Email This Post HomeHumorA Florida Conundrum, Angeli Goes Wide & on Sale + Giveaways Amy Vansant April 14, 2017 Humor 25 Comments Have a favorite spot in Florida? Whew! Just finished Kilty Conscience – (Kilty Romantic Comedy/Suspense Series #2)! And while my editor edits that for publication, I’m starting on Pineapple Port Mystery #5 (Pineapple Beach House) and looking for a place to winter/move in Florida so I can LIVE Pineapple Port! Any of you live in Florida? Love your input on places you love. Our criteria, sadly is impossible: Walk/Bike to beach Good restaurants Walk/Bike to those restaurants And yet not bustling. Dog beach nearby In short, we want to be on our own private island, with a dog beach and full of awesome restaurants. Totally doable, right? We’re thinking Naples, Clearwater, Key West, Jupiter, Sarasota… All have pluses and minuses. *sigh* Angeli Urban Fantasy Series now available EVERYWHERE! (And Book #1 is for sale: 99c) In other fun news, my Angeli Urban Fantasy series (1-3) are available everywhere now! (Not just Amazon). It’s a really fun trilogy, with tons of adventure, thrills, humor and a touch of romance. My mother-in-law refers to them as my “weird books” but if you like urban fantasy, I swear you’ll love them. If this little experiment works, I’ll be opening all my other titles on all retailers as well. Angeli Amazon | Apple iBooks | Google Play | Nook | Kobo Cherubim Amazon | Apple iBooks | Google Play | Nook | Kobo Varymor Amazon | Apple iBooks | Google Play | Nook | Kobo The Trilogy Box Set Amazon | Apple iBooks | Google Play | Nook | Kobo And again…TWO BIG GIVEAWAYS! BOOKHUB ROMANCE GIVEAWAY! And of course, my AXP giveaway – this week – HORROR! About Latest Posts Amy VansantAmy Vansant is a USA Today and Wall Street Journal Best-Selling author specializing in fun, funny fiction --- even the murder mysteries. Latest posts by Amy Vansant (see all) Upgrading from turtles to panthers…Giveaway and deals - July 16, 2019 I am the turtle whisperer, pet lover giveaway and steals & deals - July 10, 2019 I’m writing Kilty, but Pineapple is stalking me…Beach Read Giveaway & Deals - July 1, 2019 25 Responses Cyara April 14, 2017 Ok, here are some of my thoughts. Consider Sanibel/Captiva Islands? People walk or bicycle a lot there. It’s quiet, has lots of restaurants. They are small islands and just about any place is close to the beaches, which are rarely crowded. We are located on the Space Coast of Florida and when we want to go on vacation Sanibel is where we head. Price-wise Sanibel/Captiva and southwest Florida might be on the high side. And speaking of the Space Coast & south from Titusville down to Vero Beach, it’s not a bad place to winter. We have nice mostly uncrowded beaches. Lots of restaurants & things to do locally and within a short driving distance. In this area depending on where you would choose, it might not be as walking/bike friendly as the Sanibel area though. Key West is nice but a little too busy for my tastes. Beach access in Key West is at a minimum. Though it is definitely a place you can park your car & walk everywhere or take the tolley, lots of good eating places. Other places in the lower keys are too far from restaurants & shopping so you would need to drive most places. 2 likes Reply Amy Vansant April 14, 2017 Great info! We were thinking about Sanibel so I’ll put that on the list for sure! 0 likes Reply Cyara April 15, 2017 One other point to make is if you are planning on being a full time resident of Florida I would suggest you spend some time here in August & September. The winters are lovely but the summer humidity has many people running for the mountains. 1 likes Wendy jewett April 17, 2017 Check out clearwater area and around fort Desoto area nice house and has everything on your list . pinellas county is on the west side of Florida . no dog beaches except for gandy bridge beach. But lots of doggie parks around. 0 likes JeanetteDx April 14, 2017 I grew up in Southwest Florida but now reside in Orlando. Why would or wouldn’t I go back? The beaches are lovely. Tourists and high cost of living is not. Art and other culture is a little hard to find. I still have friends there and they love raising their families there. I tend to like a little more convenience so Downtown Orlando suits me with the arts, restaurants, dog friendly, and childfree people like me. While I rarely head to the beach, I have a pool and get my Disney fix with drinking around the world at Epcot. Just some thoughts. 0 likes Reply Susan Jackson April 14, 2017 I live near Tampa but would love to live in Sarasota or Dunedin–bothhave wonderful downtown areas and close to beaches and airports 0 likes Reply Shannon M April 14, 2017 I have to second this recommendation. Sanibel and Captiva have always been very special places for my family. 0 likes Reply Sharon April 15, 2017 I live in Northwest Florida, Pensacola to be more exact. While it has its pros and cons, the winters are very mild. We see temperatures mostly in the 40’s at night but warms up nicely during the day. Occasionally we see 30’s at night during a cold snap but those last only a couple of days. But the days are nice. Close by is Gulf Breeze and other towns along the coast. Pensacola has a dog park, but I don’t know much about it, but our son use to take his dog there regularly. 