Best coastal towns

5 small towns where the coastline takes center stage

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    See our favorite small towns for ocean and outdoor fun, great food, and green living

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ASTORIA, OR

Population: 9,879

What a house costs: $258,961

An innovator in community planning, it’s a phenomenally scenic, historic fishing town where the Columbia River meets the Pacific.

INFO  oldoregon.com

DEL MAR, CA

Population: 4,426

What a house costs: $1,104,388

It’s where the turf meets the surf ― a SoCal coastal town that’s maintained a distinct identity despite growth all around it.

INFO  delmarchamber.org

HANALEI, KAUAI, HI

Population: 478

What a house costs: $945,000

Once you’re off the tourist track, it’s all about scenery, surfing, and multicultural cuisine: teriyaki, taco trucks, and chef Jim Moffat’s tuna carpaccio at Bar Acuda.

INFO  kauaichamber.org

HOMER, AK

Population: 5,691

What a house costs: $244,902

A completely charming small town on the Kenai Peninsula that’s the artistic and literary epicenter of Alaska.

INFO  homeralaska.org

 

 

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