Post # 1
Hey bees 🙂
So my hubby and I want to take a vacation this summer, to either FL or CA and have a beach vacation. I’ve love the Caribbean but cost for that is a little out of our range.
For those that live in the areas (or have beenthere): what are the best beaches, tourist spots, hotels/resorts?
Post # 3
Well, since I’m from the beach area in Southern California I’m partial to it, but it really depends on what ‘other’ things you’re looking to do and what’s important to you.
I think Florida beaches are more conducive to the ‘lie in the sand and read, tan, and swim all day’ thing, just based on the sheer beauty of their beaches and the temperature. Much hotter outside (lots of humidity) much warmer water.
CA beaches are more about activities. You can lay out of course, but the sand is rougher and darker and thicker (harder to walk in). The water is WAY colder, even in summer. We’re all about the volleyball and the surfing and the biking on the Strand and the piers with shopping and food. But it’s much cooler, usually high 70’s-low 80’s with no humidity in summer by the beach.
Post # 4
Miami is great, but I prefer California. San Diego (Coronado especially), Catalina Island, Santa Barbara, and Santa Cruz are all great. SC is going to be the most laid back (and also has fantastic wine tasting nearby, plus Carmel and Monterey are close), SB and Catalina are the hardest to get to (no major airport), but awesome, and SD has the best guaranteed weather. Amazing food in all! Good luck – you really can’t go wrong.
Post # 5
If you want to do Florida I’m partial to Gulf Coast beaches. The water is warmer, the beaches are much deeper and the sand is very very fine. Destin is gorgeous as well as Sarasota. However, I would NOT go in July/August the heat is miserable and its hurricane season.
Post # 6
San Diego! I’m partial because I live here (but the whole coast is great). There are tons of choices for hotels from high end to boutique to beach cottages. I would either stay in the Gaslamp District downtown on right on the beach in Pacific Beach or Del Mar. Let me know if you’d like any more specific recs.
Post # 7
One of the blogging bees did a couple of blogs about her minimoon in Amelia Island, FL and it looked AMAZING. If you go to Miami Beach, it’ll be a lot of fun and a lot of nightlife, but don’t expect too much romance.
Post # 8
@septcabride: I have to agree with Santa Cruz. I went to college there, and lived in the area a few years afterwards. It’s such a beautiful peaceful area, full of beautiful beaches, redwood trees, and it’s so amazing and peaceful. Monterey and Carmel are also super beautiful in different ways, and there are lots of great wineries in the area, if you’re a wine drinker.
I’m from Northern California, so can’t speak TOO much about Southern…I’ve heard that Santa Barbara and Santa Monica are beautiful. There are lots of beaches in southern California that are beautiful, more so than Northern. But the vibe is different too…
I agree, it depends on what you’re going for in a beach vacation. 🙂