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Cold beaches

In places like Oregon, Washington, New England, Alaska.

Do people still pay a premium to live next to them? Do they ever get in the water?

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by Anonymousreply 17306/10/2021

Some New England beaches are swimmable in summer.

by Anonymousreply 110/14/2020

I'd think it's mostly about the view rather than the swimming possibilities. Plus, even if you can't swim, there's still recreational opportunities. Heck, even just walking on the beach is awesome.

by Anonymousreply 210/14/2020

What R2 said. Sort of the same reason people buy lakeside cabins in cold, mountainous, foresty areas. The water is much too cold to swim in, but you can admire the view and do other activities there.

by Anonymousreply 310/14/2020

The Pacific ocean is cold almost everywhere North of Mexico. Lots of people go to the cold water in SoCal.

by Anonymousreply 410/14/2020

Here’s a cozy retreat right on the water on the north shore of Lake Superior. That water is never never warmer than 50 degrees.

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by Anonymousreply 510/14/2020

R4, I'm a southern California native and didn't realize our beaches were cold until a relative from back east visited in the dead of summer and declared how cold the water is. Your body does adjust to the temp though.

Norcal and farther north -- forget it, the water is freezing.

by Anonymousreply 610/14/2020

Well I cannot speak about West Coast beaches I can about those on the East Coast. People do pay a premium to be on the water regardless of how cold it is.

The further south you go in New England the warmer the water is during the high season. Currents have more to do with the temperature then you might realize. It depends on the location of those currents from the coast.

So interestingly enough a place like Prince Edward Island in Canada can have warmer water and areas due south.

by Anonymousreply 710/14/2020

As someone from the East Coast, I was SHOCKED at how cold the water was the first time I went in the ocean on Venice Beach, California.

by Anonymousreply 810/14/2020

I've only visited East Coast beaches. Even in the hottest weeks of August, the Atlantic City beach water was cold. In South Carolina, the beach water was chilly, but you got used to it after the first minute or so. At this point, any beach south of Florida is too cold for me, even in the summer.

by Anonymousreply 910/14/2020

I always considered New England, NY and NJ beaches to be dirty...lots of seaweed, rocks and other assorted items (particularly in NY and NJ). Florida beaches were always so much prettier to me. Plus the water was warmer and more clean and clear.

by Anonymousreply 1010/14/2020

I grew up near a cold beach. Ocean Beach in SF. Huge beach, cold water, damp sand, undertow, fog, some sun. I loved being near the water but rarely went in except to wade. There are surfers along that part of the North Coast, especially around Pacifica, but they wear wet suits for warmth.

I'm not sure about paying a premium to live near Ocean Beach. The weather isn't great and there is a lot of structural damage from the cold salt air. SF is ridiculously over priced anyway and the neighborhoods by Ocean Beach aren't grand, but a good view will likely cost more.

There is no comparison between a cold beach and a tropical warm one where you can lay in the shallow gentle waves as they wash over you. Heaven.

by Anonymousreply 1110/14/2020

R10 - Florida beaches are boring and not pretty. Sure, you get the sand and water - but there's nothing more than that visually. No cliffs, hills, rocky bays, mountains nearby.

Florida beaches are basically land-based sandbars next to uninteresting, flat land.

by Anonymousreply 1210/14/2020

Why would anyone 'swim' in the ocean? The water is toxic; it's full of junk and dead things; riptides, rogue waves, sharks... You're just baiting disaster.

by Anonymousreply 1310/14/2020

R12, Florida beaches are the only beaches in America that have the look idealized in postcards: the clear light blue water. Or, clear light green water on Florida's gulf coast. The upper west coast of Florida (Pensacola, Panama City, Mexico City) has soft sand that looks and feels like baby powder. And the water is clear green, like an Emerald color. You can open your eyes in the water and see 30 feet in front of you. The waves are small and gentle. The view is soothingly simple. It's like three horizontal stripes: tan/white (sand) - green (water) - blue (sky).

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by Anonymousreply 1510/14/2020

On the East Coast of Florida, the northern beaches (Daytona) look like the New England beaches with huge waves and green-blue-brown water. But as you head South towards Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, the water turns into an almost clear, light blue color. The waves get smaller and gentler too. Sometimes the water feels so warm, it's like being in a warm bath.

by Anonymousreply 1610/14/2020

Absolutely. One, for the view alone.

Two, your body acclimates past the initial shock and it's so refreshing on a hot day. I only grew up with cold beaches and was SHOCKED at how pleasant tropical beaches are, like Hawaii or Puerto Rico.

Here's a nice example on Lake Huron in Michigan. Enjoy the frauen flopping in the sea. But $180k is a steal for (NICE) beachfront property, and no fucking hurricanes or tsunamis or other bullshit to worry about as with the ocean.

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by Anonymousreply 1710/14/2020

As r11 mentioned, people surf all along “cold beaches” here in Northern California. People even surf in Alaska.

