We are plotting our route for Florida. It's looking like price, proximity to beach & larger cities, yet not in a populated area, and locations in north Florida keep pointing to Apalachicola, Panama City and Clarabelle as good places to explore.
It's much more affordable in north Florida, not to mention, the cities are quainter, quieter, and better to live in. Yet, they are close to beaches and cities with stuff to do. I'm actually surprised by how affordable places can be.
We intend to rent the first 6 months or so when we first move to Florida. Just in case we fall in love with a yet unexplored area of the state (and surrounding states).