LONGBOAT KEY, Fla. (October 25, 2010) – Longboat Key, Florida has been named the #3 North American island in the Conde Nast Traveler’s 2010 Readers’ Choice Awards. This is the first year Longboat Key has been ranked in the awards’ Top 50 island destinations, finishing ahead of several southeast favorites including Amelia Island, Fla., Hilton Head, S.C., and St. Simons Island, Ga.
“It is quite an honor for Longboat Key to make such a great showing in its debut in the coveted Readers’ Choice Awards,” said Elliott Falcione, interim executive director, Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We’re grateful to all our loyal visitors who provide such a strong endorsement for the destination.”
Readers in the survey evaluated their favorite island destinations on activities, atmosphere/ambience, beaches, friendliness, lodging, restaurants, and scenery. Out of a possible 100 points, Longboat Key scored 80.3, making it the highest ranked island in Florida.
The awards are based on the results of the Readers’ Choice Survey, in which more than 25,000 travelers voted this year. Winners will be published in the November issue of the magazine.
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About Anna Maria Island & Longboat Key
Ideally located between Sarasota and Tampa Bay, Anna Maria Island & Longboat Key, and on the mainland, Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch, form a magical margin along Florida’s beautiful southwest coast with their small town, Old Florida charm, breath-taking scenery, funky dining and shopping districts, and miles of sugar-white sands.
The Bradenton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau promotes tourism to Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key, Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch through domestic and international advertising, public relations and marketing efforts. For more information, call (941) 729-9177, ext. 231 or visit www.AnnaMariaIsland-LongboatKey.com.