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by Anonymousreply 1810/14/2020

People in New York pay a premium for views of the East or Hudson Rivers, even though they have absolutely no intention of ever swimming in them.

by Anonymousreply 1910/14/2020

You can surf Lake Superior in the winter:

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by Anonymousreply 2010/14/2020

The Jersey Shore is long r10, and some beaches are classically pretty and carribean like.

Try Isand Beach out.

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by Anonymousreply 2110/14/2020

I used to love the Gulf of Mexico because I hate cold water. But it is starting to get too hot.

by Anonymousreply 2210/14/2020

[quote]The Jersey Shore is long [R10], and some beaches are classically pretty and carribean like.

Yes, people routinely confuse the beaches in New Jersey with those in St. John's and Barbados.

by Anonymousreply 2310/14/2020

Interesting, OP, I never heard anyone use the term “cold beaches” before, but it perfectly describes it.

by Anonymousreply 2410/14/2020

Apparently, even wading knee-deep off the coast of Oregon can be rather dangerous. This site tells you all about the lovely dangers lurking beneath over there.

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by Anonymousreply 2510/14/2020

Cold beach.

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by Anonymousreply 2610/14/2020

R26, lol.

by Anonymousreply 2710/14/2020

My grandmother has a house on the beach in England.

It's quite lovely -- as long as you don't actually go in the water.

by Anonymousreply 2810/14/2020

My in-laws bought a piece of property in a sleepy Coastal Seatown in Maine for a vacation place for their family in the 60's. It came with a run-down Porter's lodge from an old Inn but had a stunning view ( you know, the high cliff over-looking the rocky coast and ocean.)

Over the years, they tore down the original structure, and built what would be their dream home and retired there. After they passed on, and the kids were split up all over the Country, my husband and his siblings decided to sell it as part of the Estate. $850,000 later....

by Anonymousreply 2910/14/2020

There are some places where the water is almost too hot to swim in. I worked in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, which is right on the Red Sea. The water there is VERY warm in the summer.

by Anonymousreply 3010/14/2020

R30, yeah, when the water is too warm, it kinda defeats the purpose of going to a beach to cool off.

by Anonymousreply 3110/14/2020

R30, I'd love to swim at a hot beach. But, being a woman, I'm wary of the type of swimsuit I'd have to wear in Saudi Arabia.

by Anonymousreply 3210/14/2020

Another LA native you never knew our water is considered cold. I remember the first time I went to Miami I was stunned by the water! Felt more like bathwater.

But, as others have said, being near the water is about so much more than swimming. Not to get all new age-y, but it can be a bit spiritual. Also, if you're near the water, chances are you have access to fresh seafood - which is always a plus.

by Anonymousreply 3310/14/2020

I grew up on the Oregon coast. It was fucking miserable, even in the summer when the weather is nicer. The sand is coarse, and the water is rough and cold. The wind often blows sand in your face. The people who love the Oregon coast are too poor to travel to better beaches.

by Anonymousreply 3410/14/2020

That's hilarious, your insight, OP. I know at least one colleague in sociology, a graphics engineer who maps people's retinas, an accountant/tax consultant, and a coupla poets who live on the Northwest coast, and apparently love it.

by Anonymousreply 3510/14/2020

r5: I knew a guy that worked in advertising--the guy that flew a chevy onto the top of a chimney butte in Utah (I think it was Utah) who loaned us his cabin on the Au Train river, about a quarter-mile from the lake. Beautiful up there in summer. But Superior was just lovely to look at, and bathe hiking-weary feet in. I jumpt in once because of those giant biting deer flies.

by Anonymousreply 3610/14/2020

and if you ever want the exact opposite of one of these beaches, try Bahia Hondo in the Key West chain. In early May the sun is already like a magnifying glass down on your head, the rock lobsters are right out there in the wadeable reefs, and clear Caribbean water, it was gorgeous last time I was there. Long time ago now though.

by Anonymousreply 3710/14/2020

In Maine, the water typically isn't warm enough until late July,or August. But people do swim. Yes.

by Anonymousreply 3810/14/2020

R137, I agree. The water is that beautiful clear color. And if you walk across the street, then you're at another beach with green water (gulf side). On either side, the beach is just a tiny slither of sand. It's one of the few beaches with good sand.

If you go all the way down to Key West, the best beach is at Fort Zachary, but the ocean floor is covered in broken off pieces of coral reef. (Ouch!) And there are huge cruise ships sailing through your view of the horizon.

by Anonymousreply 3910/14/2020

I've swam in the water at Nova Scotia beaches and I've found the temps in August to be quite acceptable. Maybe not lukewarm but certainly not uncomfortable. I've been told that the water is even warmer in September but so far I haven't verified this.

by Anonymousreply 4010/14/2020

I don’t go in the water much at all, but I like to go to the coast for the scenery, the wildlife, watching the waves and surfers, photography, etc. And just because the water is cold doesn’t mean it’s too cold to relax or sunbathe. Vancouver has a nice clothing optional beach with very pretty scenery. I wasn’t there in the summer, but I know it’s quite popular.

by Anonymousreply 4110/14/2020

I totally agree with R38. I live on the Maine seacoast and will only go for a swim in the ocean during August. But I love the ocean year round and cannot imagine not living nearby.

by Anonymousreply 4210/14/2020

The water temperature in the Pacific is frigid, but what beautiful scenery.

by Anonymousreply 4310/14/2020

[quote]I've swam in the water at Nova Scotia beaches

Oh, dear.

by Anonymousreply 4410/14/2020

Cold-water beaches aren't for swimming, they're for hanging out on, sunbathing on, or taking long bracing walks on! And yes, taking a long bracing walk on an uncrowded beach, which the surf roars and the sun sparkles and the seagulls wheel over and the cold wind reddens your cheeks, well, it's not the same as a tropical beach crowded with guys in speedos, but it's wonderful in a very different way.

