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Top 5 Underrated U.S. Surf Towns

Top 5 Underrated U.S. Surf Towns

Coastal surf towns are some of the most desirable places to live, but many are too expensive for most people to consider. We've put together a list of out top 5 underrated surf towns here in the U.S., that won't break the bank. 


5. Cannon Beach, OR

cannon beach

Average Home Value: $753,992

Median Monthly Rent: $793

On the Northern Coast of Oregon bordering Washington State, last but not least, we have Cannon Beach, OR. When most people think of Oregon, the thought of dreary-rainy weather is typical, but most don’t think of the surf. If you want to avoid the high cost of living and crazy taxes in California, Cannon beach is a great alternative up the coast. You’re going to need a wetsuit year round to surf here, but the swell will make it worth your while.


4. Hilton Head Island, SC

hilton head

Average Home Price: $578,828

Median Monthly Rent: $1,153

Just south of Charleston, we have Hilton Head Island, SC. The island is home to some great surfing, golf, and a ton of History. As more people have discovered the hidden gem of Hilton Head, it is estimated the population has grown almost 32% over the past decade. Now is a great time to grab your spot in this surf town.

3. Virginia Beach, VA

Virginia beach

Average Home Price: $340,104

Median Monthly Rent: $1,296

This surf town on the southern coast of Virginia is home to miles of beachfront and the East Coast Surfing Championships. You can enjoy year-round surfing here and there are plenty of things to do. Virginia beach is known as a resort city bringing in many tourists during the summer.


2. Westport, WA

westport wa

Average Home Price: $250,818

Median Monthly Rent: $709

Westport is known by many as a fishing town, but Westport is also home to great year-round surf. Westport is also home to some of the best fresh seafood in Washington. Although you will need a wetsuit year round, the waves off the shore in Westport make it well worth it. Home prices have soared this past year as many are discovering this coastal town, but the cost of living still remains affordable.


1. Wilmington, NC

Wrightsville beach

Average Home Price: $310,307

Median Monthly Rent: $889

Located on the southern coast of North Carolina and home to some great year-round surf, Wilmington is our #1 ranked underrated surf town. Wrightsville beach has become a hot-spot for vacationers during the summer months, but Wilmington hosts great surf during the winter months if you are willing to put on a wetsuit. The population is quickly growing as people discover the beautiful town of Wilmington, but Wilmington is still an affordable place to live in 2022.

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