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Old 12-01-2009, 11:38 AM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Very few beaches have actual "boardwalks" made with wood, SC is one of the only places I recall having them and that's only along the amusement park area. Most "boardwalks" on CA beaches are just concrete basically but are still kind of referred to as "boardwalks" since they serve the same function but are just made of a different material. Lots of people riding bikes and rollerblading in addition to people just walking about too.

Northern CA beaches are nice to look at and hike around but not to spend an entire day at imo. They generally are cold, foggy, and windy much of the year. The water tends to be murky and dark on top of being very cold. But they are very scenic and postcard like. If you want to get away and be in nature, NorCal has some very nice, isolated beaches. There is very little in the way of a "beach scene" in NorCal and few people actually live along the coast. But the coast up there is stunning and very dramatic.

SoCal is much more beach/ocean oriented than NorCal. You have LOTS of cool beach cities right along the ocean with boardwalks, shops, homes, ect... It is much more crowded though as most of the coast from LA to SD is developed. The water is clearer, bluer, and warmer overall. The weather is warmer and b/c of that you see a much bigger, more vibrant beach scene in Southern CA. The boardwalk where I live in packed with people during the day, especially on weekends. For people watching, Southern CA beaches are the best in CA.

Basically two different scenes but both are worth checking out for different reasons.
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Old 12-01-2009, 01:35 PM
 
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Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk - Millions of Memories at California's Beachfront Amusement Park Santa Cruz has one of the few boardwalks in California. It's crowded in the summer. The water seems to be clean and the waves are moderate by the boardwalk. A lot nicer than Asbury Park, NJ .
For someone who is used to the Boardwalks in New Jersey, Santa Cruz is a joke. It's not even made of wood, yet they call it a boardwalk. When I first saw it, I thought they were kidding.
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Old 12-01-2009, 01:55 PM
 
Location: Living on the Coast in Oxnard CA
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Ventura and Port Hueneme have concrete walk ways, we would call them sidewalks. Not normally near the water, usually on the sand between the parking areas and the sand. Many meander around in a curved fashion, some with picnic tables and barBQ pits near them. Most are used for bike trails. In Ventura and Santa Barbara they even have bike rental companies that you can rent normal bikes to 4 wheeled peddle vehichles that can seat up to 6 people.

Most of what would be like a carnival atmosphere, would be something like Santa Monica's Pier. It includes lots of cool shops, amusement park, game areas, and cool sights. But then again it is a pier and it heads into the ocean, does not run parelel to the ocean.
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Old 12-01-2009, 03:29 PM
 
Location: Northern California
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For someone who is used to the Boardwalks in New Jersey, Santa Cruz is a joke. It's not even made of wood, yet they call it a boardwalk. When I first saw it, I thought they were kidding.
The Santa Cruz boardwalk was once all wood. I don't remember what it's now (like who cares??). I was last there in Oct and I really didn't notice what it was made of .
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Old 12-01-2009, 04:52 PM
 
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...to 4 wheeled peddle vehichles that can seat up to 6 people...

It's called a surrey.

Thanks, so far this is very interesting
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Old 12-01-2009, 06:35 PM
 
Location: Living on the Coast in Oxnard CA
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It's called a surrey.

Thanks, so far this is very interesting
Cool. The 4 wheeled bikes have a name? I am even learning here. Never too old to learn something. lol
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Old 12-01-2009, 07:31 PM
 
Location: Central Coast
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Properly a surrey should have fringe along the top.
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