22 Charming, Mostly Waterfront Small Towns in the U.S.A. and Mexico

Refer to this post before planning your next trip to America or Mexico!

Sitka, Alaska. Photo by Michael Privorotsky


Alaska: Sitka. Enjoy fresh salmon and gorgeous nature on ‘lil Russian-like island community in lower Alaska, outside of Juneau.

Alabama: Fairhope Visit perhaps the sweetest of “Sweet Home Alabama towns, have a seafood dinner in this scenic part near Mobile Bay

California: Leucadia Beachside funky cool vibes here with secluded beaches in northern San Diego. Very laidback and walkable along highway 101 and the Pacific.

Florida: Sanibel Treasure of southeast FL, Cape Coral and Ft Myers. Pretty white sands. Ultimate spot for shelling.

Georgia: Darien Eastern seaboard “Golden Isle” gem Hour’s away drive from Savannah, GA and Jacksonville, FL. Go deep sea fishing or birding.

Idaho: Weiser Wiser to come to Weiser than Boise if you want less of the city beat, at the confluence of Weiser River and Snake River. Hike ,swim, even play golf in this northern Idaho gem.

Indiana: Elkhart an Amish country stop with surprising diversity of land, dining and shopping. Along the St Joseph River.

Kansas: Iola Cute downtown highway stop with historic character, scenic nature and bike trails between Kansas City in Wichita.

Missouri- Rocheport Off the Missouri River, known for Katy trail, longest rails-to-trail in the country. Surprisingly with a wide selection of unique restaurants and wineries in a town of just fewer than 300 residents!

New Hampshire: Portsmouth Great choice for a brezzy harbor cruise, chilling out at waterfront parks and Winter Wonderland travel

Nevada: Genoa Older Nevadan town in the Carson River Valley. With enchanting historic American rustic western and Victorian buildings. This ain’t Vegas, baby!

North Carolina: Washington Come for a visit to the North Carlona Estuarium and the beloved lard-fried Bill’s Hot Dogs (as I did on one memorable family reunion and scores of visitors do each year). Located off the northern bank of Pamilco River.

South Carolina: Pauley’s Island Coastal haunted town touring and dolphin watching, anyone? Spend tranquil time at lush Brookgreen Gardens, view nature on an official eco tour or at the golf course.

South Dakota: Platte Along the creek of the same name, the Missouri River stop is a wonderful place to fish, swim and camp. Join the wide open spaces in this town of just over 1200.

Texas: Ilano Heart of Texas Hill Country, with lake and river views . A great variety of water-centric activity to do plus excellent shopping and dining Tex Mex, Italian, classic American and Asian

West Virginia: Shepherdstown Get close to nature, go boating and tubing just 90 mins of drive from the DC/Baltimore metro area. Besides the outdoors, there is a vibrant arts and entertainment scene here.

Virginia: Smithfield Charm is abundant here at touristic nature parks (notably Windsor Castle Park) and farms plus beaches, ports and characteristic museums and art houses.


Cabo San Lucas: Cerritos beloved surf lover’s town with a beach break. Surfers, and camp-loving RVers congregate and enjoy this unsung scenic territory

Cancun: Holbox Island: secret next new big thing tourist spot in Mex, accessed by ferry from Chiquila.
Caribbean-like turquoise waters on the Gulf of Mexico. Discover it before it blows up big.

Oaxaca: Mazunte Whitewater rafting, eco-tourism (sea turtle watching at La Escobilla beach) and and , oh yeah, nude beach enjoyment here. Less crowded and expensive here than in Tulum.

Nayarit: San Blas White sand beachy, family friendly , less commercial beach town, lesser known on St Joseph Peninsula.

Guanajuato: San Miguel de Allende Most known and well beaten path-ed of Mex towns on list but worth the hype. In 2021, Travel & Leisure named San Miguel de Allende as the “World’s Best City”, cherished for its “great atmosphere, excellent restaurants, culture and ambiance galore”. This is an inland Mex getaway.

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