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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Catalina Island Retreat
Courtesy of Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce

Catalina Island Retreat

Avalon, California

Every American who has fantasized about living on a Mediterranean island can relax. There's a place much closer to home where you can enjoy the mild climate without changing currency or learning another language. Santa Catalina Island.

With cars restricted (it takes years to get a permit), this might be the only place in Southern California that has vanquished automotive tyranny.

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