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From bustling seaports lining the East Coast to tropical communities dotting the Hawaiian Islands, seaside towns are the ultimate places to relax and unwind. In celebration of the best places to work and play by the sea, Coastal Living reveals its second annual list of “America’s Happiest Seaside Towns,” an exclusive roundup of the happiest places to live along the coasts of the United States. Readers will determine the winner. Rally around your favorite seaside town or vacation destination and vote hourly from January 10 to February 28 on or via smartphone by downloading the free Digimarc Discover app and scanning the image of your town of choice in the February 2013 issue. Coastal Living will reveal local hot spots and top travel tips along with its ranked list of “America’s Happiest Seaside Towns” in the June 2013 issue, on newsstands May 17.

"We're thrilled to present the 2013 list of  'America's Happiest Seaside Towns' and are excited to involve our enthusiastic fans in the voting process this year to rank the towns and reveal the #1 happiest spot by the shore," said Coastal Living Editor-in-Chief Antonia van der Meer. "If you can't live in one of these blissful towns, we suggest you plan a visit."

Coastal Living announces “America’s Happiest Seaside Towns” 2013 (in alphabetical order):

Beaufort, SC
Harwich Port, MA
Kennebunkport, ME
La Jolla, CA
Newport, RI
Paia Town, Maui, HI
Pescadero, CA
Rowayton, CT
Sag Harbor, NY
Sanibel Island, FL

Coastal Living chose its 2013 “America’s Happiest Seaside Towns” 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.

For the full list of towns, visit Rally around your favorite seaside destination and vote hourly online or by smartphone from January 10 to February 28. One vote per hour is counted toward the finally tally.

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