Lahaina Ranks as Top Hawaii Destination in Magazine

Coastal Living Magazine named Lahaina, Maui, as one of America’s Top 15 Best Seaside Towns—and for good reasons, as the magazine will reveal when it hits stand in June 2012. “The charming gateway to Maui’s world-famous Kaanapali and Kapalua beach resorts to the north,” said Coastal Living Magazine in a recent announcement about the ranking. Lahaina may be the top Hawaii destination for travelers looking for seaside towns, but Maui is also home to a handful of well-known towns throughout the island, including Kahului, Wailuku, Paia Town, Kihei, Hana, and Kula Town. Coastal Living continued describing the beauty of Lahaina in their announcement, saying:

“Lahaina’s banyan trees add a courtly air to the downtown, and its brightly colored Front Street, busy with shops and galleries, keeps things lively. Lahaina has nearly perfect air quality, and when you add its dry, sunny climate in a tropical paradise, that makes life pretty ideal.”

How did Coastal Living decide its rankings?

The magazine’s editors weighed a number of factors in choosing the top 15 seaside towns in the United States. In addition to taking cues from Coastal Living’s top “dream towns” in the past, the editors also looked at the following:
  • Nominations from Coastal Living social media followers
  • Rankings from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index
  • Percentage of sunny and clear days
  • Healthiness of beaches
  • Average commute times
  • A town’s walkability
  • School and crime ratings
  • Education and financial security of the locals
  • Geographic diversity
  • “Coastal vibe”
No other Hawaiian town ranked in the top 15. Lahaina Town shares the spotlight with South Carolina’s Kiawah Island, Florida’s Naples, and Sausalito, California.

More seaside attractions on Maui

Like all of the Hawaiian Islands, Maui offers spectacular coastal sightseeing and activities. Here are some ideas for attractions on Maui:

Ho’okipa Beach

This beautiful beach is perfect for watching professional windsurfers catch some of the world’s best waves offshore. Located near Pa’ia Town along the Hana Highway, Ho‘okipa Beach offers gorgeous sandy shores and reefs with excellent views of Hawaii’s most popular windsurfing spot. Learn more about Ho‘okipa Beach.

Honolua Bay

If there’s one place on Maui’s that’s great for snorkeling, it’s Honolua Bay. When you arrive, check out the right side of Honolua Bay is the best spot for snorkeling and diving. Learn more about Honolua Bay.

Kapalua Coastal Trail

The Kapalua Coastal Trail follows along the Kapalua Coastline on a planned pathway right next to the ocean. This beautiful trail also leads off into smaller trails along the way with sweeping views of Maui’s western coast. Learn more about the Kapaula Coastal Trail.

Molokini and Turtles Arches Snorkel Tour

Snorkeling at Molokini offers a remarkable experience a this small islet off the coast of Maui. It’s home to over 250 species of tropical fish and remains one of the must-see things to do when you’re visiting Maui. Learn more about snorkeling at Molokini and Turtle Arches.

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