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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Historic Gettaway
Courtesy of Robert A. Wilson

Historic Gettaway

Nahant, Massachusetts

Just minutes from Boston, this historic community has a stunning coastline and classic small-town atmosphere. During the late 1800s, Nahant attracted Boston elite and Harvard's luminaries including poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. From the 1890s to 1940s, Nahant's popularity spurred a building boom responsible for most of the houses still standing. Today the town draws newcomers attracted to its relaxed pace and hilly, seaside setting.

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