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Top Coastal Towns to Visit in the Fall

It might be October, but that doesn’t mean spending your days in a beautiful coastal town are out of the question. In fact, for the most part, the weather is still nice enough to walk bare-foot on the beach—maybe even dip your toes in the surf. So even though the days are cooling, there’s still time to hit the beach. Here are five coastal towns you can visit in the fall for that last minute time on the coast.

Bald Head Island NC - Old Baldy Lighthouse - Best Places to Retire in North Carolina - Coastal DestinationsBALD HEAD ISLAND, NC

Welcome to this North Carolina Island, where 10,000 or its 12,000 acres are untouched beach, marsh, and maritime forest preserves. The remaining acres are filled with close-knit neighborhoods where the residents respect the natural beauty of their surroundings. You can reach this island two ways: either by passenger ferry or your own private vessel, and once you get here, the only way around is by golf cart, bicycle, or your own two feet. Bald Head Island gives you a chance to leave the mainland behind and truly slip into coastal Carolina paradise.

After the two-mile journey across the Cape Fear River, residents and visitors alike will find themselves in the home of Old Baldy, the state’s oldest standing lighthouse. You will also find a full service marina, day spa, golf course, and charming boutiques to browse through. When you’re hungry, you can find dining on the island that covers the entire spectrum of food choices.

REHOBOTH BEACH, DE

Known as “The Nation’s Summer Capital” for the many visitors the area has from places like Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., and other surrounding states during the summer, Rehoboth Beach is a quaint coastal town waiting for you to explore it—even after the summer months are over. Once here you’ll be in a place of tax free shopping, with great places to shop like the Tanger Outlets. You might stumble upon live music and entertainment from Rehoboth Beach Bandstand and Clear Space Theatre Company. With a real walking downtown, it’s easy for you to explore the area. This culinary destination is family friendly, with a one-mile wooden boardwalk and amusements, and thirty miles of unspoiled coastline to admire. And there are many ways to explore this Delaware gem, too. Try your hand at kayaking, take a nature cruise or ferry ride, or stick to mainland and hit the walking trails. No matter how you look at it, Rehoboth Beach is a coastal destination like no other and there are plenty of Delaware gated communities to allow you to find your best place to live.

Rehoboth Beach DE - Best Places to Retire in Delaware - Coastal TownsCHARLESTON, SC

The oldest and second largest city in South Carolina is full of things to discover and explore. Its dining scene is impeccable, Charleston’s culinary world sprinkled with awarding winning chefs and delicious dishes. Their food is such a big part of their charm that they even have Culinary Tours you can participate in.

In historic downtown Charleston you’ll come across many art galleries, boutiques, museums and historic sites. Notable places to visit are Boone Hall Plantation, Old City Market, and the South Carolina Aquarium on Charleston Harbor. This coastal town is full of historic charm and endless opportunities for fun, which is why it’s no surprise that Charleston is ranked annually as one of the nation’s most visited cities, and has been voted America’s Best City three times in a row.

PORT ANGELES, WA

The west coast can’t be left out when it comes to some of the best coastal towns to visit. The town of Port Angeles, Washington, is one such town.

Situated on the Olympic Peninsula along the shore of Strait of Juan de Fuca, this city has a narrow natural sandspit called Ediz Hook that winds nearly three miles into the strait. It acts a deep water harbor, deep enough to anchor such boats as cruise ships.

The downtown waterfront is walkable, and among the variety of unique shops and restaurants you’ll also find specialty shops for kayaking, fishing, scuba diving, hiking and much more. This coastal city is full of recreational activities to keep you busy. While here, make sure you visit City Pier, found in the heart of the downtown area. City Pier offers visitors and residents alike incredible views of the ships using the harbor, the snowcapped peaks of the Olympic Mountains, and the city of Victoria, Canada, which you can travel to year-found by ferry. If you’re interested in marine life, City Pier also hosts Fiero Marine Life Center, and just next door the Olympic Coast Discovery Center.


