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Old 11-22-2009, 10:08 PM
 
Location: Boulder, Colorado
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If you want to get in the ocean in March/April, there are very few places with ocean temps 70 and over (which is what I consider comfortable for swimming). Florida and Hawaii are your best bets. The warmest beach on the West Coast of the US doesn't reach 70 degrees until August, so if you're looking for ocean swimming and don't like cool water, that coast is ruled out.

Alabama and Texas are marginal this time of year. Average March water temp on Dauphin Island, AL, is 60 degrees (although it does improve to 70 degrees in April). Even St Pete is 68 in March. Further down the Gulf, South Padre is 64 degrees in March and 70 degrees water temp in April.

Bottom line is that you'll have to wait until tax day (4/15) before you can get reliable 70 degree water in the continental US outside of Florida. Try this resource for water temperatures: US NODC Coastal Water Temperature Guide

There are many good sites for determining average weather for an area at a given time of year, including this one! wunderground.com has a vacation planner (
Travel & Activities : Weather Underground) where you can enter in your vacation days and location, and it will spit out probabilities and averages for weather.

This is probably more than you wanted to know, but hope it helps.
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Old 11-23-2009, 12:17 AM
 
Location: Fabletown
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Redneck riviera? :lol: I must check that out. I have never been to Louisiana or Alabama, so it would be great to find a place in this area.

Brain Drain: Thank you for the sites. Absolutely not more than I wanted to know - perfect for planning this trip!
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Old 11-23-2009, 07:02 AM
 
Location: Springfield VA
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Redneck riviera? :lol: I must check that out. I have never been to Louisiana or Alabama, so it would be great to find a place in this area.

Brain Drain: Thank you for the sites. Absolutely not more than I wanted to know - perfect for planning this trip!
Part of Florida is included with the redneck riviera places particularly Panama City.
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