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California Beach Diver looking to relocate

Discussion in 'General Travel & Vacation Discussions' started by lock_washer, Jan 17, 2007.

  1. lock_washer

    lock_washer Contributor

    Looking for some help...
    I am an active Southern California beach diver who is getting "fed up" with the quality of life here in California. I spent the last 30 years diving here locally so I am use to surf entry and exits, long surface swims, coldwater, and limited visibility. I am interested in moving somewhere on the east coast, gulf coast where I can shore dive on a year round basis. The tropics and boat trips are great...but I cut my teeth on shore diving. Any ideas for places in the U.S. for year round shore diving?..and better quality of life?


    Lock Washer
  2. Teamcasa

    Teamcasa Sr. Moderator ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Near Pasadena, CA

  3. drbill

    drbill The Lorax for the Kelp Forest Scuba Legend

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Santa Catalina Island, CA
    Gee, lock_washer... was it something we said?

    Agree that the quality of life in SoCal has deteriorated over the last 30-40 years. Fortunately Catalina has not gotten as bad as the mainland.
  4. lock_washer

    lock_washer Contributor

    Well Kauai and Catalina Island sound nice... Unfortunately they are out of my income level.
  5. JMdiver

    JMdiver Divemaster

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Myrtle Beach, S.C.
    The Carolina are a pretty nice place to live & the cost of living is reasonable. There are a lot of wrecks off the coast also with year round diving. My brother moved there from NY & loves it.

  6. Kevrumbo

    Kevrumbo Banned

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: South Santa Monica Bay/Los Angeles California, USA
  7. robint

    robint Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Albuquerque, NM
    Ft. Lauderdale Florida, Boca Raton Florida, Coco Beach Florida, West Palm Beach Florida, Ocala Florida (diving the springs instead of Ocean). All of these have year-round shore diving.
  8. lock_washer

    lock_washer Contributor

    Huh...the carolinas don't sound bad. But isn't the cost of living going up in Florida due the home insurance increase?
  9. Garrobo

    Garrobo Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Ohio
    Florida and NC living can't be more expensive than living in SoCal. If you're going to live near the free diving you'll have to give up something. I've been looking at locations in the Florida Eastern panhandle.
  10. robint

    robint Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Albuquerque, NM
    from what I know about the Carolinas - it is only summer diving and only by boat, no shore diving.
    I think you would be surprised at the cost of living difference between Calif and Fla. As a Florida girl for many years (and UF graduate) I found it very cheap but the downside is that the pay is low as well. And remember that the farther north and/or inland you go, the cheaper. There is a huge dive group over on the Florida board here and they go out diving all year long and plan group trips weekly. YOu might want to chat with some of them to get the scoop.


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