Why We Love the Sunshine State – And Why You Will Too!

Why We Love the Sunshine State – And Why You Will Too!

Florida is world-renowned for its sunny weather, stunning beaches, and relaxing atmosphere. There’s a reason Jimmy Buffet hailed the state in so many of his songs – Florida is the perfect spot for relaxation or recreation! Let’s discuss eight of the best benefits of living in this serene state!

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1. Climate

Many people searching for a new home in Florida are compelled to move here for the climate! Although some may complain about the heat here, the average high in July and August is only 90°F – compare that to the midwest, where average temperatures top 100! The average temperature is actually a lovely 73°(1), perfect for enjoying the great outdoors – may we suggest a day on the water?

2. Family Vacations

Even if your kids are out-of-the-house, Florida’s theme parks are a huge attraction, and perfect for bringing the family together for a vacation! Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, and SeaWorld Orlando are all less than 90 minutes away. For an even closer dose of fun, visit Busch Gardens in nearby Tampa – just a 35 minute drive! Best of all, every one of these theme parks offers exclusive discounts for Florida residents!

3. Sports

Florida has an abundance of well-known and well-ranked sports teams, especially in college and professional football. Do you root for the Gators or the Seminoles? What about the Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins, or Tampa Bay Buccaneers?

If you’re a baseball fan, you can watch the Tampa Bay Rays, and if basketball is your sport of choice, don’t miss a chance to see the Orlando Magic or Miami Heat play!

Of course, you can always take a short 30-minute drive to Amalie Arena to watch the Stanley Cup finalists, the Tampa Bay Lightning, play! You can also skip the traffic – the arena is just a 30 minute boat ride from Bella Sol!

4. Recreation

Florida is also well-known for its many recreational opportunities – boating, golfing, tennis, and beach combing are just a few of the most popular activities! Best of all, residents of Bella Sol condominiums can enjoy many of Florida’s favorite pastimes within just a few feet of their front door! Bella Sol offers a lovely pool for swimming and sunbathing, and boat-slips so you can go fishing, boating, tubing, and more! No wonder so many retirees move to Florida – they have unlimited time to enjoy all that Florida has to offer.

 

5. Taxes

Many Florida residents, especially retirees, love the tax breaks we receive! One of the biggest perks is that there is no state income tax! If you are a retiree, the benefits of this are trifold: Social Security retirement benefits, pension income and income from IRAs or a 401(k) are not taxed! Florida also has no estate or inheritance tax. Finally, there are a number of property tax exemptions – you can read about those here.

6. Ease of Upkeep

One of the biggest perks to owning a new home in Florida is the relatively easy upkeep. Fewer leaves to rake, no snow to shovel, and less seasonal maintenance. Also, if you’re living in a Bella Sol condominium in Apollo Beach, our HOA will take care of all landscaping, exterior maintenance, and more!

7. Arts & Culture

Apollo Beach’s neighboring cities of Tampa, Sarasota, Clearwater, and St. Petersburg each have a range of museums to visit, as well as the Straz Center for theater, and many arenas and centers for shows, concerts, and conventions. Statewide, Florida is ranked #15 for most museums per capita, and theaters abound as well!

8. Travel Opportunities

Florida is home to five major airports: Jacksonville International Airport, Tampa International Airport, Miami International Airport, Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport, and Orlando International Airport. There are also a number of smaller airports, giving you plenty of opportunities to fly domestically or internationally.

Florida also offers an abundance of cruising opportunities. The Jacksonville Cruise Terminal serves Carnival Cruise Line. Port Canaveral in Orlando serves Carnival, Disney Cruise Line, Royal Carribbean International, and Norwegian Cruise Line. Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale serves 9 cruise lines, four of which were rated in the top 10 best cruise lines by Business Insider: Royal Carribbean, Seabourn Cruise Line, Silversea Cruises, and Cunard. Other popular cruise lines that sail from Port Everglades include Carnival, Celebrity Cruises, and Princess Cruises. Last, but certainly not least, Port Miami serves 19 lines, including Carnival, Princess, Royal Caribbean, Disney, Celebrity, Norwegian, Oceania Cruises, and Regent Seven Seas.

Where in the world do you want to go? Get there quickly and safely with any of the airlines or cruise lines that serve the Sunshine State!

happy couple sitting on a yacht

happy couple sitting on a yacht

 

No matter who you are, Florida certainly has something for everyone! Ideally situated on the west coast of south Central Florida, Bella Sol is conveniently located near all of Florida’s biggest cities, yet secluded enough to offer a relaxing atmosphere when you desire serenity. Your new home in Apollo Beach awaits – contact Bella Sol now!

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