5 Things No One Will Tell You About Living in South Florida

Gloria Heck
Published on April 5, 2021

5 Things No One Will Tell You About Living in South Florida

Heading down South Florida? Here are 5 Things No One Will Tell You About Living In South Florida.

South Florida is insane! It’s also beautiful, fun, sunny, and humid. But, mostly, it’s crazy in here! More than the beautiful beaches, there are a few things you probably don’t know about living in South Florida and no one might have told you about these things!

We’ve all heard about the “Florida Man” meme who provides us with some comic relief by providing outrageous stories of absurdity that make us laugh and wonder, “how could anyone be so stupid”. There are some crazy people and stories of things that only happen here in the sunshine state of Florida.  But there are some things that no one will tell you about living in South Florida.

Sometimes It’s Cold in the Summer

One of the first things that I noticed about living in South Florida, having moved from Southern California 20 plus years ago, is that sometimes it gets cold. Because our weather tends to be very warm, people use air conditioning 10 out of the 12 months of the year.  They use it in their homes, in their businesses and in their cars and all retail facilities.  While it’s nice to come in from the 80-degree heat and feel the coolness of AC, after an hour or so it starts to get cold. If you are going to be indoors for an extensive period, you really need to remember to carry around something that will keep you warm when that AC coldness starts to kick in, so you do not freeze. They say your blood thins and your tolerance of cold is severely impacted by being in typical temperatures of 74-77.

Mosquitos Always Bite Some of Us

The humid temperature and tropical climate create a friendly environment for mosquitos. I know that if I am outside after it rains, the mosquitos will always take a nibble from my legs, feet or arms.  I have found that mosquito spray on my body just does not seem to work. So, if I’m going to be outdoors in a sedentary spot, I’ve got to do a few things to stay comfortable. I light citronella candles, use my tiki torches with citronella oil and let my mosquito nix spray system mist my patio with chrysanthemum infused liquid and hope I can get by with only a few bites because mosquitos always bite me.

Weather is Strange

The weather in South Florida is unpredictable. You may look up in the sky and see it very dark, the rain will start to pour buckets of water. Five minutes later, it will stop. There are times I will be driving and it’s raining in one area and I’ll drive a few miles in another direction and there is no rain and no evidence of rain. There are other instances during hurricane season when weather is especially interesting. The wind will blow at high speeds and large droplets of rain will fall sideways because of the wind. When the rain and wind stop there is a calmness in the air as in anticipation of the true storm. 

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The Hurricane in South Florida

Auto Insurance in South Florida is Expensive

I moved from Los Angeles to Miami twenty plus years ago and was accustomed to paying high premiums, but I had no idea what high premiums were until I moved to South Florida. These premiums are outrageously high and even higher if you have a young male driver, unfortunately.  One of the reasons that insurance is so high in South Florida is because of the no fault accident laws. They state insurance requirements are very low and up to 25% of the state drivers don’t have insurance, which makes it costly when accidents do arise. 

Also wanted to let you know that when you visit Florida for more than 90 days, you must register your car according to state law.

Wildlife is All Around

picture of an alligator

Alligators could exist in any lake, or body of water here in South Florida.   I have seen one swimming in the man-made lake of a new community development while showing property. There have been reports of gators strolling through neighborhoods, just like raccoons. Some of the other wildlife you might run across in South Florida are snakes, bobcats, coyotes, eagles, possums, or crocodiles. South Florida is home to various attractions that feature nature and the wildlife such as the Everglades National Park and the Fern Forest Nature Center in Coconut Creek.

These are five things that no one will tell you about living in South Florida. I hope this helps you decide about making South Florida your home.

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