Me (26) and my fiance (22) are fulfilling one of our dreams and we're moving to Florida in June.
We currently live in Albany, GA and we can't stand it! There's nothing to do, and the crime is steadily rising every year. It's getting pretty bad.
We're not wanting to move further than 6 hours away from our home town of Albany (preferrably closer), and the Gulf or Atlantic coasts are fine with us. Just as long as it's on the beach.
The only criteria is:
1. The cost of rent
be between $700 to $900 (max is $1000) for a decent, safe neighborhood. (Definitely not expecting anything fancy...like a two bedroom with a backyard, and older houses are fine. We actually love the charm of an older home.)
2. Be no more than 10-20 minutes from the beach.
3. Have a good amount of activities to do. (i.e. surfing, diving, arts, nature and bike trails, local shops, etc.)
4. Have that hometown feel to it. (It is okay to have a large city close by though)
I already have a couple of places in mind...Fernandina Beach and Ft. Walton Beach.
But I'd like to see if there are some hidden gems I am overlooking. I wish I had the time to travel all over Florida to look for that spot that we both absolutely fall for, but for now, this forum will have to do!
But the major points are AFFORDABILITY, SAFETY, and FUN!
We honestly can't wait for the move, AND the wedding that's in our future. This is an amazing time in our lives and we want to make sure we find that perfect place for us!
Thanks in advance for all your help!