Moving to the Coast – Getting Ready for Life by the Sea

Moving to a beach town
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For generations, the allure of the coast has inspired many to seek out a better standard of living right next to the sea. This trend continues to this day, with many city dwellers desiring to exchange their metropolitan lifestyle for easy access to a beach, as well as to a slower, more relaxing pace of life.

Simply moving to a new area can be a complex and daunting process. So, it is understandable that the prospect of leaving the familiar in order to chase a dream lifestyle can be overwhelming. And, as with most things in life, it is often easier to make life-altering decisions when you have more information. With that in mind, join us as we delve into how to move to the coast.

How to move by the coast

Moving to a coastal town is very similar to moving to a small town or village and a lot of the same advice applies. However, there are a few key differences to take note of.

Research coastal areas

It’s crucial to complete your investigation before setting out to find that ideal coastal location. Examine and get to know the various coastline locations thoroughly. Consider your favourite type of landscape, be it rocky cliffs, sandy beaches, or something else entirely. See how easy it is to go to these locations and the seasonal variations in weather. 

Remember to consider your budget as well. How much does living cost? Safety is very important, so consider that as well. You can uncover the perfect seaside treasure where you can fully embrace the coastal lifestyle and feel at home with a little bit of research.

Visit prospective locations

There is no substitute for physically visiting your new home by the coast, even while the internet and online reviews may offer helpful information. Arrange a trip to the seaside regions that pique your curiosity. To determine if an area is a good fit for you, take a stroll through charming coastal towns and observe the overall vibe of the place.

Think about your housing options

Coastal regions offer a wide variety of housing options to suit every preference and price range. but before making a choice, give your dwelling preferences and price range some thought. Remember that buying a property by the sea may come with a higher price tag, so carefully consider the advantages and disadvantages.

Plan for coastal hazards

Although living by the sea has unmatched beauty and peace of mind, there are risks involved as well. Storms and flooding are two examples of severe weather that can seriously affect residents in coastal cities. Before continuing, assess any potential risks in the area you have chosen and devise a plan to mitigate them. 

Look into your employment options

It’s important to think about your job while moving to a beach area unless you intend to retire! Examine local job opportunities and see whether working remotely would be a possibility to confirm that your funds are in order. Planning ahead is crucial before relocating, though, as not all coastal communities have many job options outside of the travel and tourism sector.

Plan your move

Now that you’ve selected the perfect coastal home, it’s time to start planning all of the moving arrangements. There are many things to consider, like relocating your goods and changing your address. Go slowly and go over a checklist to be sure you’ve thought of everything. If you divide it into smaller, more doable chores, you’ll find it easy to transition.

Settle in

After moving into your lovely coastal home, take some time to unwind and explore your surroundings. Learn about your new neighbours and the hidden treasures in your new community. Living by the coast brings a wonderful sense of community spirit. You can always meet new people and get involved in the local way of life, whether you’re in a busy beach resort or a quiet fishing village.

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Reasons to move to the coast

There is an untold number of reasons why people move to the coast, but the most common and persuasive are:

Better health

As recently as a few decades ago, doctors would routinely prescribe rest and relaxation at coastal hotels or convalescent homes to alleviate the symptoms of fatigue, depression, and obesity, and to aid recovery from illness. It was thought that the fresh sea air, the rhythmic sound of the waves, and the sunshine came together to holistically aid recovery.

Although such prescriptions are rare these days, the benefits of living next to the coast are still present. People who live near the coast are more likely to report that they feel better and have lower stress levels. While the beneficial effects of coastal living cannot be definitively proven, it would appear that extended exposure to the sun and sea can help improve health and happiness.

The beach

One of the biggest reasons to move to the coast is having easy access to the beach at any time of the year. Living next to the coast allows you to spend your free time relaxing at the beach (if it’s warm enough). You can also make new friends while taking up a new hobby or activity, such as beach volleyball, it’s easier to get a tan when the beach is nearby, and you can finally take long romantic beach walks with your partner after a delicious seafood dinner.


Living next to the coast presents an amazing opportunity for nature lovers. Not only do you have the splendour of the ocean at your disposal, but you can also run into a wide variety of wildlife. The coast is home to several species of birds, sea life and if you’re lucky, packs of seals.


The coast provides an excellent place to raise a family. Your children will have the benefit of growing up in an area with fresh air, sunshine, and an atmosphere that promotes physical exercise. Having easy access to the beach will also allow you to spend more quality time as a family without the distractions of modern technology and without having to spend an incredible amount of money on entrance fees.

Check also:

How to Move from a Big City to a Small Town

Things you learn after moving to the coast

After having lived in a beach town for a while, you will start noticing some changes to your outlook on life. This is especially true when it comes to the way you view the different seasons.

  • Slowly relax. Most people will find that they have become more relaxed in their attitudes and daily lives due to the slower pace of life present at the coast. Slowing down allows you to truly appreciate your surroundings, your friends and family, and smaller things which can often go unnoticed in city life.
  • Feel the energy. As summer approaches, it is almost impossible not to feel the change in the energy of the town as everyone prepares for the tourist season. Shops, cafes, bars and restaurants start re-opening, exciting events are planned and advertised, local artists start rubbing their hands together in glee. It can be easy to get annoyed with the influx of tourists and, without a doubt, there will be some local residents who will make their annoyance known to all within earshot. But if you keep in mind that this is temporary and learn to enjoy (or ignore) the tourist season, your life at the coast will be much more enjoyable.
  • The post-tourist lull. It is understandable to think that beach towns turn into desolate landscapes devoid of life and happiness during the autumn and winter months, but it is when the tourists leave that the locals come out to play in force. After spending almost the entire summer making sure that the tourists enjoy their vacation, the local residents can finally relax at the beach and the remaining warm weather. Plus, you will no longer have to make reservations if you want to go out for dinner and you can be sure that you will be surrounded by familiar, friendly faces.

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So, there we have it, your guide on moving to the coast and what to expect. If you can brave the crowds of tourists and harsh winters, the benefits of living next to the coast are yours for the taking. Don’t worry about the never-ending amounts of sand appearing in everything you own. You’ll get used to it, eventually.

And if you need help organising your move, just give us a callback. Offering various services from house packing to assistance with small and long-distance removals, we will help with your relocation near the sea.

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