1. Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
As if ripped from a fairy tale, this European-style village sits above a white-sand beach. And with nearly a hundred galleries in one square mile, it's the perfect village to soak up inspiration.
2. Port Aransas, TX
For Texans looking for some surf, Port Aransas has a groovy, small-town feel with lots of great food.
8. Florence, OR
This coastal village has lots of local charm, restaurants, and, most importantly: sandboarding!
9. Cayucos, CA
Referred to some as California's last beach town, a trip to Cayucos is like a trip to where time forgot.
10. New Smyrna Beach, FL
New Smyrna Beach is a tranquil dream. After taking in some of the beautiful coast, take a walk down the historic Canal Street for shops and restaurants aplenty.