Hey Greenroom, what about Beaufort N.C.? Although i've got a friend that just moved down to Daytona and i think he's loving it down there (for more reasons than i care to mention here). Do you need a "true" city to live in, or would a quaint little southern town do the trick? Check out what you can about Beaufort, if nothing else just to get some ideas.
Beyond that, i would vote Wilmington over Charleston any day of the week. Wilmington's essentially a smaller version of Charleston; the waves are a whole notch better than anything you'll find in S.C. as well.
haha Banman, so true, so true.