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Old 09-09-2016, 02:17 PM
 
Location: Austell, Georgia
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I think Hawaii is much better for snorkeling as it has coral reefs and more tropical species. Isn't Florida's coral reefs limited to South Florida? Is there much to see snorkeling along the Panhandle and other parts of FL?
Hawaii being better for snorkeling is definitely debatable. Yes most of Florida's Coral Reefs are found in South Forida and the Keys. Florida does have gems in other parts of the state like Crystal River, which is gorgeous!
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Old 09-09-2016, 02:31 PM
 
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I think the great thing about Hawaii is that it combines the best of the two mainland beach heavyweights--Southern California and Florida. Florida has the better beach weather (usually; even South FL gets cold snaps, and North FL is quite chilly in winter), calmer & warmer water, and usually the water is clearer. But SoCal has the waves, the beautiful coastal scenery (and it's own kelp forest environment to compete with FL's coral reef system).

Hawaii has gorgeous coastal scenery, certainly more lush than CA. It has clearer and warmer water than CA, coral reefs, wonderful surfing, and calm water beaches too. But it has better beach weather than either FL or CA--FL is great but in winter the water and air temperatures are cooler than most of Hawaii (except elevated areas, or Hilo).
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Old 09-09-2016, 02:36 PM
 
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Hawaii being better for snorkeling is definitely debatable. Yes most of Florida's Coral Reefs are found in South Florida and the Keys. Florida does have gems in other parts of the state like Crystal River, which is gorgeous!

Water clarity is better in HI, but their reefs, though impressive, luck soft corals. FL reefs have both, stony/soft corals. Also, there are some remote reefs in the Gulf across Tampa Bay that many don't know about. This is more pristine than anything in South FL.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4t4QbRSQC-8
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Old 09-09-2016, 02:39 PM
 
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FL's Gulf Coast is awesome.
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Old 09-09-2016, 02:39 PM
 
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I think the great thing about Hawaii is that it combines the best of the two mainland beach heavyweights--Southern California and Florida. Florida has the better beach weather (usually; even South FL gets cold snaps, and North FL is quite chilly in winter), calmer & warmer water, and usually the water is clearer. But SoCal has the waves, the beautiful coastal scenery (and it's own kelp forest environment to compete with FL's coral reef system).

Hawaii has gorgeous coastal scenery, certainly more lush than CA. It has clearer and warmer water than CA, coral reefs, wonderful surfing, and calm water beaches too. But it has better beach weather than either FL or CA--FL is great but in winter the water and air temperatures are cooler than most of Hawaii (except elevated areas, or Hilo).
I agree , HI is kind of like if Florida and CA had a child lol. Florida's beaches are some of the best, the panhandle has the whitest sand I've ever seen, but the surrounding scenery and topography is kind of meh in comparison to Hawaii and SoCal.

The weather is better in HI too, more moderate. Warmer in winter and milder and less stormy in summer.
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Old 09-09-2016, 02:45 PM
 
Location: The City
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HI is pretty special


issue for me is distance to get there, FL and the Caribbean are a 2-3 hour flight for me, HI 9




I also think Maine should get a mention and PNW




OBX is pretty cool as well


love the diversity of beaches in the US


off to the jersey Shore now have a good weekend all
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Old 09-09-2016, 02:55 PM
 
Location: Austell, Georgia
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Water clarity is better in HI, but their reefs, though impressive, luck soft corals. FL reefs have both, stony/soft corals. Also, there are some remote reefs in the Gulf across Tampa Bay that many don't know about. This is more pristine than anything in South FL.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4t4QbRSQC-8
Very interesting.
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Old 09-09-2016, 02:57 PM
 
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I've got to say...the USA might have problems, but in many ways we're the luckiest country on Earth. We have gorgeous scenery and every climate type in the world in just one country! From the emerald waters of the Gulf to the crystalline waters of Hawaii, the surfing beaches in southern California to the pretty sand dunes of the Atlantic Ocean, we're truly blessed with scenery.
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Old 09-10-2016, 03:50 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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The Florida Gulf coast is superior to any other beach region, including Hawaii. Which, Hawaii over all is a more pleasing experience, but from a beach stand point, no sir. Florida beaches are the BEST beaches.
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Old 09-10-2016, 03:57 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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Florida panhandle, and Hawaii.

For freshwater beaches, western Michigan.
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