WRITTEN BY: Keri Wiginton
Best beach towns
to live in
very beach town has its share of pluses and minuses, which got us thinking about what makes a beach town the best one to live in. To find out, Stacker consulted data from WalletHub, released June 17, 2020, that compares U.S. beach towns. Ratings are based on six categories: affordability, weather, safety, economy, education and health, and quality of life.
Kailua residents get to enjoy the world-renowned Kailua and Lanikai beaches, and enjoy delicious food from roadside stands, food trucks, weekly farmers markets, and local restaurants and bars. The town is mostly covered in tropical rainforest and is home to the Waimea Canyon and the Nounou Trails—both popular hiking spots.
Don’t worry about finding caffeine or a place to eat in Sarasota. Beach-goers can get some sun and sand at a variety of beach locations, including the popular Siesta Key.
Santa Monica, CA
Santa Monica is a coastal city 16 miles west of Los Angeles. Santa Monica State Beach is a favorite local hangout perfect for swimming, surfing, or biking along the stunning Marvin Braude Bike Trail.
Newport Beach, CA
Newport Beach is more than a great beach town; it also shows up on lists of the best places to live in the U.S. Though real estate isn’t cheap, Balboa Island is a great place for locals and tourists to visit. Kids and parents can enjoy the Balboa Fun Zone.
Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton sits between West Palm Beach and Miami on Florida’s east coast. For a day away from the beach, residents can shop at Mizner Park or take in some culture at the Boca Raton Museum of Art.
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