Sanibel Island – “Happiest Seaside Towns” 2013




New York, NY (May 07, 2013) – Sanibel Island, Florida places third in Coastal Living’s second annual list of “America’s Happiest Seaside Towns.” The complete list of the 10 best places to live by the sea, as ranked by consumers, is featured in the June 2013 issue of Coastal Living, on newsstands May 17th.

Coastal Living editors unveiled their list of the 10 “Happiest Seaside Towns” in the February 2013 issue and invited America to vote for their favorite. Consumers could vote hourly from January 10 to February 28 online or via smartphone. Fans rallied around their favorite towns and voted often. Beaufort came in first  place followed by Harwich Port, Massachusetts then Sanibel Island.

“It was incredible to see such enthusiasm from our readers,” said Coastal Living Editor-in-Chief Antonia van der Meer. “People take great pride in their home towns and we at Coastal Living are thrilled to share their happy little secret with the rest of America.”

Coastal Living chose its 2013 “America’s Happiest Seaside Towns” finalists based on criteria that included ranking on the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, percentage of sunny days, healthiness of beaches, commute times, walkability, standard of living and financial well-being of the locals, geographic diversity, and an editorial assessment of “coastal vibe.” Coastal locations named as “America’s Happiest Seaside Towns” in 2012 were not eligible to make the current list.

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