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Salters Haven

Salters Haven

Hampstead, North Carolina

Nestled along the sparkling Intracoastal, in the growing coastal town of Hampstead, NC, Salters Haven will be the place for those who seek an active lifestyle on the water. Enjoy a celebration of family, community, recreation on the water and elegant coastal homes here at Salters Haven.
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Port Ludlow

Port Ludlow

Port Ludlow, Washington

Port Ludlow is a resort-style community located on the shores of the Puget Sound, just a 30-minute ferry ride away from Seattle, Washington. Port Ludlow is close enough to the city, but far enough to enjoy an active and tranquil lifestyle. With views of the Olympic Mountains, a bustling social life, waterfront inn, and myriad of recreational amenities, the community has regularly been ranked as one of the top ten neighborhoods in the U.S.
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Compass Premier Realty Ambergris Caye

Compass Premier Realty Ambergris Caye

San Pedro, Belize

Excellent retiree program - buyers are eligible for tax benefits, including exemptions on retirement income. Ambergris Caye is the number 1 tourist and retirement destination in Belize and one of the top retirement destinations in all of the Caribbean and Central America . We have seen a constant increase in tourism to the country.
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The Landings on Skidaway Island - Savannah's Choice for Island Living

The Landings on Skidaway Island - Savannah's Choice for Island Living

Savannah, Georgia

The Landings on Skidaway Island is a private gated community known as much for its beauty as for its personality. Located on the Intracoastal Waterway and just 12 miles from the charming and historic city of Savannah, GA, The Landings celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2012.
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The Bluffs on the Cape Fear

The Bluffs on the Cape Fear

Leland, North Carolina

The Bluffs on the Cape Fear is a vibrant, master-planned community perched on a pristine stretch of the Cape Fear River. Just 15 minutes from the classic waterfront hometown of historic Wilmington, NC, The Bluffs is a private, coastal haven for the families who call it home.
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WaterSong at RiverTown

WaterSong at RiverTown

St Johns,

WaterSong at RiverTown is now open! As a Florida 55+ Active Adult Community, now is the time to enjoy a carefree active lifestyle centered on fun and enjoying life. Located along the banks of the St. Johns River, WaterSong features magnificent resort-style amenities. Find your dream home today!
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Bay Creek - Virginia Gated Communities

Bay Creek - Virginia Gated Communities

Cape Charles, Virginia

On the eastern shore of Virginia, life still moves to the rhythms of nature. At Bay Creek, the pristine beauty of nature is visible from the shores of the Chesapeake Bay to the winding waters of Plantation Creek.
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Sea Horse Ranch

Sea Horse Ranch

Sosua, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Sea Horse Ranch is a luxury, oceanfront resort with private villas for rent and for sale. Located in Cabarete-Sosua on the north coast of the Dominican Republic, Sea Horse Ranch is a 20-minute drive from the international airport of Puerto Plata.
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Anah Tulum Bahia Principe Resort Community

Anah Tulum Bahia Principe Resort Community

Akumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Anah Tulum Bahia Principe is a beautiful resort-style gated community sitting on 4.94 acres of Mayan jungle. It is an oasis where you can enjoy the Resort Living at its best since it is located within the Bahia Principe Hotel & Residential Complex. It offers exclusivity and security in a luxurious and elegant atmosphere.
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Brunswick Forest - A North Carolina Coastal Retirement Community

Brunswick Forest - A North Carolina Coastal Retirement Community

Leland, North Carolina

Brunswick Forest, the Coastal South's fastest growing community, is located on North Carolina's Cape Fear coast, just minutes from historic Wilmington. This 4,500-acre retreat features a wide array of neighborhoods and lifestyles, 18 holes of golf at Cape Fear National, a Clubhouse, River Club, Fitness & Wellness Center, parks and more than 100 miles of walking, biking and nature trails linking residences and amenities.
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The Isles of Collier Preserve - Florida Gated Communities

The Isles of Collier Preserve - Florida Gated Communities

Naples, Florida

Nestled within a pristine natural setting just minutes from downtown Naples and the vibrant 5th Avenue shopping and dining district, Florida's preeminent homebuilder is creating a colorful update of classic coastal living. Inspired by the timeless architecture and traditions of Old Naples, elegant new Minto homes will overlook miles of scenic kayak and biking trails.
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Waterways - Best Places to Live in Georgia

