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Old 06-04-2015, 07:36 AM
 
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over our gulf beaches..

Tar balls shut down Long Beach coastline | abc7.com

Also after a storm you shouldnt go in the water for a few days because you have a high chance to get a staph infection.

My wife went to UCSB and there were always tar balls washing up.
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Old 06-04-2015, 08:33 AM
 
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I find the beaches to be overly-hyped in California, just like the weather. I was there in April, and couldn't really get in the water because it was so cold. Now the beaches on the Gulf, and the Mediterranean are a different story. I've swam in them year-round. The Pacific is just never warm enough.
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Old 06-04-2015, 08:53 AM
 
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Yeah, only a few beaches on the west coast are actually any good for swimming due to the temps. Most people idolize the coastline beauty instead.

I wouldn't call the weather overrated though.
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Old 06-04-2015, 09:14 AM
 
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My son got a tarball at Huntington Beach one time last summer. At least the water is warm in the Gulf. You want no tarballs go to the Caribbean.
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Old 06-04-2015, 09:18 AM
 
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San Diego is probably the only beach in CA that is swimmable without wetsuits.
The weather and rugged beauty of the coastline are incomparable though.

Comparing the beaches on the Gulf with the Mediterranean is a bit of a stretch. Quite a bit!
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Old 06-04-2015, 09:31 AM
 
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I am not sure how the weather can be overrated, other than the possible lack of variation.
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Old 06-04-2015, 09:31 AM
 
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Comparing the beaches on the Gulf with the Mediterranean is a bit of a stretch. Quite a bit!
I was referring to the Florida panhandle, we vacation there almost every year. I haven't been to a Texas beach in at least 10 (as a native Texan, it pains me to say that). Below are the two beaches I spend the most time at. One is the Gulf, one is the Med Sea. Both are nice.



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Old 06-04-2015, 09:41 AM
 
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I am not sure how the weather can be overrated, other than the possible lack of variation.
If you're within 20 miles of the ocean, or up above 5000ft (summer only), then it's nice. Otherwise, it's like Texas.

The idea that CA has perfect weather is because people like us (tourists) only to vacation spots near the coast with nice weather, like La Jolla, or Monterrey. The other 80% of the state is horrid. Wealthy people in CA who never stray far from the coast say the same thing about their state's weather. I only go to Portland, OR during the summer, but I can't say it has great weather because I've only (intentionally) experienced the best time of year. People visiting Austin for SXSW say the same thing to their friends up north.

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Old 06-04-2015, 10:23 AM
 
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San Diego is probably the only beach in CA that is swimmable without wetsuits.
You must have a lower water temp toleration than this child of the Gulf. Lived there for years and could never immerse my body in that ice water.
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Old 06-04-2015, 11:00 AM
 
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Tar balls washed up on gulf coast beaches after the deep water horizon oil spill too, so we're not immune to the effects of man made disasters either. Both coasts have their pros and cons. California beaches are much more beautiful in my opinion, but the water is cold. Texas beaches aren't nearly as attractive and the water isn't clear, but the water is warmer. I don't really understand the contempt for California. I think a lot of folks disagree with the State's politics and are unable to separate that from the State's beauty and diversity, so they want to berate all aspects of it.
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