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Old 03-28-2014, 05:27 AM   #1
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We are looking at spending our first winter of our retirement in Florida. Jan-March. We are looking for something on the east coast. Not sure where but needs to be affordable. Any help would be appreciated.

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Old 03-28-2014, 05:39 AM   #2
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Probably being affordable will be the problem. Anything on the coast is gonna cost some $$$$$. Good luck with the upcoming retirement and your snowbirding experience next season. You have plenty of time to make some arrangements.
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Check out the camp grounds around Ormond Beach. It's a great place. Very low key and it's 20 min from Daytona. Great places to eat and very reasonable cost of living. I have two cousins that live there in a house. We go see them and there is a campground on the Beach called Coral Sands that is very nice but it is more expensive than the one located on the river. The one on the river is more reasonable but still very nice. It is not a touristy place and has great golf, shopping and fishing. We even thought about buying a house there. The beach is wide and not crowded and the kids stay away at spring break bc they all want to be in Daytona. Best Wishes!
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The beach, particularly East and SW Coast of FL will be expensive. Of the places we reviewed this last year, The Great Outdoors Resort in Titusville was close and reasonably priced. You will have some cool days. If you are looking for parks close in order to fish, there are several in the Crystal Springs and Tampa area that are more affordable than further South. But if you want beach for beach and warm, be prepared to pay 15-1800/mo or higher to be close.
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We are looking at spending our first winter of our retirement in Florida. Jan-March. We are looking for something on the east coast. Not sure where but needs to be affordable. Any help would be appreciated.

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Don't discount Texas. We spent one winter there and loved it. Friendly people and the price is right.
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Don't discount Texas. We spent one winter there and loved it. Friendly people and the price is right.
First, we are just about to wrap up our first winter in retirement in the Rio Grande Valley and with all of its warts, we will love to come back here. People are friendly, lots of medical facilities both dental across the boarder and doctor/hospital on this side. Prices are pretty good too. As any situation, do your homework. The RGV may not be your cup of tea and that is just fine. BTW...this is our first winter anywhere away from IL and our first in retirement too.

I don't want to hijack this into something way off base but I am paranoid (maybe a tad dramatic) about long times on any salt water coast. I saw the results of this on a 4 year old Newmar Dutch Star and you couldn't pay me to take that MH. As beautiful as it was inside, the rust on the chassis was incredible. The owner wintered in FL on one of the coasts.

I'm certain some folks have had great luck avoiding corrosion from coastal areas but I'm just not wanting to even "go there". Besides, I have to agree that after researching prices the RGV with all of its warts was well priced and worth the trip.
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Congrats on the retirement, you will love Florida in the winter.
The Great Outdoors is a very nice place and we enjoyed our time there, look around there are many others reasonably priced on the east coast.We took a day when we were there last years and just drove from park to park. We found many that were excellent. Enjoy your trip and relax.

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