First the good things: gorgeous here. Beautiful beaches, redwoods, campgrounds here. Well worth a visit at least! Mild coastal climate. Summers 65/55 winters 50/40. Quite rainy, got 96 in 3 years ago. Average utilities costs. Some very nice hotels here. A 6 screen theater with no crowds EVER.The bad: house prices high, $175 to $1 mill plus. Rents are 800+. Mobile homes popular here, 3 good ones for seniors at $450/mo. TV towers in Eureka historical monuments. Poor reception/cable and satellite. Get ROKU. There is only ONE doctor in town in private practice, several nurse practicioners. 'Low cost' health/dental clinic provides low quality care, based on income. Teeth cleaning xrays $150 for me. Never again. Two urgent care centers. GOD-AWFUL hospital. The ER made me wait 7 hours to get an emergency shot of insulin. Hospitalzed patients complain of terrible nurses, dirty conditions, poor hospitalists, minimum care. We go to Brookings' Curry Health/Hospital (20 min).Gas prices $3.93 gall here, $3.10 in Oregon. Lots of homeless camps, people, over 100 here year round. Zero facilities for them. Lots of thefts/ assaults. Pelican Bay Prison #4 toughest in Cal is here, but no real problems with them. Crack very popular here. City/county government typically do-nothing. The restaurants here are hit and miss, some good, none excellent.The WORST for me personally is NO DAMN SHOPPING! There is no cutesy downton shopping area. The beautiful beach area has virtually no waterfront/port area. We have a Safeway and a Walmart. Period. Brookings' Fred Meyer is a big step up, plus they do have a downtown area of shops and restaurants. A decent mall is 2.5 hours away in Medford OR. Going N on 101 is a pretty but slow drive because it goes through all the beach towns. Going E on 199 gets you to Grnts Pass (2 hours) and all beyond. Only decent airport is Portland, 6 hours away. The roads are VERY winding, carsick heaven. S on 101, beautiful road, speciality carsickness, to Eureka 2 hours.