0 likes Reply Merry Chapman April 14, 2017 Amy, I wrote a long description on your facebook page about my wonderful little Florida town and why it is an incredible place to live. Hope you see it. Merry 0 likes Reply Amy Vansant April 14, 2017 I just went and looked – thank you! You know – Long ago I lived in Ponte Vedra and had to travel the coast for work. I always LOVED driving through Vero. Always seemed so nice and quiet. We’ll have to check that out too! 0 likes Reply Connie Fischer April 14, 2017 Hi, Amy! My husband and I moved to Florida in 1998. We lived for a few years in Cape Coral but quickly tired of the toll bridge and old-fashioned ways of the city itself. We then moved to Fort Myers and we absolutely love it! We have been in a condo for 12 years now and I have never been happier. We are located in a development called Laguna Lake off Gladiolus. We are close to the beaches, shopping, medical centers, and a fabulous library. Here is a website put together by a resident/realtor who does a great job of promoting our beautiful community. There are 3 different housing developments and 1 condo development in Laguna Lakes. But, let me assure you that there are many other great communities in this area. It’s a very popular area and you cannot go wrong here. 0 likes Reply Connie Fischer April 14, 2017 Oops! I forgot the website! http://www.lagunalakes.com 0 likes Reply Jeannie April 14, 2017 Instead of Florida, why not consider the Phoenix, AZ area (I live in Tempe). We don’t get hurricanes, it’s nowhere nearly as buggy as Florida, and the humidity is much lower! 1 likes Reply Deb April 14, 2017 Vero Beach on the Treasure Coast fit your want list in every way. Beautiful beaches, quality restaurants and good shopping to boot! Great theatre and lots of walk to spots…. 1 likes Reply Evelyn April 14, 2017 Hi Amy, St Augustine beach area is beautiful! There is nice shopping in St Augustine, but if you need more, you aren’t that far from Jacksonville or Gainesville. Plus, it is far enough north to get seasonal color changes and some cooler weather without being snow and ice type. We are inland about 40 miles and I have seen snow once in 30 years. My parent moved here 20 years before that and they had icy roads once. Lots better from the north. Plus Hurricanes aren’t so bad here either. Across the state is Cedar Island which is amazing. 0 likes Reply Amy Dunaway April 15, 2017 Hi Amy this is Amy. I agree the Saint Augustine and the Ponte Vedra areas are lovely. Have you thought about Fernandina Beach North of Jacksonville? It’s a small beach town, with some tourism mostly because of the Ritz-Carlton Resort and the Shrimp Festival. It’s got a small downtown that you can walk through with wonderful restaurants. I do recommend coming to Florida in August and September to see if you can stand the Heat. I am a Jacksonville native so if you have any questions feel free to email me. And good luck. 0 likes Reply Cindy April 14, 2017 We live in the Oakhurst area of Seminole. 5 minutes to the beach at Indian Shores or Redington. Although we are close to the water, we are in a high elevation that doesn’t require us to have flood insurance. I love this area. We are in the middle of Pinellas county so Clearwater is in one direction and St. Pete in the other. Lived here since 1980. 0 likes Reply Pamela Schalk April 14, 2017 You should try Tarpon Springs, it just north of Clearwater. Great food, Pinellas Trail runs through there so lots of bike trails. Family oriented and not over crowded yet. 0 likes Reply Latrell April 14, 2017 I am from northwest Florida. I personally like the area from Pensacola on down to Mexico Beach. There are a lot of towns along 30A. You can’t go wrong with Watercolor, Seaside, or Rosemary Beach. 1 likes Reply James Lyon April 15, 2017 Mexico Beach, FL 0 likes Reply Linda Heeber April 15, 2017 Hi, Another area you might consider checking out is Ocala or surrounding area. Much quieter, not as expensive and located within 30 – 60 minutes of beaches on the Gulf or Atlantic. I live in Dunnellon (small town), a little subdivision called Rainbow Springs. We have the Rainbow River which is used year round for swimming, Kayaking, and even have our own little beach area. Also horse country for those that love animals. 0 likes Reply Angela April 15, 2017 Anna Marie Island it is beautiful there is a dog beach near by. It is also close to Sarasota. There are also some beautiful homes in the area. 0 likes Reply ernie April 15, 2017 I live in Weeki Wachee, north of tampa,, its rural but with in ten miles lot of things to do, not a city so no traffic or noisy nights and mermaids at Weeki Wachee Springs, take a look 0 likes Reply Sarah April 15, 2017 I grew up in Florida on the space coast for us Sebastian is the place to live. Inexpensive, lots to do walk, bike, fish, lots of locals type restaurants. Close to Melbourne for everything city or Orlando for flying. You can grow anything year round and for us it is the best. The Atlantic gives you the best ocean breeze year round too. 1 likes Reply Teresa Wilson April 26, 2017 Just to put my 2 cents worth in….I have lived for 30 plus yrs in FL, my favorite was up around Ft Walton or Milton, but Milton is inland so that wouldn’t do. In my experiences humidity isn’t as high if you stay north of an invisible line across the state at about St Augustine locale. I ABSOLUTELY agree with a prior suggestion that you spend some time in Aug and Sept. It can be brutal if not prepared, although if close to the ocean or gulf, it’s tons easier. Since 76 I have lived east coast FL from Melbourne to around Kennedy Space Center. A small town of Titusville is a pretty low key town, lots of small town type restaurants that are easily accessed. Lots of animal lovers and parks…each park has its own rules for dogs but never had any issues with my dogs (big and small ones). Access to adult only sections of beaches if that’s your thing. Cocoa Beach and Port Canaveral have the tourist vibe but I have plenty of friends who love living there and the ease of access to beaches, restaurants and Orlando is only an hour west for the sports, entertainment, theme parks, big city venues and stuff. Seems to me, cost of living is kind of as high or middle range as the specific area (tourist, high population, etc). Access to health care is important to me and VA care for family members and is a plus for me in Brevard County. For me, I hate missing the change of seasons. Other drawback, Atlantic Ocean side is not nearly as beautiful as Gulf side. Another point is further south, more humid, more diverse community populations and most areas are costlier to live. If I had it to do over….I would never have left Ft Walton Beach. 0 likes Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Add me to Amy Vansant's Humor Newsletter!