Move over L.A., Miami and Honolulu! Our 10 winners for Best Coastal Small Town – each with a population of fewer than 25,000 people – offer uncrowded, unpretentious and affordable seaside fun in small packages that prove bigger isn't always better.
The top 10 winners in the category Best Coastal Small Town are as follows:
- Ogunquit, Maine
- St. Simons Island, Ga.
- Fernandina Beach, Fla.
- Rockport, Texas
- Saugatuck, Mich.
- Chincoteague, Va.
- Port Townsend, Wash.
- Tybee Island, Ga.
- Gulf Shores, Ala.
- Bayfield, Wis.
A panel of experts picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Larry Bleiberg (LarryBleiberg.com), Deborah Fallows (American Futures), Anna Hider (Roadtrippers), Libby McMillan and the 10Best team of Local Experts were chosen based on their extensive knowledge of American travel.
RELATED WINNERS: 2015 Best Coastal Small Town
Other nominees in the category Best Coastal Small Town included Beaufort, S.C.; Cannon Beach, Ore.; Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif.; Duck, N.C.; Portsmouth, N.H.; Rehoboth Beach, Del.; Sanibel Island, Fla.; St. Michaels, Md.; Sullivan's Island, S.C. and Traverse City, Mich.
Congratulations to all our winning coastal small towns!License the 10Best Readers' Choice Award Logo