If you’re from the north, we know why you are reading this post. The brutal winters have left their mark on you. In simple terms: you’re looking for some more sunshine.

Living in Florida is all about sunshine, but we’re sure you knew that already. It’s known as the sunshine state for a reason—many tourists vacation in the east coast cities like Miami and Daytona Beach.

But you’re exploring the southwest side. A new home in Florida is the perfect remedy to all your worries, especially on the gulf coast. The gulf coast has breathtaking beaches, but it offers so much more.

What makes southwest Florida a great place to live? We’ll talk about six different reasons to help you make that move to Florida.

1. No State Income Tax

Living in Florida has its perks. One of the first ones is the no personal income tax. What does this mean?

It means that living in the state provides you with the lowest tax burden. While you still will pay federal income taxes, no state income tax means you’ll make the most of your money.

Less money leaves your paycheck each month which speaks for itself. Tax season is less of a burden as well. You only have to submit a federal return.

Cape Coral and Fort Myers are on the list as some of the more affordable places to live. We understand that affordability is exactly what your family needs.

2. Plenty of Gorgeous Beaches to Visit

We can’t talk about the gulf without mentioning the beaches. The white sands and gorgeous crystal clear waters are postcard-worthy.

The beaches on the gulf coast are both quieter and calmer than those on the Atlantic. If you’re searching for tranquility, it is on the gulf coast. There aren’t as many harsh waves and massive surf opportunities.

This tranquility enables you to enjoy your swim and snorkeling. Speaking of snorkeling, the waters in the gulf are crystal clear. The crystal clear waters allow you to see everything swimming around in the ocean.

Our build areas include Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Pine Island, Estero, and Bonita Springs. Imagine your life where you will spend evenings and weekends on the beach.

3. Manageable Weather Conditions

Yes, we’ve all heard of hurricane season. The good news about hurricanes is the ability to plan for them. The manageable weather conditions are what really bring people to the area.

Remember those cold and snowy nights? All those times you had to plan to clean your car off in the morning? Those days are gone the minute you decide to make a move.

There’s a reason that many migrate to Florida during the winter months. During the winter months, temperatures hover between the 60s and 70s. That is much better than dealing with freezing temperatures in the north.

Prepare yourself to wear loose clothing and plenty of hats. You’ll only need a few sweaters, jackets, and jeans in the winter. Heavy winter coats, scarves, and gloves are a thing of the past.

4. Variety of Food Options to Choose From

Are you a seafood lover? Delicious seafood is on the horizon when you move to Florida. Waterfront dining will be your new favorite way to spend your evenings.

The gentle breeze and breathtaking views are enough for anyone to pack their bags and move. Imagine that same feeling when you go out to dinner each night.

Enjoy a nice fresh snapper with mango slaw or blue crab and gator bites. Fresh shellfish should also be on the list. The oysters and scallops are as fresh as they will get.

Let the food speak for itself and give you a unique look into why it is one of the most versatile foods in the world. Don’t forget to order the Cuban sandwich and key lime pie you’ve been craving. All the food available in the area is sure to satisfy.

5. Sports Are Just as Important as the Beach

There’s a variety of sports teams to pick from when living in Florida. Whether you enjoy football, baseball, hockey, or basketball, this state has the team for you. The large sports scene is perfect for kicking back and watching while on the beach.

But if you love water sports, the gulf coast is truly for you. Imagine spending your time in a boat on the ocean. It is a great bonding experience for the entire family.

You will really let your athletic side shine when living on the gulf. You can jetski with friends on the weekends. Kayaking and sailing is also a fun option to consider.

Get certified in SCUBA diving and learn how to wakeboard. If you’re really into impression, your family and friends take up kiteboarding. Kiteboarding is a combination of wakeboarding and snowboarding.

6. Cultural Diversity Your Family Will Appreciate

The cultural diversity in the gulf is vast. The arts and culture scene is wonderful for families. Live theater performances, art exhibits, and annual festivals will please the entire family.

The Arts Council of Southwest Florida brings 19 organizations together. It consists of over 6,800 artists. If you’re a member, you will get to take educational classes and display personal artwork.

Some cultural gems in the area include the various wildlife. The 400 species of birds on the beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel are enough to keep you entertained. Add dolphins and the diverse aquatic wildlife, and you’ll be set.

Living in Florida: The Relaxation You’ve Been Longing For

Living in Florida will be the best decision you’ve ever made. Enjoy wonderful views, a variety of aquatic life, and sunshine for more than 200 days out of the year. At Coral Isle Builders, we’re dedicated to giving you the home you’ve always wanted.

We have a variety of Southwest Florida homes to meet your need. Visit our website to view the floor plans we have available. We have beautiful Spanish styles, coastal contemporary, and more.