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Old 05-17-2011, 01:55 PM
 
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Thanks for reading. I was wondering where there were some nice small towns in Florida. Places that are small, have some nice, open land, safe, pet friendly, and some nice little shops. Preferably within an hour drive of Tampa or Miami to West Palm Beach. Thanks in advance.
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Old 05-17-2011, 02:23 PM
 
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Might be helpful

10 great places to discover the 'hidden' Florida - USATODAY.com
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Old 05-17-2011, 11:57 PM
 
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
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Thanks for reading. I was wondering where there were some nice small towns in Florida. Places that are small, have some nice, open land, safe, pet friendly, and some nice little shops. Preferably within an hour drive of Tampa or Miami to West Palm Beach. Thanks in advance.
Florida is a HUGE geographic state, with numerous small town options you're craving -- you just have to pick yours!

Based on your post, I would plan a few exploration trips to Florida:
  1. Fly into Miami and take US27 north to Ft White (and explore surrounding towns). Don't make any reservations. Stop where you like and get a book on Bed & Breakfasts and State Parks. Return from Gainesville airport.
  2. Fly into Orlando and take US17 south (after US27) to Punta Gorda. Explore the towns and coast along US41 south to Bonita Springs. Return from Ft Myers airport.
  3. Fly into Tampa and take US19 north up the Gulf Coast to Tallahassee, exploring surrounding towns. Bring your B&B book and State Parks guide. Maybe plan to camp/rent a cabin in a Park this trip. Eat oysters in "R" months. Return from Tallahassee airport.
  4. Fly into JAX and take US17 south along the St John's River to Sanford. Take boat rides, rent boats. Get on SR417 (Greenway) to CR15 to US441. Continue on 441 to Lake Okeechobee down the east side and straight across to West Palm Beach. Eat frog legs! Return from WPB airport.
Good Luck!
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Old 05-18-2011, 01:31 PM
 
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Thanks for reading. I was wondering where there were some nice small towns in Florida. Places that are small, have some nice, open land, safe, pet friendly, and some nice little shops. Preferably within an hour drive of Tampa or Miami to West Palm Beach. Thanks in advance.
Check out Mount Dora.
What To Do In Mount Dora, FL - The Official Online Visitor's Center
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Old 05-18-2011, 02:15 PM
 
Location: Palm Island and North Port
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Check out Sarasota or North Port.
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Old 08-17-2011, 08:20 PM
 
Location: Clewiston, Florida
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I love Okeechobee but a lot of people will tell you it sucks.
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Old 08-19-2011, 09:53 AM
 
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I love Okeechobee but a lot of people will tell you it sucks.
I've been thinking about moving to Okeechobee or Arcadia. I love hot weather and a rural feel. I grew up in a small town and I like to visit big cities, but I love living in a small town. The only problem is I'm a teacher and finding a job in those areas might be a little hard to get right now. Oh well, I can dream about it for now...
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Old 08-23-2011, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Ocean Ridge
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I love High Springs
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Old 08-23-2011, 12:54 PM
 
Location: Clewiston, Florida
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I've been thinking about moving to Okeechobee or Arcadia. I love hot weather and a rural feel. I grew up in a small town and I like to visit big cities, but I love living in a small town. The only problem is I'm a teacher and finding a job in those areas might be a little hard to get right now. Oh well, I can dream about it for now...
Both are small rural towns but Okeechobee is much better than Arcadia. Being on Lake Okeechobee is a huge plus, the sugar cane fields to the south are beautiful, and you are not too far from West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, ect.

-Pat Healey
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Old 08-23-2011, 02:29 PM
 
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Both are small rural towns but Okeechobee is much better than Arcadia. Being on Lake Okeechobee is a huge plus, the sugar cane fields to the south are beautiful, and you are not too far from West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, ect.

-Pat Healey
That's what I was thinking. From looking on google maps, Okeechobee seems like a cleaner town. I also like how it has some buffer off the coast if a hurricane comes through.
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