Why Move to Florida?
People move to Florida for many reasons, but year-round sunshine, loads of fun, and a thriving economy rank among the top. Winters are so mild, you can leave your snow-boots up north and enjoy unmatched landscapes of swaying palms and tropical flowers. Our beaches are among the highest ranked in the nation, from St. Augustine’s white sands to The Keys’ aqua coves. Caledesi Island is perfect for anyone who longs for a more private, natural scape, and Miami’s South Beach is the hot-spot for night-life.
How Would I Enjoy My Time?
If you are feeling more energetic or simply want to get fit, leave the beaches and run, walk or bike along one of our numerous bike paths or nature trails, kayak to an unpopulated barrier island, or enjoy a relaxing afternoon of on or off shore fishing. You might travel up the Gulf Coast to Crystal River so your family can scuba dive or swim with manatees, go south and east to power in an airboat through the everglades, or keep your feet on solid ground at one of Florida’s award-winning golf courses.
Are you a Sports Fan?
In addition to offering year-round individual athletic activities, Florida is home to many professional football, baseball, basketball and hockey teams—the Jaguars and Dolphins, Marlins and Rays, Orlando Magic and Miami Heat, Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning. For those who prefer a more intimate setting, Tampa Bay is home to the Yankees’, Phillies’, and Blue Jay’s farm teams, and these lists do not include college football. Florida universities boast some of the top teams in the country: Florida State’s Seminoles, the University of Florida’s Gators, the University of Miami’s Hurricanes and Tampa Bay’s own University of South Florida Bulls.
of Florida’s award-winning golf courses.
What Are the Popular Attractions?
Not every resident loves sports, but they still find plenty to enjoy. Besides family entertainment in parks, zoos and aquariums, Cape Canaveral is home to the Kennedy Space center. Tampa, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Jacksonville and Cape Canaveral are port cities for cruises to Caribbean, Europe, and the Panama Canal. Landlocked Orlando offers voyages of another sort. Children of all ages travel through their favorite fairy tales in Walt Disney’s Magic Kingdom, go on movie-themed adventures in Hollywood Studios, explore Africa in the Animal Kingdom and journey around the world and into space in Epcot. Speaking of movie adventures, Universal Studios’ two theme parks are arguably on par with The Mouse’s, and some folks have said they like Tampa’s Busch Gardens best of all.
What Else Does Florida Have?
Epcot is not the only place in Florida to peak into another culture or its history. Founded by Don Pedro Menendez in 1565, St. Augustine is the oldest permanently occupied European settlement in the United States. Among its historic buildings—including the famed Lightner Museum of Glass—are quaint bed and breakfasts, individually owned gift shops, and enough fine restaurants to appeal to every palate. For racing enthusiasts, Daytona, home to the famous Daytona 500, is a short drive down I-95. The more adventurous will like Billie Swamp Safari inside the Seminole Reservation in the Everglades. Visitors can tour the Seminole Museum, buy Seminole crafts, stay in thatched Chickees, ride a swamp buggy through a preserve teaming with wild animals, skim the water on an airboat, learn about Seminole customs and local reptiles, and end the day eating alligator nuggets. Tampa Bay features one of the oldest Cuban neighborhoods in America: Ybor City. Founded in the 1880’s, thousands of immigrants rolled millions of cigars every year. Though the settlement declined during the Great Depression and after World War II, the original neighborhood—designated a National Historic Landmark District—has been redeveloped into one of the “Ten Great Streets in America”, boasting museums, restaurants and notable nightclubs.
And, There’s Still More!
Ybor City, however, is not the only popular night-life destination in Tampa Bay. For those who prefer attending big-name concerts, theatrical performances or the ballet, Tampa Bay offers several venues: The Tampa Bay Times Forum and The Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center in downtown Tampa, Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, and Mahaffey Center in St. Petersburg. Head south to see the famed Miami City Ballet, which boasts some the finest dancers and guest soloists in the world, or attend one of their touring performances in Ft. Lauderdale or West Palm Beach. Another popular destination is the historic Vinoy Hotel, in St. Petersburg. They host an annual New Year’s celebration, Ball Room Dancing Competitions, Wine Tastings, and a variety of other events classified as art and entertainment. St. Petersburg is also home to a likely contender for the most provocative museum in the state: the Dali Museum. Devoted entirely to Dali, even those who do not enjoy his work deem the museum an experience.
You Will Love it Here!
Not everyone moves to Florida for great weather and entertainment. Besides all the fine seafood, unique shops, antique stores, and lavish malls, Florida has a reasonable cost of living and a growing economy that has just scratched its future potential. The state does not charge income tax, housing is plentiful and affordable, and the healthcare industry—so important for those who hope to enjoy a quality retirement—continues to thrive. Tampa Bay, in particular, is already renowned for medical research and technology and continues to become a hub for top notch professionals in the field. Our thriving economy also benefits a much younger age group. Residents have access to many colleges and universities, large and small, public and private, and students who work hard will likely qualify for Florida’s generous Bright Futures scholarships. Our growing economy also supports well-kept highway systems, allowing easy access to employment, leisure airports, and other necessary services such as the offices of Lipply Real Estate. So, if you are ready to leave your snow shovels behind, contact our knowledgeable and dedicated team. We are ready to assist you seven days per week.
Written by Sydney Betts, author and past customer of Lipply Real Estate – all rights reserved ©