|Quoting B6JFKH81 (Reply 8):|
Sure, a lot of people go to the east coast too (hence the Miami area being called the 6th borough of NYC LOL), but plenty of folks prefer to go to other parts. I know quite a few people that have moved to the Sarasota/Venice/Tampa area in their retirement. My parents are going to move into The Villages which surprised me considering for the last 40+ years they have been a few minute drive to any beach around here (my dad walks the boardwalk at Sunken Meadow on most mornings) and now they'll be in central Florida with no beach close by. They were also looking in the Jacksonville/St. Augustine area for a while but decided on The Villages. I guess as time marches on, the "norms" either change or disappear since everyone has their own tastes and likes.
I agree that the MIA
areas are like the 6th borough of New York City, I spent a lot of time in these areas back in my JetStar flying days and visiting relatives who retired to the FLL
area, which is the reason why I bought property in the Sarasota area, I run back and forth a lot between LGA
and either TPA
because of business investments in this area.
You tend to see more mid westerners than New Yorkers in this area and well as Canadians and is more spread out than the congested areas along I-95 from MIA
, so you don’t have the traffic, wall to wall high rises along the beachfront, or for that matter the crime problems and real estate is more affordable than the east coast of Florida, and also get to see fabulous sunsets in the evening, can’t beat sitting on Siesta Key or Turtle Beach watching the sun go down on the Gulf of Mexico while enjoying a nice glass of wine.
I hope you parents like the Villages, I have been there and was not impressed, mainly for the same reason, its almost 70 miles to the nearest beach, but if they are golfers, then they are in golf paradise, 27 golf courses to choose from.