Well, short and sweet, im 54 retired Navy, from San diego looking for a decent place to retire. Its pretty much come down to JAX and Pensacola, to take advantage of the bases and what they might have to offer retired Navy citizens. I'm considering the proximity to VA hospitals, also my spare-time hobby is beach combing with a good metal detector. My rent comfort level is at $500 a month for a studio, i bdrm, or even SRO to start with. For $515 monthly here i get a 300sq ft room with a sink and shared bathroom. Greyhound will be my starting point in either city, so im looking for the easiest and largest selection of vacancies. I don't mind a fleabag place for a little while until i can find something. My question would be, which city would best fit me. Advise from anyone who has lived around either bases would be nice. My next question would be which base would be cheaper to live around/next to.