Sanibel Island, Fla.
On Sanibel Island, Fla., nothing is far from the beach.
"There are no stop lights, and no building is taller than the tallest palm tree," says Slaton, Coastal Living's editor.
What's not to love?
For active types, the island has kayaking, parasailing, canoeing and fishing, says Lynda Traverso, an agent with VIP Realty Group.
If you like quiet time to stroll or look for shells, "Our beaches are so long, we can walk forever," she says. And, if you want to take your best friend, dogs are allowed on the beach.
Just beware of the "Sanibel stoop," says Slaton with a laugh. That's what islanders call the affliction that results from spending so much time bent over, looking at shells on the beach.
The condo: $399,000
Converted from a 1971 hotel guest cottage, this condo has beach views from the living room. Fully furnished, this one-bedroom, two-bath home is 732 square feet.
The open floor plan features beamed ceilings, large windows, and a kitchen with breakfast bar, granite counters and stainless-steel appliances. The bathroom has a whirlpool tub, double sinks and granite counters.
Listed by: VIP Realty Group.