From Cape Cod to the Sunshine State
Cape Cod is a popular tourist destination. The most parts of Cape Cod have been separated from the mainland since 1914 by the Cape Cod Canal, which cuts approximately 7 miles across the peninsula’s base. The territory of Cape Cod is made up of 15 towns and has 14 lighthouses spread out all over the Cape.
In fact, Cape Cod has more lighthouses than any other county in the US. Its ample beaches and interesting history attracts millions of tourists every year. It is estimated that 65% of Cape Cod tourists visit the Cape during the summer months and early fall to enjoy its great weather and beautiful foliage.
Moving from Cape Cod to Florida is quite an adventure, but you will soon fall in love with Florida’s weather (hurricanes, tornadoes, and thunderstorms not included), atmosphere, people, cultural, scene, and its coastline which is over 1300 miles, the longest one in America.
You may often hear people call Florida the Land of Flowers, but did you know how it got this nickname? In 1513, explorer Juan Ponce de León gave Florida its name which comes from Spanish “Florido” and means “full of flowers”. All kinds of flowers that is!
The climate north and south
The weather of Cape Cod is usually more moderate than inland locations in the USA, Florida included. Thanks to the Atlantic Ocean influence, Cape Cod’s temperatures during the summer are usually a few degrees lower than the neighboring mainland and a few degrees higher during the winter. The spring season in Cape Cod is also delayed most of the time since most of the Cape is surrounded by the ocean.
Compared to Cape Cod, Florida offers a better weather year-round and lots of sunshine. Its northern part experiences a subtropical climate while its southern part a tropical one but most parts of the state offer a mild weather during the winter with hot and humid summers. Lots of hurricanes occur throughout the state too, especially between mid-August and late October.
Population and housing costs
South Florida and North Florida differ a lot when it comes to climate, culture, nightlife, and atmosphere. With some aspects so much that traveling from one part to the other feels like traveling to another state.
Right now Florida is home to almost 21 million people which makes it the third most populous country in the US. Florida also has a lot of pre-contact Native communities such as the Seminole Tribe and early Spanish settlements like the one of St. Augustine which dates back to the year 1565 and the city is the oldest in the nation. You can still visit these tribes and early Spanish-established settlements to this day if you are curious and interested enough.
Florida has no income tax and it is a popular destination for retirees thanks to its warm weather as well as its tax-friendly retirement benefits. The state is also a popular destination for all millennials who want to own their own home.
Things to do in Florida
Florida is a paradise for golf lovers, surfers, and anyone who loves outdoor activities such as swimming, hiking, fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding, and biking. If you didn’t know already, tourists are a major part of Florida’s life. Orlando in particular is such a popular destination that it attracts more visitors than any amusement park in the US.
Whenever you have some free time, go visit the largest lake in Florida – Lake Okeechobee, the Universal Orlando, Florida Keys, South Beach, Magic Kingdom, Everglades National Park, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios or any other destination you are willing to spend your free time at.
Moving to Florida with a car
Getting around in the Land of Flowers is hard without a car, so if you are going to ship your car to Florida you’re off to a great start. Once you establish your move, you will have up to 30 days to register and title your car with your local DHSMV. Keep in mind that you will have to register and title your car at the same time in order to legally drive it. If you need more info on the documents you need to prepare, make sure you read all the specific details about car registration in advance.
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