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Happiest Seaside Towns, According To Coastal Living Magazine (PHOTOS)

Posted: 05/14/2012 3:32 pm

Chatham

Coastal Living magazine just released its first ever list of America's happiest seaside towns.

The magazine's editor-in-chief, Antonia van der Meer, said in a statement: “By ranking the top 15 happiest seaside communities, we draw attention to places where life is good and the beach is close by. These towns boast a blend of such criteria as sunny days, walkable neighborhoods, easy commute times, healthy beaches, and more—plus that indescribable coastal vibe.”

The list was tallied from the magazine's existing "Dream Towns" list and was supplemented by the Gallup-Healthways Index, which ranks towns based on percentage of sunny and clear days, healthiness of beaches, average commute times, crime, and diversity, among other factors.

There are 15 towns on the list, 4 of which are in California. While the California coast line is epically beautiful, do you think that there are other towns that Coastal Living missed?

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  • #10 Lahaina, Hawaii

    <em>©Dominique Vorillon for Coastal Living 2012</em>

  • #9 Jupiter Island, FL

  • #8 Chatham, MA

    Flickr: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/heardsy/4990682496/sizes/l/in/photostream/" target="_hplink">Mark Heard</a>

  • #7 Half Moon Bay, CA

  • #6 Laguna Beach, CA

    ©Matthew Gilson for Coastal Living 2012

  • #5 Tiburon, CA

  • #4 Lake Bluff, IL

    <em>©Matthew Gilson for Coastal Living 2012</em>

  • #3 Sausalito, CA

  • #2 Naples, FL

    <em>©James Schwabel for Coastal Living 2012</em>

  • #1 Kiawah Island, SC

  • Ogunquit, Maine

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/thebestbeach"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://i.huffpost.com/profiles/1760026-tiny.png?20110527181011" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/thebestbeach">thebestbeach</a>:<br />I think Ogunquit, Maine is one of the happiest beach towns in the U.S.

  • Stonington, CT

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/ehaberek"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/563194531/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/ehaberek">ehaberek</a>:<br />Stonington CT

  • "OB"

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Pema"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://i.huffpost.com/profiles/229717-2-tiny.png?20110721190553" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Pema">Pema</a>:<br />Known to locals as "OB",Ocean Beach is nestled in San Diego, the last free spirit beach town in California.

  • Carmel, California

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/tlange6622"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/winlive_profile_img/2942345.png" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/tlange6622">tlange6622</a>:<br />Scenic Drive along Carmel Beach.

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