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For those well accustomed to NE, a water temperature of 66 degrees is fine. I once visited my uncle in Daytona in March, when the water was in the low 60s. Fine. I once went to Galveston in the summer, where the water was as warm as bathwater. Sorry, I'll take the 60s any time.
I don't recall what the temperature was, but I do recall that in May the temperature in my childhood swimming hole in NE was initially uncomfortably cold. Probably below 60. Once I got moving, the cold temperature was bearable. Just needed time to get accustomed.
Which is not to say that wet suits should always be avoided in New England. I saw surfers on a Maine beach on Thanksgiving. That is definitely wet suit weather!
Of course it's not the same as surf, but the water in my pool hovers around 90 degrees. It feels quite refreshing since the air temp is 104 on my patio here in San Antonio :) But I'd happily take a dip in the Cape Cod waters if a medic was standing by with a heated towel when I got out!
There must be something to that global warming thing. Thinking back to the 1960's through the 1990's, summer temperatures at beaches like Newcomb Hollow, Marconi, Nauset, and Coast Guard were always between a chilly 56 degrees and a balmy 64 or so. I think I only once saw 65 in all those years, so 66 sounds like my personal record for the outer Cape ocean beaches. Most years since the '90's we spent bayside, with only occasional ocean side beach days.
Nice looking water. I could spend the day there--knock 50 years off and I'd likely get myself into trouble.
Here in the NW it's much colder, in the upper 50's in the summer--major shrinkage--and the surf is more ragged. Still fun though.