Question for all floridians

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  1. Rktennis1

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    I'm a tennis pro/assistant college coach. I've finally decided to move to florida and leave the *******. I don't know if I'm going to be on the court anymore, but open to it. I have two weeks off so I figured I'd tour the state. Not really a South Florida kinda guy, been to Boca and Boynton Beach, not really my scene. Any other suggestions on where to scout? Any favorite places to live or interesting sites to see?

    I'm considering the western side of tampa bay, sarasota, jacksonville, and even melbourne area sounds interesting. Orlando too, but its far from the water. So any members from the sunshine state want to help me with some advice.

    If it helps...my requirements are active tennis scene, 2bd rm 2bath home under 150k$, pet friendly, and 30 minutes or less to the beach. Thanks so much.
     
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  2. Rktennis1

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    I dont know why it filtered m i d w e s t, but sorry.
     
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  3. Tennishacker

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    Forget Florida, come to socal.
     
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  4. LeeD

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    If you're gonna put up with 90 degree heat and 90 humidity, you might as well live on the East coast, to get waves for surfing and wind for windsurfing in the spring and fall/winter.
     
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  5. mikeler

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    Best for tennis closest to the ocean is Tampa of your choices you list. Orlando does have a great tennis scene and many nice lakes (do they count :))
     
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  6. Rktennis1

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    I'm a weird duck. I love the high heat and humidity. Feels great on my joints. As far as lakes go in Orlando, no thanks. I've been to some od them, beautiful but alligator heaven.

    So cal, namely San Diego would be great. But never being able to afford a home would get to me after a while.

    Do they have big enough waves on the east coast of Florida to surf, I didnt notice them. I was there in the summer though. Do they come in the winter?
     
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  7. bad_call

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    Rktennis - east coast of FL is nice and sometimes the surf is good but the "window" can be small. unless of course a storm (hurricane/whatever) hangs offshore for a while and keeps the window open longer. orlando is a bit of a drive and not easy to check out the swell. maybe give the coast a try and see.

    socal would be nice but the costs are much higher there...else i might be there. hmm...let me check my lotto tickets.
     
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  8. LeeD

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    East Coast Florida get's N Atlantic NE swells.
    NO chance of surf on the Gulf side, or chance of waist high dribblers at best.
    It's not like you're moving to NorCal, or Oahu's NorthShore.
    Christmas week last year in PuertoRico, Fajardo (N facing shore, E as you can get), there were several days of well over 8' surf, or double overhead, coming down from the NorthAtlantic. The day the FBI agent drowned after saving the PR local, surf was close to 7' at the secret left W of SevenSeas, what the locals at Luhillo called "easy double overhead".
    Not saying the doldrums of summer get's any swell.
     
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  9. stringertom

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    Florida surf is not massive on a regular basis but Atlantic storms can produce some perfectly entertaining conditions...after all, Ron Jon didn't get in their high position as a surf retailer without reason. Their HQ is Cocoa Beach, not exactly a tennis hub but within reasonable driving distances are Melbourne, Vero Beach and Port St. Lucie/Martin Counties. There's a lot of tennis and surf in those areas. Vero, in particular, has a thriving tennis scene...they host a well-attended Futures event that I had the pleasure to string for seven years. It's also Mardy Fish's hometown and Lendl makes the town his base for a large chunk of the year. It is, however, a little seasonal as many residents head north for the summer.
     
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  10. bad_call

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    LeeD - the FL surf chasers head to the gulf side when a storm goes thru there. it can get gnarly and quite fun whilst still being warm (no wetsuit needed unlike cali).
     
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  11. LeeD

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    Yeah, chasing hurricanes can be rewarding, but not the norm. I've seen LakeTahoe with overhead surf, as does the GreatLakes.
    I do know a little about surf around the USA. I'm in the credits for BankWright's SurfingCalifornia, a guide to California surfspots that took quotes directly from me for over 20 spots in NorCal.
    I pioneered several surf spots in Baja, Cal.
    I"m on the credits of Windfinder, a book about the different windsurf spots in NorCal.
    And most important, I worked at WiseSurboards, as big as RonJon, or close....700 surboards in the showroom, 500 wetsuits, from 1966 thru 1985.
     
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  12. Power Player

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    There are downsides to living 30 minutes from the beach. If you can deal with 45 minutes from it, east orlando would be ideal. What i am getting to is that a lot of beach towns can have some heavier crime due to drugs coming in at a fairly high rate. New smyrna is one of my favorite beach towns but it does have some gang issues right now due to the drug trade.

    If you need waves you cant go much more south past melbourne..if you dont need waves there is a lot of tennis all up and down the state. In all honesty, sarasota is pretty darn nice and has some of the best beaches in the country.
     
