Padanaram was named the best harbor in the U.S. for 2022 by USHarbors.com, a free online site that provides weather, tides, and other information for 1,400-plus U.S. harbors in 30 coastal states, including the Great Lakes.
The harbor was selected after six weeks of online voting with more than 2,500 people participating, according to US Harbors. Now in its fourth year, the contest chooses winners in five regional categories and then selects one overall grand winner.
In addition to its 2022 win, Padanaram was also the top winner in 2019 and placed as the winner of the Northeast category in 2021. In its announcement, US Harbors quoted one voter as saying the Padanaram Harbor is “Small, not crowded, great food, great views, awesome birds.”
Additional regional “best harbors” from the 2022 contest include: Fort Myers, Fla.; Gowanus Bay, N.Y.; Charlevoix, Mich.; Depoe, Ore.; and Hilton Head Island, S.C.
According to US Harbors, the purpose of the annual contest is to promote the strength and vitality of coastal communities. Past winners have been harbors whose residents are passionate about where they live and work and have strong communication networks, the website said, noting that strong networks “are vital in supporting the resilience—and sustainability–of coastal communities as they face the impacts of climate change and other events.”
A live, online awards ceremony was held on June 14. For more information on the contest, see https://usharbors.com/best-harbor-2022.