And the Happiest Seaside Town Is?

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Time Inc.’s Coastal Living, the leading authority on coastal home and travel, announced that Southport, North Carolina, has been named America’s Happiest Seaside Town 2015.

Southport received the most online votes among 10 finalists in the Coastal Living fourth annual ranking of America’s Happiest Seaside Towns.

Coastal Living editors unveiled the list of the top 10 America’s Happiest Seaside Towns in the March issue and invited the public to vote for its favorite town. Fans rallied, voting Southport, North Carolina, first place, followed by Venice, Florida; Delray Beach, Florida; Narragansett, Rhode Island; and Ocean Springs, Mississippi; rounding out the top five.

“I’m thrilled to extend my congratulations to Southport, North Carolina, on being named America’s Happiest Seaside Town,” said Coastal Living Editor Steele Marcoux. “The residents of Southport put their hometown pride on display in a make-you-smile video encouraging people to spread the word about the competition. The town charms residents and visitors alike with its picturesque setting on the Cape Fear River, sprawling oak trees, and quaint art galleries, shops, and cafés. Now’s the time to visit Southport, as well as all 10 of these cheerful beach towns!”

Coastal Living America’s Happiest Seaside Towns 2015, in ranked order:

  1. Southport, NC
  2. Venice, FL
  3. Delray Beach, FL
  4. Narragansett, RI
  5. Ocean Springs, MS
  6. Tybee Island, GA
  7. Monterey, CA
  8. Wellfleet, MA
  9. Portsmouth, NH
  10. Corona del Mar, CA

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