Three Florida cities make the top 5 most desired vacation destinations in the world

The most booked attractions in Florida may shock you (Disney World didn’t even make the cut)

Casa Marina Resort in Key West. Photo by Nicole Lopez-Alvar. (Courtesy of Nicole Lopez-Alvar)

SOUTH FLORIDA, Fla. – It may come as no surprise to those of us who call the Sunshine State home that folks who live in Northern states dream of sunny summers along the sandy shores of Florida.

However, what may come as a shock to some is that in regards to summer travel, three Florida cities beat popular travel destinations like Tulum, Las Vegas, Cabo San Lucas, and even Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic.

According to a new report by Tripadvisor, Orlando, Miami Beach, and Key West are in the top five most popular vacation destinations in the world.

Beach destinations continue to shine this summer, with travelers most interested in sunny Florida and Mexico. Their choice of where to stay reiterates that desire: the most popular accommodation types for 2021 summer trips are all-inclusives and beach resorts.

The top five most desired vacation locations for those traveling from the U.S. are:

  1. Cancun, Mexico
  2. Orlando, Florida
  3. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
  4. Key West, Florida
  5. Miami Beach, Florida

In Orlando, the most booked attraction is the SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium, and the most highly rated restaurant is La Luce. In Miami Beach, the most booked experience is a “City Half Day Tour of Miami by Bus with Sightseeing Cruise” and the most highly rated restaurant is il Pastaiolo. In Key West, the most popular experiences are a “Key West Sunset Sail with Full Bar, Live Music & Hors D’oeuvres” and a meal at the Seaside Cafe at the Mansion.

According to the study, over two-thirds of Americans (67%) are planning to travel this summer from June 1 - August 31, which is a 17% increase from those who traveled this spring.

The findings also show that millennials are the most excited to get back out there, with the vast majority (72%) of the generation planning trips. Although many still plan to drive to their destination (43%), 19% plan to fly, up 4% from this spring.

Of those planning to travel, 74% of Americans will take a domestic trip in 2021 and 13% will travel internationally.

Globally, Americans are the biggest summer spenders, planning to spend 9% more than the average traveler around the world.