December 4, 2020
Living the Good Life

Living the Good Life

| 10/30/2020

The world loves to play in Florida, and our numbers show it. In 2019, a record 131.4 million visitors graced our shores briefly and then went home … to gray skies and chilly winds no doubt and to spending the next 50 weeks or so planning another Florida vacation.

So, here’s a thought: Instead of wishing you were in Florida when the snow flies, move your business here and enjoy all of these advantages year-round:

History
Forget Virginia and Massachusetts. Florida is where America began in 1545. Its birthplace — St. Augustine — is a treasure trove for history buffs.

Culture
Florida celebrates art with 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; an amazing assortment of art and circus memorabilia amassed by John and Mable Ringling in Sarasota; and the world’s largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture at Florida Southern College in Lakeland.

Tons of fun
Some of the world’s most visited theme parks — Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, SeaWorld Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa and LEGOLAND Florida — are all here, along with the Kennedy Space Center Complex; NASCAR; pro baseball, basketball, football, hockey and soccer franchises; more than a dozen zoos; at least two dozen aquariums and a turtle hospital; USTA’s National Training Center in Orlando; PGA golf tournaments to watch in person and 1,250+ golf courses to play

Wonders to behold
Natural beauty abounds in Florida. Catch a sunrise over Miami Beach and celebrate the sunset in Key West. The Western Hemisphere’s only natural coral reef is here as are the Everglades, Lake Okeechobee, dozens of rivers with tongue-twisting names and an interesting assortment of wildlife — eagles and egrets, black bears, panthers, alligators, manatees, key deer, dolphins and sea turtles, to name a few.

Abundant warmth and sunshine
Florida’s average annual temperature is 75 degrees F (24 degrees C), and coastal cities average 240 sunny days per year. And no matter where you choose to settle, a sandy beach and saltwater are never more than 90 minutes away.

 

2 National Seashores

175 State Parks

700 Natural Springs

1,711 Rivers and Streams

3 National Parks

663 Miles of Beaches

1,197+ Miles of Coastline

7,700 Lakes

 

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