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Fishing, boating and swimming are all big lures for Port Salerno.
  • Place: Port Salerno, Fla.
  • Median home value: $143,000

Port Salerno is a historic fishing village turned resort and second home community. There's still a working waterfront and a local fishing fleet. The biggest town event is a seafood festival held every winter.

Sports fishing is a major attraction for tourists and homebuyers alike. The area is famous for its sailfishing, according to Shannon Nazzal, the Martin County tourism chief. Several fishing tournaments are held each year.

There's also good beaches and boating.

Transportation to the area is excellent, with an international airport 40 minutes away in West Palm Beach.

"There's a small town feel in Port Salerno but it's close to the rest of the world," said Nazzal.

And home prices are reasonable.

"Out-of-staters are surprised by the sticker prices," said Nazzal.

First published January 30, 2015: 4:20 PM ET
Source: Zillow
The best places to buy were determined by rating towns' proximity to popular recreational amenities, local home values and potential for price appreciation.

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