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  13. Rktennis1

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    Hehe all this surfing talk. Im not really a surfer...I just like being near the water. I learned how to surf a bit in oahu....wiped out ....went under and saw a big ole tiger shark. Thapt ended my surfing for a while. But thanks for the surf recommendations, I ll have to try again.
     
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  14. Power Player

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    In that case I would strongly suggest Sarasota. Good tennis, and the sun sets over the ocean since it's west side.
     
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  15. LeeD

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    RKT....
    When I was in Kahuku hospital in 1977, my cousin told me they had an average of 5 sharkbites a year in the KewaloBasin area of the SouthShore, like right next to AlaMoana. I think she said it was something like 57 in the last 10 years.
    She was head nurse, day shift, weekdays, there.
    And you know Tigers were the main killing shark in the CoralSea incident during WW11, with over a thousand sailors bitten in 3 days, most not surviving.
     
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  16. Rktennis1

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    Yeah I was in waimanalo. A ten footer (atleast) looked right at me a few feet away. It was the most beautiful and frightening thing ever. He checked me out....and swam right away. Nice shark.
     
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  17. LeeD

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    I haven't surfed AlaMo since 1977, having been back there over 20 times since, usually settling for DiamondHead or the NorthShore spots.
    Bad enough the stinging jellyfish, the sunburn, the jungle rot, who needs sharks added to that list?
    But yeah, winter (late fall thru April) bring surf to eastern Florida, and good luck with that perfect affordable house.
     
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  18. bad_call

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    yeah i'm familiar with your surf experience from other posts. thought the OP's question was about FL?
     
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  19. LeeD

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    Someone mentioned chasing hurricanes heading for NewOrleans.
    My ex is from the big Easy, and she knew surfer's who'd drive all the way to Florida to find the left point breaks that only a S hurricane can provide.
     
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    yeah it's a big deal that doesn't happen often so peeps are going to make the drive.
     
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  21. LeeD

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    N there lies the tie in to this thread....
     
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  22. bad_call

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    got word from socal surfer about the recent fun surf. have good memories of socal fall/autumn surf when i lived there.
     
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  23. mikeler

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    If you don't care about surf like LeeD and Bad_Call, then Lakeland might be another option to consider. It's halfway between Tampa and Orlando so you could test out both tennis scenes but it may still be too far away from the water for your liking.
     
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    Add Sports to that, it is a competitor's name, that is why
     
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  25. Coach Chad

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    I live in Orlando, and have found that not only does it have a vibrant tennis scene, it is within striking distance of many of Florida's treasures. We have Disney and Universal here; pro basketball, and the second largest university in the U.S. What I love is taking weekend trips to Ft Myers, Sarasota, Crystal River (swimming with the manatees is awesome, Tampa, St. Pete and clearwater....or, if you wanna go East, cocoa beach, Melbourne, Daytona, St. Augustine....all just a few hours away. I love Orlando because of our location. If I was forced to move, I would go to Sarasota. Darn nice over there!
     
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  26. guitarplayer

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    Fort Myers here.
     
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    Live in north Tampa Bay and love it. Very active tennis community in Hillsboro and Pinellas counties.

    cooler than Orlando due to the Gulf breeze.

    try St. Augustine, if you're still looking.....
     
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  28. mikeler

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    You mean the wind coming off the 90 degree Gulf of Mexico! Northeast FL has the coolest ocean breezes IMHO.
     
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    I'm not comparing my area temperature to that of NE Florida. But it is not uncommon for my area to be noticably cooler than Orlando on any given day.
     
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  30. mikeler

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    Orlando gets hotter but it seems like the coasts have more humidity. Most days we get the sea breeze by the afternoon.
     
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  31. Rktennis1

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    Oh. I'm still looking. As soon as I figure this whole stupid tennis pro thing out, I'll know where I'm going. Leaning towards Orlando though. I like Sarasota, but breaking into the tennis scene there is brutal. Orlandoians, any good recommendations on clubs? Not necessarily the best or fanciest, just a place you'd think would be pleasant to work at? Thanks.
     
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    Thank you.
     
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    Thanks everyone for the help. Decided to just quit teaching tennis and move somewhere on the gulf coast. Pensacola, Destin, or Panama City. Thanks for all the suggestions though!
     
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    I lived in Pensacola for twelve years. You can find a good match at the public courts off of 17th Ave. There is a little town called Pace Fla. nine miles north of P'cola. There is a subdivision called Stonebrook there....great place to meet top area players at the tennis court at Stonebrook...hope this helps. BTW...P'cola is a very nice place, but the tennis scene is nowhere near what you will find here in Orlando. Have fun!
     
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