There’s no question that Florida is a popular retirement destination. And there are plenty of reasons that Naples is high on the list of great places to live. But there's more than meets the eye when it comes to Florida. And retirement in Florida is about so much more than reclining on the beach! Let’s take a quick look at 5 factors to consider before retiring in Florida.
While the fantastic weather is certainly one of the big draws to retiring in Florida, it can take a little getting used to. You may find yourself missing cool fall days on occasion, because (as the chart here indicates) the highs in Naples generally don’t drop below 74 degrees.
Also, there’s no getting around the fact that it can get pretty warm here in the summer months with highs in the 90s and lows only dipping into the mid-70s. Fortunately, there are tips Naples residents have figured out that help them to stay cool in those hot summer months. You’ll also have to get used to a fair amount of rain in those summer months. The good news is that people who live here learn to adapt.
2. Seasons Mean Something Different Here
If you’re moving to Florida from up north, you may have to adjust your understanding of what “seasons” actually mean in Florida. For Floridians, seasons have less to do with weather.
The two big seasons in Florida are Tourist Season and Off Season. It's just a fact of life. In the winter months, you can expect things to be a bit more crowded—especially around the beaches and in some of the restaurants. In the off-season, you may wonder where everybody went. Some local businesses even shut down for a while in the off-season. It's OK. You'll get used to it.
The other season you’ll need to adjust to is Hurricane Season. To be honest, it’s not as scary as it sounds, and there are things you can do to prepare your home for Hurricane Season that will put your mind at ease.
3. There’s More to Florida Than Just Beaches
While it’s true that Florida’s beaches are a big draw, there is a lot more to Florida than just beaches. Florida has a rich and interesting history. There are fascinating places in the state to explore. Here’s a look at some Florida getaways that will let you see other parts of the Sunshine State such as historic St. Augustine, Sanibel Island (a mere 50 miles from Naples), or even the amazing Big Cypress National Preserve or the incredible sights of Everglades National Park.
4. Where You Live Matters
There are a lot of great communities in the greater Naples area and each community has its own character. You can explore places such as Marco Island, Bonita Springs, or Estero (and many others) to see which community best suits your lifestyle and personality.
5. Having a Great Florida Home
Some people say there's no such thing as a perfect home. As experienced remodelers, we think you can get pretty close! Even if the home you purchase isn't exactly up to your expectations, you can change it to better suit your lifestyle and your personal tastes, and your needs. Here's a helpful article that helps you discover the secret of how to get everything you want in a remodel for the best price.
There are a lot of reasons why Florida is a great place to retire. Just keep these few considerations in mind as you plan. The come on down! The water is fine!