Most affordable beach towns of 2023 revealed — and some are not where you’d think

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Summer 2023 is just about here — and Americans are looking for their next getaway to celebrate the start of the season. 

With many people seeking the nearest beach to enjoy for a couple of days, people are also looking closely at the price tag that comes with those destinations. 

Realtor.com released its 2023 list of the most affordable beach towns in the United States.

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Some of the choices are surprising — while some locations left off the list are surprising as well, Realtor.com data journalist Evan Wyloge shared with Fox News Digital. 

For example, “neither North Carolina nor South Carolina were on the list this year,” he noted. 

He said there was one state included on the list this year that surprised him — California — a state known for being quite expensive. 

“It’s known for high-priced real estate, especially along its coastline,” he said. “But it’s nice to see the West Coast on the list.”

Realtor.com used a federal listing of beaches and their locations along with home listing data for every home on the market within the past year — within a one-mile radius of each beach. 

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From there, the site selected the most affordable beach towns by price per square foot, with at least 50 properties within a mile of the water within the past year.

Affordable beach towns

Realtor.com also chose only one location per state to “ensure geographical diversity,” according to the report.

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Here is the countdown of the most affordable beach towns in America in 2023. 

10. Shirley, New York

This Long Island town is known for being small and pretty inexpensive. 

Just an hour-and-a-half drive east of Manhattan, the town is a short drive to Outer Beach at Smith Point. 

Shirley has a median home price within one mile of the beach at $414,990, according to Realtor.com. 

Not quite the Hamptons — but it will get you out to the beaches of Long Island. 

9. Crescent City, California

Coming in at the No. 9 position is the town of Crescent City in California. 

Crescent City, California

The coastal town is roughly 20 miles south of the Oregon border and has a population of just over 6,000 people, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. 

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Although temperature may vary throughout the year, Crescent City has a median home price within one mile of the beach of $329,000, per Realtor.com. 

8. North Beach, Maryland

North Beach, Maryland, on the Chesapeake Bay comes in at No. 8 on this list. 

North Beach, Maryland

North Beach is about 30 miles southeast of Washington, D.C., and is easily accessible to those who live in the city. 

The median price of housing within one mile of the beach is $384,495 — putting it on the list of the most affordable beach towns in America, per Realtor.com. 

North Beach has a boardwalk with shopping and activities for all. 

7. Navarre, Florida

Coming in at No. 7 on this list is Navarre, Florida, known for having gorgeous, white sandy beaches. 

Navarre is about 20 miles east of Pensacola. It has a median home price within one mile of the beach of $442,500, according to Realtor.com. 

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This location is also the largest median home size and highest overall home prices of any location on the list, as Realtor.com reported. 

6. Atlantic City, New Jersey

Atlantic City made the list of the 10 most affordable beach towns in America — although the homes are the smallest on the list. 

Atlantic City

Atlantic City saw a downfall in popularity in recent decades but has become more popular again; it’s known for its boardwalk and popular casinos. 

The median price within one mile of the beach for a nice place to live is $185,000, said Realtor.com.

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Just a drive or train ride from Manhattan, Atlantic City is a popular beach destination for many. 

5. Corpus Christi, Texas

Corpus Christi ranks No. five on the most affordable beach towns in America, according to Realtor.com. 

Corpus Christi

Located on the Gulf of Mexico, it’s the largest city on the list with a population of around 320,000. 

Corpus Christi’s beaches span 192 square miles and have various options for vacationers. 

It offers a median housing price within one mile of the beach at $289,948. 

4. Grand Isle, Louisiana

Grand Isle comes in at No. 4 on the list of most affordable beach towns in America in 2023. 

The town is considered a barrier island; it’s connected by bridge to the mainland of Louisiana and is the smallest town on the Realtor.com list. 

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The isle is two hours south of New Orleans, with a median home price within one mile of the beach at $309,500. 

3. New London, Connecticut

The town of New London is considered a hidden gem. 

New London Connecticut

The town is just a few miles east of Mystic, Connecticut — which has beach homes costing more than three times as much per square foot as in New London. 

The median home price in New London within one mile of the beach in New London is $257,000. It’s known for having some of the best beaches in the state. 

2. Newport News, Virginia

Newport News is located about 40 miles northeast of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and is rich with history. 

In Newport News, the James River meets the Chesapeake Bay. It was one of the first English settlement locations in North America, according to Realtor.com. 

The town made the list of the most affordable beach towns in America with a median housing price within one mile of the beach of $200,000. 

Activities in the town include fishing and boating — and even Civil War reenactments. 

1. Gulfport, Mississippi

Topping this list of the most affordable beach towns in the United States is Gulfport, Mississippi. 

Gulfport Mississippi

Gulfport is located about halfway between Mississippi’s Louisiana and Alabama border.

It was named as Realtor.com’s most affordable beach town in 2018 as well. 

The town has roughly 72,000 residents and is known for its Southern cuisine.

The median housing price within one mile of the beach is $224,900, Realtor.com reported. 

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