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Old 08-06-2009, 12:49 PM
 
Location: Rhode Island
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Hi All;

I am looking for a vacation and possibly second home destination in Florida which I can get a feel similar to some of my favorite towns/cities in New England. For anyone familiar with the following towns, can you tell me where I can find similar FL cities/towns? In other words, I'm looking for warm weather but same kind of funky culture similar to these towns: Burlington, VT, Portland, ME, Newport RI (minus the glitzy mansions), Northampton, MA, East Side of Providence, RI. All of these towns are very different yet very similar, anyone who has visited will know what I mean.

Thanks a lot!
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Old 08-06-2009, 01:26 PM
 
Location: St Augustine
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St augustine fits the bill
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Old 08-06-2009, 01:34 PM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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st augustine sounds about right. maybe savannah, GA too. not in FL, but still warm weather.
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Old 08-06-2009, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Rhode Island
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Default Thanks!

Thanks Projectmaximus and Pete the Brit. I was wondering about St. A, have reads lots of good things about it. I will check it out.
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Old 08-06-2009, 03:10 PM
 
Location: St Augustine
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Savanah is a three hours drive from St Augustine so there is a dual center vacation for u
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Old 08-06-2009, 04:55 PM
 
Location: NE Florida
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I echo St. Augustine and will add Fernandina- two of my favorite places. And yes, Savannah would fit the bill, too.
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Old 08-06-2009, 08:34 PM
 
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New England Girl here!...Definitely St. Augustine...
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Old 08-07-2009, 05:30 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville
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Mount Dora?
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Old 08-07-2009, 08:22 AM
 
Location: Rhode Island
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Default Thanks everyone!

You guys are great for responding. Now about St. Augustine, would it be too chilly during winter? I don't need to swim in the ocean but I'd like to be able to wear shorts and sandals without freezing my you-know-what off. I so want a New England winter escape. I love my native area but by Feb, I am longing for short sleeves and sunshine.

Looked at Mount Dora but it's not on the beach, right?

I know this is the Jax forum but anyone familiar with Dunedin? Looks too good to be true....reasonably priced real estate, low crime, on the gulf, quaint downtown area with shops and restaurants, not far from a major airport, Pinellas trail=a walking/bike riding town (if one chooses) and warm enough weather during winter to feel like I've escaped the Northeast. Am I missing something?? Oh and lack of high rise beach condos which personally I detest. Those high rises detract from Florida's natural coastal beauty....just my opinion.

Thanks,
Betty
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Old 08-07-2009, 03:13 PM
 
Location: St Augustine
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St Augustine in the winter is about 10 degrees colder than Sarasota as it is above the frost line.
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