when it comes to rankings. This town is used to being lauded with praise, from WalletHub naming the city the "Best Beach Town To Live In," to routinely making the "Best Place to Retire list."
So chalk this one up as yet another huge win for Naples. The city that claimed the top spot was Reno, Nevada. Hey, you can't be Marsha all the time.