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Old 12-04-2010, 04:14 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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Old 12-04-2010, 08:43 PM
 
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach FL
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Don't know, but the OP is about St Pete vs St Augustine.

The semi-tropics of both areas and the blue beaches of downtown St Augustine (and St Pete) made it tough for me to make comparable suggestions!

The areas I mentioned have a strong Arts scene, along with being located in affordable areas near the beach.
Sorry. Was responding to the mid-thread poster - not the OP.

FWIW - we up here in NE Florida aren't semi-tropical. You have to go south of about Vero Beach for that.

I am somewhat interested in art - but not in crummy galleries that have openings once a month with cheap wine. I think that's most of what we get here in Florida (with some notable exceptions). Robyn
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Old 12-14-2010, 12:16 PM
 
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There is no such thing as Semi-Tropical. Tropical is as Robyn55 said below Vero. St Augustine is Sub Tropical. Sub-Tropical is defined on this map:

File:Climatemapusa2.PNG - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 12-14-2010, 03:10 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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S FL is zone 10-11 for plants because it doesn't get below freezing...usually (this winter and last winter are obvious exceptions). That is not necessarily the same as tropical. I have a great aunt/uncle and two of their kids in Barranquilla, Col. That is tropical. It has never fallen below 65 degrees in Barranquilla. Everyday the temperature ranges from 75-80 at night to 85-90 in the day. There is a wet season and a dry season. Miami arguably has three seasons: a long summer, and a fally/spring for a good 3-4 months. It got down to freezing in the inland areas of S FL counties last night.

Edit: St. Augustine has a few zone 10a microclimates and is more or less zone 9b. This means there are spots on Anastasia Island and around the waterfront in town that don't get below 30 degrees...pretty much ever (zone 10a). Most of St. Augustine never gets below 25. St. Petersburg is mostly 10a with some 10b microclimates. Just that few degrees climate difference in the winter means a completely different set of plants and fauna between the two. St. Petersburg has royal palms, coconut palms (St. Augustine *had* coconut palms until last winter), and other tropical plants everywhere. St. Augustine has foxtails and a few royal palms hidden about in microclimates.
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Old 12-16-2010, 05:35 PM
 
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach FL
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I think the most sensible thing when you move to a new place is buy a few cheap plants - and see what happens to them over the course of 1-5 years. Learn what your temps are likely to be before you spend big bucks on something like a tree that might or might not make it. Robyn
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