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View Poll Results: I prefer to the vacation...
at the beach. 55 48.25%
in the mountains. 59 51.75%
Voters: 114. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 11-05-2013, 05:04 PM
 
Location: University City, Philadelphia
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I grew up in South Florida near Fort Lauderdale and some very fine beaches within 1 1/2 miles of my parent's house.

The beach holds very little attraction to me. I just don't understand the appeal of walking in the sand, sweating in the hot sun, slathering on greasy suntan or sun protection products on your skin. The sun causes serious damage to your skin and to your health. Swimming? Salt water ... jelly fish ... sharks ... the undertow? No thanks.

Hiking in the cooler fresh mountain air, visiting small rural communities and historic towns, wine tasting in a nearby vineyard ... now that sounds like a much more agreeable weekend to me.
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Old 11-05-2013, 09:21 PM
 
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I voted beach, but I go to Hawaii mostly and to be fair they have both. Green lush beautiful Mountains. I don't like the barren Rocky Mountains anymore after seeing the Na Pali and Koʻolau mountains.
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Old 11-08-2013, 02:32 PM
 
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Mountains. I never knew how much I liked them until I spent time hiking in them. I'm a born flatlander and never knew any better.

If there are no mountains, I'll happily take the beach.
Same here! I was born and raised in the Great Plains and moved to the Black Hills a couple years ago. I feel like the hills/mountains are where I'm supposed to be. I don't dislike the plains, though. There are some things I definitely miss about living in a flatter, more humid area. The severe thunderstorms are incredible! Still, when I'm on the road and see the hills come into view, I feel like I'm coming home.

I've never spent time at the ocean, but I'm pretty sure I'm not a big beach fan. I hate the feel of sand on my bare feet, I don't like sunbathing (I'm very fair skinned) and I don't care to swim with fish.
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Old 11-08-2013, 04:09 PM
 
Location: The Triangle
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The beach for me. Love to feel the ocean breeze as I lounge on the beach soaking up the sun. Love walking on the beach as the sun is going down or in the morning before it gets crowded. Love sitting on the balcony at night and drinking fruity concoctions. Love the fresh seafood.
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Old 11-08-2013, 04:16 PM
 
Location: Kanada 🍁
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I always will love the mountains. I grew up in the Alps and I feel so light in my heart when I can hike up a mountain and just yodel deeply from my lungs Kidding aside,there is nothing more peaceful than the sound of the wind,the wild birds and a running mountain spring and the smell of pine and wild flowers. To see Ravens or wild mountain goats is a real plus too
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Old 11-09-2013, 02:52 AM
 
Location: Gorgeous Scotland
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I live on a sea loch (no waves except during storms) but the beaches are mostly rocky, and am surrounded by mountains where I can go hiking any time. However, I'm about an hour's drive from a pretty ocean beach but the water is usually cold here.

So I voted beach as I do love to walk barefoot on warm beaches and am going to one in Thailand in January. Not going to lie on the beach as I'd like to avoid skin cancer. Wearing a big hat, lots of sunscreen and visiting the giant Buddha statues and other sites, going kayaking, swimming, shopping, drinking mai tais in the shade with some great people.

I think it's funny how people think a beach vacation only involves lying on a beach! I've been to SW Florida in winter and we did a lot of kayaking, canoeing, bicycling, boat trips through the Everglades, visiting all the nice state parks.
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Old 11-09-2013, 05:07 AM
 
Location: Ouachita Mtns of Arkansas
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We live in the Ouachita Mts. in Western Arkansas so when we go on vacation we go to one of these beach spots.
Dauphin Island, Alabama....my favorite. Not so commercial. Beach house rental rates are fair.
Gulf Shores, Alabama....nice, but commercial and crowded. Expensive.
Pensacola, Florida....same as above.
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Old 11-11-2013, 03:19 AM
 
Location: on an island
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I grew up on both coasts, plus Colorado, so I've seen plenty of beaches and mountains.

The mountains are great, I love the dramatic scenery and bracing air.

HOWEVER--Whether it's just walking, watching the wildlife, or swimming, I prefer the beach. I love Mother Ocean. She never changes, yet is different every day. When we lived in Denver, we never really took enough advantage of the mountains. Now we live 5 minutes from the beach, and I go there every day 12 months a year.
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Old 11-12-2013, 03:21 PM
 
Location: Here
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BEACH yeah!!
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Old 11-12-2013, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Beach.
So much more to do there.
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