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View Poll Results: Which state has the best beaches??
Florida 48 30.77%
Hawaii 108 69.23%
Voters: 156. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 03-25-2012, 06:45 PM
 
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It's interesting for me to look at these pictures and see how much more clothing people wear on the beach nowadays compared to the 60s and 70s. Almost everyone is all dressed up. It used to be that most women wore bikinis unless they were old or very fat, and poor women would sometimes just strip down to their underwear (they thought no one could tell the difference, but we guys could, especially when they got wet),while men wore short trunks and didn't wear shirts unless they were starting to get sunburned.

There was some serious skin to be seen then, and it didn't matter if some of it was ugly, it was just more relaxed and free. Nobody swam with all their clothes on.
More people are afraid of the sun. I remember when all you'd see is spf 15 now I think it gets up to a 100.
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Old 03-25-2012, 10:36 PM
 
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Yeah, Hawaii has better beaches overall. But Florida's no slouch. Why do people find it hard that these 2 states would be compared? What other state is more worthy than Florida to go up against Hawaii in a "best beaches" competition? Maybe CA?
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Old 04-11-2012, 05:20 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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Hawaii. It has surf, clearer water, better beach weather and warmer in the winter. Bt FL is very beautiful as well, just like the Caribbean there. I really like FL but Hawaii takes the cake.
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Old 04-17-2012, 01:33 AM
 
Location: South Bay, CA
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When it comes to the living at the beach and the “beach lifestyle”…what a lot of people forget is that more goes into this than just surf and sand (though those two things are an integral part of the beach of course);

Although sitting on a warm tropical beach alone, in the middle of nowhere, with few people close nearby might be what some people are looking for…travel and real estate agents (my spouse is a RE and my father is travel agent) show that most people (especially Europeans who tend to be more social) greatly prefer more active, exciting places with a lot of options for entertainment, restaurants, sports activities, biking, jogging…etc when they seek the coastal lifestyle or are on vacation.

As a three time world champion beach bum (lol), who has been in beach/towns cities from the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, the Atlantic, Gulf, and Pacific coasts in the USA….I can tell you that southern Florida and southern California (from Hermosa south to San Diego) blows away anything Hawaii, the Caribbean, or Mediterranean Europe has to offer (and Australia from what I’ve been told by people who have seen it and SOCAL/SFL. The sheer number of options, entertainment, food/ restaurants, water sports, beach (size of the beach!), the laid back vibe...etc Florida and southern California blow Hawaii out of the water. Also, in terms of world class dinning, entertainment, high finance, fashion, ect Miami Beach is the center of it all (in terms of world beach cities). Hawaii is not even close. The only world coastal/beach city that compares with Miami is Rio.

Two of the largest and best spots I’ve seen are below (Hawaii has nothing even close to this from what I saw when I was there):


South Beach, Miami - riding on the boardwalk along South Beach - YouTube



The Strand at Hermosa Beach California - YouTube HD - YouTube

What?? Have you been to Waikiki? As someone who lives a few minutes from the Strand in Hermosa, it's definitely a lot more laid back and on a much smaller scale than Waikiki on Oahu! Hawaii has it all, urban and exciting beach atmospheres, with dining, shopping and nightlife plus the super low key, laid back ones too!

Oh, and who said Hawaii beaches were bad for swimming?? It's not always 25 ft waves and at every beach LOL!

Waikiki Beach


Kalaukaua Ave a block in from Waikiki Beach


Shopping - from Gucci and Ferragamo to little swap meets and and tacky touristy things...


And TONS of dining from casual up to things like Nobu, Morimoto, La Mer (AAA Five Diamond) etc...


And then on the flip side, 30 minutes away from Waikiki there's this too...
http://www.citypictures.org/data/media/225/Lanikai_Beach_Oahu_Hawaii.jpg (broken link)

And this
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Old 04-17-2012, 07:31 AM
 
Location: Austell, Georgia
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What?? Have you been to Waikiki? As someone who lives a few minutes from the Strand in Hermosa, it's definitely a lot more laid back and on a much smaller scale than Waikiki on Oahu! Hawaii has it all, urban and exciting beach atmospheres, with dining, shopping and nightlife plus the super low key, laid back ones too!

Oh, and who said Hawaii beaches were bad for swimming?? It's not always 25 ft waves and at every beach LOL!

Waikiki Beach


Kalaukaua Ave a block in from Waikiki Beach


Shopping - from Gucci and Ferragamo to little swap meets and and tacky touristy things...


And TONS of dining from casual up to things like Nobu, Morimoto, La Mer (AAA Five Diamond) etc...


And then on the flip side, 30 minutes away from Waikiki there's this too...


And this
Very nice pics.
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Old 04-17-2012, 07:36 AM
 
Location: Austell, Georgia
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Clearwarter Beach





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Old 04-17-2012, 04:59 PM
 
Location: ๏̯͡๏﴿ Gwinnett-That's a Civil Matter-County
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Anyone who votes for fla has never been to hi.

Even if the beaches sucked in hi, the weather would make up for it. 100% chance of "perfect" ,365 days a year.
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Old 04-17-2012, 05:48 PM
 
Location: Glendale, CA
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Let's just put it this way: L.A. is geographically about half way between Hawaii and Florida.

If we were going to go to a beach vacation, it is not a contest which way we'd go: west-bound towards Hawaii. (any of the islands would be good, but especially Kauai and Maui).

Having said that, I really enjoyed Clearwater Beach in FL. Great sand and warm water.
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Old 04-17-2012, 06:01 PM
 
Location: Austell, Georgia
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Anyone who votes for fla has never been to hi.

Even if the beaches sucked in hi, the weather would make up for it. 100% chance of "perfect" ,365 days a year.
That is not a fact. It is your opinion.
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Old 04-18-2012, 02:20 AM
 
Location: South Bay, CA
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Also, not to beat a dead horse, but since others have brought up atmosphere, I have to say that one of the best things about being at the beach in Hawaii is that there are usually beautiful mountains everywhere. One of my fave things to do when I go back to Hawaii is to get in the water, turn back towards the shore and just stare at the mountains and clouds...it's almost a religious experience...the pic below absolutely does not do justice to the scale of the mountains right there...but see how tiny the people are and re-scale it in your mind
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