Because yes, the cold-water beaches don't tend to be crowded. Here's 30 Mile Beach about an hour north of San Francisco, where you'll see maybe a dozen people on the beach near the few parking lots. You could take a fifty-mile walk there and hardly see anyone except birds and seals.

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by Anonymousreply 4510/14/2020

[quote] R137, I agree.

R39, you may regret that once R137 posts.

by Anonymousreply 4610/14/2020

It's all perspective. If you've never been to a warm beach, you have no idea how cold a beach can be. You swim there because everybody around you is doing it, and they don't seem to be cold. So you accept the initial brace and get used to it.

by Anonymousreply 4710/14/2020

When I was a kid in northern California, we'd go to the beaches to hang out and enjoy the sun and scenery, and on hot summer days we'd actually go swimming in the freezing cold ocean! The same ocean where surfers wear wet suits even though they don't spend much time in the actual water!

The rule for most kids was that you had to come out of the water when your lips turned blue.

by Anonymousreply 4810/14/2020

R43 The Pacific Ocean is rather large - it’s not exactly frigid everywhere.

by Anonymousreply 4910/14/2020

R29, one of my favorite TV shows is Maine Cabin Masters. They renovate old cabins and camps all over Maine. Most aren't worth as much as your family home, though. Yours must have been really nice.

by Anonymousreply 5010/14/2020

R34, I once saw a comment from someone at Lincoln City (Oregon coast): "It was a lovely summer day at the beach! I even took off one of my sweatshirts."

by Anonymousreply 5110/14/2020

I'm in R.I. The ocean is fine for swimming in Summer. Houses on the ocean start at a million and go up to whatever Taylor Swift paid for hers. I think it broke a record.

by Anonymousreply 5210/14/2020

I grew up in Oregon and if I had the means, I'd love to have a home on the Oregon coast. I think people who don't like it think that "beach" automatically means Baywatch and ice cream. But for me, warm beaches are too crowded, the scenery is boring, the water is like a bathtub.

by Anonymousreply 5310/14/2020

I remember as a kid, swimming regularly in beaches along the southern CA coast with my sister. Thinking back, it was quite freezing cold at times and it was just accepted you ho right, be brave and just wait the ten minutes till you were numb. I figured this was what every beach was like. Then as the day grew warmer, you just let the waves bash your body around and make friends for hours. I sure don't think I would enjoy all that now at 60, whatwith the invention of sharks and riptides, etc.

I have on my bucket list to try other beaches like Florida, Texas, and East Coast.

by Anonymousreply 5410/14/2020

I always think of this when I watch Murder, She Wrote.

by Anonymousreply 5510/14/2020

Two warmest beaches I’ve ever been to:

1) Horseshoe Beach (Bermuda) in August

2) Manuel Antonio (Costa Rica) in March

Both wonderful

Coldest beach - the Apostle Islands (Lake Superior) in August.

Absolutely bone-chilling, but my brothers and I went in on a dare.

by Anonymousreply 5610/14/2020

I'm Norwegian. Here it's more about an ocean view than it is living next to a beach. I live a 5 minute walk away from the beach though, so I'm one of the lucky ones. Also, the sea temp get to the low 20s (low 70s F) in the summer, so it's actually not that bad. I live in south Norway though, north Norway is a different matter, lol.

by Anonymousreply 5710/14/2020

I'm Norwegian. Here it's more about an ocean view than it is living next to a beach. I live a 5 minute walk away from the beach though, so I'm one of the lucky ones. Also, the sea temp get to the low 20s (low 70s F) in the summer, so it's actually not that bad. I live in south Norway though, north Norway is a different matter, lol.

by Anonymousreply 5810/14/2020

There is a Norwegian poster who says he goes swimming off the coast in summer. A Norway beach sounds fatally cold to me, but I guess the water must warm up enough out there for a dip.

by Anonymousreply 5910/14/2020

R58, wow, coincidence!

by Anonymousreply 6010/14/2020

The Gulf Stream brings comparatively warm water to Norway, if I'm not mistaken.

And a current flows along the west coast of North America from Alaska to California, so the sea on all those California beaches is much colder than people expect it to be.

by Anonymousreply 6110/14/2020

Looking out over the water is a very soothing thing. Houses with a water view are always in demand. But in Florida, all along the gulf coast, and up the southeast coast, a water view comes with a hurricane warning and a huge insurance premium. In the West coast, there's no danger of that, but houses right at water's edge are vulnerable to tsunamis. The ideal west coast house would be situated on a rocky ledge 200 feet or so above ocean level. Awesome views year round, and no need to run uphill in case of an earthquake.

