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Old 08-06-2009, 09:02 AM
 
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I grew up by the Jersey Shore, lived in San Diego and Los Angeles for 10 years, now I am back in NJ and REALLY am getting Very interested in CT...may have some job opportunity in Newtown, but I don't mind a 40 minute commute, sooo I definitely want to live by the beach. I do need a somewhat large apartment, but I am flexible. Where is the fun beach?
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Old 08-06-2009, 10:35 AM
 
Location: Hartford CT.
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IMO all of the nicer beaches are more than an hour away, like hammonasset, or rocky neck. i dont know the New Haven, Milford, Bridgeport area's beaches at all.. how close to the beach do you want to be, because you can probably move in the middle of work and hammonasset or rocky neck, but then it would still be close to 30 mins... im not too sure of a beach near newtown (40 mins) thats good im not saying it doesnt exist but im not sure... sorry.
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Old 08-06-2009, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Southbury, CT
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I don't know if you would find a funky-vibed beach in CT. I live in Southbury which is one exit up from Newtown. I frequently go to Jennings Beach in Fairfield and Compo Beach in Westport. There are many beaches in CT that I have been to but none with a "funky vibe". Just a laid back feel. no loud radios and people sitting on top of each other...not saying that is what you want but CT beaches are way quieter than NY and NJ beaches. I grew up in NY and have been to many on L.I. and Jersey. It is a different feel. You will not find any boardwalks like you would see in Jersey. But for my taste that is just fine with me!!

It takes me a 1/2 hour to get to Jennings and 40 minutes to Compo. Hammonassett is nice as well but I find that the sand area is too small. I have never been to Rocky Neck which is about an hour away but I hear it is nice.

I have family in SoCal and no you will not see a Venice Beach...sorry!
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Old 08-06-2009, 12:39 PM
 
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I don't think we have funky beaches here. The closest thing I can think of is Sound View, but that's a seasonal area and I don't think there are many year-round apartments there.
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Old 08-06-2009, 01:11 PM
 
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In Connecticut? No beach stretches with tat parlors, Reggae, incense, hippy clothes, beach side botox, MJ clinics, street jewelers, OR stilt walkers!!! You will find seaside seafood joints, marinas, narrow open beaches and wind sailors on the water... but much quieter than anything Venice Beach has to offer. VERY different lifestyle and both are great for completely different reasons!
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Old 08-06-2009, 01:25 PM
 
Location: Wethersfield, CT
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I'm thinking Soundview. That's the only beach in CT that I know of with some live entertainment. Other than that I'd go to RI.
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Old 08-06-2009, 01:28 PM
 
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I hear West Haven is a little bit Coney Island-ish.
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Old 08-12-2009, 11:55 AM
 
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I live in West Haven, four blocks from the "beach." It's not funky (unless you get near the water, which smells funky and, I just read, is contaminated). Not many dining options (Jimmy's is the big restaurant and they just opened two outdoor decks). No shops. Has a nice boardwalk. Sand is nice. There are some condos along the boardwalk and a seafood dive at the end of the boardwalk. However, I grew up in FL so I'm used to restaurants and bars, tourist shops, condos, apartments, hotels - all dotting the gulf coastline. Very different vibe from FL beaches. Mainly just a beach for residents.
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Old 08-12-2009, 03:48 PM
 
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I didn't know CT had funky beaches. You'll find a playground and a snackshop but that's probably as funky as you're gonna get.
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Old 08-13-2009, 08:23 AM
 
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I didn't know CT had funky beaches. You'll find a playground and a snackshop but that's probably as funky as you're gonna get.
True ..LOL...CT not known for its funkiness, or hip hop vibes.
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