Huffington Post has consulted with Redfin real estate agents and looked at Walk Score data to find the best beach towns that can be explored on foot.
Among those making the 8 best beach towns to explore by floor is Lahaina, Hawaii; Seaside, Oregon; Ocean City, New Jersey; Long Beach, New York; Newport, Rhode Island; Coronado, California; Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Santa Cruz, California
Newport had a Walk Score of 94 and ranked 4th on Huffington Post‘s list of the 8 best beach towns to explore by foot. A Walk Score of 90 – 100 is considered a walker’s paradise and that “daily errands do not require a car”.
An excerpt from The Best Beach Towns to Explore on Foot:
“Just a short distance from Providence and Boston, Newport is an ideal weekend getaway spot for New England residents. The Newport Historic District is a National Historic Landmark, and one of the best preserved colonial towns in the nation. Newport is also home to numerous restored Gilded Age mansions, many of which are open to visitors wanting to experience the unparalleled opulence of the early 20th Century.”
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Walk Score measures the walkability of any address using a patented system. For each address, Walk Score analyzes hundreds of walking routes to nearby amenities. Points are awarded based on the distance to amenities in each category. Amenities within a 5 minute walk (.25 miles) are given maximum points. A decay function is used to give points to more distant amenities, with no points given after a 30 minute walk.
Walk Score also measures pedestrian friendliness by analyzing population density and road metrics such as block length and intersection density. Data sources include Google, Education.com, Open Street Map, the U.S. Census, Localeze, and places added by the Walk Score user community.