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Old 08-09-2010, 12:35 PM
 
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For those who have lived on both coasts or coastal states, could you please tell me what you liked and disliked about each? I'm considering a switch from the East Coast to West, but they seem so different and I want a change, but not complete shock.Thanks
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Old 08-09-2010, 06:23 PM
 
Location: On the Great South Bay
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Lady, I think it might help if you told people where you lived on the East Coast, and some parts of the West Coast you are interested in. Unfortunately, I have never lived on the West Coast so I cannot describe the differences to you.

The one thing that I can say (because it is pretty obvious) is that the West Coast has much more grander natural scenery compared to most places on the East Coast.
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Old 08-09-2010, 06:52 PM
 
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Old 08-10-2010, 12:51 PM
 
Location: Boston
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I grew up in California, now live in New England. Speaking just of the beach/coast, New England is far rockier, and filled with a series of inlets and bays. With the exception of Cape Cod, you don't really see long strands of sandy beach, whereas in California, that is quite common. As far as the people and lifestyles go, I don't see significant differences. This usually surprises people, but both places have a strong reverence for the sea and her traditions, be it New England fisheries or surfing, the cultures are heavily influenced by the ocean. I think in both cases that gives people the sense that there is something large and powerful and not controllable that impacts our lives, and we respond to it by taking a casual approach to life.

I don't know enough about Virginia to get a sense of whether you'll see similarities. My knowledge of VA primarily relates to metro-DC, where I could easily conclude that there is no ocean at all.
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Old 08-10-2010, 08:44 PM
 
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I think it's going to vary tremendously by specific locations on both coasts. I never felt that there was one way to define the East Coast versus the West, other than the obvious, like, as mentioned, the difference in geography and scenery. (we lived in a couple of states in the east, including Virginia, and then in a couple of places in California)

What part of the west coast are you considering? There are definitely differences between Virginia and the west coast, but what kind of differences will depend on what areas you're considering in the west.
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Old 08-10-2010, 10:16 PM
 
Location: OKIE-Ville
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In my experience the folks on the east coast were a little more rough around the edges and direct....probably a result of the extreme weather.
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