By Sam Watson

San Remo’s fantastic selection of fish and chips can be enjoyed by the sea.

Pelican feeding in San Remo has been a midday attraction for decades.

EARLIER this month, San Remo was recognised as a finalist in the Victorian Top Tourism Town Awards.

The awards recognise and celebrate towns that offer an amazing visitor experience.

And the business owners and people of San Remo knew their town did exactly that.

The town, along with 15 others of less than 5000 people, is in the running to win the Top Small Tourism Town Award.

A public vote determines the winner and voting closes on Thursday.

If you think San Remo is worthy of receiving the award, head to victoriantourismawards.com.au.

One person who certainly believes San Remo deserves the title is San Remo Fisherman’s Co-Op manager Paul Mannix.

And he believes there are several things that make the town great.

“Number one is the people, there’s friendly country people within the business owners and the residents,” Paul said.

“Number two is our position, we’re at the gateway to Phillip Island, that’s a great reason on its own.

“We’re on a little peninsula here overlooking the bridge, the boats and the beaches.

“And three, we’ve got beautiful shops, restaurants, cafes, accommodation and it’s all in a nice little compact town in a beautiful spot.”

And Paul, who’s managed the co-Op since 2015, said the town’s growth in recent years showed how other people believed it was a beautiful location.

“The council, the foreshore committee and the Phillip Island Nature Parks have been working to improve the foreshore all the time, and it just keeps getting prettier and prettier,” Paul said.

“We’re very lucky to have our main street run parallel with the beach.

“The entire shop frontage of San Remo looks out onto the water, and that’s a major advantage to us.”

The Victorian winners will be announced in July and a vote will also put you in the running for a Melbourne getaway prize package.

“We’ve always known that San Remo is a top town, so it’s nice to be given the recognition and we hope that lots of locals and visitors will jump online and vote for us.”