The”Best Harbor” 2020 winner is: Depoe Bay, Oregon!
The 2020 Runner’s Up are:
The 2020 Best Harbor contest ran on our site and social channels throughout the month of May, and was open to all 1,403 harbors for which we provide tides, weather, and harbor information. Over 5 million people had the opportunity to vote during the course of the contest. We received votes for 786 harbors from communities across the country, and were very excited to have harbors in the Great Lakes included for the first time.
It was a very tight and enthusiastic race to the win among a handful of harbors, but in the end Depoe Bay, Oregon took the lead. The contest is ultimately about the passion we all feel for our coastal communities, and the way they enhance our lives. Our team here at US Harbors thanks all of you who voted, and are extremely proud of the passion and strenght of our local communities!
About Depoe Bay, Oregon: the Best Harbor in the U.S. 2020
Depoe Bay is a picturesque harbor of only 6 square acres, and claims to be the “smallest navigable harbor in the world”. It is both the whale-watching capital of Oregon, and home to a working fishing community. Their Whale Watching Center allows visitors of all-ages to see the annual whale migration– a fun and educational experience.
Depoe Bay residents enthusiastically shared their love of their community, the “Whale Watching Capital of the Oregon Coast”, by voting, emailing and messaging us on social media, in droves. Thanks to the team at DiscoverDepoeBay.org for helping to spread the word about their beautiful harbor!
2020 BEST HARBOR Runners-up
One of the larger towns dotted along mid-coast Maine, Boothbay is a quiet and close-knit winter community that expands into a bustling tourist destination during the summer months. Boothbay offers a mix of kid-friendly daytime activities in addition to a thriving nightlife scene with numerous bars and restaurants dotting the waterfront. If you’re in the area don’t miss the Fourth of July fireworks just over the bridge!
James W. – “I like the 360 degree protection and it is a fantastic jumping off point for great day sails to Menemsha, Padanaram, Quicks Hole, Tarpaulin Cove, Tashmoo Pond. And, don’t forget the Cuttyhunk Oysters…”
Sandra M. – “If you love spending time on the water, taking in amazing views, and watching the world hurry by Chuttyhunk is the place to be. Boating at it’s best.”
Located just off the Neuse River at ICW mile 182 and provides a welcoming stop for cruisers. Beyond the shrimp docks is the town landing which offers free dockage for up to forty-eight hours on a first come first served basis. Although it’s been cancelled for this year, the annual Croaker Fest is considered the best Fourth of July festival in eastern North Carolina – check it out in 2021!
Thanks to VisitONC.com.
Thanks to everyone who voted for their “Best Harbor” and best of luck in Best Harbor 2021!