What is the Most Visitor-Friendly City in Florida?

L. Cane

Most people enjoy being treated in a friendly manner. Being greeted with kindness, being treated with respect, and demonstrating basic pleasantries are all things one arguably associates with southern hospitality and friendliness. Although many Floridians would like to live in a place where everyone in Florida is friendly, some places are arguably more friendly than others.

Determining the Most Friendly Cities in Florida: The Criteria: The website Trips to Discover wanted to know which cities its readers considered the most visitor-friendly in Florida. So it surveyed its monthly readers and Facebook users to find out. Cities were evaluated by vote counts, whether a city was considered to have helpful locals, and whether it was easy to navigate, and seemed safe.

What Were Some of the Highlights of the Survey?: It turned out that respondents had strong opinions about cities in which they didn't live. 79% of recipients voted for a city that wasn't home, and 126 cities were represented in total.

Which Cities Were Considered the Most Visitor-Friendly in Florida?: Orlando came in first place in this survey, with some recipients noting that the city is friendly and clean. Miami came in second. Some recipients said that Miami's culture made them feel at home. St. Augustine came in 3rd.

The Rest of the List: Only a few cities can make the top of the list, but 17 more cities rounded out the list of the top 20 of what was considered the friendliest to visitors. They were as follows:

1. Orlando

2. Miami

3. St. Augustine

4. Key West

5. Tampa

6. Sarasota

7. St. Petersburg

8. Fort Lauderdale

9. Clearwater

10. Destin

11. Jacksonville

12. Pensacola

13. Panama City

14. Daytona Beach

15. Cocoa Beach

16. Jupiter

17. Naples

18. West Palm Beach

19. Kissimmee

20. Sanibel

Cities with the Best Feedback: The above cities were considered the friendliest cities when one considered respondent votes. However, different cities received the most positive feedback about helpful locals, ease of movement, and safety. Those cities were as follows:

1. Jupiter

2. (tie) St. Petersburg

2. (tie) Sarasota

4. Pensacola

5. Naples

6. St. Augustine

7. West Palm Beach

8. Tampa

9. Key West

10. Daytona Beach

11. Kissimmee

12. Destin

13. Clearwater

14. Panama City

15. Jacksonville

16. Cocoa Beach

17. Fort Lauderdale

18. Miami

19. Orlando

20. Sanibel

Additional Data: Trips to Discover is one source of data, but one can always seek out more data for additional information. The Freedom Channel has listed what it felt were the four friendliest places in Florida. They were Jupiter, Sarasota, Ft. Lauderdale, and the Villages. The website Only Florida has mentioned Gulfport as the friendliest town in Florida. And according to Visit Florida, historic Havana is known as "Florida's friendliest town."

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