You will find. since you are moving from NY, that everything will appear to be less expensive in Florida. The onerous taxes of the State of New York are truly overbearing. Still, inexpensive is a very subjective phrase.
In Florida, generally speaking, Atlantic is more expensive than Gulf Coast.
South Florida is more expensive than North Florida.
On the Atlantic you won't have fun until you spend enough money.
On the Gulf, you still have access to those things that add to your quality of life and connect you to what Florida was like before the high rises.
The best place for you can not be answered by anyone other than you. What we do know is if you are unhappy where you are, moving to Florida will not create happiness. If you are impatient and believe leaning on the horn causes traffic to move, you should consider staying in NY, moving to Toledo, or set your destination on Miami. Definitely stay away from the Gulf coast.
If you bring your happiness with you, have patience and tolerance for others and can accept shiny skin as a part of the environment, you will discover a growing passion for Florida and the desire to preserve this slice of paradise for those generations coming after you.
It isn't until you share a river with a family of manatees beneath towering Florida Oaks, are visited by a pod of dolphins, meet Jamali, marvel at the genius of Dali, pick oranges from your back yard in December, volunteer at the friends of the barrier islands, complete your first marathon, perform on the local stage, become a part of integrating educational opportunities with research centers through robotics and cyber camps and international competition, that you truly grasp the incredible opportunity that is presented to those who live here.
Perhaps you may find it beneficial to request from a local professional a '25 cent' tour of the areas in which you have interest..
My buyers have found this exercise to be well worth the time invested.
Best of success in finding your new Florida home,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Remax Realtec Group, Palm Harbor, FL