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Old 06-04-2014, 02:46 PM
 
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Out of all the states listed, only Alabama and Florida have the beaches many would consider prettier than those in Texas (Padre Island gives those two states a run for their money though when it comes to beaches). The beaches of Georgia aren't much better, if at all, than the beaches of Texas. As for Louisiana, lets just put it this way; even with ALL that coastline, the state barely has any beaches, instead being mostly Gulf marshland.

If the OP has lived on the Arabian Gulf, then the US Gulf Coast will be a breeze for him; the Arabian Gulf area is much hotter than the US Gulf Coast, being a desert location. That aspect is then combined with a location near the sea, causing the region to experience humidity as well. The result: some of the highest heat indices ever recorded on Earth.
South Padre is OK, but it's not near a big city as the OP desires. It's also only nice relative to other TX beaches. FL, AL, and GA beaches are worlds nicer. As I said in my post, this is just my opinion, but most everyone I know (especially non-Texans/ i.e. non-biased opinions) shares it. No need to get your britches in a bundle over it.

I hadn't realized that the Arabian Gulf was so humid. Yuck.
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Old 06-04-2014, 03:14 PM
 
Location: A subtropical paradise
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South Padre is OK, but it's not near a big city as the OP desires. It's also only nice relative to other TX beaches. FL, AL, and GA beaches are worlds nicer. As I said in my post, this is just my opinion, but most everyone I know (especially non-Texans/ i.e. non-biased opinions) shares it. No need to get your britches in a bundle over it.

I hadn't realized that the Arabian Gulf was so humid. Yuck.
After Houston, the next largest city in TX near the coast is Corpus Christi, and South Padre Island is close to Brownsville, if you want to consider that a major city. South Padre Island is only one area of the large Padre Island beach sector, which as many undisturbed areas with the white sand and blue water that can rival beaches in Alabama, and northwest Florida.

Beaches in Florida and Alabama, are indeed considered by many to be very pretty, and the admirers are quite obvious. The beaches in Georgia... not so much; if murky beach water is a factor in the decision, then you aren't gaining much by going to Georgia rather than Texas.
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Old 06-05-2014, 07:51 PM
 
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All,

We are looking for no more than 45 minutes of traveling from major cities for our careers.

We would like to be within an hour of a beach, if at all possible. Any and all responses are welcome.
The eastern shore of Mobile Bay is a wonderful place, specifically the town of Fairhope. Both Mobile and Gulf Shores/Orange Beach are roughly 30 minutes away. Mobile is a growing city and the Alabama Gulf coast has beautiful beaches (and it's not NEARLY as congested as the Florida Panhandle beaches).
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Old 06-05-2014, 10:11 PM
 
Location: Tempe, AZ
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Texas would be good, but I guess the question here is if you want the dry heat or wet heat.

Dubai for an example, is similar to Phoenix weather except more humid and oddly less rain. Dubai averages around 60% humidity year round, according to Wiki, with low 100s highs in the summer and lows in the 80s, and in the winter highs in the high 70s and lows in the 60s (similar temperatures to Phoenix, except Phoenix gets slightly hotter). Phoenix gets around an inch of rain a month, or none in June, but Dubai gets around half to one inch of rain in only four months of the year (Dec-April) and practically NONE through the rest of the year, despite the higher humidity. Phoenix's humidity in the summer ranges from the mid 30 to the low 20 percentages, with winter low 40s-low 50 percentages. Both have a similar amount of sunshine.

Houston, my other suggestion, is colder in temperatures (about ten degrees colder than both on average) with humidity around 75% year round, 15% higher than Dubai. Averages throughout the year are around three inches a month, with some getting around five. Less sun as well, for obvious reasons.

As for weather, both are hot in their own ways. Pick your poison.
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Old 06-06-2014, 07:03 AM
 
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Alabama has a pretty bad employment picture and far less opportunities for... anything that involves lots of people. Being near the beach would limit him to Mobile, AL.

So Houston is a clear #1. Phx/Tucson area is great, but no beaches in AZ. However, the heat is very much a dry heat, which is completely unavailable in any of the other states that were mentioned.

Atlanta is a wonderful city. However, it certainly won't get you to the beach that quickly.

LA has some great beaches. In NOLA you'll find all the opportunities you could hope for, but you might also quickly become less than pleased with the level of corruption. If corruption on the scale of New Jersey wouldn't bother you, then NOLA could be a great fit. The culture and foods are great. The beaches are great. The views are wonderful. The historical architecture is immense.

Finally FL, your biggest possible location is probably Miami. It's proximity to the beach is wonderful. The culture has some exotic elements. You'll get your fill of sunshine and interesting new foods. However, Tampa and Jacksonville are very regularly under-rated.

If the beach is not an absolute must, you may really want to check out Phx. If it is a must, cross AZ and GA off your list entirely. I'd cross of AL, even though it has a beach, because Mobile AL is simply not even close to being on par with any of the other cities you have as options.
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Old 06-28-2014, 04:22 PM
 
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There are no real beaches in Louisiana. I'm not sure what you are talking about. FL is your best option for coastal life. Houston is your best option for a thriving market and it's near galveston which is not really a great beach imo. Good luck
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Old 06-28-2014, 04:33 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Why have you listed every state in the region except Mississippi? What's wrong with Mississippi?

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There are no real beaches in Louisiana.
Grand Isle is a real beach, but you have to drive a real couple of hours to get there from any real town, and get a real ticket in the real speed trap in Golden Meadow to get there.

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Old 06-28-2014, 06:06 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, LA
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I'd personally go with Tampa Bay.
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