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.

Dream Towns

Plan a vacation location or find a new place to call home in this roundup of our favorite coastal communities.

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Duxbury, Massachusetts

Despite its beginnings as a shipbuilding town, this seaside spot a half hour south of Boston is sometimes referred to as “Deluxe-bury.” Look for the old Yankee preppy factor, with lots of J. Crew and Lilly Pulitzer.

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