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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Boating Haven
Matt Brown

Boating Haven

Anacortes, Washington

Boats of one size or another draw most first-time visitors to this town on Fidalgo Island, the easternmost of Washington state's San Juan Islands and the only one connected to the mainland by bridge. For some, it's a sailboat or motorboat. For others, it's the jumbo Washington State Ferry they catch here to launch a vacation in those islands or into Canada. It’s the sense of community that makes many stay.

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