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Coastal Living Reveals Delray Beach Is Third Happiest Seaside Town In America, But We Know Better

We’d argue that Delray is No. 1, but we’ll take it. 

After a dramatic countdown on Facebook Tuesday, Coastal Living magazine revealed the final results of its Happiest Seaside Town in America contest. Delray Beach came in third place, beat out by Venice, Florida, and Southport, North Carolina. 

In its description of the town, the publication praised Delray’s white-sand beaches and its lack of high-rises. 

“It’s an easy view across low dunes topped with bright green sea grape leaves to the sparkling Atlantic. Add to that the ribbon of Intracoastal Waterway that slices serenely through Delray’s length and it’s easy to see how good South Florida life can be,” Coastal Living writes. 

Online voting for the contest opened Feb. 13, after Coastal Living editors revealed their unranked list of 10 finalist cities. Voting ended March 31.

Here’s the full ranking: 
1. Southport, North Carolina
2. Venice, Florida
3. Delray Beach, Florida
4. Narragansett, Rhode Island
5. Ocean Springs, Mississippi
6. Tybee Island, Georgia
7. Monterey, California
8. Wellfleet, Massachusetts 
9. Portsmouth, New Hampshire
10. Corona del Mar, California