Coos Bay, Oregon
Most people probably aren’t imagining spending their “beach town” retirement huddled up under lots of layers of sweaters and blankets. But in this case, they’re missing out. The chilly shoreline of Bastendorff Beach is just a short trip over the bridge from Coos Bay.
It’s a stunning and wholly relaxing place to collect seashells, pitch a tent, or even ride horses.
Many locals also take whale watching adventures by boat, view masterpieces at Coos Art Museum, play some golf, or watch the pros do it at the Bandon Dunes Resort, home to the Curtis Cup.
Retirees can look at the bay from their two-bedroom bungalow for a mere $169,000 or smell the salty air in a grand four-bedroom Dutch Colonial in the heart of town for a cool $649,000.