View Archives

Coastal Living Names Laguna Beach, CA one of the “Happiest Seaside Towns” in America

Published: 05/22/2012

(New York, NY) -- From beach communities in California to cottage-lined streets in Cape Cod, seaside towns are the ultimate places to live in natural beauty and bliss. In a special 15th anniversary issue, Coastal Living releases its first-ever ranked list of the 15 "Happiest Seaside Towns," an exclusive roundup naming some of the best places to live along the coasts of the United States. Coastal Living ranks Laguna Beach, CA sixth on the list.

Among Orange County's high profile, high-priced developments, this quaint, artistic village anchored by a walkable downtown has always marched to its own drummer. From its founding as an artists' colony, Laguna Beach embraces the diverse, with funky downtown restaurants, surfing culture, and a summer full of art festivals.

"In honor of our 15th anniversary, we are excited to share a list of the ‘Happiest Seaside Towns' in America," said Editor-in-Chief Antonia van der Meer. "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."

Coastal Living shares the secrets to each town's award-worthy appeal in the June issue, available on newsstands May 18.

Introducing the Coastal Living Top 15 "Happiest Seaside Towns"

1. Kiawah Island, SC
2. Naples, FL
3. Sausalito, CA
4. Lake Bluff, IL
5. Tiburon, CA
6. Laguna Beach, CA
7. Half Moon Bay, CA
8. Chatham, MA
9. Jupiter, FL
10. Lahaina, HI
11. Marblehead, MA
12. Stinson Beach, CA
13. Cohasset, MA
14. Duxbury, MA
15. Solomons Island, MD

Coastal Living chose the top 15 "Happiest Seaside Towns" from the Dream Towns lauded in the magazine over the past 15 years. The brand also placed a call for entries on its social media channels. Additional factors included ranking on the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, percentage of sunny and clear days, healthiness of beaches, average commute times, walkability, school and crime ratings, education and financial security of the locals, geographic diversity, and "coastal vibe."

For more information and the complete list of the 15 "Happiest Seaside Towns," please visit  

About Coastal Living
A national magazine that celebrates life along the coast, Coastal Living ( is the source of inspiration and information for people who live or dream of living a coastal lifestyle. Celebrating 15 years of publication in 2012, Coastal Living serves a total audience of 3.9 million. Coastal Living is available on all tablets and is published by the Time Inc. Lifestyle Group, a division of Time Inc., the largest magazine media company in the United States.

Search for Articles