Waterways - Best Places to Live in Georgia

Richmond Hill, Georgia

Waterways is a 2,300-acre master-planned community located just 30 minutes from historic Savannah, Georgia, in charming Richmond Hill. Surrounded by a 1,600 acre nature preserve, this is a place where six-and-a-half miles of marsh frontage, over four miles of winding lagoons, and more than a thousand acres of ancient oak hammocks embrace our new homes and homesites.
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Callawassie Island - South Carolina Gated Communities

Callawassie Island - South Carolina Gated Communities

Callawassie Island, South Carolina

Callawassie Island is centrally located two miles off of Highway 170 between historic Beaufort, South Carolina and the nationally known resort of Hilton Head Island.
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Noble's Pond

Noble's Pond

Dover, Delaware

Delaware 55+ Community Situated on 293 acres with wooded areas and natural habitats Low Tax Living - Delaware taxes for retirees are ranked #1 in the NE
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Hagood Homes

Hagood Homes

Wilmington, North Carolina

Hagood Homes focus is to create with care & integrity a superior living environment for our customers. We call it Live Better Design. Whether it be a custom design or a neighborhood plan, we design our homes in-house so that Hagood Homes is a part of the process from the start. Homeowners benefit from our constant attention to details, energy efficiency and personalized design services.
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Bayside

Bayside

Selbyville, Delaware

Bayside is an award-winning classic beach resort community developed by the regionally renowned Carl M. Freeman Companies. Tree-lined streets showcase a community of stunning homes - all inspired by the New England coastal towns. Our Bayside community is ideally nestled in this quiet resort town with access to all that it has to offer. As one of Delaware's finest coastal destinations, Fenwick Island is beautifully serene but with plenty to do. Once you're here, you might notice your cares melting away as the beaches of Fenwick Island call your name.
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K. Hovnanian's® Four Seasons at Belle Terre

K. Hovnanian's® Four Seasons at Belle Terre

Lewes, Delaware

Located in Lewes, DE,. Four Seasons at Belle Terre is a 55 Plus active lifestyle community featuring low-maintenance single family homes. Residents will enjoy a 6,000 sq. ft. clubhouse with outdoor pool, as well as a state-of-the-art fitness center, billiards room, game room, lounge and aerobics room. Step outside to enjoy an extensive trail system, fire pit, outdoor kitchen, pickle ball and bocce courts.
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Palmetto Creek of the Carolinas - North Carolina Gated Communities

Palmetto Creek of the Carolinas - North Carolina Gated Communities

Bolivia, North Carolina

Imagine the serenity of a completely nature front community lined with palmetto palms and walking trails created for long walks and naturalist activities. Located just minutes from Southeast North Carolina's beautiful beaches, Palmetto Creek offers nature and wildlife beauty up close
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Asbury Ocean Club

Asbury Ocean Club

Asbury Park, New Jersey

Picture a fantasy beach house: magical ocean views, hand-picked, one-of-a-kind furnishings, and lush greenery, with sunlight streaming through floor-to-ceiling windows -- tranquil simplicity and natural beauty at every turn, and just 70 minutes from NYC. An elevated beach experience - literally - the entire 54-room hotel is elegantly set on the fourth floor of the mixed-use development's 17-story residential tower.
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Wellen Park

Wellen Park

Venice, Florida

Wellen Park is a vibrant new gated community in Venice, Florida that offers new homes and resort-style amenities. Located in the fast-growing, master-planned community of Wellen Park, we offer new homes that will complement this beautiful Sarasota County area. Get ready to enjoy the Southwest Florida lifestyle and great weather all year long. Choose from an array of thoughtfully-designed Paired Villas and Single Family Homes with unique curb appeal. Amenities will include a clubhouse, pool, tennis, pickleball, bocce, full-time Activities Director and events, parks and more. You'll love living just minutes to Downtown Venice, award-winning beaches and I-75. Quick move-in homes are available.
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Albemarle Plantation - North Carolina Gated Communities

