Everybody loves vacations. It’s a time to unwind and get away from everything—leave the worries behind while you relax and recharge. Some people prefer adventures and excitement, while others like vacationing at some quiet spot.
No matter what mood you are in, we here at FeedFond have a perfect solution for you… check out these coastal towns.
Every city in the world has its own unique characteristics, and beach towns are no different. Each carries its own unique vibe. It doesn’t matter if you’re feeling adventurous or looking for a quiet getaway, you can find the perfect coastal town to fit your preference; whether you’re going solo, with friends to party it up or taking family vacation—just take a few minutes to do some quick basic research and you can find the perfect fit.
If you are adverse to traveling abroad, or perhaps finding yourself on more of a budget, check out this list of 46 coastal towns in the USA that you might consider for your next getaway. With 23 coastal states, United States has the most varied coastlines in the world. From east to west coast, the different landscapes and individual town culture will surely make your trip entertaining, to say the least.
We hope this list will be helpful when planning your next vacation!
Contents & Quick Navigation
- #1 CALIFORNIA: CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA
- #2 CALIFORNIA: MENDOCINO
- #3 CALIFORNIA: NEWPORT BEACH
- #4 CALIFORNIA: SANTA BARBARA
- #5 CONNECTICUT: NIANTIC
- #6 CONNECTICUT: OLD SAYBROOK
- #7 DELAWARE: LEWES
- #8 DELAWARE: REHOBOTH BEACH
- #9 FLORIDA: AMELIA ISLAND
- #10 FLORIDA: KEY WEST
- #11 FLORIDA: MATLACHA
- #12 FLORIDA: PALM BEACH
- #13 FLORIDA: ST. AUGUSTINE
- #14 GEORGIA: DRIFTWOOD BEACH, JEKYLL ISLAND
- #15 GEORGIA: TYBEE ISLAND
- #16 MAINE: BAR HARBOR
- #17 MAINE: CAMDEN
- #18 MAINE: ROCKPORT
- #19 MARYLAND: ASSATEAGUE ISLAND
- #20 MARYLAND: OCEAN CITY
- #21 MARYLAND: ST. MICHAELS
- #22 MASSACHUSETTS: CHATHAM
- #23 MASSACHUSETTS: NANTUCKET
- #24 MASSACHUSETTS: PROVINCETOWN
- #25 MASSACHUSETTS: OAK BLUFFS
- #26 NEW HAMPSHIRE: HAMPTON BEACH
- #27 NEW HAMPSHIRE: NEW CASTLE
- #28 NEW JERSEY: CAPE MAY
- #29 NEW JERSEY: OCEAN GROVE
- #30 NEW JERSEY: SPRING LAKE
- #31 NEW YORK: MONTAUK
- #32 NEW YORK: SAG HARBOR
- #33 NEW YORK: SHELTER ISLAND
- #34 NORTH CAROLINA: BALD HEAD ISLAND
- #35 NORTH CAROLINA: CASWELL BEACH
- #36 NORTH CAROLINA: SOUTHPORT
- #37 OREGON: BANDON
- #38 OREGON: CANNON BEACH
- #39 RHODE ISLAND: NEWPORT
- #40 RHODE ISLAND: WATCH HILL
- #41 SOUTH CAROLINA: FOLLY BEACH
- #42 SOUTH CAROLINA: HILTON HEAD ISLAND
- #43 VIRGINIA: CHINCOTEAGUE
- #44 VIRGINIA: VIRGINIA BEACH
- #45 WASHINGTON: SAN JUAN ISLANDS
- #46 WASHINGTON: SHI SHI BEACH
#1 CALIFORNIA: CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA
Romantic homes are plentiful in California, thanks to the gorgeous weather that makes nearly everything a little prettier. But it really doesn’t get any lovelier than Carmel-by-the-Sea, which looks like a movie set for an enchanting rom-com.
#2 CALIFORNIA: MENDOCINO
Nestled on the northern California coast and surrounded by both redwoods and wine country, this low-key town has a distinctive beauty.
#3 CALIFORNIA: NEWPORT BEACH
Your jaw might always be dropped in this southern California town, which has both stunning homes and incredible natural features.
#4 CALIFORNIA: SANTA BARBARA
Nicknamed the “American Riviera,” Santa Barbara has an old-school California charm. The architecture channels the area’s Spanish heritage, with tiled roofs and white stucco strongly represented throughout the area.
#5 CONNECTICUT: NIANTIC
Located near the tourist magnet Mystic Seaport, Niantic offers a slightly less crowded (but by no means less charming) town. You won’t find big-box stores here, but you will find a lovely main street that runs parallel to the Long Island Sound for gorgeous views as you grab a leisurely lunch.
#6 CONNECTICUT: OLD SAYBROOK
If it was good enough to be the town where Katharine Hepburn lived, it’s definitely worthy of our list. Old Saybrook is near Niantic (it’s about a 15-minute drive) and has a similar old-school charm. However, the Connecticut shore town decidedly popular in the summer, when the population triples to 30,000 from 10,000.
