Our Town: One of the Best! Kiplinger ranks Niantic as #7 in Best Places to Retire in the U.S.A. Expedia ranks East Lyme as #29 in Most Beautiful Towns in America. Connecticut Magazine lists Niantic in Terrific Towns: Main Streets. The Crazy Tourist web site lists McCook Point Park beach, Hole-in-the-Wall beach and Rocky Neck State Park beach in their list of 15 Best Beaches in Connecticut. The Push Pin Travel Maps web site cites Niantic for small town charm.