The Sunshine State is a popular destination for those who want to move to warmer climes. If you’re thinking about moving to Florida, here are 11 things you should know before you go.
- There’s more to the wildlife than alligators.
Florida gators get a lot of attention. It’s the state’s more dangerous wildlife that gets the most press. You’ll hear about gator run-ins and snakes under porches far more than you’ll hear – and read – about egrets and manatees. But if you’re an outdoor enthusiast you’ll love exploring the state’s diverse ecosystems and seeing the many critters of the Sunshine State.
- The party scene is big, but it’s not everywhere.
Just like the senior scene isn’t ubiquitous in Florida, the party scene isn’t everywhere in the state. The two Florida stereotypes – of the sleepy retirement community and the raucous South Florida party scene – don’t give the most accurate picture of the state as a whole.
- South Florida and North Florida are pretty different.
South Florida and North Florida can sometimes feel like different states. South Florida is more diverse and shows more of a Latin American and Caribbean influence. The southern half of the state is also where more of the nightlife happens. North Florida is home to the state’s capital and has a different climate from the southern half of the state. If you’re thinking of buying a home in Florida, it’s worth knowing that South Florida is feeling the impact of rising sea levels and other climate change-related events. North Florida is not as vulnerable to climate change.
- Tourists are a part of life in Florida.
Whether drawn to the spring break scene in the Keys, to Disney World, the Everglades or the Art Deco architecture in Miami Beach, tourists love Florida. If you’re moving to Florida, be prepared to deal with an influx in tourists during the more popular times of year to travel to the state. You’ll probably encounter lots of Northeasterners taking refuge from the cold winters. Make them feel welcome. They’ve earned a bit of sunshine.
- It’s worth going to Disney World at least once if it’s in your budget.
Taking a trip to Disney World can be pricey, but it’s a very Florida experience. You can combine it with a trip to Universal Studios, too. If you live in South Florida you might not want to make the trip up to Disney World, but we’re guessing that if you have kids they’ll convince you sooner or later. Just be careful on the road. In a recent SmartAsset study, Florida came in first as the state with the worst drivers.
- The Daytona 500 is a slice of Americana.
Just like Disney World, the Daytona 500 is a Florida institution. It’s not called The Great American Race® for nothing. Think car racing isn’t for you? You might want to give the Daytona 500 a chance anyway, if only for the people-watching.
- Florida has a long history.
Florida has a long history that includes pre-contact Native communities like the Seminole Tribe (still very much a part of Florida life) and early Spanish settlements that you can visit and enjoy. The Spanish-established settlement of St. Augustine, dating from 1565, is the oldest continually inhabited European settlement in the continental U.S. and the
- If you like baseball, you’ll love living in Florida.
If you’re a baseball fan or are open to becoming one, moving to Florida will be a great change for you. Every spring, the Grapefruit League baseball teams train in Florida. You can see major league players or minor league aspirants at relatively affordable games in the pleasant Florida spring weather.
- There’s more to Florida’s nature scene than the beach.
It may not seem possible to you now, but it is possible to get tired of going to the beach – at least for some people. If you find yourself in that predicament, there are plenty of other outdoor options in Florida. You can go boating or padding in mangroves and the Everglades. You can hike, kayak, zip-line or hot air balloon around the Sunshine State.
- It’s a golf state.
Love golf? Think golf courses are water-guzzling eyesores? Either way, you’ll be surrounded by golf-lovers in Florida. The state boasts a high number of golf courses and hosts golf tournaments throughout the year. If you’ve never golfed before you might want to try hitting the links after moving to Florida, if only to see what all the fuss is about.
- Florida taxes are low.
Florida is one of a handful of states with no state income tax and has a pretty low cost of living on top of that. Score! On the other hand, gas taxes are high in Florida, so you might want to save gas and money by being careful to combine errands and living close to where you work.
by Rusty Hanna –Broker Associate, Mizner Grande Realty, LLC.
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Rusty Hanna is a Realtor who specializes in the Parkland, FL area. His foundation for success is built upon trust, expertise, and first-class service. Rusty Hanna attributes his success as a leader in South Florida’s real estate industry to his unwavering dedication to his clients and his knowledge of the entire process of buying and selling a home from beginning to end. Clients find comfort in knowing that their realtor is also a licensed loan originator with over 20 years of experience. This knowledge allows him to facilitate a smooth transaction for his clients giving them peace of mind.
Rusty Hanna has partnered with one of Palm Beaches most exclusive luxury brokerages, Mizner Grande Realty. Together they have contributed to a record setting volume of $1.75 Billion in closed transitions.