For people of means in Florida, it’s considered essential to be able to spend part of one’s summer outside the muggy conditions that permeate the Sunshine State.
But what about the rest of us? According to Wallethub.com, some of the best places to enjoy a “staycation” are right here in Florida, with Tampa and St. Petersburg among the top ten such locations around the nation.
The website ranked 150 cities in all, and there are four cities in Florida that make the Top 10 list: Orlando is number one, Fort Lauderdale is second, Tampa is third and St. Pete is listed ninth.
WalletHub’s analysts compared the cities across three main dimensions: 1) recreation, 2) Food and entertainment and 3) Rest & Relaxation.
Tampa ranked 2nd in the nation under the rest and relaxation category.
What constitutes what makes a community the best in that category? WalletHub gives points for 1) the cost of house-cleaning service, 2) beauty-salon costs, 3) number of wellness and spa centers per capita, 4) number of public beaches per capita and 5) it’s summer weather ranking.
Rounding out the top ten staycation cites are 4) Salt Lake City, 5) Scottsdale, 6) Atlanta, 7) Las Vegas, 8) Minneapolis and 10) Honolulu.