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Old 10-11-2013, 03:39 PM
 
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I am considering moving to a beach town on the East Coast to be closer to family in Pennsylvania. Does anyone out there know if there is a town on the East Coast similar to Oceanside, California? Oceanside has a somewhat small town feel, with a population of about 160,000. It doesn't feel too crowded. There is enough to do that keeps life interesting, but not enough to draw in tourists. It is pet-friendly and there is always free parking at the beach and festivals and local events going on. There is also a Pier and a quaint harbor area with shops and restaurants. And Oceanside feels very safe overall. Does this kind of beach town exist on the East Coast anywhere?

Any feedback or advice on where I could look is GREATLY appreciated! I am not too familiar with East Coast beach towns!

Hoping someone out there has an idea
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Old 10-11-2013, 07:32 PM
 
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What about Virginia Beach VA?
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Old 10-12-2013, 06:26 AM
 
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Check out Delray Beach, Florida which is halfway between Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. It has a much smaller population than Oceanside but otherwise would feel fairly similar. It's pet-friendly, feels and is pretty safe, always has something going on downtown, a lot of nice restaurants and shops, not many tourists (much more locals) and free parking downtown. The beach parking is metered street parking or lots. There's an annual beach parking permit ($100) that's well worth it. Nonstop flights (2.5 hours) to see relatives in PA are readily available out of nearby Palm Beach International Airport.
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Old 10-12-2013, 10:38 AM
 
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Thanks I will have to check out Delray Beach. Sounds very nice

I've heard good things about Virginia Beach, but have never been. I would think it would have a more touristy feel? What do you like about Virginia Beach?
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Old 10-12-2013, 11:55 AM
 
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Thanks I will have to check out Delray Beach. Sounds very nice

I've heard good things about Virginia Beach, but have never been. I would think it would have a more touristy feel? What do you like about Virginia Beach?
It does have a touristy feel near the beach, but it is a pretty safe and spread out city.
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Old 10-12-2013, 01:48 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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You are looking for a military town with a huge minority population with a lot of undocumented aliens, and some scary slum areas?
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Old 10-13-2013, 01:49 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA
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The very first place that came to my mind was Beaufort, SC because of the presence of Parris Island ...
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Old 10-13-2013, 02:30 PM
 
Location: In the heights
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I found an Oceanside in New York for you.
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Old 10-15-2013, 10:42 AM
 
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Thanks for all the tips. Has anyone lived in Virginia Beach here?
Any other neat beach towns I should look into?
I have actually heard of Oceanside New York
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Old 10-15-2013, 01:06 PM
 
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Cape May, NJ (my personal favorite out of my list!)
Point Pleasant Beach, NJ
Manasquan, NJ
Lavallette, NJ
Avon, NJ
Bay Head, NJ
York Beach, ME
Ogunquit, ME
Rehoboth Beach, DE

There are a lot of beach towns on the East Coast with quaint, cute downtowns, a harbor or bay, and other things you like but usually they are touristy in the summer with day trippers or vacationers. Some areas are more gimmicky than others, but any beach anywhere is a destination. I've found many beach towns all over the country are alike. If you want to be near PA, I'd stick with New Jersey, Delaware, or Maryland. New York would work but traffic through Long Island and New York City to get to and from PA can be a b*tch. I mean, it can take three hours for me to get to Long Island's Nassau County and I only live about 30 miles away. Also, keep in mind that on the East Coast we get hurricanes and nor'easters. Sandy really demolished much of the Jersey Shore and hit DE, NY, MD, CT, etc pretty hard, too. A lot of homes in or out of flood zones were lost. If you're afraid of flooding, storms, or losing your home (or flood insurance costs) then I recommend living a few miles inland from the coast, but close enough to enjoy it. If you don't mind the risks, which many don't even after Sandy, then look on barrier islands or other coastal areas. Good luck!
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