Where to Buy a Vacation Home Safe From Climate Risks

A beachfront vacation home sounds great until a hurricane hits. These places provide safer options.

The town of Stonington, Maine, with houses on the water and forests in the background.
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For previous generations, the questions surrounding where to buy a vacation home were simple: What’s your budget? And do you want to be near the mountains or the beach?

But now, in the disturbing wake of tragic natural disasters like the wildfires in Hawaii and catastrophic floods in the Northeast, many people are pausing to consider the ways climate change may wreak havoc on where they choose to settle: hurricanes that can sweep away beach homes, fires that can incinerate properties, tornadoes that can flatten condos — not to mention the risk to human lives.

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Becca van Sambeck
Contributing Writer

Becca van Sambeck is a writer and editor with experience in many fields, including travel, entertainment, business, education, and lifestyle. Her work has appeared in outlets like NBC, Oxygen, Bravo, the University of Southern California, Elite Daily, CafeMom, Travel For Teens, and more. She currently resides in New York City.