Coastal Living: 20 Best Places to Live on the Coast in 2018

Ready for your dream life to begin? These amazing locations, from little beach towns to humming coastal cities, from sweet domestic islands to expat escapes, are ready for you.

Long Branch, New Jersey

Population: 30,941
Sunny Days Per Year: 213

Originally a beachy escape for millionaires, theater stars, and U.S. presidents, this late-1800s resort city on the Jersey Shore has maintained its summery sense of play while evolving over the years into a year-round escape from big-city life. With easy train access into Manhattan, a new boardwalk and promenade (rebuilt after Hurricane Sandy) anchoring its Pier Village, and the great distinction of being the birthplace of New Jersey’s own Bruce Springsteen, there is much to love about the reborn Mid-Atlantic city on the sea.

Your One Thing: The Seven Presidents Church has served more presidents than any church outside of Washington, D.C. Now housing a museum, the church is open for private tours.

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