#7 DELAWARE: LEWES
Lewes may be perched on the Delaware Bay, but we just had to include it on our list. The highly walkable town features a small historic district and an easy pace of life that’s heavenly for those who don’t want the hustle and bustle of busier beach towns.
#8 DELAWARE: REHOBOTH BEACH
Delaware’s most popular beach town draws tourists from the tri-state region, who love the nostalgic vibe of the boardwalk and shopping districts.
#9 FLORIDA: AMELIA ISLAND
This serene island on the northern Atlantic coast side of Florida has long been a beach destination known for its cultural offerings in addition to its stately homes.
#10 FLORIDA: KEY WEST
Key West is paradise on earth. There are candy-colored homes, coral reefs to explore, exceptional seafood and an overall “vacation” atmosphere where you can really let your hair down.
#11 FLORIDA: MATLACHA
It might not be as well-known as other Florida beach towns, but this small island is simply adorable. Brightly-hued homes and galleries mingle with fishing boats and nature lovers.
#12 FLORIDA: PALM BEACH
Since its founding, Palm Beach has been synonymous with luxury. There are some of the most beautiful mansions you’ll see, along with the gorgeous shopping district on Worth Avenue.
#13 FLORIDA: ST. AUGUSTINE
St. Augustine is filled with historic sights, ranging from the oldest wooden schoolhouse in America to the oldest masonry fort in the United States. You can even visit the Fountain of Youth.
#14 GEORGIA: DRIFTWOOD BEACH, JEKYLL ISLAND
Jekyll Island is known for its dramatic scenery, ranging from marshlands to unique beaches, like the highly photogenic Driftwood Beach.
#15 GEORGIA: TYBEE ISLAND
Just down the way from gorgeous Savannah is its “official” beach: Tybee Island. This barrier island has picturesque southern architecture but is also known for its seasonal population of loggerhead turtles.
#16 MAINE: BAR HARBOR
Bar Harbor is an area with two distinct personalities. On one side is the preppy vacation destination complete with a quaint shopping district, on the other is the stunning Arcadia National Park.
#17 MAINE: CAMDEN
Like other New England beach towns, Camden is decidedly more popular in the summer (the populations swells to three times its year-round size then). One visit to this historic and creative town will make you want to join the masses who summer here.
#18 MAINE: ROCKPORT
Rockport is a town over from Camden and has a slightly sleepier feel. Yet it is just as stunning as its neighbor, so much that it is an art colony for the many artists who become inspired by the striking shores.
#19 MARYLAND: ASSATEAGUE ISLAND
You’ve never experienced anything quite like Assateague Island, where hundreds of ponies roam free. Though you won’t find a boardwalk or a residential area here, you just might find yourself sharing the shore with friendlier members of the equine population.
#20 MARYLAND: OCEAN CITY
Though Ocean City has plenty to do in terms of entertainment, it’s not exactly a beautiful town. However, there are still pockets of calm to be found — especially by the water, where you could find an abandoned pier.
#21 MARYLAND: ST. MICHAELS
While this isn’t on a true “on the ocean” beach, St. Michaels is a gorgeous harbor on the Eastern Shore that has the quaint feel of a 19th-century village.
#22 MASSACHUSETTS: CHATHAM
You could fill an entire list of beautiful beach towns with entries solely from Massachusetts. Chatham is located on the southeastern-most tip of Cape Cod and boasts a rich history that goes all the way back to 1665. From the classic New England architecture to the 19th-century lighthouse, it’s a place that often feels as if time has stood still.
#23 MASSACHUSETTS: NANTUCKET
Does it get any more classic than Nantucket? Once a 19th-century whaling hub, today it’s a vacation haven filled with fantastic old buildings.
#24 MASSACHUSETTS: PROVINCETOWN
Originally founded in 1620, Provincetown is yet another gorgeous Massachusetts beach town. However, the vibe is a bit more fun and energetic than the more staid destinations. While you do find the traditional New England homes here, you also find an eclectic array of entertainment from cabarets to nightclubs.
#25 MASSACHUSETTS: OAK BLUFFS
Victorian homes in pastel hues dot the Martha’s Vineyard neighborhood of Oak Bluffs, giving the town an old-fashioned feel. Basically, every photo is Insta-worthy here.
#26 NEW HAMPSHIRE: HAMPTON BEACH
This small coastal town has a bustling boardwalk, but also no shortage of gorgeous homes, inns, and restaurants.
#27 NEW HAMPSHIRE: NEW CASTLE
With a population of under 1,000 people, this town is very, very small. Interestingly enough, it’s also the only New Hampshire town situated entirely on islands. Despite that, the area is popular for tourists, who particularly seek out the many fine dining options here.
#28 NEW JERSEY: CAPE MAY
Cape May is one of the jewels of the New Jersey shoreline. Famous for its Victorian homes, the area is also becoming increasingly known for the number of wineries just outside of the beachfront area.
