I have lived in Daytona Beach/surrounding areas (very touristy, home prices and taxes in the area have nearly tripled since my family lived there), Tampa (touristy and busy!) Palatka/Hollister area (very country, nothing there!) and currently live in Sarasota (like anywhere, some parts can be very expensive, but my area right now isn't so bad!). I have family that lives in the West Palm Beach/Stuart area (expensive!) and the Avon Park/Sebring area. I would say that your best bet would be something in the Sarasota/North Port/Venice/Fort Myers/Bradenton area - on the gulf coast - or places like Avon Park/Sebring. These are areas that are close/convenient to the bigger cities like Tampa and Orlando, without being RIGHT THERE in the middle of it, and prices are probably better than the big cities.