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Countdown: Favorite Coastal Towns

It’s Beach Week on Travel Channel! With all the rankings of beaches that will be playing across the channel, I thought it would only be appropriate if I shared some of my favorite coastal cities. So here is the countdown, starting with number six.

6. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

I use to go here as a kid and have so many fond memories of this place. The best way to experience Myrtle Beach is by staying at a condo or hotel right on the beach. The perfect way to start and end your day is a walk on the beach. Not much of a walker? Sit on your balcony and listen to the crashing waves. There’s really nothing more soothing than that.

If you’re looking for a family vacation, I highly recommend visiting this coastal town. There’s plenty to see and do, like hitting the Boardwalk or going putt-putt with the crew. You’ll deal with the crowds, just like any other beach town in the summer season, but there are ways to travel smart. Sadly, I couldn’t find a picture to share with you all.

5. Kennebunkport, Maine

I’ve visited this city twice, once as a kid and again as an adult, and the place never loses it’s charm. The New England town is exactly how you would picture it. The beach houses exude old money, with modern amenities. Be forewarned, the water may be a tad chilly! It doesn’t get too warm in the New England waters.

The other aspect of this town that I love are the shops in the town. When you’re breaking from the beach, take a walk through town and pop in the quaint shops. Check out some more information in my other post!

4. Venice, Italy

You may not automatically think of Venice as a coastal town due to it’s lack of beaches, and you may be right. But, I consider Venice to be one of the more unique coastal towns around. You’re not going to see your typical sail boats cruising in the water, but the gondolas give this place so much charm.

Let yourself get lost in the winding alleyways. Leave the map back at your hotel room and just submerge yourself in this beautiful city. At night, swing by St. Marks Square and take in the entertainment. The quartets that play are romantic and extremely talented. I really don’t think you’ll come across a coastal town as interesting as Venice.

3. Amalfi Coast, Italy

The top three could all really be number one, but what’s a countdown with a three-way tie? So the Amalfi Coast comes in a close third. My most favorite thing about this place is how the village is built into the cliff side. Coming up to the coast on the ferry honestly blew my mind. Homes look like they’re stacked on top of each other and the colors are so vibrant.

The cities I visited were Amalfi, Positano and Ravello. If you want to get the best views of the coastline and sea, take the bus up to Ravello. I promise you you won’t be disappointed. If you want to hit up a beach, there are a few in Amalfi but more in Positano. You may have to pay a fee for these beaches, but they’re worth it.

2. Capri, Italy

This little island attracts the rich and famous, but it’s not only for that crowd. However, you’ll feel like you landed in paradise when you get off the boat at Capri. I highly recommend renting a boat and taking it around the entire island. You will get the best views of all the amazing cliff sides, natural wonders and turquoise sea.

One of the best things about visiting Capri is going to the Blue Grotto. This little opening opens to a massive cave that glows the most unbelievable blue you’ve ever seen. Jump off your boat, take a swing and ask your captain to sing to you. This coastal town is super popular, expensive and crowded. So it almost has it all, but ranks second due to the crowds and cost.

1. Lipari, Italy

If you want the beautiful scenery of Capri but without the crowds, visit Lipari. It’ll take you a while to get there via ferry, but I promise you it’s worth the sea sickness and voyage. This coast town gives you the small time feel everyone loves, but also has a sense of luxury due to the private beaches and fancy restaurants.

When visiting we went to a private beach. Our hotel called a local man, Bubu, to take us to the beach. His boat had a pirate flag and he spoke no English. This is the charm Lipari has to offer. Regardless of whether or not the people you meet speak your native language, they’re happy to help you and make you feel welcome. All this happens in one of the most beautiful places I’ve visited.

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