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Top 14 unsung beach towns

Enjoy a heaping dose of sand and surf in these quintessential beach towns--but better keep these underrated spots (relatively) secret!

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Sequim, WA
Photo by José Mandojana; written by Sophie Egan

Sequim, WA

Coastal Washington’s sunniest town has the blue sky and outdoorsy vibe you’d expect, but lots of surprises too. if you’ve heard of Sequim (pronounced skwim) and its sunny skies, you’ve probably also heard that its world revolves around lavender. But young farmers—and bakers, chefs, and winemakers— have put down roots in Sequim, and now artisanal and organic are becoming the norm. It also doesn’t hurt that you get a front-row seat to some of the most spectacular coast in Washington. As for Sequim’s famous “blue hole,” the sun patch formed by the Olympic Mountains’ rain shadow, it’s no joke. When you drive through the misty Olympic Peninsula and cross into the Dungeness Valley, blue sky appears above like a spotlight, as if on cue. Here, right smack-dab in the middle of cloud country, is a town almost as sunny as L.A., where serenity is the reality.


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