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20 ultimate fantasy towns

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Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii
Erin Kunkel

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Kailua, HI
The Oahu town is where the Obamas vacation, but for the other 50 weeks, it goes back to being itself: a low-key cross between small town and suburb, with two of the best beaches on the planet.
Population: 50,000; median single-family home: $710,000

Summerland, CA
With picket fences, cedar-shake buildings, and a cute-as-a-button main drag, Summer-land is like a dose of New England charm ... albeit with palm trees, better surf, and the Bikini Factory.
Population: 1,448; median single-family home: $950,000

Todos Santos, Mexico
Just 50 miles north of Cabo, but worlds away from its sprawling resorts, is this blissful beachy village known for great surf, just-caught seafood, and postcard-perfect sunsets.
Population: 5,148; median single-family home: $195,000

Troncones, Mexico
Less than an hour north of Zihuatanejo is Troncones, a one-road fishing village with vacation-esque comforts (yoga, surf camps, even wood-fired pizza at Hacienda Eden). Expats meet at Café Sol.
Population: 700; median single-family home: $265,000


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