New England’s best beach town? Globe readers pick Narragansett, R.I.

–Rhode Island Commerce Corporation

It’s not just the beach.

When it’s time for summer vacation in New England, you also seek out a shack that serves golden fried clams (extra tartar sauce, please) and perfect lobster rolls. You require a family-owned ice cream stand with butter brickle so memorable that it attracts patrons the way floodlights attract moths to miniature golf courses. A town center with a few shops is necessary to stave off boredom and to keep small children from murdering each other on rainy days.

You need more than a beach for vacation. You need a town.