Difficult call. If you ARE really happy where you are, and have found some good friends, I would probably stay there, especially if you are really comfortable with the schooling etc. The beach is not everything. We live in the east, and love the trees, the larger blocks, and the proximity to the city. We do still like to visit the beach, however. There are pros and cons no matter where you live, but if you have good friends, you will not see them nearly as often if you live far away.