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Old 03-02-2008, 11:37 PM
 
Location: Twin Cities, Minnesota
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Hmm... I'd have to say Florida. California beaches are too racky and cold. Plus I have a vendetta against La Jolla cuz I got a harsh sunburn there once!
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Old 03-02-2008, 11:50 PM
 
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They are both very different. CA ocean areas feel "fresher" to me- the air feels fresher because it is not as hot as FL and not humid either. I don't like all the HUMONGOUS thunderstorms in FL either. FL does have some beautiful beaches, but I like cooler air, big surf, and cliff/mtn. lined beaches better than tropical.

I don't surf but I love to watch and hear the waves crash, see some sea lions or sea otters swimming near the shore, hear all the seagulls, feel a cool ocean breeze, smell the nearby eucalyptus trees (Santa Cruz), hear a train go by on the cliffs above... those are some of the things I love about some of my favorite CA beaches. (FL has a lot smaller waves, and alot fewer seagulls, from what I recall).

FL has its own unique flavor too- I'd like a home in CA and a vacation home in FL. (Boca Raton area)
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Old 03-03-2008, 07:07 AM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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Florida. The water is warmer.
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Old 03-03-2008, 07:10 AM
 
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
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I like the fact that you can pick up all the sea shells you want here in Florida as long as there isn't anything living in them. I have a friend who is a beach comber like me who lives in California and she told me they no longer allow you to pick up sea shells, you can pick up sea glass since its not supposed to be there in the first place but not shells.
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Old 03-03-2008, 07:34 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Never been to California beaches, but I do have a question. During a heatwave out there, do people go for a swim in the beach for relief from the summer heat or is the water just too cold. Going a little off topic but I know the lakes out there should be warm enough to swim in isn't it like 90-100 degrees most days in the summer in inland portions of the state the water temp should be in the 80s, right?
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Old 03-03-2008, 07:43 AM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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Btwn CA and FL, Id pick Hawaii.
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Old 03-03-2008, 07:54 AM
 
Location: Split,Croatia
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I know some people's who are swim in LA ocean at the summer before 2-3 years,and they told me that ocean was moderately warm.
There wasn't Santa Ana wind or heat wave.
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Old 03-03-2008, 10:44 AM
 
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Never been to California beaches, but I do have a question. During a heatwave out there, do people go for a swim in the beach for relief from the summer heat or is the water just too cold. Going a little off topic but I know the lakes out there should be warm enough to swim in isn't it like 90-100 degrees most days in the summer in inland portions of the state the water temp should be in the 80s, right?
Inland Lakes are generally warm(ish) but since a lot of them are reservoirs, swimming may not be allowed. We do have some water issues. California is a large state with a lot of different climates. Death valley regularly sets heat records while the area around Truckee sets cold records (-57 as I recall) and even snowfall records. The state has over 1100 miles of coastline that vary from sandy beaches to rocky cliffs. People who've never been here think of all of California as having an LA climate. There are 35 million people in the state and way more than half of them don't live in or even near LA. For me, LA is just under 400 miles away and I'm only half way up the state. I can get a tan on a warm sunny beach and take a 3-4 hour drive for some spring skiing.

There are plenty of fun ways to escape the heat. Remember that CA is the home of the Anaheim Ducks and the San Jose Sharks as well as Kristy Yamaguchi. We've got ice rinks out the ying-yang. Unlike many northern rinks, ours are year 'round and oddly popular in the summer months.

I think it was Mark Twain who said "The coldest winter of my life was a summer in San Francisco." Climates vary widely in CA. The only thing we don't have is swamps and tropical beaches.
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Old 03-04-2008, 06:49 AM
 
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Southern California beaches have comfortable water temps in the summer. If you like to surf, there is no competition- California wins. Florida has better beaches in the winter if you are not a surfer or hiker. In the summer, California beaches are far more pleasant. I do like the shells in florida much better though.
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Old 03-05-2008, 06:53 PM
 
Location: Sandy Eggo - Kensington
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Never been to California beaches, but I do have a question. During a heatwave out there, do people go for a swim in the beach for relief from the summer heat or is the water just too cold.
Uhhh...the water may be colder here than off the coast of Florida, but it's not cold enough to keep people out of the water during the summer. Here are some photos I took of the beaches around San Diego last summer:

Snorkeling at La Jolla


Coronado...what rocky coast are people talking about?




La Jolla Shores...folks in Florida wouldn't know what a wave was if it knocked em over




From the OB Pier




Florida beaches more beautiful? I don't think so Looking down on Black's Beach from the cliffs above



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