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The best coastal towns in America

The Active Times Logo By Syjil Ashraf of The Active Times | Slide 1 of 35: When looking to finally get some relaxation, there’s no better place for a getaway than someplace by the water. And with more than 95,000 miles of coastline, the United States is home to plenty of picturesque seaside and lakeside escapes just waiting to be discovered.Whether you're looking for a colorful tropical destination or a quaint and quiet waterfront town, you don’t necessarily need a passport for your dream beach vacation. Cruise ports, barrier islands, whaling towns and resort cities can all host some of the best trips, provided you book the right hotels and know all the best places to eat, shop and party. These towns provide the best coastal getaways in America.

When looking to finally get some relaxation, there’s no better place for a getaway than someplace by the water. And with more than 95,000 miles of coastline, the United States is home to plenty of picturesque seaside and lakeside escapes just waiting to be discovered.

Whether you're looking for a colorful tropical destination or a quaint and quiet waterfront town, you don’t necessarily need a passport for your dream beach vacation. Cruise ports, barrier islands, whaling towns and resort cities can all host some of the best trips, provided you book the right hotels and know all the best places to eat, shop and party. These towns provide the best coastal getaways in America.

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