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.

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Dream Towns: Fort Bragg, California

Fort Bragg, California

From Blue Collar to Blue Ribbon

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Dream Towns: Encinitas, California

Encinitas, California

Socal's Unsung Paradise

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Dream Towns: San Clemente, California

San Clemente, California

Old style, New attitude

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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.

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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 "classiccalifornia.com."

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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.

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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.

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Encinitas, California

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

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

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Gulalala

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.

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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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