More boats in Tampa/St. Pete , better selection .
Do it , do not wait until ya learn everything as you never will .
Wife and I had never sailed , we bought a 34 foot sloop
in Daytona , less than a year later we cut loose and cruised the Carib for 13 years . Best thing that we ever did . Buy the smallest boat that you can live on , not the largest that you can afford . It does not have to be ready and perfect as the Carib is full of places to fix what broke .
Lots of boats in So Florida
and its two or three days closer to Paradise . Many people will advise you to not go until you got every toy that the boat will hold , don't believe them . Get out there
and you will realize that you do not need all that expensive junk .