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.

Duxbury, Massachusetts

Preppy and quaint

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Dream Towns: Duxbury, Massachusetts
Photo: Michael Hanson

Your best beach is:

Duxbury Beach, a half-mile wooden bridge away (with residents-only parking). It’s five miles of white sand with no big development or retail, just one little beach shack selling burgers and sodas.

Your favorite place to eat could be: Winsor House, the watering hole where everyone goes for cocktails and fireside chats.

On the weekend you might: Head to the beach or join one of the many small boat regattas in summer. The Duxbury Bay Maritime School offers year-round sailing and crew opportunities. In winter, escape four hours north to New Hampshire or Vermont for skiing.

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