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Old 11-29-2009, 01:08 PM
 
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I know a lot of people post on here just talking about what they've read or seen in movies lol, but I actually have first hand knowledge, and California shouldn't be in any top beach categories when compared to Florida or Hawaii. California water is COLD, yes for scenery, you can't beat a lot of spots in California. Pismo Beach is beautiful, and if your into atvs,dune buggies, dirt bikes the riding area is about 200 yards away. Carmel and Monterey are beautiful but that water is freezing, along with San Fransisco. San Deigo and other spots in Southern Cali are warmer, but nowhere near the tropical temp. of Florida.
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Old 11-29-2009, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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I know a lot of people post on here just talking about what they've read or seen in movies lol, but I actually have first hand knowledge, and California shouldn't be in any top beach categories when compared to Florida or Hawaii. California water is COLD, yes for scenery, you can't beat a lot of spots in California. Pismo Beach is beautiful, and if your into atvs,dune buggies, dirt bikes the riding area is about 200 yards away. Carmel and Monterey are beautiful but that water is freezing, along with San Fransisco. San Deigo and other spots in Southern Cali are warmer, but nowhere near the tropical temp. of Florida.
The coldness of ocean in Southern California was a real surprise to me. It was usually comfortable between late June-September. The smaller harbors were usually warm enough for swimming from April to October.

On the other hand, I can remember swimming in the atlantic in Mid april to mid november on Long Island. There was even a warm spell about 20 years ago and we were swimming in Long Island Sound on Christmas day. Go Figure.

Hawaiian beaches are in a class by themselves. My favorite being Ke'e Beach on Kauai's North Shore.
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Old 11-29-2009, 03:30 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in the universe
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I have to agree with the CA beaches. They are very rough and I had been to some pretty trashy ones out there too, you know just like anywhere else(some good, some bad). I think Hawaii is the best that we've got here...but your big states usually have a couple of beaches that are pretty darn good. Doesn't take much for me to like a beach, just as long as it's clean!
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Old 11-29-2009, 04:20 PM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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Doesn't take much for me to like a beach, just as long as it's clean!
That's pretty much the bottom line.

I'm even happy on the little sand spit we call a beach in Lake Saint Louis, but I really miss the smell of salt water and low tide.
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Old 11-29-2009, 05:00 PM
 
Location: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
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That's pretty much the bottom line.

I'm even happy on the little sand spit we call a beach in Lake Saint Louis, but I really miss the smell of salt water and low tide.

Why not move back to Long Island? You seem to miss it.
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Old 11-29-2009, 06:06 PM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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Why not move back to Long Island? You seem to miss it.
I do miss long Island and NY. I miss Southern California even more.

The two areas are so similar in so many ways. The weather is the deal breaker.
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Old 11-30-2009, 11:30 AM
 
Location: Pasadena
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Scenic beaches: Hawaii & California
Surfing beaches: Hawaii & California
Swimming beaches: Florida & East Coast
Tropical beaches: Hawaii & Florida
Party beaches: Florida & California
Winter beaches: Hawaii & Florida
Summer beaches: East Coast & California
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Old 11-30-2009, 11:52 AM
 
Location: Historic Downtown Jersey City
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I haven't been to Hawaii unfortunately. The California beaches were pretty nice. Definitely the best I've been to in terms of scenery and setting.

Florida beaches are pretty nice, in the winter. Nice water for swimming.

NJ has some great beaches. Out of all the beaches I've been to, I can say that NJ's beaches tend to be the most well-rounded, and also the most diverse (can visit a beach in a peaceful, non-developed setting, or in a party environment like Atlantic City, Wildwood, or Point Pleasant Beach).
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Old 12-14-2009, 07:43 PM
 
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hawaii first, then california second. waikiki beach is fun and exciting, maui is awesome. newport and san diego are great in ca.
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Old 12-14-2009, 08:09 PM
 
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The coldness of ocean in Southern California was a real surprise to me. It was usually comfortable between late June-September. The smaller harbors were usually warm enough for swimming from April to October.

On the other hand, I can remember swimming in the atlantic in Mid april to mid november on Long Island. There was even a warm spell about 20 years ago and we were swimming in Long Island Sound on Christmas day. Go Figure.

Hawaiian beaches are in a class by themselves. My favorite being Ke'e Beach on Kauai's North Shore.


That is my all time favorite beach.
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