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Old 01-31-2017, 10:02 AM
 
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Hello,


My husband and I have started a Florida yearly trip. So far, we have visited; Estero Island, Fort Myers, Sarasota, Venice, Clearwater Beach, Tampa area, and some other small areas.
This year, we would like to take a week and tour parts of the panhandle. We are interested in Panama city beach, Destin, Niceville, Pensacola, Lynn Haven and Pace.
The difference with this year and past years is we now have a 7 month old. He will be a little over a year old when we go.
Our goal is to find a place to settle down, in about 5 years, when my Husband can retire. We Love Florida!We just have to find the right spot.
We are looking for good schools, small town feel, beaches, pretty laid back safe atmosphere.
I used to live in Texas, and loved it there also, but Florida is where my husband purposed and it has a special place in our hearts. We also prefer the beaches in Florida. I did like driving on the beach in Padre Island though...


Thanks in advance,


Tina
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Old 01-31-2017, 10:55 AM
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Tallahassee is great for families and an easy 45 minute drive to the coast
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Old 01-31-2017, 01:37 PM
 
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If you're looking for good schools check out Fort Walton Beach, Destin and Niceville. Okaloosa County schools have traditionally been near the top of Florida school district rankings (out of 67 districts).
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Old 02-01-2017, 11:53 AM
 
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Add Gulf Breeze to your list. Keep in mind that during tourist season no place near the beach is "laid back".
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Old 02-01-2017, 12:12 PM
 
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Tally is a cute but fantastic place to live Tina.
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Old 02-01-2017, 03:46 PM
 
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Not sure why anyone would recommend Tallahassee when the OP wants beaches.
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Old 02-01-2017, 06:45 PM
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Its a short drive to the beach and a great city.
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Old 02-01-2017, 10:57 PM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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If you call an hour and a half to get to a sandy beach 'short'.
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Old 02-02-2017, 10:18 AM
 
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If you call an hour and a half to get to a sandy beach 'short'.
No kidding. I think TD* must work for the Chamber of Commerce.
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Old 02-02-2017, 10:34 AM
 
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We've now lived in Destin for 5-years, following 35+ years in Central Florida (both Gulf and Ocean beaches). A couple of key things differentiate the Panhandle from the rest of Florida.

1). The sugar beaches and Emerald green waters are more beautiful than most other beaches throughout the state.

2). Automobile-tourism is heavy on Highway 98 (the major coastal artery) and concentrated in the beach towns (Destin, PCB) . Traffic is snarled and sluggish for much of the year.

3). The Panhandle (often referred to as L.A. -lower Alabama) averages about 15-degrees cooler in the winter than Central Florida (coasts) and below. This winter has been great, but the past 2-3 years have been downright cold and very 'un-Texas/Florida-like.'

4). A largely tourist-based economy means prices are high (including property). Also, most amenities are focused on short-term tourists, not long-term families.

5). If it weren't for the grandkids here, we would have stayed in Central Florida (East Coast - Satellite Beach) ... or would move back.

Having said that, Destin has much to offer and we are enjoying life here on the water -- but, it's not our first choice for Florida living.
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