T+L Asks: What's your favorite coastal town?
Published: May 2009
St. Andrews, Scotland. Not just because it's the birthplace of golf, but for the gorgeous castle ruins that sprout up from lush green grass along the sea cliffs.
My favorite town is Collioure in southern France, near the Spanish border. We stopped there overnight on our way to Barcelona and decided to stay longer. The pace is so relaxed: old men spend hours playing boules; at night, locals congregate at the harbor for a glass of wine and splendid views.
I love Camden, Maine. Its waterfront is typical for New England, but just up a hill from there is a beautiful park crowned with a two-story library. Aboveground, the architecture is classically Colonial; the glass-front underground level, however, is as modern as can be.
Joseph L. Fink III
For me, it's Cannon Beach, Oregon—hands down. There's no better place to witness storms rolling in off the Pacific than from a cozy beachfront inn. The ultimate pleasure, though, is a picnic on the sand as you watch the sun slowly set behind Haystack Rock.
Making my way down the tiny mountain road to Positano, just south of Naples on the Amalfi Coast, I spied some colorful houses built into the side of the mountain. From my suite at the Covo dei Saraceni hotel, I had a magnificent view of the dark sand beach. Even better was the feast of langoustines, fresh pasta marinara, and caprese salad at a nearby restaurant.
James B. Massialas
Boca Raton, Fla.
Spring Lake, New Jersey, has terrific beaches, excellently maintained Victorian houses, and absolutely no commercialism. Parking is free and a lively atmosphere reigns at this "Irish Riviera."
Elliot J. Moritz
Chestnut Ridge, N.Y.
It's Madeira Beach on Florida's Gulf Coast, five miles from St. Petersburg (and two miles from my house). Where else can you play softball while dolphins frolic in the water beyond the center-field fence?
There may be many coastal towns prettier than Rosarito Beach in Baja California, Mexico, but if you're looking for a place to unwind, meet friendly locals and expats, eat the best tacos anywhere (at Yaqui Tacos), and gaze at a still-unspoiled beach, you can't beat Rosarito.
Mary Ellen Jones
San Diego, Calif.
Edgartown on Martha's Vineyard offers the best kind of Americana—a well-preserved historical town with beautiful architecture, surrounded by nature. Plus, it's not so easy to get to, which keeps the masses away!
New York, N.Y.