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.

Beaufort, North Carolina

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Dream Towns: Beaufort, North Carolina

Beaufort, North Carolina

Located at the southern end of the Outer Banks, this town (pronounced BO-fort,  population 4,189) satisfies outdoor enthusiasts with endless beach activities.

“In summer, it’s not unusual to see more people riding bikes than in cars,” says city planner Kyle Garner. 

Your view is: horses grazing on Rachel Carson Reserve with dolphins swimming in Taylor’s Creek. Cape Lookout National Seashore is at the southern tip of the Outer Banks and can be seen across Back Sound.



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