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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Eye on Preservation and Conservation
Photographer Tara Donne

Eye on Preservation and Conservation

Montauk, New York

This town sits like a shingled island among the protected forest, rolling grasslands, and foamy breakers tumbling in from the Atlantic. It’s a refreshing cocoon of preserved land. (Sixty-five percent of the town is protected in a preservation fund.) The community is driven by entrepreneurs, savvy business people, and conservationists—all dedicated to preserving Montauk.

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