Living oceanfront is idyllic. Period. The sound of waves lapping against the shore from your porch, viewing the sunrise from the beach daily, and sand in your toes whenever you’re in the mood, are just a few dreamy propositions that prompt people to buy in oceanfront communities.
Saying yes to those things is easy. Knowing your priorities beyond a daily dose of salt air is the next step.
Consider your needs:
Are you looking for a permanent residence or second home?
Do you want to live in the U.S. or the Caribbean?
Can you work from anywhere?
Are you retired and hoping to surround yourself with like-minded people?
Do you have a boat and need access to a marina?
Is proximity to family a priority?
Knowing what’s important to you and your spouse is a great place to start your community search.
North to South
Knowing the region you want to be in is a great place to start your search. While the most popular retirement destinations are in the southern U.S. and in the Caribbean, many choose to stay up north.
If you’re in the market for a coastal community that offers four seasons and proximity to cities like NYC or Washington D.C., oceanfront communities near Rehoboth Beach, DE, and Cape Charles, VA are excellent options. Both boast a peaceful and vibrant oceanfront lifestyle.
For those planning to head south, the list of beachfront options is long. North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia host numerous oceanfront communities on the outskirts of cities like Wilmington, Charleston, Beaufort, Hilton Head, and Savannah. Every southern town has its own culture, just as every community has its own lifestyle. So, take your time exploring areas of interest before deciding which region is right for you.
If you know you want to live in a 55+ community, then Florida is a great place start looking. From the Gulf Coast to the Atlantic, oceanfront communities are plentiful.
And, then, there’s the Caribbean. Its magical, oceanfront destinations often seem entirely out of reach. But, in countries like Panama, Costa Rica, and Mexico, resort communities are abundant, and many are quite affordable. Check out our list of international communities for more information.
Discovering the Dream
So, you’ve thoroughly considered your options and you’re ready to explore regions of interest. Now for the fun part – discovery travel! Most oceanfront communities offer discovery packages that allow you and your spouse the opportunity to ‘live like a resident’. This is by far the best way to ensure that a community is right for you.