St Ives has been named fifth in the emerging destinations list in Tripadvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best awards.

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The awards reveal where travellers ventured in 2020, while travel was open, as well as where they dream of going while the pandemic keeps them stuck at home.

St Ives is the only UK destination to be featured in the emerging destinations list. Topping the list is the Caribbean island of Martinique, followed by Panama City Beach in the United States, and Brazil’s Armacao dos Buzios.

Hayley Coleman, of Tripadvisor, said: “These are destinations that travellers want to visit next — whether an existing tourism gem, or an off-the-radar spot not yet firmly on the map for international travellers.

“It is no secret that St Ives is a well-loved and long established tourist haven, with its picturesque harbour, beautiful beaches, and buzzing art scene, but its place on this list shows just how much travellers are missing it and longing to visit again, once covid-19 restrictions ease.”