Best Places to Live for Both Mountain and Ocean Lifestyle


Best Places to Live for Both Mountain and Ocean Lifestyle


Locations which integrate mountain and ocean landscapes are far and few in between, but luckily these places do exist. Whether the climate is tropical or snow-capped cold, these places are the best places to live for the mountain and ocean lifestyle.

Without a doubt, Hawaii is one of the best spots. Pick any island and you’re guaranteed the best of hiking, swimming, diving and surfing. Kauai is popular for those who enjoy challenging but fertile hikes, while enjoying the colorful life below the ocean’s surface.

New Zealand
Like Hawaii, this island nation homes some of the best mountain ranges with plenty of water sport activities. The water may not be as warm as the neighboring country Australia, but strap on a thick wet suit and explore the chilly, pristine waters. The South Island homes the most dramatic mountain peaks and glaciers as well as endless water views, including the popular Milford Sound.

Seattle, WA
Endless pools and pathways of water including the Puget Sound, Lake Washington, Lake Union, and Green Lake surround this concrete jungle. SUP, boat, or swim the lakes, or drive 45-minutes east from downtown to North Bend and Snoqualmie for hiking. These mountain areas home some of the state’s best waterfall hikes. The city is surrounded from all directions with the Cascades and national parks, which boasts endless hiking opportunities.

San Francisco, California
Here you can enjoy waters in the morning, and hike, bike and trek the urban or national park trails in the afternoon (or vice versa, whichever you prefer). Whether you want to eat fish and chips along Fisherman’s Wharf or head toward the Redwoods, the Bay area is ideal for those who can’t get enough of the water and mountains. Residents can explore nearby trails meandering within a hidden eucalyptus tree forest all within a short drive of downtown.

San Diego, California
San Diego is no stranger to the beach and watersport life. Although the nearby mountains are not jagged, snow-capped peaks, locals and visitors experience plenty of hiking within San Diego County including the popular Torrey Pines State Reserve.

Costa Rica
Costa Rica’s biodiversity extends beyond the ocean shoreline and rainforest peaks. With endless opportunities to explore the unknown lands, trekkers and divers experience rare and exotic wildlife such as toucans, sloths, and hammerhead sharks. Costa Rica, like Hawaii, is ideal for those who enjoy moderately warm temperatures year round.