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.
Hi Will. Welcome to TB. Having been to beaches on both sides of the US, my experience has been that you have to choose the time when you go. When I was on the Atlantic coast, I experienced 3 hurricanes at this time of year. When I was on the Pacific coast a month later, the water was like having a cool bath. Personally I don't like swimming in the ocean as I live in Australia and several people have been taken by sharks recently (the last one was yesterday off Townsville in Queensland - look it up.) Your choice! People do get taken by sharks in the US also. Whatever you decide, have fun. Usually nothing disastrous will happen. You just have to decide if it is worth the risk to you. Look at all of the blogs people have posted and make your decision. Nothing ventured - nothing gained.