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.

Fort Bragg, California

From Blue Collar to Blue Ribbon

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Dream Towns: Fort Bragg, California
Photographer David Fenton

Your Favorite Restaurant Could Be:

The Restaurant. Chef and owner Jim Larsen serves fresh Pacific seafood. Or Piaci Pub & Pizzeria (pictured at right), with its impressive list of California brews.

Visiting Fort Bragg: 

Stay a week: Built in 1915, the Grey Whale Inn is a bed-and-breakfast in downtown. Rates start at $150; 800/382-7244 or

Stay a month: Oceanfront Cape Cod-style bungalow, three bedrooms, three baths. Weekly rates start at $1,962; 888/942-8284 or

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