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Old 04-01-2016, 01:39 PM
 
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Looking for ideas…My wife and I are in our mid-50’s and are on track to retire in about 5 years. We have lived our whole lives in northwest Iowa where we have long cold winters. It is our desire to move someplace that has warm weather year-round. Walking/biking trails are a necessity. Shopping and restaurant choices are desirable. We currently have a second home on a lake, so living on or near water would be an option. The only other criteria – my wife is completely horrified of snakes, and I hate them, so would prefer to avoid areas where they exist.
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Old 04-01-2016, 01:48 PM
 
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South Padre Island, Texas!
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Old 04-01-2016, 01:56 PM
 
Location: NC Piedmont
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Warm weather year around + on/near water = snakes

Sorry; I don't make the rules...

The west is probably better than the south on that score though. In the year around warm part of FL there are lots of snakes.
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Old 04-01-2016, 03:11 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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I am told that there are no poisonous snakes west of the Cascade Mountains. So, Western WA or OR might be pretty good spots.

I don't think you can avoid any snakes at all ever, though. Snakes live pretty much everywhere. Surely there are snakes in Iowa?
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Old 04-01-2016, 03:14 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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How warm is warm? Do you just mean somewhere without snow in winter?

Warm year round kinda limits you to the equator.

You could have mild temps year-round on the west coast, including southern OR.
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Old 04-01-2016, 03:16 PM
 
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Hawaii. They do not have snakes there and same temp all year around.
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Old 04-01-2016, 03:40 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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Hawaii. They do not have snakes there
Are you absolutely sure?
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Old 04-01-2016, 03:49 PM
 
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I will look at South Padre Island

We only have an occasional small garter snake here.

We would like it warm enough to be able to get out and walk the majority of the year. I would rather be wearing shorts than a parka when I'm complaining about the weather.

Hawaii sounds appealing. Is it expensive to live there?
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Old 04-01-2016, 04:02 PM
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Location: Middle Tennessee
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I will look at South Padre Island

We only have an occasional small garter snake here.

We would like it warm enough to be able to get out and walk the majority of the year. I would rather be wearing shorts than a parka when I'm complaining about the weather.

Hawaii sounds appealing. Is it expensive to live there?
You would need a lot of $$$ to retire to Hawaii. It is expensive.
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Old 04-01-2016, 04:15 PM
 
Location: SW Florida
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I've lived in SW Florida 40 years. The only snakes I have even seen in all that time are harmless black snakes and once a pygmy rattler in an empty field. IN 40 YEARS! Now if you go down to some of the preserves you may see some snakes but they aren't going to attack you. If anything they will run from you; we don't have aggressive Black Mamba's here.






If you like hot & humid, this is the place for you.
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