Orlando Lands Top Spot For Stay-Cation Once Again

You don’t have to get away to really “get away” if you’re in need of a summer escape. And we don’t mean getting lost in your imagination or a gripping novel, however far such avenues could lead you. Rather, a “staycation” might be in order, especially for those who aren’t inclined to drive or fly long distances — or can’t afford to use their vacation time, which is the unfortunate case for a third of those who work.

But certain cities are obviously more conducive to a staycation than others. From recreation opportunities to the cost of relaxation, there are a number of factors to consider when deciding whether to leave home or bring vacation to your front door.

With summer upon us and nearly two-thirds of Americans planning to stay local this year, WalletHub’s number crunchers compared the 150 largest cities based on 28 key metrics to find the most enjoyable and wallet-friendly staycation spots in America.

Orlando once again landed the top spot in the U.S. for staycations, according to WalletHub. That's great news for those who are among the nearly 66 percent of Americans not planning to take a vacation this year, WalletHub reported.

WalletHub compared the 150 of the largest U.S. cities based on 28 key metrics to find the most enjoyable and wallet-friendly staycation spots in America. Here's where Orlando ranked first, mostly in ties with other cities:

  • Number of public golf courses per capita
  • Number of zoos and aquariums per capita
  • Number of spas and wellness centers per capita
  • Number of nightlife options per capita
  • Number of shopping centers per capita
  • Number of cultural attractions (theater and concerts) per capita
  • Number of beer gardens per capita

And if you're wondering where we didn't fare so well, Orlando ranked 38th for cost of house-cleaning service and 64th for number of tennis courts per capita.

Check out the full WalletHub report



Garry Walmsley

The perfect blend of British personality and American drive, Garry brings his genuine, detailed and competitive approach to the World's #1 Vacation Destination. Born in Hampshire, Garry thrived in School and Sports, spending many of his younger years traveling around the golf courses of the United Kingdom prior to turning professional in 1989. After what he describes as a "less than desired outcome" for this results orientated individual, he turned to the Golf Industry where he learned many of the traits that he acknowledges in his success today. It was during this time that he made his move to Orlando, which he has called "home" since 2000. Garry believes that his clients are the most important part of his business. He knows that dealing with property means that he's really dealing with people. He combines a determination to fulfill their goals with the ability to hear what they say. The aim is always to develop long-term relationships and offer an honest and transparent real estate service to best serve the interests of those he represents. Garry has proven that his exceptional service and attention to each and every one of his clients is the recipe to his success. Working with Global Real Estate Services, a dynamic organization with a forward thinking outlook, Garry is able to provide his clients with a full-service Real Estate experience, safe in the knowledge that this company with a 21 year history, is the leader in Vacation Home Rentals, Management and Sales. Credentials; - Licensed REALTOR® - Member of National Association of REALTORS® - Member of Florida Association REALTORS® - Member of Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association