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Old 11-11-2012, 09:51 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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Snowbirds want to move to these warm beachside areas. Which do you prefer? Orange County is known for its beached, attractions and luxury, while Miami is known for its beaches and partying. Which one is better in terms of:
-palm trees
-weather
-beaches
-people
-activities
-shopping
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Old 11-12-2012, 02:52 AM
 
Location: western East Roman Empire
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Snowbirds want to move to these warm beachside areas. Which do you prefer? Orange County is known for its beaches, attractions and luxury, while Miami is known for its beaches and partying. Which one is better in terms of:
-palm trees
-weather
-beaches
-people
-activities
-shopping
I have lived in both places over the years.

Actually palm trees are not as native to the Miami area as people are led to believe, they are largely transplated probably for image sake, they are of little practical use in terms of shade and fruit, not particularly aesthetic, at least in my view, they are expensive to transport, and expensive to maintain. Personally I do not understand the interest in them. On the other hand, mangroves are more natural to the coastal areas and relatively rare (on US soil at least) tropical fruit trees more inland like in Homestead and Redlands.

If you do not like humidity, then Orange County and the rest of coastal southern California has better weather by far, like late spring/early summer Mediterranean all year round, can't beat that.

People are individual creatures: on a one-on-one basis, you can mesh well with one and not the other. Having said that, the beach area from Miami Beach up to Aventura features such ethnic groups as, well besides Cubans and other Latin Americans, also Italians, Jews and Russians. So a predominance of Cubans, but diversified among Latin American groups, and an admixture of some Europeans, lately those with disposable wealth to buy condos and open restaurants and the like.

Both have nice beaches, though while the southern Atlantic waters are generally warmer, the California coast offers much better surfing in some spots.

Exactly what attractions and activities is Orange County CA known for? The last time it made national news was due to massive county government default. At any rate, it is probably a tie, both featuring sea acquariums and the like, though the port of Miami is one of the world's busiest, if not the busiest, for cruise ships. Overall, Miami, which in this context includes Miami Beach, the City proper, sections like Coconut Grove and municipalities like Coral Gables, has to have an edge over basically one sprawling sleepy suburb like Orange County. I can't recall anything particularly special to do there besides going to the beach, view breath-taking sunsets, and cruise by beautiful houses overlooking the ocean on the hilly and rocky coasts down the southern part of the county towards San Diego.

Shopping is probably a tie.

Anyway, I don't recall Orange County being a particular snowbird destination, meaning spending 8-9 months in a northern US climate and 3-4 months in a southern one, and even in southern Florida nowadays it is more Palm Beach County than Miami-Dade County.

As for sole proprietors of businesses and independent professionals, Florida in general offers no state income tax, compared to California's which is up to around 10%, and southern Florida in particular warm temperatures all year round, close proximity to Latin America, and relatively close proximity to Europe, whereas Orange County for international trade is close to Mexico and the port of Long Beach, one of the US's busiest, for trade with Asia and maybe Pacific-coast Latin America, though Miami is certainly much closer to the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico Latin America where its main rival in the US is Houston, while Orange County is also relatively close to a great agricultural area inland, and I believe that some great military and other high tech companies are in the vicinity.

Hope this helps.

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Old 11-12-2012, 09:36 PM
 
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Orange county takes this one.
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Old 11-13-2012, 12:37 PM
 
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"Actually palm trees are not as native to the Miami area as people are led to believe"

Actually there is only one palm that is native to California. Most of what you see is imported.

"despite the diversity and ubiquity of palms in the Los Angeles area, only one species—Washingtonia filifera, the California fan palm—is native to California. All of L.A.'s other palm species, from the slender Mexican fan palms that line so many L.A. boulevards to the feather-topped Canary Island date palm, have been imported. "

A Brief History of Palm Trees in Southern California | LA as Subject | SoCal Focus | KCET

As far as the others it really depends.

-weather - Miami nicer in Winter. OC nicer in Summer.

-beaches - Do you like warm water? Miami. Or Surfing? OC.

-people - Do you like and International crowd? Miami. Or a very "American" crowd? OC

-activities - Do you like to go out? Miami. Do you like to stay in? OC.

-shopping - probably both good.

Should be easy to make a decision.
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Old 11-13-2012, 01:54 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Exactly what attractions and activities is Orange County CA known for?
Disneyland is its biggest attraction and pretty well known.
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Old 11-13-2012, 04:21 PM
 
Location: Nob Hill, San Francisco, CA
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Orange County
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Old 11-13-2012, 04:24 PM
 
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Yeah, Disney Land is known. Orange County being an outer County of LA, probably doesn't get the big city amenities that Miami does.
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Old 11-16-2012, 10:08 AM
 
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Snowbirds want to move to these warm beachside areas. Which do you prefer? Orange County is known for its beached, attractions and luxury, while Miami is known for its beaches and partying. Which one is better in terms of:
-palm trees
-weather
-beaches
-people
-activities
-shopping
Palm Tress-- Probably Miami.... only because there is more of a diversity of palms there. U have the coconut palms as wel, which is rather indicative of the laid back "margaritaville im on vacation" feel. Tho, OC has nice palms as well, they're just more desert-like palms.

Weather- Miami in the winter-- pleasantly warm, not too humid, generally sunny. OC in the summer

Beaches-- I guess Miami...they're prettier and the water is warm and turquios, tho OC has better surfing and morebeautiful views of the water.

People- OC definitely. A lot more laid back and chill I feel. Miami is so "flashy" and borderline tacky at times

activities- OC-- more trails to hike, a variety of landscapes and beaches, etc

Shopping-- Miami?
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Old 11-16-2012, 04:41 PM
 
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I'm from Miami it's ladi back and i'm strobe lighting
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