Dreaming of a place where you can swim with a dolphin, attend a pro football game, and drink a beer on a ghost tour all in the same day? Then Florida is the place for you!
Beyond its famous sand and saltwater, the Sunshine State is packed with entertainment, unique cuisine, and just enough oddities to keep you on your toes. If you’ve always wanted to wear flip flops year round, discovering these other eight reasons you should move to Florida will have you heading south for good.
1. Water Activities
Whether you want to lounge on the white sand along the Gulf of Mexico, or catch a wave on the Atlantic coast, the Florida beaches are beckoning. But beyond the saltwater, there is 4,308 square miles of lakes, rivers, and streams that are the perfect place to launch your boat or jet ski after a long week in the office.
2. Authentic Cuban Food
Every sandwich shop from Tampa, FL to Key West claims to have the best Cuban sandwich in the state, and as you wander southern Florida, you’d be wise to stop in as many of these establishments as your appetite allows. Be sure to order a deviled crab on the side and wash it all down with a cafe con leche.
3. The Most Haunted City In America
Boasting the title of the “Nation’s Oldest City,” St. Augustine, FL is filled with charm and good spirits — in more ways than one. This is one old city worth it’s weight in ghost tours, offering options such as The Haunted Pub Tour, Pub Hearse Rides, Dead Walk, and the Haunted St. Augustine Paranormal Investigation Tour.
4. Marine Life
If the thought of manatees and dolphins makes you giddy, no state has better options for experiencing marine life than Florida. Have a hands-on experience with dolphins at Aquatica or Marineland Dolphin Adventure; or see all manner of sea creatures in action at SeaWorld in Orlando, FL, or one of Florida’s many aquariums.
5. Professional Sports
Sports fans with think they’ve hit the jackpot with so many professional franchises in one state. Spend football season tailgating with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Miami Dolphins, and Jacksonville Jaguars. Sit courtside as the Miami Heat and Orlando Magic battle it out on the basketball court. Or catch a fly ball at a Tampa Bay Rays regular season game, or a Yankees spring training game.
6. Fresh Seafood
All along the coastline you’ll find some of the freshest seafood the country has to offer, and the best part is, you don’t need a reservation to sink your teeth into the an expertly prepared blackened grouper sandwich. As a matter of fact, Florida’s best kept foodie secret is the seafood dives tucked away in the many off the beaten path sleepy beach towns.
7. Day Trips
With so many unique destinations, Florida is the perfect state for day tripping. Drive a few hours and find yourself in the United State’s largest subtropical wilderness, The Everglades; checking out the work of Frank Lloyd Wright on the campus of Florida Southern College; or pondering life as you wander Bok Tower Gardens, which is a bird sanctuary, historical landmark, and gardens all rolled into one.
8. Theme Parks
Whether it’s coasters, characters, or water slides you crave, Florida is bursting with more theme parks than you can fit into a week. The Orlando area alone has enough to keep you busy between Disney, Universal, Legoland, and Wet N Wild, but if that isn’t enough to fill all your thrills, head to Tampa, which is home to Busch Gardens and Adventure Island.