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Half Moon Bay Named Top 15 "Happiest Seaside Town"

May 22, 2012

Coastal Living magazine names Half Moon Bay as one of the top 15 “Happiest Seaside Towns” in the United States.


HALF MOON BAY, CA – Coastal Living, a national magazine that celebrates life along the coast, ranked Half Moon Bay as number seven in its first-ever, nationwide list of “Happiest Seaside Towns.”

In honor of the magazine’s 15th anniversary, the June 2012 issue of Coastal Living assembled the list of coastal communities to further “draw attention to places where life is good and the beach is close by.” Editors chose cities from its list of “Dream Towns” that have been spotlighted in the magazine over the past 15 years, as well as through a call for entries on its social media channels.

Magazine editors specifically referenced Half Moon Bay’s wealth of organic produce and charming setting along the Pacific Coast as reasons for its high placement on the list. Other relevant factors included the 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.”

Coastal Living serves a total audience of 3.9 million and caters to a readership that appreciates the coastal lifestyle.

Below is the complete list of Coastal Living’s 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


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