Many dream of visiting or retiring someplace close to the water and while there are so many incredible options of places to visit that are on the water, the options might seem overwhelming. We have compiled a list of the five best water cities in America and explain what makes these locations so desirable. The following are examples of beautiful cities that are on a lake, river, or the ocean and, most importantly, are reasonable for your budget.
#5: Dunedin, Florida
Only a few miles west of Tampa, is Dunedin, a beautiful city that is derived from a Celtic heritage and offers incredible culture and activities. Right on the Atlantic Ocean, Dunedin offers 385-acres of recreational area, with four miles of beach, and over two miles of hiking spots. Off the shore of Dunedin is the Caladesi Island State Park that offers snorkeling, kayaking, and swimming.
#4 Sequim, Washington
Two hours north of Seattle, Sequin is a low cost and beautiful community that sits right on the waterfront. Sequim offers many incredible opportunities such as a 30-minute ferry ride to Canada’s beautiful city of Victoria, and the the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge, which is only a few minutes from downtown Sequim. Likewise, Sequim is surrounded by beautiful mountains, trails, and hundreds of different types of species of birds.
#3 Durango, Colorado
Durango, Colorado is an outdoorsman’s paradise. Durango’s name originates from the Basque word for water town and it is one of the main destination for kayakers, fly-fishers, and those who simply want to enjoy time on the peaceful water. Surrounded with 14,000-foot peaks, trails, and outstanding views. Durango is a popular place for artists to come and draw inspiration and simply enjoy the culture and environment that is very present in Durango.
#2 St. Joseph, Michigan
Gorgeous beaches, clear water, and breathtaking sunsets is what St. Joseph, Michigan is made of. Lake Michigan’s coastline has incredible charm that lacks all of the crowds of most congested beaches. St. Joseph, Michigan is full of beautiful shops, restaurants, and historic buildings that overlook the lake. The lakes are full of giants sand dunes and perfect areas to walk and enjoy the beautiful beaches. Going along the coast, you will find an old lighthouse and incredible spots to sample locally grown wines such as Cabernets and Merlots.
#1 Napa Valley, California
The Napa Valley surrounds the Napa River which connects to the San Francisco Bay. Napa is the perfect water city because of all of the rich culture, food, and wine that is offered in the city. Napa’s main Riverfront is located downtown amongst an abundance of world famous restaurants and wonderful boutiques. Napa also is home of the Napa Valley Yacht Club which is located right on the Napa River. Visitors will enjoy exquisite culture that can be found in Napa and will be blown away by the incredible charm and appeal of the Napa Valley.