Every year, the sunshine state that is Florida attracts thousands of newcomers – from tourists to wealthy real estate investors – to its gorgeous sunset beaches, and it certainly isn’t hard to see why. A vibrant and picturesque destination that not only promotes diversity, but is also home to some incredibly delectable cuisine as well as a wide variety of attractions, theme parks, and places to visit for a great day out, it’s little wonder it has become a popular choice for those looking to get away from it all. Add to that its numerous white sand beaches that are bathed in sunshine almost every day of the year, and the plethora of spectacular luxury villas and penthouse apartments that can regularly be seen flooding the market, and it’s also an attractive prospect for anyone looking to make the move a little more permanent.
If you’ve been considering making a move to warmer climes in 2021, then Florida may well be the perfect destination for you. Here are some reasons to add it to your short-list – and they might just make the decision a whole lot easier, too.
One of the biggest reasons Florida has become so sought after is its temperate year-round climate, which includes more than 200 days of sunshine each year. Its exceptionally warm and sun-filled days are a huge draw for those moving from cooler climes, with residents able to spend unlimited time outdoors without any worries over rain or bad weather. Although summers here can be hot and humid, the lifestyle here is relaxed and laid-back to the maximum. Meet some of the residents, and you’ll be impressed by their happy and care-free demeanour – it’s amazing what a little more sunshine can do for you.
One of the biggest reasons Florida has become so sought after is its temperate year-round climate, which includes more than 200 days of sunshine each year. Image credit: Andy Lidstone/Bigstock.com
When tourism starts to slow outside of the high season, Florida residents are in for a treat, with some of the state’s biggest and most exciting attractions – such as Walt Disney World, The Breakers Resort and Busch Gardens, launching resident-only offers, so living in Florida certainly comes with its perks. With your pick of the top hotel resorts and attractions in the area, you won’t need to travel far to get your luxury holiday in each year, and with no shortage of things to do in one of the most vibrant destinations in the country, you’ll be well entertained all year round.
A haven for sports enthusiasts
Another advantage of living in Florida is the whole host of sports teams you can see play here, and the atmosphere at games – from football to basketball, soccer to ice hockey – is electric. Sports in the USA are a huge part of the culture, and heading to regular live matches is a popular pastime, with teams benefitting from immense support from the locals and seats sell out quickly, so many locals invest in a set of season tickets. Supporting sports instils a sense of community, so getting involved is a great way to quickly integrate yourself into a new area. And, with three professional football teams, two professional baseball teams, two professional basketball teams, and two professional hockey teams, there is no shortage of exciting options from which to choose.
And it’s not just the professional games that are open to watch. State colleges such as the University of Florida and Florida State University have their own teams and the students and alumni will invariably rally around and support them, showcasing their loyalty to their college and team.
Exploring Florida’s many beaches alone is enough to fill your weekends for months on end
Beaches and water activities
As there are so many incredible beaches in Florida, it should come as no surprise that water sports here are big news, with swimming, surfing, scuba diving, boating, paddle boarding, and fishing all great ways to spend your free time. Florida residents live an active lifestyle, waking early to fit in some exercise before a hectic day at work and instead of going to the gym or taking a run in miserable weather, many opt to hit the waves and indulge in a spot of surfing instead. With sun on your skin and the waves powering you along, it will certainly do wonders for your mental health as well as your physical, leaving you feeling refreshed, reinvigorated, and ready to face the day.
Exploring Florida’s many beaches alone is enough to fill your weekends for months on end. Pensacola Beach, Clearwater Beach and Delray Beach are musts and offer silky sands and crystal clear waters that are just perfect for taking a dip, while Grayton Beach, Panama City Public Beach, St George Island and St Joseph Peninsula State Park are also worth taking your time to explore.
Florida is moving forward quickly when it comes to cultural diversity and you will find people living there of all ages, religions, and backgrounds. With different people around comes new foods to try, new businesses thriving, new stories, and friends to meet; everyone has a story and different background, making for a vibrant and interesting place to call home. After all, that’s exactly what makes the world such an intriguing place – wouldn’t it be boring if we were all the same?
Ask any real estate agent or developer in Florida and they will tell you that Florida’s property market is booming again
Not ready to move permanently?
If you’ve come to a point in your life where you have some extra money you want to invest, looking at a second property is a great option – whether it’s to rent out as an additional stream of income, or will serve as a second home just for you. There are a selection of brand new luxury vacation resort homes available to buy in the upmarket Margaritaville Resort in Orlando and over the next few months a number of stylish condos and single-family homes are scheduled to come on the market in the resort.
Thanks to Florida’s fine weather, unlike some resort homes, you can spend your time in your property here year-round rather than being limited to six months as you would be in other resorts elsewhere. Florida is a wonderfully popular resort with a wide variety of attractions at your fingertips, so you will never run out of things to do. Universal Studios, Walt Disney World, Legoland and Palm Beaches are all musts, but in reality this is only just scratching the surface.
There’s no denying that there are some amazing reasons that Florida is a great place to live – and if not permanently, then by investing in a resort holiday home like the beautiful properties available in Margaritaville. Giving you a chance to escape to the sun at any time, let your hair down and a much-deserved break from everyday life, it could well be just what the doctor ordered after a stressful 2020 – so why not make 2021 the year you take the plunge?