When talking about Florida, images of beaches, palm trees, and Spring Break parties come to mind. There is a reason it is called The Sunshine State: Florida is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world because of its generally sunny weather. However, the state should be given credit more than for its beaches. Its generally very laidback atmosphere makes it a great place to live in.
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Moira McGarvey, founder of retirement planning site GangsAway!, wrote that Florida is a great place for retirement because of its low cost of living, which is perfect for those on a budget. Another reason would be the absence of income taxes, estate taxes, and inheritance taxes, as well as accessible healthcare services. Of course, these advantages aren’t just for the elderly; working professionals would equally benefit from these.
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Meanwhile, the younger generations can also enjoy living in The Sunshine State because of its thriving art scene and picturesque hangouts and a downtown that is full of energy. Art lovers can visit the many art galleries and museums that celebrate artists from different cultures, as well as watch theater productions in its key cities. Those looking to soak up the sun can go to any of the 161 state parks that offer a relaxing atmosphere. And for those seeking to enjoy good food and great finds, Florida is home to trendy urban centers like Miami and St. Petersburg where one can find quaint shops and restaurants that serve the best local dishes.
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Indeed, Florida is the perfect home for those looking to have a quiet and relaxed life, where one can wear flip-flops any time of day and walk around the lively streets while enjoying the warm weather and the natural beauty of the water.
Melissa Yardy is a licensed real estate broker who has been selling properties in Pinellas County, Florida, for more than 30 years. Visit her website to learn how she can help you get your dream home in The Sunshine State.