Online voting began today for Coastal Living’s annual list of America’s “Happiest Seaside Towns.”
The Time Inc. publication narrowed down its 2016 list to a top 10 that will now be ranked by the public:
- Capitola, CA
- Fairhope, AL
- Hermosa Beach, CA
- Hilo, HI
- Portland, ME
- Rehoboth Beach, DE
- Seaside, OR
- Stuart, FL
- Sturgeon Bay, WI
- Sullivan’s Island, SC
“Nestled among volcanoes, waterfalls, and rain forests on the Big Island, Hilo (population 43,263) has it all: museums, galleries, boutiques, one of the world’s leading producers of macadamia nuts, and a renowned hula festival,” the publication writes.Click here to view the list and vote for your favorite.
The public can vote through midnight PST on Jan. 25. Coastal Living will reveal the No.1 Happiest Seaside Town via social media and online on April 5, and feature the ranked towns in the May issue of Coastal Living on newsstands April 15.Haleiwa was a finalist last year and came in eighth place.
To choose the 2016 finalists for “America’s Happiest Seaside Towns,” Coastal Living editors begin by reviewing more than 300 destinations that have been lauded in the past as Coastal Living Dream Towns or nominated by people via social media. Coastal Living then collects each town’s rank on the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, percentage of sunny days, air quality, healthiness of beaches, commute times, crime ratings, walkability, standard of living and financial well-being of the locals, geographic diversity, and Coastal Living editors’ assessment of each town’s “coastal vibe.”