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Georgetown one of America's Best Coastal Small Towns: Voters again say yes

Georgetown, S.C., has again been voted one of America's best coastal small towns.

The online contest allowed readers to vote from 20 nominees for Best Coastal Small Town, chosen by a panel that included editors from USA Today and

GEORGETOWN, SC, US, June 23, 2022 / -- Georgetown has once again placed in the Top 10 as one of America’s top choices for Best Coastal Small Town in the prestigious USA Today/10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest, earning third place. This is the fifth consecutive year the historic town has been nominated for the award.

In 2018, Georgetown came in first in the online contest and was named America’s “Best Coastal Small Town.” The following two years, in 2019 and 2020, the working waterfront community finished in the top 10. Then, in 2021, Georgetown came in second place behind Bucksport, Maine.

The final results for the 2022 contest were:

1. Ocean Springs, Maryland
2. Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi
4. Rockport, Texas
5. Nags Head, North Carolina
6. Bandon, Oregon
7. Half Moon Bay, California
8. Los Osos, California
9. Bar Harbor, Maine
10. Cape May, New Jersey

The online contest allowed readers to vote from 20 nominees for Best Coastal Small Town, chosen by a panel that included editors from USA Today, editors from, and expert contributors. All voting was digital and allowed people to vote once a day for four weeks.

“We are so pleased that Georgetown finished third in USA Today’s Best Coastal Small Town contest,” said Mark A. Stevens, director of tourism development for the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce and South Carolina’s Hammock Coast. “Our historic hub is in the heart of Georgetown, and we know visitors to the Hammock Coast love coming to Georgetown for our wonderful restaurants and shops and especially all the history to be explored there.

“It’s particularly nice that Georgetown has been part of this USA Today/10Best contest since its inception, and I think that speaks to the importance of Georgetown and all of the Hammock Coast as a favorite for tourists who come here throughout the year.”

A working waterfront community, Georgetown was matched in the contest against coastal towns found along nearly every major body of water in America, ranging from the Great Lakes or the Gulf Coast to the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

South Carolina’s third oldest city, Georgetown is home to more historic properties than Charleston, and historic Front Street, located along the water and home to series of charming shops and restaurants, is the town’s heartbeat and boasts five popular museums. Georgetown offers an abundance of accommodations for guests, including hotels and cozy bed and breakfasts. Georgetown marinas welcome boaters from around the globe.

About South Carolina’s Hammock Coast
Georgetown County’s casual charm and Southern hospitality earned it the nickname Hammock Coast. Adventure and relaxation blend together in perfect harmony, like the flowing and ebbing of waves on the county’s famed beaches. With six communities – Garden City, Murrells Inlet, Litchfield, Pawleys Island, Georgetown and Andrews – comprising the pristine coastal area between Myrtle Beach and Charleston, visitors can experience South Carolina’s Hammock Coast like never before.

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