We began with your nominations, plus all the past places we've lauded as Dream Towns. From there, we looked at the rank on the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, percentage of sunny days, healthiness of beaches, commute times, crime ratings, walkability, standard of living and financial well-being of the locals, geographic diversity, and our editors' assessment of each town's "coastal vibe." The result: an all-star list for 2013. (Our 2012 winners were not eligible.) We announced our top 10 contenders in the February 2013 issue, and let you vote for its favorites.
Think your town should be on next year's list? Click here to upload a photo and let us know why, and browse other readers' nominations.