It’s Official: Southport is Coastal Living’s “America’s Happiest Seaside Town”

fans rallied and Coastal Living Magazine heard. The magazine has named the picturesque village of Southport, NC as “America’s Happiest Seaside Town for 2015.” It was the only town in the Carolinas nominated. Coastal Living features Southport as the No. 1 “Happiest Seaside Town” in the July/August issue of the magazine and online.

Coastal Living revealed the top 10 finalists for “America’s Happiest Seaside Towns” in its March issue. Voting was open until March 31, with Southport receiving the most online votes of the 10 finalists. Southport residents won the contest with a “get out the vote” in a big way.  They created a whimsical and heartfelt YouTube video to make their case, encourage voting and to show how happy they are – as happy as those who enjoy Southport’s charms while on vacation.Southport BC043

Southport’s allure has already been recognized by Hollywood and the television industry, with more than 40 productions having filmed there, including the recent film “Safe Haven” and television series “Under the Dome.” Southport winning the crown as the No. 1 Happiest Seaside Town for 2015 comes as no surprise to both residents and visitors who have always known how special their beloved home and vacation spot is.

Southport is filled with breathtaking waterfront, beautiful 19th Century architecture, uniquely southern landscape and a wealth of history including stories of Native Americans, pirates and the Revolutionary War. With culture that runs as deep as its history, it is no wonder that residents and visitors of Southport are smiling.

Southport has beautiful B&Bs, inns, flagship chain hotels and other comfortable accommodations to make a week or weekend visit.  If you want to add a beach vacation, next-door Oak Island and Caswell Beach have miles of uncrowded, pet-friendly beaches with more than 60 public access points. Family-oriented attractions include the Oak Island Lighthouse, mini-golf, skate park, nature center, two fishing piers, two marinas and three public boat and canoe ramps.  Did we mention golf,  fine and casual dining and ice cream shacks?



Southport NC Named One of Top 10 “America’s Happiest Seaside Towns” by Coastal Living

Coastal Living has named Southport, North Carolina, as one of its Top 10 “America’s Happiest Seaside Towns” for 2015 in their fourth annual top ten list of America’s Happiest Seaside Towns.  The 2015 list of the happiest places to live by the sea is on and in the March issue of Coastal Living.

Today through March 31, you can vote for Southport to be named Coastal Living’s No. 1 Happiest Seaside Town in America at Coastal Living will feature the No. 1 Happiest Seaside Town in the July/August issue of Coastal Living and online.

To choose the 2015 finalists for “America’s Happiest Seaside Towns” Coastal Living editors begin by reviewing destinations that have been lauded in the past as Coastal Living Dream Towns, along with towns that are nominated by readers via social media. Coastal Living then collects each town’s rank on the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, percentage of image002sunny days, air quality, healthiness of beaches, commute times, crime ratings, walkability, standard of living and financial well-being of the locals, geographic diversity, and Coastal Living editors’ assessment of each town’s “coastal vibe.” This results in the Coastal Living Top Ten “America’s Happiest Seaside Towns” list which is then ranked by the public from February 13 through March 31.

With its dramatic views of the Cape Fear River, ancient live oaks drizzled with Spanish moss, and Victorian homes on flower-edged lanes, the picture-perfect village of Southport charms residents, visitors and even Hollywood. The rich history of Native Americans, pirates, ReSouthport Bay St Pvolutionary war and blockade runners makes the town, so full of southern coastal appeal, one of the loveliest on the Atlantic coast. Brimming with antique stores, cafes offering locally caught seafood, and unusual boutiques and shops, it’s a Norman Rockwell painting come to life. The extraordinary waterfront and early 19th century architecture also draws Hollywood and the television industry. More than 40 productions have filmed here, most recently “Safe Haven” and “Under the Dome.” Watch this video and you’ll see that Southport’s residents are truly happy – as are those who enjoy Southport’s charms while on vacation.  If you agree that Southport is “America’s Happiest Seaside Town”, vote for Southport today!