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Old 02-05-2015, 09:47 PM
 
Location: southern california
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Old 02-05-2015, 10:33 PM
 
Location: State of Superior
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Not everyone can afford a sailboat. That sounds absolutely lovely. But it is correct that you can add more clothes when it's cold, but after you take off clothes when it's hot, the only thing left is skin.
In my case it was a chosen lifestyle, an attempt to retire at 37. I still went to work on the land ( Sarasota) where I had my brokerage office. This was in the Early 80's, ,Ya it was expensive, but no more so than a house on dry land. You learn to shade yourself from the sun at all times. My attire was large straw hat, cut offs, sometimes a cotton shirt. My boat did have AC and heat, which was great if at dock where there was shore power. For two years I just dropped anchor in the harbor. Your boat will always swing into to the wind.....we seldom used the AC, which required running the generator.

When I sold the boat after 5 years, and built a small beach house on a barrier island ( no bridge ) things changed, I complained about a lot of things I never noticed living on the boat, like the heat, old people , traffic., it was not the same Florida anymore. After 6 months I sold everything and headed for the cool Mtns. In NC. Where I stayed 18 years.
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Old 02-08-2015, 02:24 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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It will be about 7 years before my hubby retires, and about 11 for me. Yet we talk about where to retire ALL the time. We are in VA now. He loathes the cold and snow. We get very little snow here because we are on the coast. But, I like all 4 seasons. He could care less. He had rather it be warm all the time. We know we want to stay on the east coast anywhere from where we are to heading south. Love the beach so we have to be near water, but cannot afford to live on the water. Definitely want a one story house, no condo or retirement community. We both like milder winters. Our children are in their 20's and still single. So, I have no idea where they will end up and don't want to plan to necessarily live where one or another child is living. I have heard of too many saying they moved to where their children were, only to have them relocate and they were stuck there. We love the outdoors and outdoor activities. However, I like the city also and all of the conveniences it offers. I don't want to live out in a rural location and have to drive 15 minutes to a grocery store.

Truthfully, our biggest priorities are living in a safe, comfortable area with good people. Being able to have city conveniences, healthcare facilities near by, close to beaches and mild winters. Don't know if we will ever find that place to make us both happy. I think it is time we start spending some time in potential places to get a feel for the area and making the list of keepers and the list of the ones to eliminate! This is a great thread. Keep the suggestions coming.
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Old 02-08-2015, 02:30 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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It will be about 7 years before my hubby retires, ...
Truthfully, our biggest priorities are living in a safe, comfortable area with good people. Being able to have city conveniences, healthcare facilities near by, close to beaches and mild winters. Don't know if we will ever find that place to make us both happy. I think it is time we start spending some time in potential places to get a feel for the area and making the list of keepers and the list of the ones to eliminate! This is a great thread. Keep the suggestions coming.
if over age 40 (possible if only 11 yrs from retirement), join some travel clubs and stay with the locals ($10 - $20/ night worldwide) . You can get a WEALTH of info over breakfast and every one of the thousands of hosts we have used have been very helpful for local events / sights / inside scoop.

You can also 'house-sit' once you find some 'likely locations'.

My favorite groups are not listed here... but this is a good start.

Hospitality exchange - Wikitravel
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Old 02-08-2015, 09:42 PM
 
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People who live in Florida are in effect "locked down and locked in" during the horrible summer months of heat and humidity. They go from their air conditioned homes to their air conditioned cars to air conditioned restaurants, stores, and offices. They are prisoners of the air conditioning. I spent a couple of days in Gainesville, Florida one time visiting a cousin in APRIL one year; we went jogging at an outdoor track one morning and it was miserable in the extreme. Not for me, thanks.
I'm sorry, but this is a pretty ridiculous comment. Florida is about 800 miles long from the Keys to the panhandle, and you think you know what it's like in the summer for all Floridians because you spent two days in one town in the center of the state?? Give me a F'n break. First of all, I went to school in Gainesville and know first-hand that it can be stifling and sweltering there any time of the year. But more importantly, I know that living along the coast is much more tolerable during the summer than living inland. In fact, pretty much any Floridian could tell you that. Providing of course, that they've spent more than two days in the state.
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Old 02-08-2015, 10:01 PM
 
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South Beach, as they call it now, was awash with light, sound and motion. Retire there? I don't think so. For sure, it's nice to visit but wow, has my opinion changed!
South Beach and Miami Beach are not synonymous.

