Visit Pensacola is excited to announce that Pensacola, Fla. has been named one of Conde Nast Traveler’s “Top 10 Best Small Cities” for 2023 in the 36th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards. Announced October 3, Pensacola was selected in the Top 10 following more than 500,000 reader-voted submissions. This accolade celebrates what Pensacolians and visitors to the destination have long known, that Pensacola is The Way to Beach™. 

"We are so grateful to receive this distinction from Conde Nast Traveler readers as one of the country's Top 10 Small Cities," said Darien Schaefer, President and CEO of Visit Pensacola. "We take pride in sharing what our sunny destination has to offer, from our signature white sands and emerald waters, booming culinary scene, extensive history being America’s First Settlement, to our welcoming southern hospitality. We have so much appreciation for the travelers and readers who took the time to vote for our destination, as well as those who have previously visited and plan to experience Pensacola for themselves!” 

The Conde Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards are the most important awards in the travel industry, celebrating the ultimate destinations across the world. The annual survey encourages readers to vote on their favorite destinations, hotels, cruises, resorts, and more, celebrating what makes each destination a must-visit, special place. To read more about the winners of the 36th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards, visit here.

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About Visit Pensacola

Visit Pensacola is the destination organization for Escambia County which includes Pensacola, Pensacola Beach and Perdido Key. With over 460 years of rich history and 18 miles of sugar-white sand beaches bordered by the emerald-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico, visitors from all over the world are lured to our pristine shores every year. Visit Pensacola supports the community vision of tourism by serving as the central body responsible for building tourism as an economic engine for our community through leadership, connection, collaboration and communication.