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by Anonymousreply 6210/15/2020

The cabin with the Zillow listing is might pricey for a 371 sq ft "cabin".

by Anonymousreply 6310/15/2020

R59 Yes, after a heatwave the ocean temp is in the low 20s... 21-23 degrees C in summer. Perfectly fine for swimming.

by Anonymousreply 6410/15/2020

Besides being colder, the Pacific ocean is full of underwater waves. This makes scuba diving hard on a person that gets motion sick easily. Imagine barfing into your air supply at 20ft. Not fun.

This 4th generation California native moved to.Floriduh. Waco politics, but otherwise warm and quier.

by Anonymousreply 6510/15/2020

How many states can you surf the ocean and ski on the same day. Not many. California is one.

by Anonymousreply 6610/15/2020

R66 We don't have that here in Norway, but other countries in Europe do. Spain is one example.

by Anonymousreply 6710/15/2020

Grew up in New England, we would swim in the cold waters of the Atlantic every summer. Been as far north in Maine as Bar Harbor, and even there the water was fine (Sand Beach, Acadia Nat'l Park.) Florida was beautiful, but I once went to the beach on the space coast and realized I was surrounded by jellyfish (no thank you.) The only place the water was too cold to go above my ankles was Nova Scotia...which felt like ice water. You can adjust to cold water swimming... it takes a few minutes at first, and each time you go in it's easier. After a week, you just walk in and go under without qualms.

by Anonymousreply 6810/15/2020

British Columbia has some lovely oceanfront with, what I imagine, is rather cold and unswimmable water.

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by Anonymousreply 6910/15/2020

R44 Outing myself as the poster, I'm embarrassed because I'm a hard core grammar Nazi. Swim, Swam, SWUM ! My excuse - senility .

by Anonymousreply 7010/15/2020

When I was a youngster I vacationed at Falcon Lake in the south-eastern part of Manitoba known as the Whiteshell. The lake water was frigid and my feet ached from the cold. To add insult to injury, the lake was infested with leeches which we called blood suckers.

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by Anonymousreply 7110/15/2020

Oregon surfing -- feel free to mute the annoying music. These guys must be a little bit crazy.

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by Anonymousreply 7210/15/2020

R71, yikes. The leeches sound worse than the cold water!

by Anonymousreply 7310/15/2020

Surfers gonna surf...

by Anonymousreply 7410/15/2020

Not for beachfront R63. And GOOD beach - not shitty rock beach. The cabin itself is inconsequential.

You can get a house non waterfront for far less.

by Anonymousreply 7510/15/2020

Otherwise, for over a half mill (instead of 180k in the R17 example) you can have this ostentatious house, still in the middle of blue collar land...

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by Anonymousreply 7610/15/2020

But doesn't your furniture rot being so close to the sea?

by Anonymousreply 7710/15/2020

I am excessively jealous of people who have waterfront property. Lake, river, ocean, stream; I'd be happy with any if they're on the water. I'm a mile from a river, 30 miles from an ocean, but I'd love to be closer. I'd really love an acre with a year-round stream. Nothing like splashing in a babbling brook on a hot day.

by Anonymousreply 7810/15/2020

[quote] In the West coast, there's no danger of that, but houses right at water's edge are vulnerable to tsunamis.

How common are tsunamis on the West Coast?

by Anonymousreply 7910/15/2020

I grew up outside city and spent summers going out to Jones Beach on Long Island. Love love Atlantic Ocean. Now living outside Seattle we’ve taken our son to the Oregon Coast. It is incredible. Cannon Beach (where they filmed Goonies) is breathtaking. I would never ever swim in there though. Everyone should experience it though once in their life

by Anonymousreply 8010/15/2020

I grew up swimming in Long Island Sound. The water didn’t seem to be that cold, but I remember seeing my knees and scars turn purple from the cold.

Now we swim in the Atlantic in East Hampton. The water gets very pleasant in July and August.

Even the Caribbean isn’t idyllic. we had taken a trip to Barbados one year, and one side of the island had colder, rougher, darker water than the other. We commented how similar it was to the EH water. Didn’t bother us.

by Anonymousreply 8110/15/2020

r17 is "10 minutes from Oscoda"!

by Anonymousreply 8210/16/2020

[quote]some beaches are classically pretty and carribean like.

Oh, dear.

by Anonymousreply 8310/16/2020

Not very, R3, but cliffside homes have other issues.

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by Anonymousreply 8410/16/2020

oops, r84 was meant for r79.

