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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Dream Towns: Langley, Washington

Langley, Washington

The Accessible Island

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Anacortes harbor

So You Want to Live in ... Anacortes

It starts with a boat. Then the charm of this small town wins you over.

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Florence, Oregon -2

So You Want to Live in ... Florence, Oregon

Natural beauty is just around the corner in this small Oregon town.

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Steilacoom

So You Want to Live In...Steilacoom, Washington

Small-town values thrive on the eastern shore of Puget Sound.

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Port Angeles

So You Want to Live in ... Port Angeles

Once a mill town, this still-gritty Washington city is accessible, appealing, and affordable.

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Gig Harbor

So You Want to Live in ... Gig Harbor, Washington

This Washington enclave astounds newcomers
with its rare beauty and rich maritime history.

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Neskowin beach

So You Want to Live in ... Neskowin, Oregon

Towns don't get much smaller&#151or any more neighborly&#151than this one on the Oregon coast.

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Gearhart, Oregon

So You Want to Live in ... Gearhart, Oregon

Aside from the drumbeat of the ocean, a hush abides in this Oregon community, a haven for those allured by calm.

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Friday Harbor Marina

So You Want to Live on ... San Juan Island, Washington

On this isle north of Seattle, you'll find friendly folk,
a thriving town, lovely vistas, and not a single traffic light.

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Cannon Beach, Oregon - Map

So You Want to Live in ... Cannon Beach, Oregon

The art, natural beauty, and enigmatic charm of this Oregon town romances visitors into staying forever.

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So You Want to Live in ... Bellingham, Washington

Twenty minutes south of the Canadian border, this western Washington outpost prides itself on its handsome setting and sense of community.

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So You Want to Live in ... La Conner, Washington

Natural beauty, proud history, diverse culture, and modern vitality make La Conner most appealing.

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So You Want to Live in ... Bandon, Oregon

Since the mid-1800s, seaside beauty has drawn newcomers to this spunky Pacific Northwest town.

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