See the top 10 finalists for our second-annual list of the top places to live on the coast. Now YOU decide the winner!
Sun-drenched, quiet, and decidedly offbeat, this refuge of hippie, surf, and political counterculture is just 13 miles north of San Francisco, but is surprisingly tucked away.
This slender barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico is home to 583 full-time residents and is ringed by sugar-sand beaches laced with more than 250 types of seashells.
In the oyster-and-crab-rich kingdom that is the Eastern Shore, the small island of Chincoteague is home to fewer than 3,000 people and an annual influx of 150 wild ponies.
Renowned surfing beaches–Waimea Bay, Ehukai (Banzai Pipeline), and Sunset Beach–art galleries galore, and colorful plantation-style architecture make this North Shore town unforgettable.
This quirky, warm, and wholly unique town perched at the very end of Cape Cod is surrounded by vast sand dunes and more than 30 miles of beaches that offer instant escape into seaside wilderness.
It's hard to believe that this charming Midwestern city on Lake Michigan isn't located on Cape Cod or in Southern California–the beach sand is that tawny-beautiful, the vibe is that laid-back.
An ultimate New England base for adventurers and beach lovers, Scarborough is set among verdant, graceful marshlands and sweeping white sand beaches beloved by surfers, surf fishermen, and swimmers.
With 42 miles of stunning beaches and European-style architecture bordered by narrow, redbrick lanes, this pedestrian-friendly city is a lovely mix of natural beauty and historic charm.
A dreamy Southern enclave with moss–draped oaks, marshes, and pristine beaches, this resort community also sports 99 holes of golf, excellent fishing, and plenty of family fun.
Set on a peninsula in Rhode Island's southwestern corner, this tiny community is home to three beaches and a quaint downtown with shingled shops boasting galleries, antiques, and boutiques.
How We Picked the Winners We began with every place we've lauded as a Dream Town over the past 15 years, and took your nominations, too. From there, we looked at the rank on the Gallup–Healthways Well–Being Index, percentage of clear and sunny days, healthiness of beaches, commute times, walkability, crime ratings, standard of living and financial well being of the locals, geographic diversity, and our editors' assessment of each town's "coastal vibe." (2012 and 2013 winners were not eligible.)
How often can I vote? You can vote every hour beginning at 12 am EST. Votes are limited to one per IP address.
The Results The top 10 ranking will be revealed in our July/August issue.