Surrounded by beaches, a bustling downtown and museums, it’s no surprise Stuart clinched the No. 1 spot as the best coastal small town in the USA Today 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards.

Stuart was lauded for its access to the St. Lucie River; its parks, such as Flagler and Shepard; its museums; and its restaurant-lined downtown. It also has bragging rights as the site of the next station along Brightline’s route between Orlando and Miami.

Other communities ranking high on the list of best coastal small towns:

No. 2: Saugatuck, Michigan
No. 3: Key West
No. 4: Gulf Shores, Alabama
No. 5: Pismo Beach, California
No. 6: Newport, Rhode Island
No. 7: Sandusky, Ohio
No. 8: Cape May, New Jersey
No. 9: Washington Island, Wisconsin
No. 10: Long Beach, Washington

Stuart moved up to the top spot from No. 2 last year.

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The 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards nominees are chosen by a panel of relevant experts, including editors from USA TODAY; editors; relevant expert contributors; and sources for both these media and other Gannett properties.