The most recent tsunami in California was one in 2011 that wrecked a few docks in Crescent City and Santa Cruz, and caused minor damage elsewhere. It was generated by the Fukushima earthquake.

by Anonymousreply 8510/16/2020

I noticed a lot of tsunami evacuation route signs off the Northern California and Oregon coasts.

by Anonymousreply 8610/16/2020

The "big one" , a subduction zone in the Cascadia fault, is expected any time now and will likely generate a 20-40 foot tsunami from northern California to Vancouver Island. Some places, like Long Beach Washington, which has no high ground, will be wiped off the map completely.

by Anonymousreply 8710/16/2020

The Mid-Atlantic beaches are the best swimming beaches. The Atlantic is nice and comfortable in the summer compared to the frigid Pacific. A couple of things I noticed from growing up near the Atlantic in New Jersey compared to the Pacific where I go on weekends.

The Atlantic: the sand is nicer, there are not any natural rocks, the water is warmer, the sea breezes are warmer, the late afternoons are fantastic, the people less insane, the smell of the ocean is strong and you can smell it before you get near it.

The Pacific: The sand is courser, some beaches are just rocks, the sand is dirtier, the waves are gigantic, the sting rays are a menace, the wind off the ocean is freezing even on some of the hottest days, barely any ocean smell, and the people are pretty much insane.

by Anonymousreply 8810/16/2020

R87, people have been saying that the big one is coming in that area for 50 years.

by Anonymousreply 8910/16/2020

I love cold bitches.

by Anonymousreply 9010/16/2020

Chile has some gorgeous cold beaches.

by Anonymousreply 9110/16/2020

[quote]Florida beaches were always so much prettier to me. Plus the water was warmer and more clean and clear.

Sure, if you don't mind the gross, rotten egg smell of red tide or brain eating amoebas.

by Anonymousreply 9210/16/2020

Clear water beach is lovely. Serene at sunset in October.

by Anonymousreply 9310/17/2020

[quote] Chile has some gorgeous cold beaches.

Which ones, R91?

by Anonymousreply 9410/17/2020

I went to Chile last year, during July, the Chilean winter. Hit several beaches, and they looked almost exactly like Californian beaches! Some were the small rocky coves that are so common on the California coast, and the beach at La Serena was long and wide, and stretched the entire length of the city, like the ones around LA.

But then, in Central Chile near Santiago, much of the landscape looked just like Southern California.

by Anonymousreply 9510/17/2020

The Atlantic Seaboard beaches in Cape Town are gorgeous but too cold for swimming. I think the beaches on the False Bay side of the cape are slightly warmer and swimmable during the hottest days of summer (just watch out for sharks).

by Anonymousreply 9610/17/2020

Speaking of Chile, I know this is off topic, but does anyone know what's going on there re gay marriage? I thought they were on the brink to legalizing it, but now I'm not so sure anymore. I still can't believe Colombia and Costa Rica beat them to it, they're both third world countries. Chile is part of the southern cone, the most affluent region in all of South America.

by Anonymousreply 9710/17/2020

R94, towards Torres del Paine -- amazing fjords and alpine scenery. I imagine Alaska has similar, epic, glacial scenery, but I'm not familiar with it yet.

by Anonymousreply 9810/17/2020

I grew up in Santa Barbara, the water was about 65F during most of the year. After the initial shock, you get used to it. Your body sort of goes numb. After an hour or two in the hot sun it's really nice, like jumping into a cold pool.

The first time I went to Florida during the summer I want into the water and was like WTF? It's warmer than a hot bath and the air temp is almost 90 degrees. How do people fucking cool off down here!

by Anonymousreply 9910/18/2020

R88, I think the Atlantic wins on water temperature -- the waves don't seem as rough, so it's more user-friendly the Pacific. But the Pacific coast has more stunning topography, IMO.

by Anonymousreply 10010/18/2020

The Norwegian coast looks amazing.

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by Anonymousreply 10110/18/2020

Stunning yes ! But is it swimable ? I think not. (reference Newfoundland for a North American equivalent).

by Anonymousreply 10210/18/2020

Winter surfing : Lawrence Town Beach , Nova Scotia.

Eat your heart out Hawaii !

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by Anonymousreply 10310/18/2020

Straight men will do ANYTHING to get out of the house in winter, R103!

by Anonymousreply 10410/18/2020

R103, wow -- hardcore! And a little bit crazy.

by Anonymousreply 10510/18/2020

I had a friend from Oregon who did not understand the appeal of east coast beaches. She said that without rocks to climb and tidepools to look at, you were stuck just laying in the sun. To her the beach was a place you went to do activities.

by Anonymousreply 10610/18/2020

R17, I was very impressed with the Michigan coast, based on the little bit that I saw -- rolling sand dunes and such. I didn't try to get in the water though.

by Anonymousreply 10710/18/2020

Your friend sounds like an imbecile, r106.

by Anonymousreply 10810/18/2020

To the poster who was asking about west coast tsunamis, here's a video of Crescent City, CA after that massive Japanese tsunami in 2011. Kinda scary.

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by Anonymousreply 10910/18/2020

R108, when visited a Canadian beach it was the same as she described. People when there to hike and see wildlife. They would have called me an imbecile if I went to sunbathe.

There are difference kinds of beaches.

by Anonymousreply 11010/18/2020

R106, R108, I would agree with the friend.

