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


Anacortes harbor

So You Want to Live in ... Anacortes

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


Florence, Oregon -2

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

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



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

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


Port Angeles

So You Want to Live in ... Port Angeles

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


Gig Harbor

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

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

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


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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