Every Marine Corps installation is surrounded by some weird little small town that pretty much only exists because the base exists and married Marines need somewhere to spend their BAH. Camp Pendleton is actually home to both Oceanside and San Clemente. Both of which are actually pretty nice. The only really negative thing you can say about them is that they’re full of boots on liberty from SOI, but that’s to be expected anywhere.
Outside of Camp Lejeune is the quintessential Marine town known as Jacksonville. Being a west coast guy, I’ve never been, but I hear it’s… Nice.
Of course, Twentynine Palms is home to… Well… Twentynine Palms. The California desert oasis is the kind of place no one chooses to live, but many people end up. It drips with the aura of small town rural America combined with the unique trials and tribulations of western desert life.
Naturally, there are others, but those are the biggest bases. I was stationed in Hawaii, which had Kailua right outside of it. There’s nothing funny about it, because Kailua is fucking awesome and Teddy’s Bigger Burger is my shit.