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Where would you live in Florida?

Discussion in 'Florida' started by CAPTAIN SINBAD, Feb 25, 2021.

  1. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Philadelphia and Boynton Beach
    I've been diving in FL for 20 years. Like many, my first exposures were the Upper Keys, I enjoyed the diving very much.

    I had a chance business trip to Jupiter and was exposed to drift diving. I spent the next several years sampling the diving from Ft Lauderdale to Jupiter. I exclusively dive in the ocean, so cave country did not come into play. For nearly 10 years, we have had a home just north of Boynton Beach and I do my diving there, and in West Palm and Jupiter. Now, after over 1100 dives, it was the right choice for me. I still occasionally trek down to Key Largo to get my fix on the Spiegel Grove, Duane, and Bibb.

    As @JimBlay points out, it is really a personal decision, based on your own diving
  2. Ana

    Ana Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Pompano Beach, FL
    I didn't think a cave diver would care for open water, or the way around.

    In any case I don't think you can be close to cave country and the ocean within Florida. You can be close to one, or equally far (and inconveniently) to both.
    I'd pick a place with direct access from the backyard.
    If you can get a house with a cave in the back then you just have to drive to the ocean, or you pick a place on a canal with ocean access and you only drive to the cave.
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  3. letterboy

    letterboy Trash leaves trash ScubaBoard Supporter

    Living in South florida, if I had to stay in Florida I'd move north between jupiter and daytona Beach.

    But not to near either place.

    I'd also not be as close to the coast as I am, just west of 95.

    Id rather live a little further from the ocean, and be able to afford a more affordable living situation.

    One where I don't have to sell a kidney (and more) to get a home in a decent neighborhood with a garage...

    Deerfield Beach is nice, but living where everyone vacations isn't as much fun as every says it is....
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  4. Hoag

    Hoag Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: SW Ontario - Just outside of the GTHA
    Probably on the "Redneck Riviera" (I use that term with a great deal of fondness for the area and somewhat tongue in cheek, NOT as a term of derision.) near Panama City. Because of my job before I retired, I spent a fair bit of time in that area and in fact I learn to dive while on a month long conference at Tyndall AFB. (I still have friends stationed there.)

    Form a logistics point of view, its just a quick hop from there to ATL and from ATL you can get pretty much anywhere in the world. The Keys (Key Largo) are an easy one day drive at about 9hours and even Key West is only about a 12 hour drive.
  5. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board Staff Member

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Cave Country!
    In Florida I've lived in Gainesville, Trenton, Orlando, Gainesville again, Winter Park, Altamonte, Winter Park, the Keys, and now up in SE Suwannee County. If I want, ocean diving's an hour away. I'm equidistant between caves and only 7 minutes away from the closest one. Taxes are incredibly low. No crowds. No touristas. Not much government intervention. I have bottled water on tap. There are 50 acres of land just south of me for $200.000, mostly planted in pine already.
  6. rhwestfall

    rhwestfall Woof! ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: "La Grande Ile"
    away from where hurricanes are.. oh wait, that is another state....

    guess near an airport that flies to Florida....
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  7. drrich2

    drrich2 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Southwestern Kentucky
    While it wasn't put forward as a point of discrimination, do heat and humidity, mild winters or other 'climate-related' concerns matter? Is ocean spear fishing a big deal? Do you prefer urban, suburban or rural living? If rural, how rural? Is weekly access to Starbucks or Thai or Indian food a thing?

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  8. Ana

    Ana Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Pompano Beach, FL
    Perfect solution!

    No need to drive 12 hours from the panhandle to the keys crowding the highways and the south portion already has more people than the sewer system can handle.
    I heard this week the State is back to receiving about 1000 people a day. Even Elon is having talks with the mayors of Miami and Fort Lauderdale, there's no telling how many more people that will be.
    Catito likes this.
  9. flyboy08

    flyboy08 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: NYC
    Yep, North of JAX would be my ONLY consideration..the rest of Fla, YAWN! Key West was wonderful back in the 70-80's....no longer.
  10. flyboy08

    flyboy08 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: NYC
    My in-laws live in PC..its nice, especially Hammock Dunes, but after living in Volusia Co for 4 years (college), I'm done with Fla. To me, CZM would be a better choice!
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