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Old 01-22-2016, 03:50 PM
 
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I am looking for a relatively small coastal town down south to live. I want to move to Florida. I used to live in a small town in SC and loved it and the country feel and southern culture. I'm not sure where I can find this in Florida. I've only been to Miami and that's not "southern" at all IMO.
Any suggestions?
I'm a nurse and a country girl at heart who enjoys the simple things in life and being out on the water.
Suggestions?
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Old 01-22-2016, 08:02 PM
 
Location: South Florida for now
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Try Clewiston, on the southern shore of Lake Okeechobee. Roughly 5,000 people but a genuine 'small-town' feel with abundant fishing/boating opportunities on the lake. Crime rate is relatively low, though there are certainly plenty of rundown businesses on the outskirts of town. Very friendly locales, and yes, plenty of southern accents all around.
Otherwise, I'd aim for anything in Dixie County, or coastal NW Florida.
Those southern 'beach towns' on the Atlantic shoreline hardly exists as they are virtually filled with northern (NY/Boston) transplants and retirees.
Your best bet is anything on the Gulf Coast between Hernando County and Pensacola. Great people up that way.
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Old 01-23-2016, 07:00 AM
 
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I am looking for a relatively small coastal town down south to live. I want to move to Florida. I used to live in a small town in SC and loved it and the country feel and southern culture. I'm not sure where I can find this in Florida. I've only been to Miami and that's not "southern" at all IMO.
Any suggestions?
I'm a nurse and a country girl at heart who enjoys the simple things in life and being out on the water.
Suggestions?
If you're looking for coastal and "southern" you can't do any better than Fernandina Beach. It's a small town of just over 11,000 in population and has southern charm galore. It rivals St Augustine, Savannah and Charleston in terms of history and architecture without the masses of tourists. It's a fairly easy commute into Jacksonville's north side which has two major hospitals for work options (Mayo Clinic and University of Florida-Shands Hospital).

Fernandina Historic District Downtown | Amelia Island eMagazine
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Old 01-23-2016, 08:10 AM
 
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I have been looking at the Emerald Coast area and places around there on the gulf for my parents who wants something smaller and quieter than where they live in florida now. seaside is ridiculously expensive and filled with alot of atlanta millionaires and rich people who dont live there most of the year it seems but I find most of that area very affordable and really gorgeous beaches
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Old 01-23-2016, 08:46 AM
 
Location: Spring Hill Florida
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Old 01-23-2016, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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The problem with the Panhandle is that the government (federal and state) owns a lot of the land close to the coast and you end up with a higher cost of living in an area where salaries are average to low and you have seeming endless strips of cookie cutter suburbia. Take a job at Sacred Heart- Emerald Coast, and you'd either end up with small and expensive close to work or commuting in from Freeport or the quiet side of Panama City Beach. On the bright side, most of that land, even the stuff controlled by the Department of Defense, is open for recreation if you pay for the right daily/annual pass. (The Eglin AFB annual recreation pass- less than $20 and a requirement you sit through a short movie on 'unexploded bombs and you'- is an awesome deal)

For quiet small town, I'd look at the 'Big Bend' area (Port St. Joe, Appalachicola, Mexico Beach, etc.) and an expectation you might have to commute into Panama City for work.

The most southern of small towns in the Panhandle like Chipley or DeFuniak Springs tend to be far from the beach, though there are often rivers, lakes, nature areas, etc. nearby for recreation.

If it doesn't have to be Florida proper, I'd look in Baldwin County, Alabama between Mobile and Pensacola. Easy to find both small town charm and job opportunities there, lots of beach and other recreation lands, and probably a slightly cheaper cost of living than on the Florida side.
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Old 01-23-2016, 10:03 AM
 
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I used to live in a small town in SC and loved it and the country feel and southern culture.
If you already know of a place you loved living, why not move back there?
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Old 01-23-2016, 10:13 AM
 
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The problem with the Panhandle is that the government (federal and state) owns a lot of the land close to the coast and you end up with a higher cost of living in an area where salaries are average to low and you have seeming endless strips of cookie cutter suburbia. Take a job at Sacred Heart- Emerald Coast, and you'd either end up with small and expensive close to work or commuting in from Freeport or the quiet side of Panama City Beach. On the bright side, most of that land, even the stuff controlled by the Department of Defense, is open for recreation if you pay for the right daily/annual pass. (The Eglin AFB annual recreation pass- less than $20 and a requirement you sit through a short movie on 'unexploded bombs and you'- is an awesome deal)

For quiet small town, I'd look at the 'Big Bend' area (Port St. Joe, Appalachicola, Mexico Beach, etc.) and an expectation you might have to commute into Panama City for work.

The most southern of small towns in the Panhandle like Chipley or DeFuniak Springs tend to be far from the beach, though there are often rivers, lakes, nature areas, etc. nearby for recreation.

If it doesn't have to be Florida proper, I'd look in Baldwin County, Alabama between Mobile and Pensacola. Easy to find both small town charm and job opportunities there, lots of beach and other recreation lands, and probably a slightly cheaper cost of living than on the Florida side.
mexico beach was gorgeous, it reminded my parents of how florida was in the 1950s when they were children. seaside and that area is kind of like that. what do you think about living in destin?
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Old 01-25-2016, 09:05 AM
 
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If you're looking for coastal and "southern" you can't do any better than Fernandina Beach. It's a small town of just over 11,000 in population and has southern charm galore. It rivals St Augustine, Savannah and Charleston in terms of history and architecture without the masses of tourists. It's a fairly easy commute into Jacksonville's north side which has two major hospitals for work options (Mayo Clinic and University of Florida-Shands Hospital).

Fernandina Historic District Downtown | Amelia Island eMagazine
I agree with Fernandina Beach/Amelia Island.. small island town, very Southern. Its actually the southernmost of the Sea Islands. There are tourists, but not like farther south. There is not really a snowbird season. Lots of people from GA have beach houses there; more of a summer resort.

There is a branch of Baptist Hospital right on the Island, Jacksonville has a lot of healthcare jobs( Mayo Clinic, Baptist, St Vincents) and commutable from Fernandina Beach/ Amelia Island. Of course there are all the medical offices that have a need for nurses.

Look at Jacksonville Beaches( specifically Neptune and Atlantic Beach) as another option closer to Jacksonville, if you want to be closer to a job and have less of a a commute.

You can also check out St Simons Island in GA, smaller city, but similar to Amelia Island in topography

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Old 01-25-2016, 02:45 PM
 
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Wrong state. There is no Southern culture in Florida, unless you count the rednecks, and I don't. Try Muscle Shoals, Al or Gulfport, Ms. Other people will disagree w/ me, but they're not Southerners. I am, born and bred.
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