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Old 10-18-2009, 07:56 PM
Location: Mequon, WI
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Delray Beach, Boca Raton, South Beach, Highland Beach.
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Old 10-18-2009, 11:49 PM
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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Originally Posted by Rcm58 View Post
Depends on what you like.
Panama City Beach, white sand lots of activities, young people flock there, spring break is big, waves are'nt much being on the gulf.

Myrtle Beach...Redneck Rivieara...lots of activities...badly planned roads, takes forever to go anywhere during the season. make sure you look at the room your renting first because...just because.

Daytona Beach, lots of activities, great food, drive on beach to park, hotels and resorts, mixture of ages, waves can be surfed but nothing like west coast.

Keys in Fla, calm warm clear water, fishing, boating, great food, resorts, snorkling or scuba along beautiful reefs in largo, John Pennekamp or take a trip to barrier islands off key west, laid back.

Gulf Port MS, nothing like it was prior to the hurricane but....Casinos, hardly anyone was ever on these beaches even before the hurricane so you can go anywhere and be alone, take a ship out to ships island and see the fort, swim fish, stays about 8 to 10 degrees hotter than fla beaches and the humidity is a killer but worth seeing.
Why not take your "Redneck Riviera" comment from Myrtle Beach (which, BTW, I totally agree) and apply it to your entire list?
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Old 10-19-2009, 11:37 AM
Location: West Coast
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Cayucos, California. Small beach town.
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Old 10-19-2009, 02:26 PM
Location: SF Bay Area
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Pacific Beach and La Jolla in the San Diego area are two of my favorite beach towns.

PB is as pretty close to the stereotypical CA beach town as you can get, as are a few others in Southern CA. I live here and love the beach lifestyle.

La Jolla:

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Old 10-20-2009, 12:39 AM
Location: USA East Coast
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Originally Posted by hello47 View Post
What are the nicer towns in the US that are close to the beach for a family to live? Is the West Coast a lot different than the East coast ? If you can please give me some ideas I would appreciate it, Thanks so much
Having been to many beach towns/areas all over the USA…my favorite beach towns are all in south Florida, especially Ft. Lauderdale and Miami Beach. The warm year-round climate, sunny skies, and warm tropical waters… makes me forget I’m even in the USA sometimes. Beach life in coastal south Florida is truly like living on “island time”. I love the art deco style in Miami Beach.

Although the beaches are few and tiny compared to the huge beaches on Florida’s Atlantic and Gulf coast…the Florida Keys Island chain has a small town feel mixed with a real Caribbean vibe, that makes it unique in the USA. It has always been one of my favorite places. It’s hard to imagine that the Florida Keys are almost 500-miles “south” of cities like Jacksonville, Fl Houston, TX, Phoniex, AZ or San Diego, CA. When your down in the Florida Keys...the rest of United States seems as far away as Canada (lol)>

Although living in the Keys is beyond the means of most people...all beach lovers and those who seek the exotic should see the Keys at least once. The 100 foot coconut and thatch palms, the giant lizards running around everywhere, the Banyan trees that push the side walk up they grow so fast in the heat and tropical rainfall…there is something down in the Keys that makes one feel like they are a castaway in some remote Caribbean village or in the South Pacific.

Snorkeling is big in the Keys...the clear waters and the colorful fish are an amazing sight. Dry Tortugas State Park is an amazing beach and dive site. A 7-mile long archipelago of seven sandy coral spits and cresents are here. This is the area is the largest and healthiest coral reef left in North America. Beach lovers should not miss snorkling here. You are actually swimming "in" the tropical Gulf Stream here. Rumor has it that Hemingway spent alot of time here in the 1930's often. I go down here as often as I can...I just can't stay away form the place (lol).

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Old 10-21-2009, 08:54 PM
Location: Chicago- Lawrence and Kedzie/Maywood
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I've only been to Lake Michigan on Chicago's lakefront.
Montrose beach, North ave. Beach
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Old 10-21-2009, 09:19 PM
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My fav's:ChicagoSanta CruzSavannahCharleston
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Old 10-22-2009, 07:31 AM
Location: on an island
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Looks like everyone has posted some really nice choices.
Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island (northeast FL) is a nice beach community.
There is a small historic downtown, Ft Clinch state park, and beautiful beaches. Plenty of fishing and other water activities.
If you are into that sort of thing, the south end of the island has golfing and the Ritz-Carlton.
Newly hatched baby loggerhead sea turtle:

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Old 01-18-2010, 01:19 PM
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What about St. Augustine? Does anyone have any input about that area? We are looking for a beach community that would be reasonably priced for rental/real estate and family friendly to relocate to. We don't want the crazy spring break scene or the retirement "Villages" scene...something kind of low key, yet close enough to some entertainment/excitement and with nice weather and outdoor activitis close by. We need room for our big dogs and are not big-city people...but need the basics (Walmart, Target, places to eat...etc.) Thanks!
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Old 01-18-2010, 02:02 PM
Location: The land of sugar... previously Houston and Austin
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Originally Posted by hello47 View Post
Is the West Coast a lot different than the East coast?
Don't forget about the Third Coast... along the Gulf of Mexico.
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