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Pacific Coast vs OBX




I just returned from a business trip to San Diego and had a great time. The weather is hard to beat and there are many beautiful sights. I think the La Jolla beaches were the most striking and different from anything I've seen on the East Coast from Florida to Virginia.

The water is clear, but so cold. It would be difficult to swim in comfortably and everyone I saw in the water was wearing full wet suits. As beautiful as the Southern California coast is, it wouldn't be the same if you couldn't jump in the water in swim trunks like you can in the Outer Banks.





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Will, I guess that could be said for the beautiful,rugged coastline further North in California, and up to Oregon and Washington. But, man, I would love to go out there for a shot at those Dungeness crab!


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We did So Cal a few years ago for our off-year vacation. I had been several times for work, but my wife and kids had never been. There are some absolutely gorgeous sights, but most the beaches are way to crowded and yeah, the water is too cold. My daughter and I both went in, but it just wasn't comfortable. It was also strange to see no one surf fishing...

We stayed in Laguna Beach, but we went up and down the coast. San Diego is probably my favorite area in So Cal. Going up to Sequoia National Park for a few days was the high light of the trip, at least for me.

Sunset shot from the beach where we were staying.

John





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Totally agree. I've been to San Francisco which is even chillier than San Diego. The coastline is beautiful but the water is very cold. Same goes for beaches in Maine. Let's face it there is no where like the Outer Banks. (but we may be a little biased!)


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Yes, it's what makes OBX so special. CA geography is different, but water temp is similar to Cape Cod COLD. We prefer OBX to the Pacific, to Cape Cod, to Myrtle Beach.

Hard to keep that secret to ourselves, though, these days. Skimming through the USGS 2016 report last night, and OBX is being discovered, given the startling increase in permanent residents and visitors. Social media accelerates that.

Clients in NJ keep telling me they keep hearing good things about OBX! I hint that they should skip Italy and try OBX.

A good problem to have on the OBX?


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I just got back from San Diego tonight! My daughter is a freshman at University of San Diego and we just went out for family weekend. I have to say the weather is spectacular. We stayed in La Jolla and it was so nice to sit outside after the sun set and it was cool with no BUGS. The coastline is very dramatic but the water is so cold. People were swimming in it though-without wetsuits. I enjoyed watching the sunset on the Ocean.




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I forgot to mention that an Uber driver told us the average home price for an ocean view home in La Jolla is $6,000,000. That is some very rarefied air to breathe.

Cheers,
Will


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I forgot to mention that an Uber driver told us the average home price for an ocean view home in La Jolla is $6,000,000. That is some very rarefied air to breathe.

Cheers,
Will

Will


I'm glad you enjoyed your 6 Million dollar oceanfront home! Hopefully, you will soon be in a position to buy one!


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I'm glad you enjoyed your 6 Million dollar oceanfront home! Hopefully, you will soon be in a position to buy

Aliphatic



I wish. I was in the Westin in downtown San Diego, just across from Coronado Island. Coronado is also beautiful, but La Jolla was in another category. Seeing the seals swimming all around the cove was also an experience.

Cheers,
Will


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Colleen40,

That is such a conincicence. I bet your daughter loves it out there with such amazing weather. We only visited La Jolla for the day and this picture is typical of what the people in the ocean were wearing. This group was swimming with the seals, but they were some of the few we saw in the water. I stuck my feet in, but that was it.

Cheers,
Will




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Have been to northern California and Oregon beaches. The sea lions are amazing. They have a rugged beauty that is amazing. And yes, the water is COLD!


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Glad to have you back Will and nice to hear you had a good working trip. Always love to see the other coast, especially enjoy the Hotel Del Coronado and one of my favorite Lighthouses Old Point Loma at Cabrillo National Park. Thank you for fixing P.O.T.M. Camera


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Totally agree. I've been to San Francisco which is even chillier than San Diego. The coastline is beautiful but the water is very cold. Same goes for beaches in Maine. Let's face it there is no where like the Outer Banks. (but we may be a little biased!)

Gettysburg Lady


As Mark Twain once said 'The coldest winter I ever had, was a summer in San Francisco'.



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I lived in SD for two years, comparing their coast line is Apples and Oranges. Whats a better comparison is Bermuda, still the beaches and water around Bermuda are completely different than the NC or SC coast


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My dad is on the west central part of CA. Beautiful place, awesome weather year round. Wonderful beaches, but COLD water! He’s between Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo. He still wants his ashes spread off of Baltic Ave in Nags Head. That will always be home for him!


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It's true that the two coasts are so hard to compare. I have had the privilege of enjoying beaches all over the Western Hemisphere. We lived in Peru for nearly 15 years and loved several beaches there, but the water was always too cold for me to enjoy for long. I loved Costa Rica, Jamaica, the Bahamas. In Texas we enjoyed Padre Island often. I've been to dozens of beaches since moving to Florida 3 years ago. We have our favorite spots and they are almost all on the Gulf Coast. But, of all the beaches I've visited I enjoy none more than Ocracoke Island.


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Have spent time at several beach towns in San Diego county. Del mar, Encinitas ,and Cardiff are laid back surf towns about 15 minutes north of La Jolla. Not as touristy. Water temp usually tops out at 72-73 in the summer. I find it refreshing with very uniform surf breaks. A pretty pacific blue color. Nice gradual walk out to the breakers. Something neat about swimmin/surfing as the sun is setting in the west. The attached photo is where the wall collapsed several weeks ago killing several people. Grandview beach.




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Ive only been to Venice Beach. still prefer the OBX. Less crowds too. And less traffic than CA.


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Surfers are going to surf no matter what coast they're on. This mad lad was the only person we saw get in the cold Pacific surf without a wet-suit. Not to mention he was jumping off a rock jetty into decent sized waves. And, there was no beach here. The entire coastline was rocks. This guy has no fear.






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Away from the beautiful coastline, we went to the farmers market in San Diego's Little Italy. It was impressive. When we had dinner that night my husband made a charcuterie board from stuff we bought. I had only a few moments to snap this picture before our family and the girls my daughter invited from her college demolished it.




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Will-
I've lived in San Diego County for over 40 years (originally from VA, summers spent in Nags Head). We do have a beautiful coastline with many beaches, each one unique.The picture is Sunset Cliffs. My son is to the right, videoing the high surf. Raising four children here, we visited the beach every weekend from May through October.
I introduced my family to OBX in 2009 and they fell in love. Now that my children are grown and scattered, we reunite every two years not in San Diego but OBX. Two very different coasts to be sure but OBX has my family's heart.





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There is a rugged beauty to the western coast and so expansive, especially as you travel north. Point Reyes is a can't miss if you are in northern Cali. It is night and day from OBX. Not better nor worse, just very different....but my personal preference is the east coast.





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My residence of choice would be the California coast.....the beauty far exceeds that of the Outer Banks.

Photo is of our visit to Pfeiffer State Park, south of Monterey. Hard to find, but so private and beautiful.




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A little Big Sur.




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