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Went for a Vacation, Found a Home: Top Beachside Destinations to Move To

Vacations are usually temporary, but what if you can’t bear to go back home? Be careful when visiting these towns. They just might work their magic on you.

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When You Simply Can’t Go Back

Some vacations are welcome diversions from everyday life, temporary sabbaticals that leave you feeling refreshed and ready to return to your day-to-day with renewed enthusiasm and a fresh outlook.

But every once in a while, there’s that rare destination, a jewel of a place that makes you never want to leave. As the return flight approaches, you might find yourself wishing time would pass more slowly, or fantasizing about a permanent vacation on those stunning beaches, about basking forever in that welcoming sunshine, about feasting your eyes on that vibrant sunset every day for the rest of your natural life.

 4731 Rue Belle Mer, Sanibel FL, 33957

When that happens, you’re faced with a choice: do you go back home and book another trip as soon as you can, or do you uproot your entire existence and buy a home in your newfound Shangri-La so you never have to leave again?

If you happen to be visiting one of the following places, it would be completely understandable if you were leaning toward the latter. Let’s take a trip to the coast, shall we?

Sanibel Island, Florida

This boomerang-shaped island is just off the coast of Fort Meyers, Florida, but it feels like a different country. Here, you’ll find pristine white sand beaches littered with pastel seashells, swaying palm trees, and plenty of top-shelf dining and shopping venues. And check out 4731 Rue Belle Mer. It’s modestly sized for the price, but just look at that back yard!

Cannon Beach, Oregon

The Oregon Coast isn’t particularly known for its sunshine; many of the days here are better for beachfront bicycle rides and flying kites than they are for actual swimming. Still, there’s no denying the majesty of Haystack Rock or the laid-back coolness of this artsy little beach town. Just picture yourself enjoying your morning coffee at this grand seaside home on Picture Windows lane. Nice, right?

Beaufort, South Carolina

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In Beaufort, South Carolina, you’ll feel as though you’ve just stepped out of a time machine, and understandably so. This 300-year-old town is one of the Palmetto State’s oldest. It’s situated on Port Royal Island, a lush gem known for its stunning beaches and friendly locals. Don’t want to go home? Well, 7 Country Club Drive just happens to be for sale.

Santa Monica, California

Santa Monica really needs no introduction. This famous beach town has been in more films than you can count, and it’s easy to see why. Take in the local color at carnivalesque Santa Monica pier. Enjoy some ocean-fresh seafood at Enterprise Fish Company. Book tickets to the Santa Monica Symphony or enjoy your favorite drinks among the taxidermy ruminants at the Basement Tavern. And if you happen to have a spare $3.5 mil just laying around, you could spend it on 718 10th St.

 718 10th St, Santa Monica CA, 90402

Cape May, New Jersey

This quaint beach town may be in New Jersey, but you’re approximately 80% less likely to detect the aroma of Axe body spray wafting through the air here than anywhere else on the Jersey Shore. It’s full of stunning Victorian Mansions, and there’s plenty of excitement to be had on the boardwalk. If you want to make your stay less temporary, snap up this 1844 home for a mere $650k.

It’s a Big World

These are a few of our favorite beach towns, but you undoubtedly have some of your own. After all, it’s a big world, and there are so many great places to explore. Get out there and find your permanent vacation spot!


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Alex is a home staging guru who moonlights as a writer. She loves everything about interior design and loves working in the industry. Alex is an expert in finding what makes people light up when they walk into a room, and has made a living by creating interiors that are unique, warm and inviting. When she isn't arranging flowers or making sure she's found the right loveseat for prospective buyers, she writes about her passion — home design.