Growing up on the Oregon coast, it usually isn't warm enough to lounge around on towels during the day. You either explore, take a walk, fly kites, or run away from waves and splash around a bit.

The friend isn't being dense, it's just how it is with cold beaches. There is beautiful scenery, but you usually need to stay active in some way to stay warm all year round.

When I first went to a warm water beach, it didn't compute and I was a little out off. I enjoy warm water beaches now, but they are just not what I'm use to.

As for Oregon, beach front property is always in demand. If you're smart though, you get the house up on a hill, slightly away from the beach, with a killer view.

by Anonymousreply 11110/18/2020

Is the Washington Coast similar to Oregon's?

by Anonymousreply 11210/19/2020

Yes, R112, but I believe it's less accessible by road. Highway 101 runs right along the Oregon coast, it's a famous scenic drive, in Washington the highways are more inland and there's no direct coastal road, and I don't know how many beaches there are on the byways. I did the Oregon coast road a couple of years ago and I recommend it to anyone who likes road trips, cold beaches and scenic bays, and long drives. It's been a long time since I drove through Washington state, but mostly I remember heavily logged pine forests along the freeway.

I believe there's the same rocks and temperate forests, though, and the forests get lusher and wetter as you get to the Olympic Peninsula. Definitely see the Olympic Peninsula some time, and bring some damn good rain gear.

by Anonymousreply 11310/19/2020

Shi Shi Beach in Washington looks beautiful.

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by Anonymousreply 11410/19/2020

OP, your photo is God’s country.

Love cold beaches. I’d have zero issue living next to one, but living next to one isn’t necessary in order to enjoy the view.

Absolutely gorgeous and preferable to beach house littered Malibu.

by Anonymousreply 11510/20/2020

Are Japanese beaches cold? You never hear about em

by Anonymousreply 11611/03/2020

The sound of the waves is very soothing.

by Anonymousreply 11711/06/2020

It’s pathetic, the beaches in NE are ugly. Nothing tropical or fun about rocks and cold water.

by Anonymousreply 11811/06/2020

I went surfing in Oregon and it sucked how cold the water was. After 20 minutes in the water (with a wet suit), the veins on my hand looked and felt like earthworms.

by Anonymousreply 11911/06/2020

R59 It's not that cold, especially not after a heatwave. I live near a fjord in south-eastern Norway. It's a shallow fjord, not filled with ice water as the fjords you probably think about in western Norway. We have fjords here in the south too, just not with the tall steep mountains covered with snow and ice as western Norway. Anyways, the sea temp is in the low 20s C in summer (low 70s F). It's not too bad. Last summer I went swimming for hours.

by Anonymousreply 12011/13/2020

You realize that 99% of the people here do not "think about [fjords] in western Norway."

We do not know the regions of Norway.

We saw a photo of a fjord and thought it looked cold.

by Anonymousreply 12111/13/2020

R121 Yes, I know. You're right. The fjords in most of the tourist pics from Norway are indeed very cold as they are mostly ice weater from the mountains. However that is not the case where I live. There are no huge mountains along this fjord, which is why the water is warmer and actually swimmable. The same can be said for most fjords in the Oslo-area. That part of Norway is flatter.

by Anonymousreply 12211/13/2020

When I was a boy we’d go to Stinson Beach every July Fourth to get slammed around by crashing waves of frigid water, tangled up in slimy seaweed, and blistered by the coarse sand blowing in the cold wind. We had a ball.

by Anonymousreply 12311/13/2020

I thought California beaches were warm.

by Anonymousreply 12411/13/2020

The southern California beaches are warm, but the water is cold enough that the surfers wear light wet suits. The beaches of northern California can be cool, brisk, or just damn cold, and the water is so cold your lips turn blue if you swim without a wetsuit, and a lot of beaches have rough surf or undertown and you don't want to swim there.

Northern California beaches are for hanging out on or taking brisk walks on, not swimming!

by Anonymousreply 12511/13/2020

R121 Your post reads like that of a typical American parochial fuckwit.

by Anonymousreply 12611/13/2020

I live in the PNW. One does not swim in the ocean here. You take in the views and crisp air and solitude. You can be sucked in by a wave and die in the blink of an eye in the northern Pacific. That said, make a trip to the Olympic Peninsula and experience the reason why it is revered. Ancient timbers, moss, trees that grow from old trees. General peace with nature. Get the hell out of the east coast, boring midwest, plains states and see what is left of the grandeur of the PNW. Also the boring drive to get there through the middle states. California is generally bleak until you get to the northern portion of the state. I have lived everywhere. Deep South,Fla. East Coast, Chicago, Calif. Trust me!

by Anonymousreply 12711/13/2020

R96, thanks for the info. Cape Town looks stunning.

