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 Best Beach Is:

Moonlight Beach, a few blocks from Main Street, with a children’s play area and a snack bar serving burgers.

On the weekend you might: learn how to surf on Moonlight Beach’s beginner waves with Leucadia Surf School, or head to Swami’s overlook to watch the big waves. Or, bike, fish, and take mini road trips to Solana Beach (31⁄2 miles) or San Diego.

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