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.

Be by the Sea

We've compiled our staff's collective experiences into this special section presenting the attractions and drawbacks of living in each coastal region. Our complete guide helps narrow the options.

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Plaintively, a Massachusetts reader e-mails one of the most common questions we get here at the magazine: "Where can one live on coastal USA year-round where the summers are not too humid or plagued with mosquitoes? Where the winters never see snow and don't drop below freezing? Where your home isn't threatened by hurricanes, mud slides, or earthquakes? Where access to an airport for business travel is within an hour's drive? Where schools are wonderful and living is a small-town affair? Does such a place exist, and if so will you share this gem with me?"

Sure, it exists. But you have to die to get there, and you must live a very good life in the meantime.

As for this earth, we agree the coast comes as close as we're going to get to paradise. We've compiled our staff's collective experiences into this special section presenting the attractions―and drawbacks―of living in each coastal region. Our friends at Money magazine have even contributed some practical financial advice to keep your dreams grounded in reality.

Somewhere in here lies your gem. If you find it, send us your new address so you won't miss an issue.

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