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clayway

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I always read these threads with interest, I was born & raised in Fl have lived in the Keys, So Fl & now central Fl (Daytona Beach), have had an RV here for 40 years.
Yes how things have changed, south Fl is a challenge, but I will tell you you can still find paradise north of I-4. Yes weather can be cool some days an occasional freeze but I would consider it perfect. So don't let those who do not live here year round from swaying you from wintering in our beautiful state,
Just an FYI, last week I-4 was designated the most dangerous highway in the us, so no reason to cross it, lol

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On our retirement trip, we spent as much time north of I-4 as south. We were surprised by how different the Panhandle is from south Florida.

When we got home after 6 months, 6000 miles and 16 states, we asked each other if any one place stood out as a place where we could live. We both agreed on the Santa Rosa Beach / 30A area.


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jplante4 wrote:

On our retirement trip, we spent as much time north of I-4 as south. We were surprised by how different the Panhandle is from south Florida.

When we got home after 6 months, 6000 miles and 16 states, we asked each other if any one place stood out as a place where we could live. We both agreed on the Santa Rosa Beach / 30A area.


We just retuned from a week at Topsail a week ago. We agree-that area is very nice. We know it will be cooler there but would like to snowbird there when we retire.


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I plan to check out Santa Rosa Beach on my way out of the state later this month. This is my first visit to Florida in an RV. I,m a city boy at heart and confess to really liking the Clermont/Orlando area the best so far. (I don,t need to be near the ocean to be happy.)

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clayway wrote:

I always read these threads with interest, I was born & raised in Fl have lived in the Keys, So Fl & now central Fl (Daytona Beach), have had an RV here for 40 years.
Yes how things have changed, south Fl is a challenge, but I will tell you you can still find paradise north of I-4. Yes weather can be cool some days an occasional freeze but I would consider it perfect. So don't let those who do not live here year round from swaying you from wintering in our beautiful state,
Just an FYI, last week I-4 was designated the most dangerous highway in the us, so no reason to cross it, lol


Are there opportunities for snowbirding in that area on short notice? We are retiring next year, but are not able to make reservations 11 mos out. State parks and such are more our speed.


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the state parks are probably filled but finding a campground should not be an issue in Central and North Florida

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I lived in the Orlando area for 15 tears before retiring and am now doing the fulltimer lifestyle (ending my 4th year).

There's an old saying - 'The further North you go in Florida, the more Southern it gets'. Veru true IMHO. The panhandle is definitely Old Florida.

Florida is a really long state so there is a huge winter temp difference between northern and southern Florida. Using the I-75 mile markers, I am about 300 miles from the Georgia state border. Winters up along I-10 are much colder then winters down near Punta Gorda where I am now. And you pay for that. It's cheaper to stay in northern Florida during the winter then in southern Florida. Many people use I-4 as the dividing line.

State Parks are great and do fill up fast.

I would do some internet research this winter (I use RVPARKREVIEWS.COM) in some areas you might like. Read the reviews. Then make some calls in March/Spril of 2018 to make a reservation for the following winter. And make a reservation for the NEXT Winter before you leave that park in the Spring. Maybe make side trips to other places to check them out in case you might want to move.

Keep in mind that many parks give preference depending on your length of stay.

I stayed at Williston Crossings one winter and can highly recommend them. Great place and gets top reviews. Only about 20 miles from Gainesville and not too far to get to the west coast. And I don't agree at all with the tone of one of the previous comments about Williston Crossings. People who stay 4-6 months during the winter tend to view these resorts as their 'home', not as a temporary campground. They come back year after year. I do know some people did tend to make improvements (laid down golf grass sod, etc.) to their individual sites, etc. So what ? It DOES look nice. The RV resort I'm in now uses crushed shell for ther individual sites and some people have used their own funds to replace it with cement ! Who cares ? People must like it here because they have about 500 sites and it's full all winter.

Anyway, I like it in SW Florida. It's WARM all winter. I'm about 3 1/2 hours from the Keys. And the recreatiom opportunities are pretty much boundless. Plus I can wear shorts every day.

I stayed for a week in Christmas RV park on Hwy 50 just east of Orlando and I did like it there too - but all sand. Costly at the daily rate but way better monthly rates. Quiet with good access to the Orlando area in general, and you can get to the Disney parks easily using SR 408 and then 417 (both toll roads). close to I-95 for access to Daytona/Port Canaveral/Cocoa Beach day trips.

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GoPackGo wrote:

I stayed for a week in Christmas RV park on Hwy 50 just east of Orlando and I did like it there too - but all sand. Costly at the daily rate but way better monthly rates. Quiet with good access to the Orlando area in general, and you can get to the Disney parks easily using SR 408 and then 417 (both toll roads). close to I-95 for access to Daytona/Port Canaveral/Cocoa Beach day trips.


Nice to hear. We are there for the month of February.

All sand? That's okay. Way better than snow.

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spud1957 wrote:

GoPackGo wrote:

I stayed for a week in Christmas RV park on Hwy 50 just east of Orlando and I did like it there too - but all sand. Costly at the daily rate but way better monthly rates. Quiet with good access to the Orlando area in general, and you can get to the Disney parks easily using SR 408 and then 417 (both toll roads). close to I-95 for access to Daytona/Port Canaveral/Cocoa Beach day trips.


Nice to hear. We are there for the month of February.

All sand? That's okay. Way better than snow.



I recommend Goodfellas Pizzeria near the intersection of SR50 and Alafaya Road (434). Also Dixie Crossroads (seafood) in Titusville if you get over that way.

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In Bonnet lake near Sebring until dec 1 ,awesome place ,very much old Florida. Mid 80's everyday now.


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