We grew up on the West Coast, spent some time on the East Coast and now we are experiencing 'the other coast.' As long as we aren't land-locked I think we can survive. Who would have known that Texas has beaches and sometimes even real surf ! It is definitely different than the real coasts though. The water is way warm (currently in the mid-eighties) and as you can see in the picture, you can park wherever you want ! It is kind of chaotic to have cars parked and driving wherever and doesn't seem the most environmentally friendly thing but it definitely has its advantages- beats hauling all your junk a half a mile across the sand and if your kid falls asleep on the way to the beach you can just roll down the windows and let them snooze away because your car is right there next to you ! We love family beach days and this will be a great place for the little guys to learn to surf !