Pismo Beach, Calif. takes second place
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 as of the last census – 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:
- Georgetown, S.C.
- Pismo Beach, Calif.
- Eastport, Maine
- Vermilion, Ohio
- Gulf Shores, Ala.
- Cape May, N.J.
- St. Simons Island, Ga.
- Mystic, Ct.
- Southport, N.C.
- Bayfield, Wis.
A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Marla Cimini (USA TODAY), Beth D'Addono (100 Things To Do in New Orleans Before You Die), Deborah Fallows (Our Towns: A 100,000 Journey into the Heart of America), Eric Grossman, Anna Hider (Roadtrippers), Geneva Ives, Gerrish Lopez, Sherel Purcell and Chelle Koster Walton were chosen based on their knowledge and experience of travel in the United States.
Congratulations to all these winning small towns!License the 10Best Readers' Choice Award Logo