Some people will have already heard of Frommer’s, but for those not in the know, Frommer’s is a guidebook series and one of the bestselling travel guides in America. It all began back in 1957 with the publication of Arthur Frommer’s book, Europe on $5 a Day. Since then, Frommer’s has expanded to include over 350 guidebooks across 14 series, as well as other media including the award winning Frommers.com website which covers over 3,500 destinations.
So, when Frommer’s announced on December 1st, 2009 that the Florida Panhandle was ranked among its top 12 worldwide destinations for 2010, this was a tremendous recognition, and one that should guarantee a huge boost in tourism to our area in the coming months. Our fabulous area is no stranger to awards of course, but this particular list of fellow contenders is impressive, as we’re up there with Hawaii’s Big Island, Melbourne in Australia, and even Paris, France. It’s no wonder – Panama City Beach and Florida’s Panhandle boasts picture-perfect beaches, world-class shopping, dining and entertainment, and is more accessible and affordable than ever. We offer a unique vacation destination in that Panama City and the Panhandle of Florida is home to beaches that rival any of the more exotic locales, yet the area is also bursting with family-friendly attractions, cost-effective accommodations, and a down-home attitude.
The actual article by Lesley Abravanel on the Frommer’s website reads as follows:
“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.”