We are thinking–just thinking–about relocating to Florida. (We are in Denver, Colorado now. ) I miss the ocean dreadfully, and we are looking for warmer weather. Spouse is a landscape architect.
The areas we are interested in are the Northeast, perhaps the Panhandle, or the Southwest Coast. We are late 40’s, have a teen who will be entering high school in the fall. (He is not unwilling to relocate, but obviously the timing is a bit tricky.)
Spouse has already been to the Northeast. Jacksonville had some nice areas but is awfully sprawling…he peeked in at Amelia Island, thought it was pretty small-town (we are very low key folks, but do not want to be comatose.)
Can anyone offer opinions/insight/advice about what we could or should look for? We are interested in a town smaller than Denver, but with a decent public school,and some life and activity for a teenager. A town that is relaxed yet has a bit of culture, is near the water,a place with lots of character but not a lot of high rises.
Are we out of line? Does such a place exist? We have been reading about Sarasota and Ft Myers in the southwest. Is it all retirees? Also have read about some towns on the other side, Vero Beach and Sebastian.
Would be grateful for any guidance in our search.