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.

Stop and Go
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Stop and Go

Corolla, North Carolina

Corolla is the northernmost city on the Outer Banks. Corolla maintains a delicate balance between its unique surroundings and a recent housing boom. Each summer, thousands flock to the Outer Banks to enjoy rentals and second homes. Only about 500 people live in Corolla year-round. Residents love being surrounded by two bodies of water―Currituck Sound and the Atlantic―and say summers are worth the quiet winters.

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