Albemarle Plantation - North Carolina Gated Communities

Hertford , North Carolina

On the North Carolina's Inner Banks is a golf and marina community with a lifestyle like no other! Perched between historic Edenton and Elizabeth City, NC, it's an easy drive to any major city along the coast going north or south. With easy access to Tidewater Virginia and the Outer Banks of North Carolina, you will experience small town charm and big city culture at its finest.
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The Retreat at Ocean Isle Beach

The Retreat at Ocean Isle Beach

Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina

The Retreat at Ocean Isle Beach is a special community just 1 mile away from the beautiful sand and waves of Ocean Isle Beach. Residents at The Retreat are positioned uniquely within walking distance to the local grocery store, incredible restaurants and quaint shops that make Ocean Isle Beach so desirable. The colorful homes and lush landscape pay homage to the bold and bright colors you'll find lining the oceanfront streets just across the causeway.
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TAO Mexico

TAO Mexico

Akumal, Q.R., Mexico

TAO Mexico is one of the premier developers of real estate in the Riviera Maya, with more than 15 residential communities located in Tulum, Playa del Carmen, Akumal, and more. TAO embodies a philosophy of love and care in every community.
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Logan Homes - Home Builders in Premier North Carolina Communities

Logan Homes - Home Builders in Premier North Carolina Communities

Leland, North Carolina

Logan Homes offers 80+ beautiful home plans, tons of choices, quality craftsmanship, energy efficiency and the innovation that will enhance your lifestyle - all for a very smart price.
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Summerhouse on Everett Bay - North Carolina Coastal Community

Summerhouse on Everett Bay - North Carolina Coastal Community

Holly Ridge, North Carolina

A New Season Has Begun at Summerhouse. Imagine a warm, welcoming home where luxury meets coastal casual and the ocean is just beyond your front door. A community where you can go kayaking on the Intracoastal Waterway in the morning, relax by the resort-style clubhouse pool with friends in the afternoon, and check your crab pots for dinner at sunset! All this with the seaside village of Surf City and Historic Wilmington, NC nearby.
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River Dunes

River Dunes

Oriental, North Carolina

River Dunes is an award-winning coastal retreat on the coast of North Carolina. You'll find big water, big views, and big adventure here. River Dunes offers the best in coastal living and year-round boating, set in an unparalleled location with fourteen miles of shoreline on the big waters of the Pamlico Sound, Intracoastal Waterway and Neuse River.
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K. Hovnanian's® Four Seasons at Lakes of Cane Bay

K. Hovnanian's® Four Seasons at Lakes of Cane Bay

Summerville, South Carolina

Against the backdrop of a near perfect setting, K. Hovnanian's ® Four Seasons at Lakes of Cane Bay brings the best in luxurious, 55+ living to Summerville, South Carolina. This spectacular lakefront community is just a short drive from Charleston and Lowcountry beaches.
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Beau Coast

Beau Coast

Beaufort, North Carolina

For many, the dream of owning a home at the North Carolina coast has been just that-a dream. Until now. Located in historic Beaufort, NC, Beau Coast offers a relaxed atmosphere with a wide selection of homes to fit every pocketbook and lifestyle. Best of all, each home is located in an amenity-filled neighborhood that makes living in Beau Coast that much more desirable.
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Palm Cay / One Marina - Homes in the Bahamas

Palm Cay / One Marina - Homes in the Bahamas

Nassau, Bahamas

Palm Cay is a unique oceanfront gated community, set within 70 acres, which successfully blends the exclusivity of a magnificent 200+ berth marina with panoramic waterfront and glorious beaches, to offer an idyllic and affordable lifestyle-unsurpassed even by Bahamian standards.
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Hampton Hall Club

Hampton Hall Club

Bluffton,

Imagine for a minute you're visiting the private club community of Hampton Hall in Bluffton, SC. You've gotten over the awe of the dramatic and picturesque Lowcountry landscape, and you're starting to take in your surroundings. For while everything here is beautiful to look at and expertly maintained and cared for, the key component is fun and enjoyment.
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