Rockland, ME — June 2020 — The 2nd annual contest to find the “Best Harbor” in the U.S. wrapped up on Sunday, May 31st with winners announced today. US Harbors, an online site for tides and weather—providing localized information on over 1,400 harbors on the coast and Great Lakes–runs the annual contest to determine the community with the most passion about where they live, boat, and fish.
This year the audience, drawing from the over 5 million people who use US Harbors, submitted votes for 786 different harbors. There was significant competition for the top spots, with community residents enthusiastictally sharing the contest via email, social media, and word of mouth.
Winner, Best Harbor 2020: Depoe Bay, Oregon
Onset Beach, MA
Padanaram/South Dartmouth, MA (Best Harbor 2019)
Depoe Bay was the first harbor on the West Coast to win the contest; 3 of the top harbors in the US (and last year’s winner) are located in Massachusetts.
About Depoe Bay, OR: “Best Harbor” 2020
Depoe Bay, Oregon, a picturesque harbor of only 6 square acres, claims the title of “smallest navigable harbor in the world”. It is both the whale-watching capital of Oregon, and home to a working fishing community.
The Impact of Winning the “Best Harbor” Contest
Steve Melo, the Harbormaster of the winning “Best Harbor” in 2019, enthusiastically spoke about the impact that winning the contest had on their community: “US Harbors’ recognition of Padanaram Harbor as 2019’s Best Harbor absolutely put us on the chart! It was both humbling and gratifying for our waterfront community to be recognized for unending collective efforts to improve our waterway, our historic village, and the connection between them. Our gratitude overflows for US Harbors and the unequaled information and connections they provide mariners everywhere.”
About the “Best Harbor” Contest: The online contest, started in 2019, uses crowd-sourcing to determine which harbor is best loved by its community. Participation is open to everyone, but primarily includes the 5 million people who use usharbors.com for their tides/weather/harbor-local information and daily coastal news. The purpose of the contest is to promote the strength and vitality of coastal communities – the winning harbors have been those whose residents have strong communication networks and support for their community. These kinds of networks are vital for effective disaster management, coastal planning, and the overall resilience of a community, its residents, and their economy.
US Harbors is a media and data company in Rockland, Maine specializing in “tides, weather, & local knowledge™” for people who enjoy our coasts. The company covers 1,400 harbors across 30 states; from the Arctic Circle to the Florida Keys, from Maine to Hawaii, and in the Great Lakes. The company’s primary website, https://usharbors.com, has been helping people make good decisions about their time on and near the water since 2009. Over 5M people use the site annually, with interests in boating, fishing, paddling, swimming, and other activities on or near the water.
As well as providing tide and weather data, the site has a continuously updated news feed, covering a wide variety of marine and coastal topics. US Harbors runs the annual “Best Harbor in the US” contest – a crowd-sourced online event to determine the best harbors in the country, as well as national Harbormaster Appreciation Day – celebrated annually on October 8th to recognize the stewards of our harbors and ports. The mission of the company is to promote the sustainability and resilience of coastal communities, both economically and environmentally.
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