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by Anonymousreply 12811/14/2020

I live in New England and go to a private beach (the shore is, rightly, open to everyone). The water can be cold but it gets warmer in late August. I was just in Los Angeles and went to Zuma Beach. The water was cold, very cold, but I had never gone swimming in the Pacific from the mainland, only in Hawaii. "Swimming" was being up to my knees for 5 minutes until I had the nerve to dunk my head and get the hell out.

by Anonymousreply 12911/14/2020

R129, it is a private beach but it is open to everyone?

by Anonymousreply 13011/17/2020

Why is there a Cape Town but no Caftan Town?

by Anonymousreply 13111/17/2020

No low 20s is not fine, many people would just die from the cold.

by Anonymousreply 13211/17/2020

I remember being so excited traveling to Greece as a 30 year old and looking forward to the Mykonos and Santorini beaches. I was total underwhelmed. Favorite for me is still Little Beach in Maui. (Stunning Clothing optional beach with gay “play area” in the trees) Perfect water temperature, like-minded people, and unforgettable views.

by Anonymousreply 13311/17/2020

R130, sorry to be unclear. Entrance through the club and its beach is private. I think state law says the shoreline is open to everyone at two feet above high tide. People can then have long uninterrupted walks along the shore.

by Anonymousreply 13411/17/2020

I have never seen a beach that is private. I cannot imagine how that would be managed because there is no real way to mark it.

Also, it does not seem right.

But from what I am told it is a west coast thing.

by Anonymousreply 13511/18/2020

R135 - Here in Malibu we have “private beaches” because they are created by coves. In other words, there’s no way to walk straight down the beach along the water because a sharp, rocky formation juts out into the water. These beaches still have “public access,” but us local residents make it difficult for fat fraus and their spawn traveling from whatever Midwest hellhole they came from, to find. Often times, we illegally remove the “public beach access” signs.

by Anonymousreply 13611/18/2020

I forgot about this thread, I loved it. R127, where are you now exactly???? I haven’t been up there in forever but your post is inspiring me to return!

by Anonymousreply 13711/18/2020

Does anyone want to weigh in on the beach at Barrow, Alaska?

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by Anonymousreply 13811/18/2020

Perfect New Jersey beach. Even Stingrays. Warm clear water, sugar sand.

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by Anonymousreply 13911/18/2020

"Does anyone want to weigh in on the beach at Barrow, Alaska?"

Well like most birdwatchers, I'd love a chance to visit! All the arctic birds by the billion, and four kinds of eiders!

You can always find someone with an opinion on ANYTHING, on the Datalounge.

by Anonymousreply 14011/18/2020

[quote]Home has an unobstructed view of the Arctic Ocean.

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by Anonymousreply 14111/18/2020

[quote] have never seen a beach that is private. I cannot imagine how that would be managed because there is no real way to mark it.

I think they have them in the Hamptons (Southampton and East Hampton, I believe). You have to display a pass in your car that shows you're a resident of the town to use the beach parking lots. There is some way of getting around it. I think if you go on a weekday and pay more than $30, you can get a day pass.

by Anonymousreply 14211/19/2020

The high school football team in Barrow, Alaska jumps headlong into the water after every home victory.

by Anonymousreply 14311/19/2020

Who has the warmest beaches in Europe?

by Anonymousreply 14411/21/2020

I would imagine that Italy and Greece have the warmest European beaches.

by Anonymousreply 14511/21/2020

Do you count the Canary Islands as part of Europe?

by Anonymousreply 14611/21/2020

In NYC the beaches are primarily Brighton, Coney Island (subway) and then Riis Park and the Rockaways (big waves, Queens). The season is generally Mid-June to early September which is about 3 months, but the water can be very warm July 4-August 15th and on a really hot day the best place to be. P.S. Add May and October on both ends for Russians in Brighton. Next to Moscow it's like Capri.

by Anonymousreply 14711/21/2020

After a VERY cold and rainy May it's finally starting to get warm. It's 20°C and sunny today. Feels like summer. Will take a while for the sea to heat up though. Will take at least another month if not more. Current sea temps are not exactly inviting, lol! 10°C... nobody is willing to go swimming in that.

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by Anonymousreply 14805/28/2021

I don’t give the appeal of being near beaches or the coast. I hate sand and the water is too polluted and dangerous to appeal to me. I prefer mountains and cities.

by Anonymousreply 14905/28/2021

The warmest ocean water in North America is on the Pacific Coast of Mexico between and including Puerto Vallarta and Puerto Angel.

The water is often in low 90º F. range (32º C.)

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by Anonymousreply 15005/28/2021

The Gulf Coast often Has water temps in the 90s

by Anonymousreply 15105/28/2021

I lived on Long Island for yrs. I could NEVER get into the water although at 4-H camp in Riverhead, we were forced was always cold even at the end of August

by Anonymousreply 15205/28/2021

R150, wow, I did not know that!

What is the beach-water like near Cabo?

by Anonymousreply 15305/28/2021

I've actually been to many oceans around the U.S. I grew up in Southern California, and the water in summer MAYBE got to 69-70 if you were lucky. I live in NorCal now and although I live about 30 miles from the coast, I don't often visit the beach and when I do, it's usually because I need to escape the extreme heat. Unfortunately, when that happens, it will always be about 59 degrees and the wind will be blowing like hell. If you don't have AC, you do what you have to do. That said, I prefer the beaches in NorCal because they are so much more beautiful and clean and WILD, with lots of wildlife to see.

