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Old 04-26-2009, 03:28 PM
 
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Looking for the right places to choose to live, we have so many options as we work in the medical field, trying to decide areas we need to check out, family of 4, 2 kids under 5, love boating, fishing, tubing, camping, spearfishing, surfing, and a lazy days at the beach, hopeing for some comments and places to check out please keep in mind family first so safety and good schools are a must, along with our love for boating. we know to check out jupiter area/ treasure coast, but not sure anywhere else, tampa area?? etc, and is gulf side water deeper and less clear as eastern side??thanks
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Old 04-26-2009, 04:05 PM
 
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The Gulf seems to be more shallow and clear than the East coast. The Tampa Bay area has got to be the best area in the State for Boaters. With the States largest open water bay, a number of Downtowns to dock and check out, world class Marinas, and Beaches, A long intercoastal waterway, a number of state parks and uninhabited islands, and Long Causeways and bridges to fish around, Tampa Bays a boater's paradise. Though the east coast has the gulf on surfing.
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Old 04-27-2009, 03:38 PM
 
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thanks, we love boating from fishing to diving, snorkel, we just are trying to find the right place for us, any camping around tampa with boat access?? not sure if u know of peanut island in palm beach but it has so much for a little piece of land, anything similar????
keep chiming in please tks
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Old 04-27-2009, 09:14 PM
 
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thanks, we love boating from fishing to diving, snorkel, we just are trying to find the right place for us, any camping around tampa with boat access?? not sure if u know of peanut island in palm beach but it has so much for a little piece of land, anything similar????
keep chiming in please tks
Ft Desoto state park has a camping ground, im sure with boat access.
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Old 04-28-2009, 04:52 AM
 
Location: East Tennessee
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In the Tampa area, checkout Mirabay in Apollo Beach here --> MiraBay - Tampa Bay, FL | Apollo Beach, FL by Newland Communities and here ---> http://www.mymirabay.net/communityhome.aspx. BTW, there are no waves suitable for surfing.
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Old 04-28-2009, 06:36 AM
 
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There are a lot of little islands in the gulf and intercoastal where boaters anchor and camp on the island. Depending on the size of the boat depends on how close you can anchor. There is one island near Honeymoon island where every weekend there are boaters who spend the weekend. These islands are for those who are looking to rough it MOL.. no porta potty or convenience store.

If you like to canoe Tampa has lots of places all along the Hillsborough River. If you want to go tubing you can find a place north of Tampa called Itchetucknee where the water is cold all summer
Main Page - Ichetucknee Springs State Park » Florida State Parks
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Old 06-11-2009, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Hernando County, FL
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Looking for the right places to choose to live, we have so many options as we work in the medical field, trying to decide areas we need to check out, family of 4, 2 kids under 5, love boating, fishing, tubing, camping, spearfishing, surfing, and a lazy days at the beach, hopeing for some comments and places to check out please keep in mind family first so safety and good schools are a must, along with our love for boating. we know to check out jupiter area/ treasure coast, but not sure anywhere else, tampa area?? etc, and is gulf side water deeper and less clear as eastern side??thanks
You will not have much surfing on the Gulf Coast but everything else is covered.
As far as depth is concerned in the gulf you have a long way to go before it drops off.
You can see in the map the large shelf before it drops.

The water is very clear and lots of great fishing.

One thing I think the west coast would have over the east coast is more places to go tubing but there are definitely some on the east coast also.
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Old 06-11-2009, 03:06 PM
 
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You will not have much surfing on the Gulf Coast but everything else is covered.
Very true. But if you prefer longboards over shortboards for surfing and are willing to wait for the right weather to generate waves in the Gulf, well, you'll have them all to yourself!
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Old 06-12-2009, 05:00 AM
 
Location: St. Croix
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long boards love it - best surf is hours prior to a hurricane coming to the area.

Fishing during tarpon season - right now I would LOVE to be in the Boca Grande area and stay on Useppa Island Welcome to Useppa Island - Florida Island Resort

Since you're in the medical profession, you shouldn't have a problem 'cause none of us are getting any younger. St. Pete is no longer "God's Waiting Room" but is a great place for families and plenty of activities with a short drive to Tampa. Don't get me wrong, Tampa has a lot to offer and some great communities but I prefer the beach and don't want to drive to it.
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Old 06-12-2009, 06:38 AM
 
Location: Beautiful Pinellas County
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To return to your original question, I think the previous posters have summed up the fact that we have plenty to offer water enthusiasts of any sort, with the exception of diehard surfers. The thing you need to do is to decide on the neighbourhood in which to live. If you want to be near to good (state) schools, and close to the beaches and intracoastal waterway, Seminole is a good stopping off point.
East Lake (good for Tarpon area where the sponge boats go from) and the Lake itself is huge, add in there Palm Harbor. For access to Tampa Bay South Tampa to live, but I have to defer to the knowledge of the Tampa natives on which state schools they recommend. WestChase areas are good for north of Tampa Bay access at Oldsmar and are about 30 minutes max from gulf beaches or 15-20 to Dunedin marina area for boats. Quite a few homes on the intracoastal side of Indian Shores and Indian rocks have docks of their own you would need to check the zoning for schools.

If you are going private for education, then I'd say St Pete North East and Snell Isle is great, as it has many other activities for families as well as the marina and lots of water all around.

Really you are spoilt for choice.
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