The subtropical climate of Florida pulls millions of people to the southeastern United States each year. The weather is seldom cold, and the beach is accessible from all parts of the state. Florida's theme parks, golf courses, sun, and exotic animals have everyone in Florida dreaming of living there! Retirees are a massive bonus to Florida as it is a top-rated retirement destination. Its friendly cost of living, lack of state income tax, and its large population of retired people make it a destination for seniors. Active Adult Communities are abundant, as well as a sound healthcare system. Aside from being a great place to retire, let us explore more on the best things about Florida:
Best: No state income tax
While most U.S. states require residents to pay state income taxes, the State of Florida does not. Fortunately for Florida residents, this lack of income tax allows them to save more of their hard-earned money for fun activities, vacations, and belongings. Florida's lack of state income tax is a huge draw for businesses and individuals, as it will mean that your paycheck will go a lot farther in Florida than it would anywhere else. Florida's slightly higher cost of living also compensates for the state's comparatively low cost of living relative to national averages. And you spend your extra money on all the fun Florida has to offer, from beach adventures to the thrills of theme parks and city living.
Florida, which offers hundreds of days of sunshine, is an ideal place for people who wants a comfortable and sunny climate. Although Florida has hot, humid summers, the rest of the year is primarily mild and warm. A sweater and a coat may be enough for many in the southern part during the winter. Florida's sunny year-round climate allows residents to spend less time indoors and more time outside enjoying the attractions the state has to offer.
However, it is not all sunshine, seashore, and smiles in Florida! Let us explore the downfalls of this state:
Worst: Terrible traffic
The main highway in Central Florida is the I-4. This route crosses the country from Daytona Beach on the east coast through Orlando and ends in Tampa on the west coast. It is a major access route into the theme parks. Traffic is terrible in the area, and when an accident occurs (and there are too many), traffic can last for hours! The I-4 undergoes a major renovation from 2015-2021 to add additional lanes, making traffic even worse.
Worst: Overpopulated tourists
The state of Florida receives over 100 million tourists each year which is a lot of people. They all cramp the state's airports and roads. It is hardly a surprise that the highways near theme parks are filled with bumper-to-bumper traffic the entire day, especially in Orlando.
Being forced to drive at five mph will allow you to enjoy the tourist attractions that line the tourist strip, including tacky souvenir shops and greasy food joints. It seems like a dreamland inside the parks; they are shiny, new, and clean. It's not so great outside the parks.
Here are fun facts about Florida:
- Greater Miami is the only metropolitan area in the United States whose borders encompass two national parks. You can hike through pristine Everglades National Park or ride on glass-bottom boats across Biscayne National Park.
- Saint Augustine is the oldest European settlement in North America.
- The name Punta Gorda means "fat point" when translated from Spanish. The moniker was given to the city because a broad part of the land in Punta Gorda juts into Charlotte Harbor. The harbor itself is somewhat unique, as it is where the Peace River meets the ocean.
- Orlando attracts more visitors than any other amusement park destination in the United States.
- New England Congregationalists who sought to bring their style of liberal arts education to the state founded Rollins College, the oldest college in Florida, in Winter Park in 1885.
- Cape Canaveral is America's launch pad for space flights.
- Florida is not the southernmost state in the United States. Hawaii is farther south.
- A museum in Sanibel owns 2 million shells and claims to be the world's only museum devoted solely to mollusks.
- The Benwood, on French Reef in the Florida Keys, is known as one of the most dived shipwrecks in the world.
- Safety Harbor is the home of the historic Espiritu Santo Springs. Given this name in 1539 by the Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto. He was searching for the legendary Fountain of Youth. The natural springs have attracted attention worldwide for their curative powers.
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