Since the COVID outbreak, a lot of people have relocated to Florida, so I thought it was appropriate to revise the list of “10 Reasons to Move to Florida” a little.
When people ask where I’m from and I respond Miami, they assume I’m the only person they’ve ever met who is genuinely a native.
Miami is undoubtedly not a place where you can just be born and never leave. Having said that, I believed that this list of the Top 10 Reasons to Relocate to Florida was totally fitting!
10 REASONS TO MOVE TO FLORIDA
I don’t know anyone who is genuinely from Miami, other than my family and a few buddies from high school who came back after college.
When I was a little child, my family moved out of Miami because my father, who was originally from North Carolina, wanted to return to his origins.
During the year or two that we spent living on my grandparent’s farm, we discovered that there wasn’t much employment in the tranquil mountain town of Brevard. We traveled to Kentucky while he enlisted in the Army.
He decided against joining the military when it was time to reenlist because they planned to send him to Korea alone. So we traveled back to Miami!
Since then, we have been present in Miami.
I can relate to the want to leave because, when I was a teenager and caught the “I Hate Miami Bug,” I left the city the day I turned 18. On my 18th birthday, I actually moved to North Carolina with my grandparents.
I spent my days sailing the mountains with my grandma and her friends and helped them build a house while living with my grandmother in the home that her grandfather built.
I wrote poems, stayed up late watching David Letterman, and spent the weekends strolling to sitting at the Cardinal Drive-In, trying to find other teenagers. I never did.
It lasted about a month.
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Despite how much I enjoyed spending time on my grandparent’s farm during the summer, I recognized that small-town life was not for me, so I hurried back home with my tail between my legs.
I believe it was lucky for me to see early on that I belonged in the big city and didn’t have a family or a mortgage to keep me in a little town until it was too late to leave
When life gets in the way and they are settled and comfortable enough where they are to stay, some people don’t recognize they are in the wrong place.
On Friday, my friend Dee shared this picture on Facebook with her sister Deb as a joke about what was waiting for her when she got home.
in Michigan – as she was on her way home from a Snowbird trip out West.
This quickly led to jokes about coming down south to see me in Miami.
Who wouldn’t want to come to stay in Florida for the winter? Our coldest day this winter was a chilly 45 degrees!
I think that everyone should come to Florida…and while a visit sure is nice, living here year-round is even better!
Sure, it’s hot as hell 9 months out of the year, but the humidity is a small price to pay for living in paradise.
I took this photo in Pompano Beach in JANUARY. I cropped the photo, but there were actually families playing on the beach. IN JANUARY, people!
10 REASONS TO MOVE TO FLORIDA
1. We live where you vacation. (Pensacola Beach)
2. THERE’S ALWAYS A FRESH CATCH AVAILABLE IN FLORIDA!
While we are only 45 minutes away from Key Largo in Miami, there’s plenty of good fishing all over the state! We regularly catch Snook, Snapper, Grouper, and other delicious fish in the ocean, and there are plenty of Bass in our beautiful lakes.
Just make sure that you bring your bug repellent because of the mosquitoes. They suck. Literally.
3. WE HAVE PRETTY COOL WILDLIFE.
As if it weren’t cool enough that Florida is the ONLY place in the world that has both Crocodiles and Alligators in the same ecosystem (in the Florida Everglades), Florida has the second largest amount of American Eagles in the country, second only to Alaska.
We have so many different species of birds in Florida (they do fly South for the winter, after all), that the Florida Birding Trail was established to help guide birdwatchers along in their adventures!
There are over 515 sites along the trail and you can find out more here.
We also have quite a few exotic animals native to Florida, like the Florida Panther and the Key Deer, both of which are on the Endangered Species list.
We have world-class zoos, like Zoo Miami, and drive-through safari parks, like Lion Country Safari in West Palm Beach too.
You can also see plenty of dolphins and sea turtles out on the water too.
4. FLORIDA HAS NO STATE INCOME TAX!
Thanks to tourism, Florida doesn’t need a state income tax. Think of all of the money you would save each year! You could use it to buy suntan lotion and sandals!
5. WE HAVE ENOUGH THEME PARKS TO MAKE YOUR HEAD SPIN!
Between Busch Gardens, Six Flags, SeaWorld Orlando, Universal Orlando, Walt Disney World, and Legoland, we have enough theme parks to keep you – and your kids – entertained year round!
Unlike theme parks in the North and Midwest, our theme parks are open year-round – though I suggest you avoid them during the summer when temperatures can reach 100 degrees with humidity.
6. THERE’S NOTHING QUITE LIKE WATCHING THE SUNRISE OVER THE ATLANTIC.
7. AFTER THE REAL ESTATE BUBBLE BURST, IT IS TRULY A BUYER’S MARKET IN FLORIDA.
In Miami Dade County, we have the highest rate of foreclosures in the country…
While you may not be able to afford a fancy condo downtown or on the beach, you can likely buy a house in a nice neighborhood at a very reasonable price!
To give you an idea, we purchased our 1500-square-foot home in 2009 for $120,000. It is now worth $74,000, and there are many comparable homes in the area in that price range.
8. THE FOOD IS AMAZING!
Florida, Miami in particular, is a cultural melting pot. That means that we have delicious cuisine from all over the world.
Want authentic Italian for dinner? We have it. In the mood for Ethiopian for lunch, Vietnamese for dinner, then Irish Pub fare in the wee hours of the morning?
We have all that too!
Oh…and if you’re into Food Trucks? We have plenty of those too!
9. The environment is Just good
10. It Offers All The Latest Technology
Florida is one of the most technologically advanced states in the nation, not some sleepy backwater. That makes it a fantastic place to work, especially if you can do so from home.
5G coverage is strong across the state, as websites like www.compare5g.com demonstrate.
There are numerous locations where you and your family can establish a base of operations, work from home, and simultaneously live luxuriously. What is there to dislike?