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Old 10-18-2016, 06:08 PM
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Originally Posted by BamaBlue View Post
Looking for opinions of retired folks living in Florida & Texas and other similar climates.

Husband and I have been discussing Florida as retirement location (in a few years). We like the ocean, scuba diving, etc. DISLIKE: Cold weather, snow, ice.

We've been considering the Venice area though are not set on that. We will not have to work, but would want some options in terms of entertainment, culture, etc.

We know that the heat & humidity in Florida can be oppressive (May-Nov?)… as it likely would be in most of the Gulf Coast states.

I'd be interested in hearing other recommendations, experiences from people living the retired life.

We like Texas for lots of reasons. Florida for lots of reasons. No family pulling us one way or the other. We're open to consider somewhere else altogether.

I have relocated from Punta Gorda, FL to DFW and been here since 2009, economy is better here, I am 42, will be finishing my degree next year. I been missing that area of FL for the last year or 2 and am planning on moving back because of the proximity of beaches, other cities and more things to do down there. The beaches are better as well. The only negative thing I can say is the people here in TX are nicer and I didn't want to move back down there because of that but my friends told and convinced me if that is where I was the happiest, then I am not moving there because of the people but because I am an outdoors type person.
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Old 10-19-2016, 11:54 AM
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Old 10-19-2016, 05:25 PM
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Originally Posted by ReachTheBeach View Post
None of my many FL relatives has ever had a major problem with a hurricane though a couple have been asked to voluntarily evacuate. I have suffered major hurricane damage once in my life - over 100 miles inland in NC (Fran). FL gets press because they have so much coastline and the entire state gets the most hurricanes as a raw number. But NC gets more per mile of coastline, so if you own beachfront property here you are more likely to get hit than if you own beachfront property in FL. It is tough to say if FL is "sensationalized". My heart goes out to the folks who lived in path of Andrew; they suffered a lot of damage. But that is not likely to happen to most residents ever. Obviously it is even less likely to happen in Montana and probably in Texas as well, but that doesn't make it a deal breaker in my book.
About this..... My heart goes out to the folks who lived in path of Andrew; they suffered a lot of damage.

My sister's Mother in law lived where Andrew struck the hardest. The home she and her husband built suffered little damage while all the newer homes around them suffered greatly. My sister had tons of footage of the area just after Andrew, really was devastating.
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Old 10-19-2016, 06:15 PM
Location: Florida
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We lived in FL for 28 years, 25 of them while still working. Then we moved to the valley west of Phoenix, This was an excellent base for exploring the western states with our small travel trailer. We took trips down into Mexico and up into Western Canada, and for our 50th anniversary, cruised to AK. Both of our kids had moved to the Seattle area so we went for a visit every summer, sightseeing along the way.

Eventually we decided to return to FL, which we did 18 months ago, we are here to stay. The kids having grown up here in FL expect to visit us more here than in AZ. They still have friends here.

AZ has hotter summers, cooler winters than FL, but FL is more humid. AZ is much dustier.
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Old 10-19-2016, 06:45 PM
Location: equator
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I was not impressed with coastal TX. I had heard it was a lower cost of living but we did not find that to be true at all....But, yes, the people ARE very nice. Especially if you like being called "Ma'am"! (smile) Windiest place ever. Very high property taxes until you are 65 then you get a break. HOA fees were outrageous compared to property values, which were very low.
SoCal beachfront condo---value $800,000 HOA $550 (don't know tax)
TX beachfront condo---value $160,000 HOA $580 property tax $4,000

Same square footage and age of condo.

Padre Island is far from regular shopping with lots of traffic jams. Corpus has lots of traffic jams and mostly chain restaurants with lots of run-down areas. One big strip-mall.

But fabulous BBQ and nice people! Humidity is over-the-top, though.

So much of this depends on one's financial situation which we don't know about the OP.
I'd pick Hawaii too if money were no object! And just snorkel all day....
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Old 10-21-2016, 04:33 AM
Location: Tampa, FL
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Retired early here in FL (Tampa). There sure is a lot to do here, but the place keeps getting more and more transplants and I feel the congestion - especially driving throughout the Tampa/ST Petersburg and Sarasota/Bradenton areas. I understand we're the third most populated stated state and with it comes crime and other ills.

I've enjoyed being able to go to pro sports events (MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, PGA), but find that the novelty of these events have worn off. Also there's a lot of other things to see/do: Symphony/Orchestra, Pop concerts, touring Broadway Shows. Lots of opportunities for outdoor hobbies (golf, fish, tennis, running, etc).

But the weather here in torturous. Very hard to take. The landscape is boring as heck (other than the beaches). The last couple of years I've used a small travel trailer to get out of the state during the summer months to experience the rest of the country. Really enjoyed Vermont, Maine (but can't take their taxes and winter months if I became a resident there).

I have a hard time recommending FL even with some of the positives that I've listed above. I foresee someday I'll probably head out of state. Not sure where, but the crowded feeling is getting to me. Probably will find a smaller town where there are four seasons, mountains, hills, and a feeling of being safe, secure and not worrying about the stuff you experience in densely populated areas like you see here in FL.
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