I went to Florida a few times as a kid and absolutely HATED those beaches. They were flat, ugly, shallow and there was no cooling off when you were too hot from the sun because water was so warm. No love for those beaches. Similarly, I once went to Baja Mexico and the water was way too warm and not enjoyable.

I have also been to some beaches in Massachusetts during the summer and the water was warm enough for me to be okay to go in without a sharp intake of breath. Of course, the overwhelming humidity and heat has you ready for pretty much any temperature so you can cool off.

Also visited a beach in August up in Washington (Port Townsend - Olympic Peninsula). I don't recall the beach, but the water was warm enough to be enjoyable.

Lastly, I've visited my parents on both Kauai and the Big Island and those beaches are both beautiful and have warm water, plus teeming with wildlife. I appreciate all the beaches I've visited but don't need to re-visit Florida or the Mexican locale I was at (miles past Mexicali).

by Anonymousreply 15405/28/2021

Don’t say “lastly.”

by Anonymousreply 15505/29/2021

OP Nothing like a bracing dip in a frigid ocean. Does the body the power of good.

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by Anonymousreply 15605/29/2021

Ugh no dude

by Anonymousreply 15705/29/2021

We need a heatwave for the sea temps to rise fast. It's warmish these days on land, low 20s C (low 70s F), but nights are still fairly cold with like 13°C. We need a week of temps in the 25-30 range and night temps in the 18-20 range, then the sea temp will rise and it will be swimmable. Right now sea temp is 15°C. Way too cold for swimming, which is a shame because it's 25°C today on land. I need at least sea temps in the 18-20°C range for me to even attempt swimmig, lol! Anything below that is too cold imo.

by Anonymousreply 15806/01/2021

I’ve been surfing in Oregon, and the beach towns I visited were pretty trashy, even if it might still coast more to live near the water.

Ugh, even with a wetsuit in the middle of summer, the water was freezing cold. After 10 minutes the veins in my hand looked and felt like earthworms.

by Anonymousreply 15906/01/2021

Current sea temps in my area if you're curious... 14-15 range today. Maybe it'll be warm enough by the end of the month, we'll see. Last year it reached 22 after a heatwave. Right now I'd be fine with 18-20 degrees.

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by Anonymousreply 16006/01/2021

Susan Dey

by Anonymousreply 16106/01/2021

Current sea temps near me. Still too cold to swim imo. I need it to be at least 20°C.

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by Anonymousreply 16206/05/2021

Sea temp reached 19°C today. Almost warm enough to swim, finally!

by Anonymousreply 16306/09/2021

I love cold beaches, my favorite place

by Anonymousreply 16406/09/2021

I grew up only a few miles from nice beaches, UK climate, but I think I only got in the water a couple of times in my life because it was still freezing and kind of ick. Meanwhile I loved going to the town's regular swimming pool. So I'd agree it's about the walks and views more than anything else.

by Anonymousreply 16506/09/2021

R66: Haven't heard that old trope in ages. The ski and swim aspect of southern Califonia lasts for a about a month (at most) every year and requires a lot of driving through congested traffic. It's much like claims of year round sunhine that skip over the June gloom and its winter equivalent, or the cold Pacific water,

R106: Plenty of rocky beaches on the East Coast, particularly in New England.

by Anonymousreply 16606/09/2021

For me, it’s the bath effect - something I romanticize that promises relaxation and promotes health. I’m good for ten minutes tops and then I need to leave.

I’ve browsed house boats in my area on Trulia - boats were once cheap as fuck. Ads for Interlake and Lake Washington feature drone footage of city scapes and mountain views. They fail to mention you’re on the first or second floor of a boat surrounded by megaboats and facing a huge bridge or boat crane thingie. Plus, most of these are just buildings on rafts that must be towed, so it’s not like you can change your scenery whenever you want.

by Anonymousreply 16706/09/2021

I don’t like beaches at all

by Anonymousreply 16806/09/2021

It's all about the beaches of Nunavut.

by Anonymousreply 16906/09/2021

Beautiful day today. Just went for a swim! I think the sea temp was like 19°C. Not too bad. I actually swam for 20 minutes. I live a 5 minute walk from the beach. I'm very lucky. In these covid times, having a beach so close is amazing.

by Anonymousreply 17006/09/2021

21-23 degrees C in summer. Perfectly fine for swimming

No Miss Norsey, it is far too cold for swimming. Yes you CAN swim but just how enjoyable is it really? How long until you turn blue?

by Anonymousreply 17106/09/2021

R171 I think we are just used to it, lol. Most Norwegian kids swim if it's like 15-16 degrees. I prefer 20 or above, but I can consider if it's like 18 or 19 degrees. It's nice to cool down if it's a hot day.

by Anonymousreply 17206/10/2021

Went swimming again today. Was nice. Not too cold. I think it was like 18 degrees.

by Anonymousreply 17306/10/2021
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