America's #2 Happiest Seaside Town 2015: Venice, Florida. What does it say about this town of 22,000 people on Florida’s Gulf Coast that it has a designated beach for dogs? Two things: Venice is a town with a big heart, and it has plenty of gorgeous, pearly-white beaches to spare (14 miles, in fact). Photo: James Schwabel/Alamy. Coastalliving.com

America's Happiest Seaside Towns 2015

America's #2 Happiest Seaside Town 2015: Venice, Florida. What does it say about this town of 22,000 people on Florida’s Gulf Coast that it has a designated beach for dogs? Two things: Venice is a town with a big heart, and it has plenty of gorgeous, pearly-white beaches to spare (14 miles, in fact). Photo: James Schwabel/Alamy. Coastalliving.com

America's Happiest Seaside Towns 2015: Portsmouth, New Hampshire. One of the nation’s oldest cities, this thriving seaport on the Piscataqua River boasts remarkable riches and is still incredibly welcoming to visitors and new residents alike. Photo: David J. Murray/Courtesy of CVB. Coastalliving.com

America's Happiest Seaside Towns 2015

America's Happiest Seaside Towns 2015: Portsmouth, New Hampshire. One of the nation’s oldest cities, this thriving seaport on the Piscataqua River boasts remarkable riches and is still incredibly welcoming to visitors and new residents alike. Photo: David J. Murray/Courtesy of CVB. Coastalliving.com

Fairhope, Alabama: Located on what’s known as the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay, this gracious Gulf town has long been a destination for artists, writers (including Fannie Flagg and Rick Bragg), and vacationers. The historic downtown blooms—not just with independent cafés, bars, and shopping, but also literally: Colorful blossoms line the sidewalks, decorate street crossings, hang in baskets suspended from light posts, and overflow from planters in front of shops.

2016 Happiest Seaside Towns in America

Fairhope, Alabama: Located on what’s known as the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay, this gracious Gulf town has long been a destination for artists, writers (including Fannie Flagg and Rick Bragg), and vacationers. The historic downtown blooms—not just with independent cafés, bars, and shopping, but also literally: Colorful blossoms line the sidewalks, decorate street crossings, hang in baskets suspended from light posts, and overflow from planters in front of shops.

This festive, charming little street is in the seaside town of Weymouth, Dorset, which sits on a sheltered bay of the River Wey on the English Channel coast. The Weymouth Esplanade, where you may promenade, is particularly attractive with its colourful Georgian terraces, the multi-hued Jubilee Clock, and the popular sandy beach. Weymouth is also one of the sunniest spots in the UK.

This festive, charming little street is in the seaside town of Weymouth, Dorset, which sits on a sheltered bay of the River Wey on the English Channel coast. The Weymouth Esplanade, where you may promenade, is particularly attractive with its colourful Georgian terraces, the multi-hued Jubilee Clock, and the popular sandy beach. Weymouth is also one of the sunniest spots in the UK.

America's Happiest Seaside Towns | 1. Beaufort, South Carolina | This town is a fun stop over a bit off of 95~cute shops, restaurants on the water and some nice art galleries and my husband had to go BC his favorite movie "The Big Chill" was filmed here..

America's Happiest Seaside Towns 2013

America's Happiest Seaside Towns | 1. Beaufort, South Carolina | This town is a fun stop over a bit off of 95~cute shops, restaurants on the water and some nice art galleries and my husband had to go BC his favorite movie "The Big Chill" was filmed here..

Amalfi & Cilento Coasts - 7 Pretty Seaside Towns You Must Visit In South Italy | One of Europe's most romantic destinations seducing visitors with enchanting caves, archeological sites, picturesque beaches and the best of Mediterranean food... | Photo © Sabrina Iovino via @Just1WayTicket

Amalfi & Cilento Coasts - 7 Pretty Seaside Towns You Must Visit In South Italy

Amalfi & Cilento Coasts - 7 Pretty Seaside Towns You Must Visit In South Italy | One of Europe's most romantic destinations seducing visitors with enchanting caves, archeological sites, picturesque beaches and the best of Mediterranean food... | Photo © Sabrina Iovino via @Just1WayTicket

Seaside town in England    Salcombe, Devon    Discover the charms of this seaside town in England, the South Hams overlooking  the beautiful Kingsbridge Estuary on your weekend getaway

Seaside town in England Salcombe, Devon Discover the charms of this seaside town in England, the South Hams overlooking the beautiful Kingsbridge Estuary on your weekend getaway

#8: Carmel-by-the-Sea, California - 2017 Happiest Seaside Towns in America - Coastal Living

2017 Happiest Seaside Towns in America

#8: Carmel-by-the-Sea, California - 2017 Happiest Seaside Towns in America - Coastal Living

Take a cue from the Italians and head to one of these local-favorite seafront towns to escape the bustle of the cities.

20 Gorgeous Seaside Towns in Italy

Take a cue from the Italians and head to one of these local-favorite seafront towns to escape the bustle of the cities.

7. Capitola, California: Backed by rugged cliffs and with peaceful Soquel Creek running through its beachfront village, Capitola is California’s oldest seaside resort town. Its streets are lined with colorful hotels and homes, and its wharf on Monterey Bay hums with activity. Coastalliving.com

2016 Happiest Seaside Towns in America

7. Capitola, California: Backed by rugged cliffs and with peaceful Soquel Creek running through its beachfront village, Capitola is California’s oldest seaside resort town. Its streets are lined with colorful hotels and homes, and its wharf on Monterey Bay hums with activity. Coastalliving.com

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