Don’t know about you, but we get tickled pink when our home state gets recognized nationally by an esteemed media source. Label us medialites, if you must. You may recall our post from January chanting “Vote for Rehoboth Beach as the Happiest Seaside Town in America 2016” via Coastal Living Magazine. Well the competition was fierce and let’s just say YOU ROCKED IT North Delawareans! Rehoboth was voted #2, second only to Stuart, Florida. CL says “Every year, we comb the coast for the most amazing beach-front locations. Discover them now.” We say, go ahead take a look-see… (SMILE)

2nd Happiest Seaside Town in USA Rehoboth Beach by Coastal Living Magazine 2016

“From West Coast to East, Great Lakes to Gulf, meet the 10 coastal towns that are sure to make you smile—for a weekend or a lifetime.” By Tracey Minkin, Coastal Living Magazine

The 2016 Happiest Seaside Towns in America as Voted by YOU!

  1. Stuart, FloridaAmericas-Happiest-Seaside-Towns-Coastal Living - VOTE Rehoboth Beach Delaware
  2. Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
  3. Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
  4. Hilo, Hawaii
  5. Fairhope, Alabama
  6. Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina
  7. Capitola, California
  8. Seaside, Oregon
  9. Portland, Maine
  10. Hermosa Beach, California

The final rankings will be featured in the May 2016 issue of Coastal Living Magazine – be sure to grab one from your local convenience or book store.


Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

Known as “the nation’s summer capital”— because the D.C. crowd has traditionally decamped here for vacation—this delightful and old-fashioned Mid-Atlantic town boasts a colorful boardwalk that’s a mile long and lined with food and amusements. In the off-season, though, Rehoboth Beach’s tiny size may be its greatest strength: Kids ride bikes down tree-lined streets, and everyone knows their neighbors.

Local hangout: Browseabout Books is a hub of community activities all year, and for visitors in the summer, it’s a great way to get to know the town through its gregarious staff.

Cool event: Independence Day, of course! Local bands play at the city’s charming bandstand, visitors stroll the boardwalk, and at 9:30 p.m., 4,500 fireworks burst across the Delaware sky.

Best souvenir: Fisher’s Popcorna handmade Delaware beach tradition since the 1930s. Keep that souvenir tub; you can refill it at discounted prices.

Stay a weekend: Nestled among lively restaurants and shops, Hotel Rehoboth has a cheery lemon exterior and crisp black awnings that give way to well-appointed rooms and suites, some with terraces and fireplaces. Rates start at $159; 877/247-7346 or

View the full CL article, here “2016 Happiest Seaside Towns in America”

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