I'm not a beach guy. However, I found out that if I rent a big house ON the beach with a lot of bedrooms, bathrooms and a pool, my kids along with their spouses and kids, my father, and my wife's mother will all show up.
I get to see everyone once a year, the kids are pretty much self-entertaining, the women have each other to go shopping with, and I get to take as many naps as I want. We grill out at the beach house half the time; the rest of the time we go out to eat or order pizza. At least one night I take the kids out for ice cream.
Like I said, I'm not a beach guy - but for some reason I really like the beach. :)
It's been 58 all winter and just last weekend crossed over to 60 (ish.) It's not really that cold, but a 3/4 Stearns wetsuit helps. Saturday was freaking awesome. :-)
Last October I was at Torrey Pines and the dolphins were doing a mating dance about 30 feet offshore from where I was playing. They got closer and closer, I could see them through the waves, then one breached about 6 feet offshore from me then wiggled his (or her) tail out of the water at me as if to say, "betcha wish you had one of these!" That was the most awesome moment so far this year. :-)
can't believe in LA you can get sick just by going to the beach.
That's why everyone here has to do yoga every day, eat lawn clippings as their salads, and put organic broccoli and tofu on their pizzas. Seriously, between the threat of toxic beaches, Bluetooth cancer, and sunburn from sitting in the freeway parking lot all day with the convertible top down (and don't get me started on earthquakes!), it's just not a safe place to live.
Most of the people should just leave. Um, for health reasons. A few of us risk takers will make the ultimate sacrifice and stick around to keep things running for the tourists. :)