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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Protected Paradise
Carol Lundeen

Protected Paradise

Old Saybrook, Connecticut

A classic American Main Street and water everywhere, it's the kind of town you thought didn't exist anymore. A well-placed sandbar kept this area from developing into a major seaport. What developed instead was a tidy coastal New England town, where Main Street still has real stores, not just boutiques, and stately old hardwoods canopy the quieter avenues that meander down toward the sound.

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