G'morning from the Silver Springs/Ocala area of Florida.
Ya know, since our son and his family live in the Tampa area, we'd frequently spend time there when wintering down South from our home state of S. Dakota. Over the years, however, although we loved the Keys, we'd never really fallen in love with Florida.....UNTIL....we discovered this Silver Springs area. Now the Tampa/St. Pete area is a VERY attractive area to spend time, but, our feeling about Florida in general was colored by the somewhat frenetic and costly environment in the Tampa area. It's kind of like an ant hill that been stirred up by a stick!
At any rate, we've now experienced this Silver Springs area, and I gotta tell ya, it's changed our opinion about Florida. THIS
is the "old Florida" feeling we'd heard about, AND, there is SO MUCH TO SEE AN DO that it's unbelievable. Day trips to either East or West coasts are easy and simple when ya want beach time. Paddling a canoe, a kyak or relaxing on a pontoon boat on the variety of tree canopied, crystal clear rivers in the area is an experience ya won't forget (gators, monkeys, etc.). It's close to Orlando, Gainesville, The Villages, and a plethora of other quaint, "old Florida" communities (Mt. Dora, Micanopy, etc.) as well as fabulous parks like DeLeon, and Blue Springs where photographing manatees in the crystal clear river is phenomenal.
We still run down to Tampa to spend a day or a couple days with our son and family, but even that is an easy trip from here at our camp in Wilderness RV Resort, Silver Springs (a GREAT RV Park).
Ya might want to at least give this area a try....you too might fall in love with the place.
Steve & Lynette