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This weekend is Memorial Day weekend, the start of the summer season for tourism in Vacationland.  

Maine has dropped the mask mandates, physical distancing requirements and limits on gathering sizes.

Yes, there will still be some places and spaces that masks will be requested or required, but this is a giant leap back to normal.

Maine has a high percentage of residents vaccinated and is now starting to offer the shots to school kids before the academic year ends.

All this means events cans start to happen like concerts, festivals, and weddings.

Business can get back to full capacity to welcome the summer season. 

Last summer in Maine, things were much different. There was no vaccine. We had the mask mandates, physicals distancing, and travel restrictions.

What complicated the travel mandates was the required negative COVID tests that were hard, if not impossible, to get, or the two-week quarantine, which was a big hurdle.

This statistic was released a few weeks ago: The summer season for 2020 was down 50% last year for Maine.

I would expect this summer in Maine to be cranking. People are ready to go, and many have many vacation dollars unspent from last year. 

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Every beach town has its share of pluses and minuses, which got us thinking about what makes a beach town the best one to live in. To find out, Stacker consulted data from WalletHub, released June 17, 2020, that compares U.S. beach towns. Ratings are based on six categories: affordability, weather, safety, economy, education and health, and quality of life. The cities ranged in population from 10,000 to 150,000, but they had to have at least one local beach listed on TripAdvisor. Read the full methodology here. From those rankings, we selected the top 50. Readers who live in California and Florida will be unsurprised to learn that many of towns featured here are in one of those two states.

Keep reading to see if your favorite beach town made the cut.


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