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No, Savannah is bad - very bad. Do not go there. It has long cold winters, and long brutal summers...and the food is also very bad...and the people are mean. In fact, it's so bad that I am constantly loading up the car and spending as much time as I can there just to remind myself how bad it is. It's so bad I dream about it all the time, and can't wait to put a boat there so I can more easily escape all that badness every weekend. Just watch "Forrest Gump" and see how ugly it is. Plus there are tidal waves, and earthquakes, and volcanoes, and...and...the rare saber-toothed bigfoot. No, North Carolina or Florida are definitely much better.

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I'm also a Michigander but at this point I'm enjoying the change of seasons. Have skis and snowshoes and enjoy the best snow in 15 years. Went camping 3 weeks ago for one night, We have other toys we enjoy the three non-snow seasons, bikes and kayaks. Hiking and used to rock climb. Looking forwards to spring and getting out. Most family and especially grand kids are within a few hours drive so it's not an option to relocate. Maybe will feel different in 10 years. I'm looking forward now to retiring in a few years and cruising southern Lake Michigan and some trips with a trailer sailer to Traverse City, Harbor Springs or Mackinaw. Good luck with your search. Dave G
Change of seasons?!?! What change of seasons? It's still cold winter. It's been cold winter and it's been a nasty winter. I would love to have a change of season but when will that be? Now they're predicting because the Great Lakes are frozen solid that the thaw will be late and the lakes will be frigid this summer. No, I'm sorry, but as beautiful as Lake Michigan is with its fresh water and wonderful people, I think somewhere much warmer is what the good doctor orders.
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No, Savannah is bad - very bad. Do not go there. It has long cold winters, and long brutal summers...and the food is also very bad...and the people are mean. In fact, it's so bad that I am constantly loading up the car and spending as much time as I can there just to remind myself how bad it is. It's so bad I dream about it all the time, and can't wait to put a boat there so I can more easily escape all that badness every weekend. Just watch "Forrest Gump" and see how ugly it is. Plus there are tidal waves, and earthquakes, and volcanoes, and...and...the rare saber-toothed bigfoot. No, North Carolina or Florida are definitely much better.

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Yes I wasn't very honest! I forgot to mention the maneating alligators, rattlesnakes, diamondheads, coral snakes, giant mosquitoes, burrowing gnats at night, pollution from pulp mills, glow in the dark shrimp poisoned by the nuclear powerplant upstream on the Savannah River, nasty people at night partying up on the Riverfront... Then we get these parades twice a year that shuts the city down... Yeah stay away from Savannah! Thanks Killick as it would have been a disservice to bring people to this horrible place... there are better places to relocate to.

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I'm surprised no one has mentioned Belize and/or Rio Dulce.
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Belize is offering up dual citzenship for $2500(?) righy now with no tax on imports items to get set up, if i recall correctly. I read up on it a year ago or so.
It's filling up with ex-pats. Won't be the place to be in 5 years.

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Yes I wasn't very honest! I forgot to mention the maneating alligators, rattlesnakes, diamondheads, coral snakes, giant mosquitoes, burrowing gnats at night, pollution from pulp mills, glow in the dark shrimp poisoned by the nuclear powerplant upstream on the Savannah River, nasty people at night partying up on the Riverfront... Then we get these parades twice a year that shuts the city down... Yeah stay away from Savannah! Thanks Killick as it would have been a disservice to bring people to this horrible place... there are better places to relocate to.
Savanna is the place to be ! It's wonderful !
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yes Savanna, GA is the place. Panama City FL has too many hurricanes and lightening storms. And this year it even had ice in the bay!
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Yes I wasn't very honest! I forgot to mention the maneating alligators, rattlesnakes, diamondheads, coral snakes, giant mosquitoes, burrowing gnats at night, pollution from pulp mills, glow in the dark shrimp poisoned by the nuclear powerplant upstream on the Savannah River, nasty people at night partying up on the Riverfront... Then we get these parades twice a year that shuts the city down... Yeah stay away from Savannah! Thanks Killick as it would have been a disservice to bring people to this horrible place... there are better places to relocate to.
I can deal with all of that except for the mosquitoes. They are real Apaches down there!
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I can deal with all of that except for the mosquitoes. They are real Apaches down there!
Not as large as the mosquitos found in places like Alaska... but they are aggressive and some carry the West Nile Virus... unfortunately while they do spray for mosquitos it's a fruitless effort as anyone knows in Savannah and the outlying areas are all shrimp hatcheries/nesting grounds in the marshes and savannahs of this area... this is also the reason gnats are out of control too... controlling these two pests mean losing the shrimp hatcheries/nesting grounds in the process... so economics will tell you which one won.
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Re: Where should we retire with our boat?

It's pretty amazing that out of nine pages of answers to the OP, everyone's imagination seems to stop at the US border. Did he say he had to stay within the USA? People are mentioning moving to Florida, with one of the selling points of retiring to Florida being that it's within sailing distance of the Bahamas. Uh....why not move to the Bahamas and skip the 100 degree stuff entirely?

Why not recommend the OP look into Panama, where US expats can live comfortably on social security alone?

Or Belize? Or someplace really interesting.

The best we can do for this guy is recommene Ponce PR? the USVI? that's all inside the USA. Why not just stay in Michigan and buy a sun lamp?

He asks about places to get away from the cold, to RETIRE with his BOAT and people start yammering on about the beauty of New England????

What are you guys smoking, to suggest retiring in New England to a man who is tired of the cold winters? Pretty useless advice.
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