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Fernandina Beach Named #4 “Happiest Seaside Town” by Coastal Living

Jul 07, 2017 02:00AM
Fernandina Beach was named one of “America’s Happiest Seaside Towns” by readers of Coastal Living magazine, finishing in the #4 spot. Rounding out the Top 10 list are destinations such as Hilton Head, South Carolina, Cape May, New Jersey, Camden, Maine, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, and Sarasota, the only other Florida town to make the list in the magazines’ sixth annual competition.

“Year after year, Fernandina Beach’s storied past, historic downtown, quiet beaches and quaint, coastal culture continue to charm visitors,” said Gil Langley, president and CEO of the Amelia Island Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We’re delighted that readers of this top magazine have recognized the warmth and Southern hospitality our happy little seaside town embodies.”

The 2017 finalists were selected by Coastal Living editors based on past inclusion in magazines, as well as nominations garnered through social media. The criteria included the town’s rank on the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, percentage of clear and sunny days, healthiness of beaches, commute times, walkability, crime ratings, standard of living, financial well-being of the locals, geographic diversity, and Coastal Living editors’ assessment of each town’s overall “coastal vibe.” The full list of Happiest Seaside Towns is available at www.coastalliving.com.