Everyone knows there’s no such thing as coconut palms out west. Except that’s not true. There’s only one small area in the entire western United States where that species grows. As you read today’s Friday post, I’m there…again. I lived here, in Newport Beach for over 17 years and feel very fortunate I did. I might come back here again to live someday when my wife retires. There are many good things to be said about this city, but my number one reason is climate. I hate freezing. I hate sweating. I hate bugs. None of those things live in Newport Beach. There is no better climate on earth than a Mediterranean climate. Only five places on earth have this type of climate, all caused by 5 large sub-tropical high pressure cells over deserts and oceans. The Northern Pacific cell creates this perfect weather for the California coasts from San Francisco to San Diego. More rain (twice as much) is created at the northern edge of this area in San Francisco. Newport Beach seldom has over 12 inches of rain per year.
Another very cool thing about this area is the beaches. They belong to the people everwhere in California. There are no hotels, high rises or mansions on beaches here. They are open with easy access and clear views from the water’s edge to the snow-covered mountains.
The other 4 high pressure areas that create this ideal living climate are in central Chili, the tip of South Africa, the western and southern tip of Australia, and the areas around the Mediterranean Sea. This climatic condition, which my body and mind are addicted to, creates dry warm summers and cool, wet winters; the exact opposite climate of a place like tropical Florida.
OK, the climate thing is out of the way. The next thing on my “why it’s best to live there” list is location, location, location. A typical day of fun for residents of Newport Beach can start with early morning dirt-biking in the desert, and afternoon of skiing down fresh powdered trails at one of 7 different ski-resorts, and plenty of time to catch some nice waves at high-tide in the evening before dinner in a wonderful beach-front restaurant watching the sun set into the Pacific. Other things that the great location brings: five minutes from two spectacular concert halls across the street from the largest grossing indoor mall in America; 7 minutes from Huntington Beach; 30 minutes from the Angels, Disneyland, the Ducks; 55 minutes from the Lakers, the Clippers, the Kings, the LA Philharmonic, Hollywood, Universal Studios, USC, UCLA, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica; 75 minutes away from San Diego, Tijuana, the Padres (ugh), the Chargers, the Gaslamp district; 4 hours from Las Vegas, 5 hours from Phoenix.
My biggest reason for loving Newport Beach is my friends there. And today I’m spending all day with one of the best friends a guy could have, Billy D.