PROSThe weather: While I'm used to experiencing 4 different seasons throughout the year, after I moved to the coast, I realized that there's really only 2 seasons here: warm-cold and cold-warm. The weather tends to change every hour with many more days of wind than I would prefer. However, when the weather decides to be perfect, well, it's...perfect. Btw, calm, rainy days are just as perfect as calm, sunny ones, in my opinion...
The views: Of course, this is the main reason everyone moves to the beach- for the views. In my little corner of the coast, I am so lucky to be able to walk a short distance to see forest, mountains or the ocean. Now, if only I could learn to paint like Bob Ross and his happy little trees...
Laid-back lifestyle: If everyday before-or-after-work beach days are your idea of heaven, then the coast is definitely for you. Except during tourist season (unless you're in LA, then it's always tourist season), there is definitely a slower pace of life which is good, because life is too short to be lived too fast (or, well, you know what I mean).
Healthier lifestyle: I definitely think that just living on the coast inspires people to live a healthier life. You have no excuse to really stay indoors and not explore your surroundings, either by hiking, biking or just simply taking a nature walk. Also, after keeping an active lifestyle, somehow it makes you feel less like reaching for a double cheeseburger but opting instead for a fresh salad with locally grown produce.
I never quite know how to explain the "cons" of something without feeling like I'm risking sounding too negative. But, you already know this whole post is just my opinion(s), not FACTS, so, take it with a grain of salt- or should I say- sand...
The weather: I'm not a fan of wind AT ALL especially the kind that makes me feel like I'm in the tornado scene of The Wizard of Oz. Of course, I sound like a complete hypocrite because I have hopes of living in a place where it snows (if only temporarily) but I guess my point is that you should always make sure you're aware of the weather you're getting yourself into because that will affect you more than you know.
Cost of living: I don't know if California's just arrogant or what but the cost of living is insane (I know the same applies to most coastal areas and big cities, but still...) and most people would argue that you'll always be happier in California even if you live in a tiny apartment rather than living in a mansion in a random state (sorry for picking on you, random state). I bet there's quite a bit of truth to that, but I urge you to get a taste of both worlds, if you can (at least, that's what I plan to do).
Too Crowded or Too Empty: In California, if you live by the beach you either live in a big city with way too many people and traffic or you live in a tiny beach town where everything closes at 5pm. It's a bit hard to find a good balance here. Just an FYI though as I'm sure this doesn't bother others as much as it does someone like me who prefers a mid-sized city.
While I definitely appreciate all that coastal life has to offer and I am so grateful that I've gotten to experience it, a part of me often feels a little bit guilty for inwardly preferring an environment that is a little farther from the beach. I can't speak for every state but California feels like a different world in every county you visit. I like to switch it up whenever I can, but for the most part, I think I prefer the beach to be solely a vacation spot. If you are considering moving to a coastal place one day (or anywhere new, really), I strongly suggest you live there temporarily (at least 6 months) before making a permanent move because vacation spots are often very different when you actually live there (note to self for Ireland).
Where would you most like to live?
Where would you most like to live?