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Old 07-01-2016, 11:38 AM   #1
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Retirement spot

We have been using the rv to search for our retirement place. We have lived all our lives very closed to the beach and won't be moving inland. We would like something within walking distance to a beach.
We have searched a lot of places in florida but have been going their for over 30 years so not sure about that. Going to look at Southport NC in late September early October. We are actually headed to florida in a few weeks we have a family house in Daytona beach(port orange) I really like the Ponce Inlet area in Daytona. Heading over to the west coast to check out Port Charlotte then some vacation time in Siesta Key.
Any and all suggestions appreciated.
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Don't know if it's even an option for you but the West Coast beaches are beautiful, with year round RV'ing opportunities all around, and without all the humidity.
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My favorite beach town is Fernandina Beach, Florida, hands down. Great place to live and visit.
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Old 07-01-2016, 12:50 PM   #4
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Going now to visit the west coast of Fl is much different than going during season. Traffic is horrible during season! Perosnally I would look into the panhandle, it does bit chilly or Daytona north. I like a more natural beach, where I would no have to be up at the crack of dawn in hopes to find a unique she'll or driftwood.
I live in the Tampa area over 20 years and before that 10 years in WPB. Even Tampa/New Port Richey is getting busy. Good luck and share your hidden gem if you need neighbors.
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I think the panhandle seems nice
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Anywhere around Orange Beach (Alabama) and Pensacola is my current preference. That is some sweeeeeet sand.

And I could eat at Lambert's Café anytime I want to. (Foley Alabama) Pure heaven just imagining it.
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Old 07-01-2016, 01:46 PM   #7
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We chose our retirement house location because it has four distinct seasons, but doesn't get too cold in winter. On the only one of Washington's gorgeous San Juan Islands you can drive to, and a nice small-town ambience (18,000 pop.), Anacortes suits us ex-pat Brits very well.

Highs in the mid-70's in summer, overnight frosts in mid winter occasionally and low humidity most of the time. When I leave here, I'll be wearing a wooden overcoat!
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Anywhere around Orange Beach (Alabama) and Pensacola is my current preference. That is some sweeeeeet sand.

And I could eat at Lambert's Café anytime I want to. (Foley Alabama) Pure heaven just imagining it.

X2 on Lambert's. It really depends on what temp range is desired over the winter. The really "sweet spot" in Florida is down south of the I4 corridor. Wonderful winters and the summer heat is really no worse and some times better than the panhandle.
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I doubt that you could find a more pleasant place to live than San Diego County. I have been to all 50 states, and nowhere else comes close in so many ways. It stretches from the beach to across the mountains and down to the desert. Enough variety to keep you busy for decades.
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The west coast except for the bigger cities like Sarasota and Tampa, is much more laid back than the whole east coast IMHO. Punta Gorda was recently named a top retirement location. Traffic is worse but not horrendous in season. Near waterfront can be pricey anywhere. We like it.
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I have lived in Port Charlotte for 15 years and love it for numerous reasons. Does it get busy when the snow birds arrive, yup pretty much all sunny, warm places on Fla does.
Panhandle is just too cool in the winter months.If it snows there then I am not far enough south. Their is only 2 RV parks ON the gulf of Mexico on the west coast. One in Ft Myers Beach ( Red Coconut) and one on the south end of Siesta Key but it is a County owned Park and only a few sites. Port Charlotte offers numerous RV Parks within blocks of the Gulf come check it out
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My Dad retired to Ormond Beach, FL in 1974. Visited him several times and really loved the area. He was right on the inter coastal waterway north of Daytona Beach. The beach sand awesome but I could handle the humidity and insects about as well as the rain in the PNW (though Anacortes is very nice and only 28" of rain a year) so we spend most of our time in Southern California. Our favorite beach area is Ventura.

We still maintain legal residence in WA, but we follow the sun and don't like excessive heat nor humidity. Hence, Southern California/Arizona for 8 months out of the year.
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My favorite beach town is Fernandina Beach, Florida, hands down. Great place to live and visit.
Where are there places for RV's near Fernandina Beach?
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We bought a lot in Orange Beach Al and love it here. Not retired yet but it will be here when we do. The are several parks that are owned lots in this area. Some on or near the water and some inland. Just depends on how much you want to pay.
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