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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Stunning Ocean and Mountain Views
Matt Brown

Stunning Ocean and Mountain Views

San Juan Island, Washington

Though only 24 miles long and 9 miles wide, San Juan is the second largest island in an archipelago between British Columbia's Vancouver Island and the Washington mainland. Largely pastoral and wooded on the interior, the island has numerous beaches with prime views of the Olympic Mountains to the south and, in summer, migrating orca whales.

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100 Comfy Cottage Rooms 

Develop your coastal cottage’s style by following these simple tricks.

Lacy curtains, fresh florals, and plenty of monogrammed pillows are just a few of the feminine touches that give this room its calming and sweet mood. Pieces scored at thrift stores and flea markets were refreshed with paint, then artfully applied to achieve the shabby-chic distressed look.