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.

Lewes, Delaware

The Sleeper on the Bay

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Dream Towns: Lewes, Delaware
Photographer David J. Kraft

Your View Is:

Over the canal and Lewes Beach to Breakwater Harbor or out to curving Cape Henlopen and the Atlantic.

Your main street has: Notting Hill Coffee Roastery, Kids’ Ketch toy store, The Buttery, Piccolino clothing store, Teller Wines, St. Peter’s old mariner’s church, and a drawbridge over the canal connecting to the beachside shops and galleries.

Your favorite restaurant could be: Agave for fresh, authentic Mexican food and a tequila bar.

Your neighbors are: mostly residents in their late 50s. Lewes locals participate in the arts community; make trips to Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, or New York (all around three hours away); and bike or walk the American Discovery Trail.


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