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 Town: Haleiwa, Hawaii

The small surfer community of Haleiwa, Hawaii, stands proud as a perfect mix of preservation and bohemian personality.

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St. Barts: Gouverneur Beach

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This French island has morphed into the chicest shore in the Caribbean, but still maintains its European flair and unique small-town roots.

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So You Want to Live in ... Honolulu

Live the aloha dream in a city where urban glitz meets beachside relaxation.

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Homer, Alaska

So You Want to Live in ... Homer, Alaska

Artists, entrepreneurs, and adventure seekers find nirvana on the shores of Alaska's Kenai Peninsula.

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So You Want to Live in ... St. Thomas/St. John

These Caribbean islands are not just for vacations anymore. They have been discovered as exotic places to relocate and still be part of the United States.

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