I was delighted to be able to help my recently retired sister and brother-in-law find a suitable property at the coast. They found a lovely remodeled manufacture home on a large 1.25 acre parcel in Oysterville on the Long Beach Peninsula. From this locale they are a short bike ride to the crashing Pacific Ocean or the bayside of the peninsula.
They love it at the beach! I don't think they ever thought they would be able to own property in a beach community, yet now they do.
From San Diego, CA to Warrenton, OR the Pacific coast is expensive and for many unobtainable. But SW Washington has a little sweet spot where real estate prices remain affordable. My sister and her husband were overjoyed to be able to afford a nice little place on large lot so close to the sea.
The Long Beach Peninsula has that classic beach vibe going on. It remains quintessentially quaint, with small town values and all of the benefits and faults of small town living. Coastal areas like Long Beach are heavy on tourism and as such can be crowded at peak times. The peninsula has several areas that are a bit detached from the busy touristy areas so whether one wants to be in the 'thick of it' or 'off the radar' Pacific County has their back :)