Florida has so many real estate options that it can be hard to narrow down the choices! A famous retiree destination, it also attracts those who want to own vacation homes on its sunny shores as well as families who want to enjoy its warm weather and family friendly environment.
Florida offers top theme parks, golfing, the coral reef, museums, zoos, and of course beaches! In a land where fantasy is reality; where lush, untamed tracts of wilderness still remain; where more than 1,800 miles of gorgeous coastline beckons, it’s difficult to describe all that makes up Florida.
The Florida beaches boast clean, clear-water and have friendly locals but there are differences among them. Along the golden Atlantic coast, enjoy surfing, cosmopolitan cities, and beautiful resorts along the coastline. Florida’s Gulf coast is typically placid, with white sands and waters ranging from impossibly emerald to aqua blue in color. Some of our beaches are action-packed – here, you can join in a game of volleyball, fly high on a parasail or rent a Jetski® to skip over the waves. Alternately, Florida offers secluded sands where swaying sea oats and silent dunes may be your only companions.
The Sunshine State is the theme park capital of the world. The Orlando area is home to Walt Disney World Resort (encompassing the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney-MGM Studios and Animal Kingdom parks), Universal Orlando Resort (with Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure), Sea World Adventure Park and neighboring Discovery Cove. Then there’s Cypress Gardens Adventure Park in nearby Winter Haven. Just a short jaunt to the west is Busch Gardens Tampa.
At the extreme southern end of the peninsula, just a stone’s throw from hundreds of tiny islands called the Florida Keys, is the only living coral reef in the continental U.S. Here, within the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, more than 600 species of fish make their watery home. Visitors to the reef may see blue-and-canary-yellow parrotfish, their comical “beaks” crunching at hard corals; schools of yellowtail snapper flashing at the slightest disturbance; curious barracuda with teeth protruding in sinister grins and the occasional silent ray gliding by. Scuba, or go by glass-bottom boat to experience this amazing undersea world.
With more PGA-sanctioned events – and more courses – than any other state in the union (not to mention the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine and resident golf greats Arnold Palmer and Tiger Woods, among others), it’s surprising anyone manages to leave here without improving his or her handicap. Our world-class courses and year-round balmy weather make Florida a golfer’s dream destination. Encompassing more than 1.5 million acres, the Everglades is the only ecosystem of its kind in the world. A freshwater river, only inches deep in most places, creeps seaward through the ‘Glades on a gently sloping riverbed. Lush tree islands thrive on limestone mounds just above the restless flow. Massive mahogany trees, mangroves and pines share the surrounding marsh with alligators, deer, raccoons, panthers and thousands of other species of flora and fauna. Outfitters, including the Seminole and Miccosukee tribes, offer guided excursions and activities such as swamp buggy and airboat rides in the area. Within the boundaries of Everglades National Park, activities include boating, canoeing, biking, hiking, camping, tram tours and bird watching.
Many people move to or invest in Florida to enjoy the warm weather, beaches and all of the attractions and wonders this state has to offer.