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The Happiest Seaside Town

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This year, USA Today made note of Beaufort SC as the happiest seaside town in America. You heard it right. The Happiest Seaside Town is right up the road from Fripp Bella Vista. This means when you are staying at the most beautiful view on Fripp Island and want a break you can drive a short trip into Beaufort and experience all that the happiest seaside town in the United States has to offer.

Nestled along the Intracoastal Waterway, Beaufort (with 12,534 locals) sits in the heart of the Sea Islands and Lowcountry, with much of its historic antebellum architecture intact. The picturesque, laid-back Southern destination where The Big Chill was filmed won Coastal Living‘s annual “America’s Happiest Seaside Town” contest and is featured in the June issue of the magazine. On any given day you can find people fishing from the walkways of the Waterfront Park, or children playing ball on the grassy lawn as boats float down the Intracoastal Waterway, or people sitting in a swing as the world slows down. Sometimes, festive tents adorn the park like a medieval fair – parts of the park, can be rented for parties, receptions and weddings! It’s also home to the annual summertime Water Festival. For anyone who has visited most would say the town is deserving of the happiest seaside town award.

You can experience the down home relaxed feel of a sunny southern town with all the charms life can offer. The cuisine is varied and wonderful from upscale to comfort food and everything in between. The park near the marina and the restaurant bars are a must see. USA Today was referring to a survey done by Coastal Living. Coastal Living editors picked finalists based on criteria including the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, percentage of sunny days, healthiness of beaches, commute times, walkability, standard of living and financial well-being of residents and the “editorial assessment of ‘coastal vibe.’ ”  For more information on the happiest seaside town visit the Coastal Living website’s “happiest town” area.


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