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Old 10-09-2015, 08:49 AM
 
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Great pics! I don't mind a busy beach, but the traffic??! Wow!
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Old 10-09-2015, 01:12 PM
 
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Busy mid-morning on a crummy beach day in Cocoa Beach.

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Old 10-09-2015, 05:15 PM
 
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Yeah Cocoa beach is so bad, with crowded beaches and heavy traffic that my wife and I for some ridiculous reason want to move there. Just gluttons for punishment I guess.
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Old 10-15-2015, 08:57 PM
 
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Yeah, so obviously the beach is great there, but is there anything else? Any local color? Theater? Museums? Farmer's market? Live music during the day? Anything?
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Old 10-15-2015, 11:45 PM
 
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Cocoa Beach is a nice day trip, but there is virtually nothing there. I would shoot myself out of boredom, lack of quality stores and restaurants.
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Old 10-16-2015, 08:54 AM
 
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How far would you say it is to get to decent shopping, dining, and entertainment from Cocoa Beach? I like boutiques and 'mom&pop' restaurants, so little local places are fine, but yes it's nice to have variety.
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Old 10-16-2015, 11:37 AM
 
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There are 28 (maybe more) restaurants and bars in a three block area just off the ocean in downtown Cocoa Beach. Cuban, Chinese, Thai, German, seafood, Italian, pizza, sandwiches and other assorted non-specific restaurants. It's a good mix from fine dining to barefoot outdoor stuff. There is live music at about a dozen of these places most every night of the week. As Beemer said, there is a distinct lack of quality stores, however.

Minutemen Causeway is closed off in the City Hall block tonight for the monthly Friday Fest; food trucks, bands, etc. Farmers Market downtown every Sunday. It's small town for sure but you don't have to look too hard to find something to do. And then there's the ocean.
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Old 10-17-2015, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Lincoln County Road or Armageddon
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We're married, 50ish, grown kids, not retired but no longer yuppies. Looking to slow down just a little and start enjoying life.

That's why Clearwater is on the radar. I love the white sands and great water.
Well, if you like it slow, Clearwater is the place to be. The place lacks any originality and spontaneity that make urban areas cool. Plus the traffic is horrendous.


It does have white beaches, though.
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Old 10-21-2015, 04:50 AM
 
Location: Ubique
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I would suggest OP to look North into Crystal River and surrounding towns. Less congestion, beautiful water, surely less beach than Clearwater, but still a few while not very populated. Less expensive of course.

Some people living inland still make the 1-1.5 hour trip to St. Augustine as an attraction as well.

Bigger city is Ocala and Gainesville (university) is about 1 hour away.
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Old 10-21-2015, 06:25 AM
 
Location: NC Piedmont
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Earlier mention of avoiding Orlando because of not wanting to become a bedroom for relatives visiting DW and then mentioned maybe looking at Kissimmee. The big freeway entrance into DW is at Kissimmee. Orland is the airport and nearby big city used as a reference point to say where DW is but I stay a mile from the entrance when I go at a hotel in Kissimmee. Just something to consider.
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