America's #2 Happiest Seaside Town 2015: Venice, Florida. What does it say about this town of 22,000 people on Florida’s Gulf Coast that it has a designated beach for dogs? Two things: Venice is a town with a big heart, and it has plenty of gorgeous, pearly-white beaches to spare (14 miles, in fact). Photo: James Schwabel/Alamy. Coastalliving.com
Cromer is a largely unremarkable English seaside town, famous for its crabs but not a lot else. Chris Warren’s picture, looking down Jetty Street towards the open sea gives this ‘gem of the Norfolk Coast’ an exotic, almost Mediterranean air. The sky is unusually blue, the North Sea even more so and the light catching the jettied upper floors of the houses adds a warmth not always associated with this stretch of coastline | From 4cornersimages.com
7. Capitola, California: Backed by rugged cliffs and with peaceful Soquel Creek running through its beachfront village, Capitola is California’s oldest seaside resort town. Its streets are lined with colorful hotels and homes, and its wharf on Monterey Bay hums with activity. Coastalliving.com
This festive, charming little street is in the seaside town of Weymouth, Dorset, which sits on a sheltered bay of the River Wey on the English Channel coast. The Weymouth Esplanade, where you may promenade, is particularly attractive with its colourful Georgian terraces, the multi-hued Jubilee Clock, and the popular sandy beach. Weymouth is also one of the sunniest spots in the UK.
America's Happiest Seaside Towns 2015: Delray Beach, Florida. Talk about a place that has its priorities in order: At the heart of this fun-loving city of 61,231 are two miles of gloriously white-sand public beach. Photo: Robbie Caponetto. Coastalliving.com