Help Us Name the Best Beach Boardwalk, Lobster Roll, and More in Our Best of Summer Contest!

Our favorite season calls for a little healthy competition. Cast your vote to help us crown the Best of Summer!

Vote in Our Current Poll: The Best Beach Town for 4th of July!

See last week's winner here! Or click here for a list of all the winners so far.

Summer’s almost here! And while you’re probably just as eager to celebrate with a cool cocktail and a perfect sunset-watching perch as we are, there’s a whole new way to do summer this year: with our first-ever Best of Summer competition!

We’re putting everything from lobster rolls and rooftop bars to beach boardwalks and national parks up to the test to find the best of the best this summer. Every week from Memorial Day to Labor Day, we’re asking Coastal Living readers to pick their favorite spots for summer.

Voting is simple: We’ll post a new poll every Friday evening, and it will stay open until midnight the following Thursday. The next week, we’ll announce the grand winner! Keep an eye out for posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to know when the polls are open, or check this page for links to the latest polls, an updated list of the winners, and a schedule for upcoming contests.

The start dates for each week’s competition are below—check out the candidates, and get ready to support your hometown heroes! (Note: Not all slides will be included in every poll. Inclusion in polls is determined by editor discretion.)

Full schedule:

May 26: Best Lobster Roll (See the winner here!)

June 2: Best Beach Boardwalk (See the winner here!)

June 9: Best Beach Hotel (See the winner here!)

June 16: Best Shelling Beach (Winner Announced 6/26!)

June 23: Best Town for the 4th of July (Live Now!)

June 30: Best Tiki Bar

July 7: Best Crab Cake

July 14: Best Ice Cream Shop

July 21: Best Amusement Park

July 28: Best Coastal Brewery

August 4: Best Rooftop Bar

August 11: Best Clam Shack

August 18: Best Seaside Inn

August 25: Best National Park

The first poll goes live Friday, May 26, at 5 p.m.—don’t miss your chance to help pick the Best of Summer 2017! Happy voting!

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