#29 NEW JERSEY: OCEAN GROVE
If you like tiny homes, you’ll love Ocean Grove. Between blocks of pretty cottages and a main street with an old-fashioned ice cream parlor, you’ll find these teeny tent homes that are decorated with flair every summer.
#30 NEW JERSEY: SPRING LAKE
Incredible estates fill this perfect shore town, where lawns are impeccable and gardens thoughtfully-designed. There is also a small main street with a few boutiques, but the main draw is the neighborhood (and the peaceful beach).
#31 NEW YORK: MONTAUK
Considered the more down-to-earth of the Hamptons towns, Montauk is a haven for surfers (and those who wish they were surfers). The atmosphere is laid-back, with just the tiniest smidge of starch. The homes are gracious, but it’s the kind of place where you can happily play frisbee with your pup.
#32 NEW YORK: SAG HARBOR
This village is incorporated in East Hampton and Southampton, bringing a sweet small-town feel to the area. Like Nantucket, the town was once a hotbed for whaling. Today, you can buy old-timey cottages where captains once lived, then brush up on your history at the Whaling Museum. The puns write themselves: It’s a whale of a time!
#33 NEW YORK: SHELTER ISLAND
This island (at the eastern end of Long Island) is both wild and luxurious. You’ll see huge mansions, but also a more untamed landscape thanks to the Mashomack Preserve.
#34 NORTH CAROLINA: BALD HEAD ISLAND
Don’t let the funny name fool you: This village is gorgeous. The no-cars-allowed island has a friendly feel, even though it was once the hideout of legendary pirates (like Blackbeard).
#35 NORTH CAROLINA: CASWELL BEACH
Golf courses and quiet beaches lend a peaceful air to this town, located on North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands.
#36 NORTH CAROLINA: SOUTHPORT
Pinterest dreams start with Southport, another town on the scenic Brunswick Islands. It’s not just about the serene neighborhoods — you can wile away a day searching for gorgeous shells, or take in the interesting sight of a maritime forest. Oh, and you can take a ferry to Bald Head Island from here.
#37 OREGON: BANDON
Though it looks as if this photo was of a Scottish shore town, this lush coastal town is indeed in Oregon. The variations in the landscape (you can easily fish, hike, golf or just sit out on the beach) make it a haven for outdoorsy types.
#38 OREGON: CANNON BEACH
You might recognize this sight from the opening scene of The Goonies. This is Haystack Rock, a sea stack that’s one of the main attractions of this pristine beach.
#39 RHODE ISLAND: NEWPORT
Before there was Palm Beach or the Hamptons, there was the original beach playground of the insanely wealthy: Newport. Here, the giant mansions were ironically called “cottages,” and feature such subtle features an all-gold room.
#40 RHODE ISLAND: WATCH HILL
For a slightly more down-to-earth experience, visit Watch Hill. Note that we said “slightly.” After all, this is where you’ll find one of Taylor Swift’s summer homes. Still, you’ll enjoy lovely examples of 19th-century architecture, boutiques, and oyster bars.
#41 SOUTH CAROLINA: FOLLY BEACH
This island beach town is within driving distance to the always-gorgeous Charleston. Colonial-style homes and palm trees dot the neighborhood, while those who take to the beach will usually get to see adorable dolphins frolicking in the waves. Though there is a strong nightlife here, your best evening plan may be to stay put on the beach, where you can often see the incredible sight of the Milky Way.
#42 SOUTH CAROLINA: HILTON HEAD ISLAND
The Lowcountry island has long been a favorite vacation destination, which does mean there are plenty of tourist-y attractions to take in. But plenty of beauty can still be found in the region’s stately homes and lovely natural landscape.
#43 VIRGINIA: CHINCOTEAGUE
The sister island of Assateague, Chincoteague is famous for its wild horses. But unlike Assateague, Chincoteague has a residential neighborhood — and it’s comprised of some of the most adorable cottages you’ll see.
#44 VIRGINIA: VIRGINIA BEACH
Virginia Beach is a small city rather than a town, but its pristine coastline is worthy of our list. Take a trip away from the high-rises to the rugged splendor of the Back Bay National Refuge or explore the trails of the First Landing Park. Then, head over to the city’s thriving creative district for lunch and shopping.
#45 WASHINGTON: SAN JUAN ISLANDS
The San Juan Islands are a special mention on our list — it may not be an oceanfront town like most other entries, but it’s one of the most gorgeous areas of the United States Whether you’re there to whale watch, explore lighthouses or visiting one of the quaint and artsy towns (like Friday Harbor, where you won’t find a single chain restaurant), you can’t go wrong with a visit.
#46 WASHINGTON: SHI SHI BEACH
Though Shi Shi Beach is located within Olympic State Park rather than a traditional beach town, this public shore practically becomes its own city with the number of campers who want some of the best ocean views you’ll ever see (like the famous Point of Arches sea stacks).
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