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Old 04-29-2013, 02:52 PM
 
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Fairhope, Alabama - on the eastern shore of the mobile Bay. It's historic and artsy, but allows for a commute to employment in mobile, and a short drive to the gulf beaches.
I was thinking Mobile, but I know it's not exactly coastal and I was unaware of the actual small coastal towns in the region. Coastal Alabama is a bit on the small side but quite nice from what I hear.
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Old 04-29-2013, 05:19 PM
 
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Perhaps Georgetown SC or Elizabeth City NC.
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Old 04-30-2013, 03:31 PM
 
Location: the Beaver State
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Shocked no one has mentioned the Pacific Northwest. I don't know much about it, but surprised no one else mentioned it.
No jobs, especially in the OP's preferred industries.
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Old 04-30-2013, 06:03 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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No jobs, especially in the OP's preferred industries.
There are plenty of jobs in the Seattle area (Portland, not so much), but it's debatable whether Puget Sound really counts as "the ocean" from the OP's perspective. For one thing, there's no surf.
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Old 05-01-2013, 03:33 AM
 
Location: Bishkek
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Those were the first three I thought of as well.

Charleston is the largest and is more of a city (city population is about 125,000, metro population is about 700,000). It has a ton of history and great culture. The low country food is excellent.

Savannah has a similar city population, but the metro is smaller. It is a lovely town with an old southern feel.

Wilmington is the smallest by both measures and is also very nice.
These three for sure, especially Charleston and Savannah, but more Charleston because it has a European flair to it as well. So the Greater Charleston Metro area would be the best suited I thick.
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Old 05-01-2013, 06:06 AM
 
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Long Beach NY
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Old 05-01-2013, 10:36 AM
 
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There are plenty of jobs in the Seattle area (Portland, not so much), but it's debatable whether Puget Sound really counts as "the ocean" from the OP's perspective. For one thing, there's no surf.
Well, Seattle isn't exactly a small coastal town.
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Old 05-01-2013, 09:00 PM
 
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These three for sure, especially Charleston and Savannah, but more Charleston because it has a European flair to it as well. So the Greater Charleston Metro area would be the best suited I thick.
Charleston and Savannah are great, but Wilmington is a well-kept secret and a very nice town with lots of history.

Some others...New Bern NC and Beaufort NC - both established in the early 1700 and very historic.
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Old 05-02-2013, 05:29 AM
 
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The criteria are rather standard:

- Small town feel
- Ocean is a must (sailing, surfing)
- Work (IT, Logistics, Museum, Archeology or History related) commute is fine.
- Affordable houses
- "Nightlife" bars, restaurants, museums, galleries needed
- Preferred warmer winters ( we lived in CT and my wife wasn't a big fan of the winters there)
St Augustine, FL would be a strong contender based upon your criteria. There is a good bit of possible work in the Museum/Archaeology/History fields as the nation's oldest city, and a fairly strong IT presence in Jacksonville's south side which is an easy 30 minute commute.
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Old 05-03-2013, 11:12 PM
 
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Hey everyone,

My wife and I are considering move from europe to a small coastal town in the states.
We are in our early 30s and after many years living in different countries in around the world we want to settle in a small town on the coast and enjoy the friendliness, warmth and values that we have experienced while traveling and living around the states.
We trying to put a short list of towns that we could visit this summer and would love to get some suggestions from local guys. The criteria are rather standard:

- Small town feel
- Ocean is a must (sailing, surfing)
- Work (IT, Logistics, Museum, Archeology or History related) commute is fine.
- Affordable houses
- "Nightlife" bars, restaurants, museums, galleries needed
- Preferred warmer winters ( we lived in CT and my wife wasn't a big fan of the winters there)

I hope you could help us to find the perfect place as we are going thru various "TOP 10" lists and we are getting more confused each day and we need to start to plan our trip for this summer.

We really appreciate any tips.

Thank you
Cape May, NJ

It's America's oldest seaside resort town at just over 400 years old, so it's rich in history. The entire city (it is technically listed as a city but has a small town feel, especially in the winter when tourists are gone and the population is only a few thousand) is on the National List of Historic Places registry for its many, many Victorian homes and hotels. So it has loads of charm and history. It's at the southern tip of NJ, at the Atlantic Ocean and Delaware Bay. In a few blocks from the ocean you could definitely find affordability. There are two major nightlife centers, one being Beach Drive which is the street right beside the beach. Many small shops, restaurants, ice cream places, there is some sort of Convention Hall right on the beach that hosts different types of events and shows, and then there's a downtown area with plenty more shops, restaurants, a small mall, etc. There are also many historic hotels with bars, clubs, restaurants, shops, small museums, etc inside, notably Congress Hall. And it barely snows in Cape May. Cape May is farther south than parts of southern states, so winter are nothing like those in New England.

Cape May is also close to other great areas, including Wildwood, Stone Harbor, Atlantic City, Ocean City, not far from Philadelphia and about 150 miles from NYC. Atlantic City International Airport is its closest airport at about 30 miles away with Philly's being the next closest. It also has easy access to Delaware via the Cape May-Lewes Ferry and from there you're closer to DC.

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