California and Florida beaches differences

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1. Posted by Lansing95 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Hello. I'm just wondering what kind of differences there might be, if any, between beaches on the West Coast/California and places in Florida like Miami, Tampa etc.

2. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 1239 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Miami Beach is man made so that is pretty big difference to California beaches. Beaches in Tampa and along the coastline on that side of the Florida Peninsula tend to be white sand beaches. The sand made of quartz is usually finer and powdery compared to yellow or golden sand beaches. If that floats your boat Florida is your place. However if you want surf and waves there isn't much of that in Florida, California is much better for that. Also Florida beaches are all pretty build up surrounded by resorts. If you want something less urbanised California has more options.

3. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 2737 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

I think Florida will be cheaper too. But it depends on your budget.

4. Posted by road to roam (Travel Guru 708 posts) 4w 1 Star this if you like it!

Quoting Lansing95

Hello. I'm just wondering what kind of differences there might be, if any, between beaches on the West Coast/California and places in Florida like Miami, Tampa etc.

For swimming, water temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico (you mention Tampa) will be much warmer than Pacific waters on the west coast of the U.S. The waters of Florida's Atlantic side (Miami) will also be warmer than Pacific waters on the west coast of the U.S. This is true no matter the season.

5. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 1239 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Quoting karazyal

I think Florida will be cheaper too. But it depends on your budget.

I don't know about that I think they are pretty much the same price these days

6. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1692 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Price kind of depends on where you go in each state. The water is warmer in Florida but it's not nearly as pretty as California because the scenery is much more varied in the west. Not much can compare to driving up the California coast with crashing waves on one side and stunning mountains on the other. People do swim in California but it's too cold for me. It's great for photography though and beachcombing is great fun. If you get north of San Francisco, it's all wild and the tiny towns are very inexpensive. That's my favorite part. Sea lions, seals, millions of birds, gorgeous scenery and not many people. If you're looking for nightlife, you would prefer the section from San Diego through Los Angeles and on to San Francisco. That will be more expensive but there are plenty of reasonable places.

Whatever you choose, have a good time.

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8. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1430 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Please note that the last posting by Jacky55 resembles the copyrighted material in an online blog, "Unseen Beaches," that compared "California-beaches-vs-Florida-beaches." Here is an excerpt:

Unlike Florida, the waves in California are larger and more powerful than the waves in Florida!

Hence, with stronger waves you will easily notice more surfers.

With my observation I did notice there were more powerful waves. The waves are definitely more popular among surfers in California.

Not only that, but another observation was the fact that there are more BBQ grills and firepits scattered through the California beaches than there are in Florida beaches.

In fact, I do not remember seeing much of the BBQ grills and firepits anywhere in Florida.