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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Classic California Coast
Mark Gibson

Classic California Coast

Pismo Beach, California

Say "California coast" and an image of surf, sun, and sand typically comes to mind. Add cute shops, divey restaurants, and a backdrop of oak-studded hills abutting vineyards just beyond view and you've got the recipe for Pismo Beach.

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