From swampland to white sand beaches, Florida has a very diverse living area. Although the weather is unpredictable, exotic animals roam neighborhoods and majority of the people are absolutely insane, Florida is a pretty great place to live. That statement is proven by the thousands of Northerners that flock to The Sunshine State every year. Although these snowbirds reside in the land of paradise for only a few weeks per year, there are actually some great cities in Florida to live full time. In fact, 20 million Floridians call this unique state their home. Here is a list of the 10 best cities to live in Florida.
1. Deerfield Beach
Located a few miles North of Fort Lauderdale, Deerfield Beach is dissected by Interstate 95 creating and east and west section. Low crime, coastal weather and beautiful beaches make Deerfield a top choice city to live in Florida. Deerfield Beach is named after the wild deer that once inhabited the local area.
2. Boca Raton
You can’t argue the allure landscaping and serenity South Florida has to offer. Boca Raton is a strong representation of Florida’s culture. Miles of palm trees and coastal water ways lead to the powder sand beaches of Boca. This area is home to countless celebrities and affluent residents, where Mercedes’ and Jaguar’s are the common daily driver. Often compared to the retirement home of Florida, life can be a little slower in this area filled with senior citizens and snowbirds.
3. Cape Coral
Directly west from Boca Raton lies Cape Coral on the Gulf Coast. Cape Coral is as close to a Utopia as one will find in Florida. Developed in 1957, Cape Coral was pre-planned and built to plans of a man-made community, creating a “perfect” city. With more canals than any city in the world, 400 miles to be exact, Cape Coral is known as the “Waterfront Wonderland”. If you like boats, low crime rates and quality education, Cape Coral is your city.
Wedged between Tampa Bay and The Gulf of Mexico you’ll find Clearwater, Florida. Home to one of Florida’s most notable beaches, Clearwater Beach, this coastal town is a popular vacation spot. Though this paradise vacation spot is a top choice for out of state visitors, many residents call Clearwater home. Close to the University of Tampa, the University of South Florida and the city of Tampa, Clearwater is a great suburban area without the big city feel of Tampa. Spend one day on the coast of Clearwater and the salty air will persuade you how great of a city this area is.
Love the Florida beaches, but hate the crowds of people? Sanibel is your answer. Sanibel is a small island community located due west of Fort Meyers, across the Gulf of Mexico. Sand dollars and unique shells are so abundant they could be the currency of this serene city. There are so many shells littered on the beaches, that if Sally were to sell sea shells by the sea shore, she would go bankrupt. Known for it’s beautiful beaches, low population and near perfect weather, Sanibel, Florida is the dream beach town.Page 2