America's Favorite Towns

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Tommy Crow

What makes a town magnetic? Travel + Leisure readers voted for their favorite small towns—with beaches, mountains, vineyards, and personality to spare.

No. 5 Santa Rosa Beach, FL

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White sand, blue waters, and a healthy dose of quirkiness add up to a winning combination for this artsy northwestern Florida beach town. Santa Rosa scored near the top of the survey for being family-friendly. Consider the WaterColor Inn and Resort, which offers paddleboarding, kayaking, beach bonfires and outdoor movies. Readers also liked Santa Rosa for its design finds. Shops along Scenic Highway 30A include Bastide, where you can browse sumptuous, beach-house-ready pieces. Set aside time for listening to seashells: readers found that Santa Rosa has plenty of peace and quiet.

America's Favorite Towns

No. 5 Santa Rosa Beach, FL

White sand, blue waters, and a healthy dose of quirkiness add up to a winning combination for this artsy northwestern Florida beach town. Santa Rosa scored near the top of the survey for being family-friendly. Consider the WaterColor Inn and Resort, which offers paddleboarding, kayaking, beach bonfires and outdoor movies. Readers also liked Santa Rosa for its design finds. Shops along Scenic Highway 30A include Bastide, where you can browse sumptuous, beach-house-ready pieces. Set aside time for listening to seashells: readers found that Santa Rosa has plenty of peace and quiet.

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