Here are our top ten holiday destinations.
Palm Beach County, Florida
The Sunshine State has always been a popular tourist destination, but Palm Beach has its very own unique charm. With 47 miles of beaches, this strip along the Golden Coast boasts no less than three stunning waterfronts. Palm Beach has been a second home to some of the nation’s most renowned families – the Kennedys and the Vanderbilts both had vacation properties here. In recent years, median home prices have dropped significantly, making Palm Beach a favoured destination with second-home owners of all budgets.
Cherry Grove Beach, California
This charming fishing village on Fire Island offers amazing oceanfront views. Its main attractions are the Fishing Pier and saltwater channels that reach far inland. Plus, you can easily get around this small town without a car. Known as a family-friendly area, Cherry Grove Beach is particularly popular with second-home hunters with children. It offers a very varied property market with everything from beach bungalows to large 1950s-style houses.
Ocean City, Maryland
The sun and surf of a 10-mile stretch of coastline and a classic wooden boardwalk have been drawing tourists to this barrier island for years. This seaside town is one of the most important sport fishing destinations on the East Coast, but is also known for its saltwater marshes, large public beaches and vibrant atmosphere. Wedged between the Atlantic Ocean and the Island of Wight, it offers plenty of bayside and oceanside properties at almost any price point. It’s also within an easy drive from the cities of Philadelphia, New York and Washington D.C.
Marco Island, Florida
The largest peninsula island in Florida’s Ten Thousand Islands, Marco Island offers secluded vacation homes on Caribbean-like sandwhite beaches, waving palm trees and all. With a subtropical climate, unspoiled parks home to exceptional wildlife and vegetation, it is particularly popular with outdoorsy types, but there are also plenty of opportunities for beach recreation, golf and shopping. Marco Island boasts a diverse housing market with beachfront condominiums and singlefamily inland and waterfront homes in all price ranges. Many properties are on canals or on open water.
Panama City Beach, Florida
Panama City Beach claims to offer one of the world’s most beautiful beaches. With the pristine water and splendid dunes, it’s not hard to see why many residents from Atlanta summer here. The vibe in this town on Florida’s Emerald Coast is also decidedly low-key and carefree. A lower median house price than in many other vacation property destinations has made Panama Beach City increasingly popular in recent years. Condominiums are the staple of the local property market.