Thousands of people move in and out of South Florida every year. Notice the inclusion of the moving out figure. It’s because no matter how exciting the thought might be, relocating to South Florida isn’t for everyone.
“There’s a big difference between thinking you’re a local and actually being one,” says South Florida businessman Lee Rosen. “There’s a lot to take in, but what people should understand is that we’re not just about nightclubs and beaches.”
Apart from South Florida’s languid heat, here are other things you’ll realize as soon as you move in.
1. Nobody Cares About the Beach, Especially in the Summer
There are actually people in America who haven’t seen the beach in years. And if you’re one of them, your eagerness to pack your beach towel and suntan lotion is obviously sky-high — that’s okay. Except… knowing the beach is just down the street isn’t exactly a big deal to South Floridians because they’re sick of it and the sand is like tiny pieces of burning coals. If the locals can’t take it, neither can you.
2. Sawgrass Mills is One Unconquerable Landmass
To say that this mall is enormous is an understatement. You might be a long-time resident of South Florida, but it’s possible you’ve never seen the whole of Sawgrass Mills. Anything and everything you want is basically in there, from the usual stuff found in malls to the weirdest of items you’d think nobody would dare sell.
How big is the mall exactly? It’s 2.1 million square feet of space with over 350 stores and outlet shops. You’ll need a survival guide before you bask in this glorious structure and come out walking straight. But if you have money to spend, Sawgrass Mills is definitely worth visiting, because who doesn’t want to be dazed and confused once in a while?
3. It’s Either Too Hot or Too Wet
Florida isn’t called the Sunshine State for no reason. It is, indeed, sunny in Florida, but it doesn’t stay that way all year long. If you’re doing certain measures to combat the intense heat of the sun, the same efforts must be exerted when preparing for hurricanes.
While making sure you have enough sunscreen and you’ve installed an AC, knowing South Florida’s evacuation routes is also important. Make sure your place has storm shutters and prepare a hurricane kit as well, along with a safe to keep your important documents. Lastly, see to it that your home has insurance to cover you against wind or flood damage.
4. You Can Grow Your Own Food
Despite prone to flooding, South Florida’s weather is perfect for growing all kinds of fruits such as avocados and mangoes. You’ve chosen to relocate to South Florida; you might as well take advantage of its rich sandy soil. Go ahead and grow yourself some key lime, lemon, grapefruit, and oranges.
The weather in South Florida is also good for growing herbs and lettuce. With fertilizer, you can grow peppers, green beans, and tomatoes as well. Mangoes ripen in the summer, while other crops are typically grown in the winter.
5. You Suddenly Find Yourself Brushing Up Your Spanish
In many areas of South Florida, Spanish has become the most-spoken language, toppling English over. You may think you’ll be able to survive by speaking English alone but to settle in like a local, navigate easily, and conduct business, speaking Español is necessary.
“A few South Florida cities have been named among the best cities to live in,” Lee Rosen quips. “Some people leave, but most of them stay because really, even the craziest ideas work in Florida,” he adds. “You’ll live.”