Discover Coastal Dream Towns

After canvassing all coasts for towns with seaside charm, a lively beach culture, and good housing, these are our top spots for planning quick trips or finding a new place to live.


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The Rugged Beauty

Dream Town: Bodega Bay

Discover this quiet California community along the Pacific Coast Highway, where the views are unobstructed and the simple life rules.


Dream Towns: Fort Bragg, California

Fort Bragg, California

From Blue Collar to Blue Ribbon


Dream Towns: Encinitas, California

Encinitas, California

Socal's Unsung Paradise


Dream Towns: San Clemente, California

San Clemente, California

Old style, New attitude


So You Want to Live in ... Avalon

Discover Life in Avalon, California

Residents find small-town life and a sense of permanent vacation on California's Santa Catalina Island.


Surfing Pismo Beach

So You Want to Live in ... Pismo Beach, California

Halfway between San Francisco and
Los Angeles sits a little town that's so sure of its persona, its Web address is ""


Larkspur Map

So You Want to Live in ... Larkspur, California

Once advertised as "The Gem of California", this San Francisco bedroom community sparkles, its appraisal always high.


Capinteria, California

So You Want to Live in ... Carpinteria, California

Beguiling Southern California beaches, neighborly spirit, and a relaxed pace appeal to anyone in search of the small-town good ol' days.


Encinitas, California

So You Want to Live in ... Encinitas, California

If you want a taste of Old California, whet your appetite in Encinitas.



So You Want to Live in ... Gualala, California

Stroked by eight miles of sea, this small California town invites those for whom the ocean--and a tight-knit community--is enough.


Harbor Hopping

So You Want to Live in ... Cayucos,

California has a few surprises left along its popular coastline. This one sits halfway between L.A. and San Francisco.

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