These Coastal Cities Have the Most Vacation Homes in the Country
1. Ocean City, Maryland
This picturesque Atlantic Coast gem has garnered many accolades over the years, including being ranked among our 2018 Happiest Seaside Towns and earning top honors as our crowd-sourced Best Beach in America in 2016. And no surprise: Between the famous boardwalk and the beaches, the family-friendly town attracts a whole lot of vacationers, with more than 50 percent of its total homes owned by part-timers (that’s more than anywhere else in the country!).
2. Cape Cod, Massachusetts
This charming New England peninsula is renowned for its quaint villages, lighthouses, seafood shacks, and a distinctive style of cottage that attracts more than its fair share of heart-eyed vacationers. More than 63,000, or 39 percent, of those Cape Cod cottages are owned solely for recreational use.
3. Morehead City, North Carolina
A tiny port town just south of Beaufort, Morehead City lures tourists with its watersports, nature trails, and lively waterfront. More than a third of all homes here are owned by vacationers—and if you’re searching for a beach vacation home of your own, you just might find a bargain here (median home prices are a reasonable $242,000).
4. Salisbury, Maryland
Maryland’s Eastern Shore houses a lot of jewels, and this quiet town along the Wicomico River is one of them. Salisbury’s community draws include regular festivals and a growing arts and cultural scene; its picturesque riverfront and quick access to the Chesapeake Bay and Assateague Island make it alluring for second homeowners (who claim 32 percent of the total number of homes).
5. Key West, Florida
On an island that thrives on its tourism, it’s not much of a surprise that many of the homes here are used recreationally. Close to 15,000 (or 28 percent) of Key West’s charming cottages are owned by vacationers. (And we truly envy each and every one of you.)
6. Naples, Florida
This upscale Gulf coast town tops the list of multiple rankings—from the best places to retire to the happest and healthiest towns in America—so it makes sense that everyone would want a piece of this utopia, if only during winters or vacations. Twenty-seven percent of all homes here are used solely for part-time purposes.
7. Fort Myers, Florida
Just north of Naples is another hot spot for vacationers (and snowbirds). With 97,709 total vacation homes, Fort Myers claims more part-time residences than any other city on the list (though, that number makes up just a quarter of all homes in the area). Perhaps it’s the glorious white sand beaches?
8. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Sixty miles of sandy beaches and loads of attractions for the whole family mean there’s plenty of reason to set down part-time roots in this vacation paradise. According to the ranking, 25.1 percent of all homes here are vacation escapes. (Shout out to deal hunters: the median home price is just $182,900!)