This city just north of PBC named one of happiest seaside towns in America

Thinking about escaping for a weekend getaway or quick day trip?

A city just a little over an hour north of West Palm Beach has been named one of the happiest seaside towns in America. 

Sophisticated but low-key Vero Beach ranked in fourth place, according to Coastal Living

“It feels less like a city than a village with urbane gifts: high-end hotels and historic architecture, a stunning art museum, fashion-forward restaurants and shopping, and a blissful absence of high-rise buildings,” the news release said.

Another perk of the mid-size town is the barrier island’s ocean beaches as well as its vibrant ecosystems of the Indian River Lagoon.

» 50 Florida Faves: Where to Go, Where to Stay, Where to Shop

To choose the 2018 finalists, Coastal Living editors reviewed more than 300 towns nominated via social media. They then collected each town's ranking on the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index, percentage of sunny days, air quality, healthiness of beaches, commute times, crime ratings, walkability, geographic diversity, standard of living and editors' assessment of each town's "coastal vibe."

Here is the full ranking: 

1. Ocean City, N.J.

2. Traverse City, Mich. 

3. Cape Charles, Va.

4. Vero Beach, Fla. 

5. Bluffton, S.C.

6. Anna Maria, Fla. 

7. Cambria, Calif. 

8. Hampton/Hampton Beach, N.H. 

9. Bellport, N.Y. 

10. Cannon Beach, Ore.

Read more at Coastal Living

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Travel

The latest luxury hotel perk? A chance to hit the racetrack

"Track driving is one of the world's great equalizers," says Maggie Smith, owner of Winvian Farm, a 10-cottage hotel in the posh countryside of Lichfield, Conn.  By most accounts, Winvian Farm is a slow-paced getaway. It's an oasis for overworked New Yorkers and New Englanders where activities typically consist of biking around the woodlands...
5 perks travel agents offer beyond booking your trip

Most people assume travel agents do little more than charge you money for booking trips, something most people are comfortable doing online. However, they can do a lot more beyond planning your vacations.  “Of course we specialize in building travel itineraries, but good advisers can help you in all sorts of ways that most people don&rsquo...
Musk company to build Chicago-to-O'Hare express transport

CHICAGO (AP) — Entrepreneur Elon Musk said Thursday a high-speed transportation system that will whisk people between downtown Chicago and O'Hare International Airport at speeds of up to 150 mph could be operational in about three years.  Musk joined Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to formally announce that a Musk-owned enterprise, The Boring...
DC's secret Navy museum is amazing - if you can figure out how to get in

WASHINGTON - Last month, I wrote about the Naval Heritage Center, a museum that's easy to visit but offers little to see. Now I want to tell you about a museum that's tough to visit but absolutely jam-packed with fascinating stuff: the National Museum of the United States Navy.  Though the NMUSN is free and open to the public, it's on the Washington...
Hawaii Rep. Gabbard wants tourists to stay away from volcano

Traveling between Washington and the eight Hawaiian islands she represents is second nature for Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii. It’s a 5,000-mile, two-flight, 11-to-15-hour trip home to Oahu. Then she boards another plane to each of the islands.  This has been a rough couple of months for Hawaii. The Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island...
More Stories