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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Philanthropic Spirit
Taunya Tae Waxham

Philanthropic Spirit

Smithfield, Virginia

World-renowned for country hams, Virginia’s colonial seaport sets the stage for down-home charm on greater Chesapeake Bay. Although noted for its charitable heart (In 2004, Smithfield ranked fifth in its population group for U.S. contributions to Relay for Life), this county isn't rich. People are just eager to help.

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