The results are in and the city of Bay St. Louis is now officially ranked one of the "10 Best Small Coastal Towns in America." Actually, it's in the top five.

As of Friday, the Bay officially claimed the number 5 spot in USA Today's annual competition, after a month of nationwide online voting.

“Bay St. Louis plays an extremely important role in tourism in Coastal Mississippi," Milton Segarra, CEO of Coastal Mississippi, said in a press release Friday. 'The arts, sense of community, unique dining opportunities, local downtown shops, beautiful sprawling beaches, and stunning bay views all make for a highly desirable destination, which is reflected in the voters’ decision to rank Bay St. Louis so high on this list of extraordinary coastal towns found across the States. This is a phenomenal opportunity to showcase everything that Bay St. Louis has to offer, which will in turn benefit all of Coastal Mississippi as a destination."

“For Bay St. Louis to be voted fifth Best Small Coastal Town amongst so many incredible beach destinations across the US is a real honor, and I am thrilled to see this wonderful, resilient Mississippi Gulf Coast town garner such widespread attention," Nikki Moon, owner of the Bay Town Inn, said in the release. "As a community, Bay St. Louis strives to create the perfect coastal atmosphere for visitors, locals, and those looking for the perfect place to relocate or retire. It looks like our efforts are paying off, as we gain momentum in terms of media exposure, accolades and visitation."

"There's only one word that always describes us and that's 'quaint,'" Bay Mayor Mike Favre said earlier this month after the contest was announced. "When you're looking for a word, that just gets it.

"It's the people here. Everybody opens their arms up to the visitors. We've got a fantastic following of people, they come and visit and they love it and they end up staying."

Sandusky, Ohio, was named number one on the list, due to its position on Lake Erie, followed by Rockport, Tex., Chincoteauge, Va., Georgetown, S.C., and the Bay.

Bay St. Louis actually ranked higher on the list than number 6, Gulf Shores, Ala.; Southport, N.C., St. Simons Island, Ga., Saugatuck, Mich., and Bayfield, Wisconsin.

For more information on USA Today’s Best Small Coastal Towns, visit:

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