Coastal homeowners insurance offers robust coverage to protect beach houses from the heightened threat of storm damage.
Kara McGinleyKara McGinleySenior Editor & Licensed Home Insurance ExpertKara McGinley is a former senior editor and licensed home insurance expert at Policygenius, where she specialized in homeowners and renters insurance. As a journalist and as an insurance expert, her work and insights have been featured in Forbes Advisor, Kiplinger, Lifehacker, MSN, WRAL.com, and elsewhere.&Jennifer GimbelJennifer GimbelSenior Managing Editor & Home Insurance ExpertJennifer Gimbel is a senior managing editor and home insurance expert at Policygenius, where she oversees our homeowners insurance coverage. Previously, she was the managing editor at Finder.com and a content strategist at Babble.com.
Coastal homes typically need more comprehensive coverage than what just a standard homeowners insurance policy offers. That’s where coastal home insurance comes in. These are specialized policies provided by select insurance companies that include robust coverage to protect beach houses against tropical storms and hurricanes that many standard home insurance policies will limit protection from.
However, due to the high risk of coastal homeowners filing a claim, many companies limit the number of beach home insurance policies they’ll write — if they even offer them at all. If that’s the case, you may need to rely on your state’s Fair Access to Insurance Requirements (FAIR) Plan to find coverage for your beach house. Just keep in mind these policies are typically more expensive and offer less coverage than private coastal home insurance policies.
What is coastal homeowners insurance?
Coastal homeowners insurance (also called beach house insurance) is a comprehensive home insurance policy specifically designed for homes near the water that are at heightened risk of windstorm and water damage.
This type of policy usually comes with replacement cost coverages for both your home and belongings — meaning depreciation isn’t factored into the cost of repairing your home or replacing your stuff. Beach house insurance also typically covers your home against all hazards except for those explicitly listed as exclusions in your policy. This usually includes perils like flooding, and in some cases, wind and hail. (More on that below.)
Because beach houses have a higher risk of damage due to severe weather, most coastal home insurance policies come with special deductibles that are triggered when your home is hit by a hurricane, named storm, or windstorm. (We’ll chat more about coastal home insurance deductibles in a minute.)
Average cost of home insurance in coastal cities around the U.S.
Here’s a look at the average cost of home insurance in popular U.S. coastal cities, according to our analysis of home insurance rates provided by Quadrant Information Services.
What other coverages do I need for a coastal home?
Homeowners insurance excludes coverage for certain perils that coastal homes are at risk for, like flood damage, and in certain states, wind and hail damage. This means you may need to purchase two other insurance policies on top of your standard home insurance to ensure you're fully protected.
Since homeowners insurance typically doesn’t cover flood damage, you'll want to consider purchasing a flood insurance policy. In fact, if you have a federally backed mortgage and live in a high-risk flood zone, you’ll be required to.
But even if your lender doesn’t require flood insurance, you should still consider it for a coastal home. Most flood insurance policies are underwritten through FEMA’S National Flood Insurance Program, but you may be able to purchase private flood insurance instead.
Home insurance deductibles are the out-of-pocket expenses you’ll need to pay before your insurance kicks in. Homes in coastal areas may have separate deductibles for different types of storms, according to the Insurance Information Institute. 
Also called a wind/hail deductible, your insurer may require you to pay this for different instances of wind and hail damage, like from a tornado.
This is typically only triggered when the National Weather Service (NWS) or National Hurricane Center (NHC) reports winds of 74+ mph.
Named storm deductible
This is usually triggered when a tropical storm is officially declared by the NWS or NHC.
These special deductibles are typically set at 1% to 10% of your dwelling coverage limit, though it varies by state around how much they can charge and when the deductibles are triggered. Check with your insurer about which deductibles you have and how they work. 
Example of a hurricane deductible in action
Say you own a beach house that’s insured for $400,000 with a hurricane deductible that’s set at 3% of your dwelling coverage limit. This means your hurricane deductible is $12,000 (3% x $400,000).
A hurricane hits your beach house, causing $30,000 in damage to your roof. Because your home insurance company will subtract your deductible from your claim settlement amount, your insurance company will only pay out $18,000 to help pay for the hurricane damage to your roof.
What if I can’t find coastal homeowners insurance?
If you can’t find a company willing to insure your coastal home, you may be able to get coverage through your state’s FAIR Plan or Beach and Windstorm Plan.  These are insurance programs designed for high-risk homeowners who’ve struggled to find a policy on the private insurance market.
While they’re run on the state level, they’re funded by private insurance companies licensed to do business in the state. These policies are typically more expensive than standard homeowners insurance policies and offer lower coverage limits.
How comprehensive the coverage options are will depend on your state. To qualify for coverage, you may need to prove you were denied coverage from several private insurance companies a certain number of times, typically three.
What coastal states offer FAIR Plans or Beach and Windstorm Plans?
Twenty-seven coastal states around the U.S. offer some sort of FAIR Plan, while only seven states situated along the Gulf and East Coasts have Beach and Windstorm Plans.
You might be able to find coastal home insurance from the following private insurance companies in Florida: Galt Insurance Group, Southern Insurance Group, Pablo Beach Insurance Group, or Gulfshore Insurance.
If these private insurers aren’t willing to insure your beach house, then your next-best option is to check out Citizens Property Insurance — Florida’s insurer for FAIR Plans and Beach and WIndstorm Plans.
How much is home insurance on the Texas coast?
The annual cost of home insurance on the Texas coast ranges anywhere from $2,157 in Freeport to $3,889 in Galveston Beach, according to our analysis of March 2022 home insurance rates provided by Quadrant Information Services. You can explore the most expensive and cheapest Texas cities for home insurance by checking out our complete guide to homeowners insurance in Texas.
How much is homeowners insurance on the beach in Florida?
The annual cost of homeowners insurance on the beach in Florida ranges anywhere from $1,808 in St. Pete Beach to $5,003 in Miami, according to our analysis of March 2022 home insurance rates provided by Quadrant Information Services. You can explore the most expensive and cheapest Florida cities for home insurance by checking out our complete guide to homeowners insurance in Florida.
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Kara McGinley is a former senior editor and licensed home insurance expert at Policygenius, where she specialized in homeowners and renters insurance. As a journalist and as an insurance expert, her work and insights have been featured in Forbes Advisor, Kiplinger, Lifehacker, MSN, WRAL.com, and elsewhere.
Jennifer Gimbel is a senior managing editor and home insurance expert at Policygenius, where she oversees our homeowners insurance coverage. Previously, she was the managing editor at Finder.com and a content strategist at Babble.com.