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Old 10-09-2017, 05:39 PM
 
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I've lived on both coasts. While I like the Sanibel/Captiva area, I prefer the Atlantic Coast, especially for beaches and swimming. And for the breeze. Plus I find the Gulf icky during the summer.
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Old 10-09-2017, 05:43 PM
 
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I've lived on both coasts. While I like the Sanibel/Captiva area, I prefer the Atlantic Coast, especially for beaches and swimming. And for the breeze. Plus I find the Gulf icky during the summer.
The gulf is beautiful, clear green water and sand like powder. Great for boating.

Atlantic coast is more turquoise, bigger waves and the sand is not as powdery. The gulf air is definitely more stagnant in the summer. Get a better breeze on the east coast.

I just like the water and beach--cannot live inland. Lakes and rivers don't make it.
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Old 10-09-2017, 05:49 PM
 
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The gulf is beautiful, clear green water and sand like powder. Great for boating.

Atlantic coast is more turquoise, bigger waves and the sand is not as powdery. The gulf air is definitely more stagnant in the summer. Get a better breeze on the east coast.

I just like the water and beach--cannot live inland. Lakes and rivers don't make it.
I'm not a fan of Florida lakes, but we do have some awesome rivers and springs. But that's for another thread.
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Old 10-09-2017, 05:53 PM
 
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I've lived on both coasts. While I like the Sanibel/Captiva area, I prefer the Atlantic Coast, especially for beaches and swimming. And for the breeze. Plus I find the Gulf icky during the summer.
East coast is much better and cooler and gets more rain.
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Old 10-09-2017, 06:03 PM
 
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I've lived on both coasts. While I like the Sanibel/Captiva area, I prefer the Atlantic Coast, especially for beaches and swimming. And for the breeze. Plus I find the Gulf icky during the summer.
We decided to move to FL next year and did not know which coast we would like.

After visiting many times over the last few years, at all seasons, we settled on the East Coast as it is better overall for what we want.

I love waves, cool breezes off the water is better than those off the Gulf. Warm water but not as warm as the Gulf, not as humid due to the breezes (Heard it said on the Gulf and Southern FL you go in the water to dry off in the Summer), less traffic, we picked an area with minimal snowbirds and a very laid back vibe. Better housing prices and ........... after the hurricanes, the only real damage was tree limbs and palm fronds. Volusia County but NOT Daytona.
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Old 10-09-2017, 06:44 PM
 
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We decided to move to FL next year and did not know which coast we would like.

After visiting many times over the last few years, at all seasons, we settled on the East Coast as it is better overall for what we want.

I love waves, cool breezes off the water is better than those off the Gulf. Warm water but not as warm as the Gulf, not as humid due to the breezes (Heard it said on the Gulf and Southern FL you go in the water to dry off in the Summer), less traffic, we picked an area with minimal snowbirds and a very laid back vibe. Better housing prices and ........... after the hurricanes, the only real damage was tree limbs and palm fronds. Volusia County but NOT Daytona.
Ya done good! Lemme guess. Ormond?
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Old 10-09-2017, 08:25 PM
 
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East coast is overdeveloped.
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Old Yesterday, 05:57 AM
 
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In my opinion the west coast is more scenic. Nicer water (and cleaner) with much prettier beaches and less developed. The Atlantic side is actually kind of horrifying right now after the storms we've been having with brown, murky water and all kinds of unpleasant debris strewn all over the beaches.
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Old Yesterday, 06:58 AM
 
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East coast is overdeveloped.
Almost every inch of the Gulf Coast that can be developed, is or is being developed, believe me. Much of the coastal area from the Pasco/Hernando county line north and west through Apalachicola is scrub marsh that doesn't lend itself to development.
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Old Yesterday, 07:08 AM
 
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In my opinion the west coast is more scenic. Nicer water (and cleaner) with much prettier beaches and less developed. The Atlantic side is actually kind of horrifying right now after the storms we've been having with brown, murky water and all kinds of unpleasant debris strewn all over the beaches.
I'll give you that much of the Gulf Coast is scenic, especially those areas that aren't able to be developed. And of course the Sanibel/Captiva area, which does have pretty beaches. I disagree on the water, though. Gulf coast water is a mixed brew that looks nice on calm days. The last time I swam in the Gulf was over 15 years ago, and there was a storm further out in the Gulf that churned up a lot of "stuff", plant life and other things. I went swimming in it, and the combination of bathtub temperatures with "stuff" all around me, including strands of seaweed or sea grass, made me run for the hotel pool. Also I don't think the Atlantic coast gets red tide.

Whether it's the Atlantic or the Gulf, storms churn up some unpleasant things.
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