Pismo Beach, CA | Atlantic Beach, NC | Cordova, AK
Jacksonville, FL | Kahului, HI | Loreto, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Median Home Price: $578,000
The Scene: Port workers and retailers kitesurf the Hawaiian trade winds. Kahului, on Maui, is also the reputed birthplace of the Loco Moco—a hamburger patty on rice with a fried egg and gravy on top.
OPTIONS: Maui is a mecca for watersports, but Kahului, which sits on a flat between two sets of mountains, acts like a geographic wind tunnel, perfect for wind sports like wind- and kitesurfing. All of Maui is within the radius of a day trip, including all its hiking, diving and even spelunking (the lava caves of Hana are only an hour away).
OUTFITTER: Bike the Skyline Trail down the spine of the 10,000 feet (3,048 meters) dormant volcano Haleakala into the Kula forest reserve with Haleakala Bike Company (+1 808 575 9575).
GOOD EATS: Locals feed their Loco Moco addiction at the old classic, Cupies.
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