Top 10 beach towns for retirees

  • Port Townsend, Washington

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    A small town northeast and across Puget Sound from Seattle, Port Townsend is a town lost in time, stocked full of Victorian buildings so well-preserved most of the town is now designated a national historic district. Water and Washington Streets are sprinkled with coffeehouses, restaurants and offices. The city has a busy local arts and crafts population along with popular festivals, such as the Victorian Spring Ball, celebrating the town's early days as a seaport, and gallery walks. On the more practical side, the city has plenty of healthcare facilities.

    For retirees who want to spend time in nature, Port Townsend has abundant access. The city offers water views of Port Townsend Bay, the South and the Strait of Juan de Fuca, as well as views of both the Cascade Mountains to the east and the Olympic Mountains to the west. The Kah Tai Lagoon, Chinese Gardens, and beach-access parks Fort Worden and Chetzemoka also offer opportunities to enjoy nature, along with the nearby Olympic National Park.

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