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.

Encinitas, California

Socal's Unsung Paradise

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Dream Towns: Encinitas, California

Your View Is:

California bungalows and blue waves being carved apart by surfers.

Your neighbors are: beachy and bohemian. The roots run deep here, but younger generations are bringing healthy living habits to town with more than 12 downtown yoga studios.

Your Main Street has: enough surf shops (seven) to keep the foam industry above water, 1st Street Bar, The Saloon, El Callejon (authentic Mexican like cochinita pibil—slow-roasted chunks of pork in achiote, orange, and onions), and sushi at Sakura Bana. Also, the mass transit runs a half-block parallel to Main Street, with trains connecting to San Diego, L.A., and beyond.

Your favorite restaurant could be: The Beachside Bar & Grill, a family-run local favorite for listening to live music on the patio and digging into The Woody Burger.




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