People don't retire to South Beach; that's party central. They retire to other areas of Miami Beach such as Mid Beach, North Beach, Nautilus, and Normandy Isle. South Beach is just a small section of Miami Beach. In fact, Ocean Drive is only a little over a mile long.

going to Ocean Drive and saying you could never retire to Miami Beach is akin to going to Times Square and declaring you could never live anywhere in NYC because it's too crazy.
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Old 02-08-2015, 10:28 PM
 
Location: State of Superior
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This Florida talk, the pros and con's all really boil down to one thing, Humidty. You pick your posin, it's Florida and other places along the Gulf , or you go to the SW states like AZ. And NM. Where it's so dry you start to forget, for a moment that it's 100 out side! Florida is more humid than hot, which makes living there difficult .The SW is better for most aging people, it's just a lot of folks don,t like the thought of living in the desert.
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Old 02-09-2015, 02:08 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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I'm sorry, but this is a pretty ridiculous comment. Florida is about 800 miles long from the Keys to the panhandle, and you think you know what it's like in the summer for all Floridians because you spent two days in one town in the center of the state?? Give me a F'n break. First of all, I went to school in Gainesville and know first-hand that it can be stifling and sweltering there any time of the year. But more importantly, I know that living along the coast is much more tolerable during the summer than living inland. In fact, pretty much any Floridian could tell you that. Providing of course, that they've spent more than two days in the state.
Not for me, thanks.
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Old 02-09-2015, 04:25 AM
 
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When we were relocated to South Carolina from Kansas, we hated the weather. But it's a funny thing. The longer you stay someplace, the more you acclimate. And you do acclimate. Now, every time we go someplace where it's really cold and has long winters, we can't wait to get back.

I am sure if we move to a climate that has longer, colder winters, like Kansas, we would acclimate back to that. So most of those people that live in those hot, humid locations are so used to it, that they don't think twice about doing things during the summer.

For me the challenge would be going from someplace that is sunny most of the time, back to my native Pacific NW, where the rain and gray would drive me insane.
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Old 02-09-2015, 05:29 AM
 
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When we were relocated to South Carolina from Kansas, we hated the weather. But it's a funny thing. The longer you stay someplace, the more you acclimate. And you do acclimate. Now, every time we go someplace where it's really cold and has long winters, we can't wait to get back.

I am sure if we move to a climate that has longer, colder winters, like Kansas, we would acclimate back to that. So most of those people that live in those hot, humid locations are so used to it, that they don't think twice about doing things during the summer.

For me the challenge would be going from someplace that is sunny most of the time, back to my native Pacific NW, where the rain and gray would drive me insane.
I moved to south Florida from the Midwest, just after graduating from college. Where I worked (for 41+ years) was just 1/2 mile inland from Biscayne Bay. I had to spend a few hours during every week outdoors, all year. When I was younger, the heat/humidity did not bother me as much as during the last 15 years or so, as I've gotten older. The heat begins in April, humidity builds up in mid May through October. It is as hot as Hell! I don't agree with you. I don't want to stay imprisoned in air conditioning for 8 months of the year. In cool/cold weather, I can put layers of clothing on and work or play outside. The high heat and humidity just drains my energy! I live 10 miles inland.

People react differently to various climates. I guess that I'm one of those people who have lost my tolerance of hot temperatures. I also miss spring and fall which, in south Florida, is nothing like people experience north of the subtropics. I'm an 'outdoors' person and always have been. Growing up in the Midwest, I would sit outdoors and do my homework. I realize there are many days when it will be too cold to do this, but I feel trapped indoors when it is soooooooo hot and humid.

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