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Old 07-06-2009, 08:03 AM
 
Location: Boston
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cape cod is very nice
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Old 07-06-2009, 08:09 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia,New Jersey, NYC!
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aside from HI, the SoCal beaches and Southeast beaches are the best
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Old 07-06-2009, 08:17 AM
 
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I just remembered I HAVE been to SW FL. The beaches were obviously not very memorable...LOL. I don't considerate Hawaii to be America.

I think the CA media give people a false impression of America's beaches. They must clean up the kelp and tell people to get out of their wetsuits when making those awful TV programs. East coast beaches are far superior. Also, the sun is on a better side. It's better to have your beach house windows facing east rather than west.
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Old 07-06-2009, 08:32 AM
 
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I live on lake Ontario and while its nice and everything, you can't surf on the great lakes. Fishing is nice though.
oh?
great lakes surfing - Google Search
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Old 07-06-2009, 08:36 AM
 
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yea, technically you can surf on the great lakes but its nothing if you have surfed on an ocean.
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Old 07-06-2009, 08:54 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Oh, give it up. I live right on Lake Michigan and have lived on Lake Superior as well. Compared to ANY ocean there is no surfing on the Great Lakes. No matter how much people want there to be, there just isn't. I was born and raised around the Great Lakes and have to laugh every time somebody said/says there is surfing on them. No, there is standing on a board on them, big difference.

The main difference is that the Great Lakes do not have the required "fetch" to produce the waves needed for good surfing, and the wave/peak period is too short for good surfing. After living on both the Great Lakes and the ocean, I can assure you, there is not real surfing on the Great Lakes. Don't get me wrong though, as this is a thread about beaches, I will stand firm in the knowledge that a Great Lakes beach will stand with ANY other beaches in the Continental US when it comes to sand quality and level of enjoyment. Plus we don't have to rinse the salt off after swimming and deal with the "nasties" of a marine environment like kelp, sharks, jellyfish, etc....
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Old 07-06-2009, 08:59 AM
 
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Oh, give it up. I live right on Lake Michigan and have lived on Lake Superior as well. Compared to ANY ocean there is no surfing on the Great Lakes. No matter how much people want there to be, there just isn't. I was born and raised around the Great Lakes and have to laugh every time somebody said/says there is surfing on them. No, there is standing on a board on them, big difference.

The main difference is that the Great Lakes do not have the required "fetch" to produce the waves needed for good surfing, and the wave/peak period is too short for good surfing. After living on both the Great Lakes and the ocean, I can assure you, there is not real surfing on the Great Lakes. Don't get me wrong though, as this is a thread about beaches, I will stand firm in the knowledge that a Great Lakes beach will stand with ANY other beaches in the Continental US when it comes to sand quality and level of enjoyment. Plus we don't have to rinse the salt off after swimming and deal with the "nasties" of a marine environment like kelp, sharks, jellyfish, etc....
oh jeez way to take me too seriously you guys.
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Old 07-06-2009, 09:09 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, OH
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^^but you can surf the great lakesi see people who do it all the time. There are decent waves most days, at least on Lake Erie. It doesn't compare to the oceans...but there are some days of 3-4 foot waves with good weather.

Cleveland city beach: http://www.clevelandskyscrapers.com/...w071408_18.jpg
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Old 07-06-2009, 09:11 AM
 
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I also agree that SE has the best beaches. The California and west coast beaches have beautiful backdrops, but the actual beach isn't all that great. Brownish sand, cold water that is not clear, waves are too big sometimes, air temperature is also kinda chilly. The Florida panhandle and the area around Tampa have the best sand and water but I like South Florida beaches because they are filled with Coconut Palms so they have that tropical feel.
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Old 07-06-2009, 09:34 AM
 
Location: Back in the gym...Yo Adrian!
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Most people are surprised to find out that California waters are cold. That's because the ocean currents run clockwise, so you get the cold waters of Alaska flowing down the west coast. On the East it is just the opposite, you get the warm Carribean waters rolling up the coast as far north as Cape Cod. Past the Cape and it gets chilly. My favorite beaches for swimming are in Cape Cod, Long Island...to include the Rockaways, and Jersey. I haven't been to the beaches in NC, but I'd love to go there some day, the beaches look awesome from photos. For scenic beauty it's hard to beat the west coast. From the central coast of California all the way through Oregon and Washington there is some of the most beautiful coastline in the world. Maine also has some very scenic coastline.
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