By Sharona Ott
Looking to skip the hotel room and enjoy life on the water from your own private abode? Consider finding a home in one of the waterfront cities included in Zillow's Best Places to Buy a Vacation Home list.
To make the interactive list, the city had to have more than 15 percent of its real estate dedicated to vacation homes. The homes also had to be within five miles of a body of water spanning more than 40 square miles.
If you're hoping to turn that vacation home into an investment property, homes in these cities are expected to see strong home value gains (making for a better investment) and they also have good rental income potential (due to a low price-to-rent-ratio).
Here's a look at 10 great places to buy a vacation home for beaches and boating. Anchors aweigh!