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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Sense of Community
James Nedresky

Sense of Community

Ocracoke Island, North Carolina

Pamlico Sound separates this North Carolina barrier island from the mainland. For many, isolation is its best feature. Once on Ocracoke, however, hardly anyone keeps to himself. Unofficial Ocracoke motto: "We don't care what you do, but we want to know about it in intimate detail.” Small towns are known for gossip, but residents here are genuinely interested in neighbors' ups and downs.

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