Relax and stay awhile | Florida’s main assets
At the end of 2019, after welcoming 131 million visitors – the highest number on record in a single year – Florida had reason to be optimistic about 2020 … until COVID-19 raised its ugly head, ending national and international travel. At the end of the year, the number of visitors to Florida reached 87 million, a drop of 34%.
Interest in Florida, however, has never waned; he just took off in new directions. People weren’t planning a Florida vacation so much; they were moving in. Between April 2020 and April 2021, Florida welcomed nearly 330,000 new residents, a trend that is expected to continue into 2025 at an average rate of 845 new residents per day.
If this almost peculiar behavior makes you think – âWhy Florida? ” “Why now?” – here is a simple glimpse of the lifestyle we have to offer:
Give up Massachusetts and Virginia! Florida is where the United States officially began with the founding of St. Augustine in 1565. Find out – there is much to see and do in this well-preserved century-old city.
Florida celebrates art in every way: eclectic galleries in Miami Beach, Bradenton, Naples and Key West; original works by Salvador Dali in St. Petersburg and Louis Comfort Tiffany in Winter Park; Ringling’s fine art and circus memorabilia on display in Sarasota; and the world’s largest collection of architecture by Frank Lloyd Wright at Florida Southern College in Lakeland.
A lot of pleasure
Some of the world’s most visited theme parks – Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, SeaWorld Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa, and LEGOLAND Florida – took a hiatus during the height of the pandemic, but have since returned, along with the Kennedy Resort Space Center; NASCAR; more than a dozen zoos; at least two dozen aquariums and a turtle hospital; USTA National Training Center in Orlando; PGA golf tournaments and over 1,250 golf courses to play; plus a full range of professional sports franchises, including these champions: MLB’s Tampa Bay Rays (receiving the 2020 American League pennant); NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Super Bowl LV winners, 2021); and the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning (back-to-back Stanley Cup winners, 2020 and 2021).
Natural beauty abounds in Floridaâ¦ and thank goodness. Our theme parks, museums, theaters, zoos, and sporting venues may have been closed during the height of the pandemic, but since you can’t close a door on the ocean or close a forest, there was still plenty to do. see and do: the Western Hemisphere’s only natural coral reef; the Everglades; Lake Okeechobee; dozens of rivers with incredible names; and interesting natives – eagles and egrets, black bears, panthers, alligators, manatees, Key deer, dolphins and sea turtles. And now that your quarantine is over, you can celebrate a sunset in Key West … socially distanced, well sure.
Almost immutable forecast
Florida’s nickname is âThe Sunshine Stateâ for a reason. Coastal cities here average 240 sunny days a year, and the state’s annual average temperature is 75 degrees F (24 degrees C). Best of all, no matter where you set up shop, a sandy, saltwater beach is never more than 90 minutes away.
Best in the United States | St. Pete Beach # 1 – plus 7 other Florida beaches among the top 25 in the country
The best in the world | St. Pete Beach # 5 – the only American beach to appear on the international list