Florida cities

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    Jun 25, 2013 1:27 AM GMT
    So, I'm about to graduate from college (Finally) and I've been thinking about where I want to live after I'm done. I've always wanted to live on the coast. I think I want to leave Orlando and give another city a shot.

    I thought about going to Cocoa Beach but it seems the jobs and gay scene just aren't there. So now I'm thinking Tampa/St. Pete or Palm Beach.

    Anybody have suggestions as to good places to live on the coast in Florida?
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    Jun 25, 2013 2:07 AM GMT
    Pre-congrats on graduating. Do you have to stay in Florida? Is it an option for you to move out of state?
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    Jun 25, 2013 3:46 AM GMT
    Erik101 saidPre-congrats on graduating. Do you have to stay in Florida? Is it an option for you to move out of state?

    Thanks! Well I thought about living in Denver or Seattle but I just don't like cold weather. And I have my mom and several family members here that I would rather stay close to.
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    Jun 25, 2013 12:24 PM GMT
    I only lived in Orlando for a year but Tampa didn't strike me as that much different. No inexhaustible supply of Disney slaves but still the same spread out gay community.

    If you want a coastal hot humid city why not try something further like Miami or New Orleans.
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    Jun 25, 2013 6:03 PM GMT
    Fort Lauderdale. Miami is too quido/yankee and Tampa is just a big, hot city. I wish I could recommend up here which is beautiful and close to New Orleans but the political climate is red neck lower Alabama. Though the Air Force guys are spectacular. Beaches are amazing. Fort Lauderdale is progressive and you can get anywhere on the gold coast easily though traffic can make it hard to commute in the sense of a job. If you want something different, consider Savannah. Totally different feel than Florida and truly beautiful. Good nightlife though not much specifically gay, the town is welcoming and historic. Some Georgia rednecks but you can ignore them if you stay downtown. Very artsy.
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    Jun 25, 2013 6:19 PM GMT
    For a young guy getting out of college, I'd also recommend Fort Lauderdale. Great beaches, lot of job opportunities, large gay population and plenty of nightlife. I live near Cocoa Beach and though the beaches are great, the scene is limited with the Ultra being the only gay bar (though it can be hoppin' on weekends). But yeah, head south to Fort Lauderdale. Have fun!
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    Jun 25, 2013 11:58 PM GMT
    Destinharbor saidFort Lauderdale. Miami is too quido/yankee and Tampa is just a big, hot city. I wish I could recommend up here which is beautiful and close to New Orleans but the political climate is red neck lower Alabama. Though the Air Force guys are spectacular. Beaches are amazing. Fort Lauderdale is progressive and you can get anywhere on the gold coast easily though traffic can make it hard to commute in the sense of a job. If you want something different, consider Savannah. Totally different feel than Florida and truly beautiful. Good nightlife though not much specifically gay, the town is welcoming and historic. Some Georgia rednecks but you can ignore them if you stay downtown. Very artsy.

    Yeah I thought about Ft. Lauderdale after I wrote this. I don't like Miami. I have family down there. I was looking at a satellite map of the Ft. Lauderdale coastal area and it's got nice high rise condos and these nice cul-de-sacs surrounded by canals where people park their boats. And it supposedly has a large gay community. I think this might be my kind of town. icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 26, 2013 12:18 AM GMT
    Make sure you don't move to Tallahassee icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jun 26, 2013 12:23 AM GMT
    Lived here in Ft. Laud for 22 years..
    ..If you have a great job and good friends..awesome!

    ..If you move here for "the scene" you'll have a blast..but if you're not careful.. you'll burn out!

    ..Live close to where you work..
    Do a thorough search for condos/ apartments before you sign a lease.. If you look long and hard enough you'll find a deal.

    ..And the men.?? !!

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    Jun 26, 2013 12:29 AM GMT
    Whatevz said
    And it supposedly has a large gay community. I think this might be my kind of town. icon_smile.gif

    Not supposedly - it does. The Fort Lauderdale, Wilton Manors, and Oakland Park area has one of the highest gay concentrations in the US. And plenty of gay nightlife. The politicians are also gay (our own attorney is a FtL city commissioner, and most of the Wilton Manors city council is gay), you see PDAs and rainbow flags everywhere. You can really be out here.

    Negatives are awful traffic, and of course the humid summers, little that's scenic except for the beaches. But the Keys are just a few hours away, we have a big cruise ship terminal right here that handles the largest ships in the world, and Miami Beach is about 30 miles away if you like that scene.
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    Jun 26, 2013 1:20 AM GMT
    Why don't you be bold and actually move somewhere besides Florida? Just giving you a little "out of the box" prodding.

    You'll only be carefree and in your 20s once. icon_wink.gif

    (Hint: Southern California)
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    Jun 26, 2013 1:46 AM GMT
    I grew up in South Florida. If you want to stay in Florida, Ft. Lauderdale is the place to go. It has a younger crowd and it is not as pretentious and expensive as Miami. Outside of Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa is a good second option. West Palm has a lot of older people which may be a turn off if you are looking for other young professionals.
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    Jun 26, 2013 1:53 AM GMT
    As a non-Floridian but enough time and knowledge spent on business and leisure around the state (except for Panhandle & JAX) and attested to by Art Deco, I can tell you having sampled Tampa, Ft Myers, Ft Lauderdale, Miami Beach (separate from City of Miami), West Palm, Orlando, Key west you would probably find the age range and activities of Ft Lauderdale/Wilton Manors/Oakland Park much more to your liking.
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    Jun 27, 2013 2:16 AM GMT
    chefBH saidWhy don't you be bold and actually move somewhere besides Florida? Just giving you a little "out of the box" prodding.

    You'll only be carefree and in your 20s once. icon_wink.gif

    (Hint: Southern California)

    California? No, just no...
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    Jun 27, 2013 12:33 PM GMT
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    chefBH saidWhy don't you be bold and actually move somewhere besides Florida? Just giving you a little "out of the box" prodding.

    You'll only be carefree and in your 20s once. icon_wink.gif

    (Hint: Southern California)

    California? No, just no...


    I think he suggested cause he likes you icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 27, 2013 12:50 PM GMT
    Destinharbor saidFort Lauderdale. Miami is too quido/yankee and Tampa is just a big, hot city. I wish I could recommend up here which is beautiful and close to New Orleans but the political climate is red neck lower Alabama. Though the Air Force guys are spectacular. Beaches are amazing. Fort Lauderdale is progressive and you can get anywhere on the gold coast easily though traffic can make it hard to commute in the sense of a job. If you want something different, consider Savannah. Totally different feel than Florida and truly beautiful. Good nightlife though not much specifically gay, the town is welcoming and historic. Some Georgia rednecks but you can ignore them if you stay downtown. Very artsy.



    I lived in Pensacola back in '96! I intend to move back this com'n fall. I love the "Redneck Riviera."