When you’re considering relocating for work, Southwest Florida is a great choice! Many people who’ve vacationed, visited family, or otherwise enjoyed Southwest Florida’s culture and climate, find themselves falling in love with the area and wishing they never had to leave.
But what makes Southwest Florida so special? In addition to the sun and sand, Southwest Florida cities like Fort Myers and Cape Coral are peaceful places to live. The area boasts a crime rate lower than the national average, and there are plenty of things to do, including outdoor activities and art. Keep reading to learn more.
Moving to Florida Pros and Cons
Whether you’re relocating for work (wow, lucky!), the warmer climate, or simply because you LOVE Southwest Florida, there are so many great options of places to live. Here are some deciding factors to consider when choosing where to buy a home.
I don’t know many people who don’t love the beach! Cape Coral is a beautiful city with under 190,000 residents. With the Gulf of Mexico just a stone’s throw away, many popular beaches are within a short driving distance for a swim on a warm day and listening to the ocean. The following three beaches are some crowd favorites.
Lynn Hall Memorial Park is just a 20-minute drive from Cape Coral. The attraction here is Fort Myers Beach Pier. If you get hungry, the Times Square area has many restaurant options and is within walking distance. Times Square is also home to many unique shops that can get that shopping itch taken care of while lunch settles (No swimming on a full stomach!).
Lovers Key State Park is for you if you love peaceful walks, hunting for seashells, and watching wildlife. It’s less busy than most beaches, and you can rent bicycles as well as canoes and kayaks.
Captiva Beach is the perfect date night beach! Home to beautiful sunsets, you can walk along the sand for miles while listening to waves rolling in and watching the sun lower.
Cape Coral also has Sun Splash Family Water Park. Season passes for the park are available for reasonable prices, and the trained staff make the experience fun and safe for kids and a popular hangout for older preteens and teens!
Even if the beach isn’t your thing, there is something for everyone in Cape Coral: golf, biking, hiking, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, shopping…the list goes on! But don’t take my word for it, here are some reviews from actual residents:
“My wife and I moved here 3 years ago from New York and will never go back. The Cape is booming! It’s quiet, low crime, plenty of parks and if you love the water and beach you will be in heaven. Schools are good and people are generally nice. You do have some shady parts of the city, but most of it is single homes with families or retirees. Downtown is about to get a major facelift which should help the economy. Convenient to Ft. Myers, Tampa, and Naples. Wish we’d moved here years ago!”
“I love the safety and beauty of this city, and it is the perfect place to raise my family. The schools are excellent and the homes are beautiful. Despite the lack of diversity, I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.”
“Cape Coral is a great place to grow up because the city is so safe. If you like outdoor water sports, there is a huge canal and lake system within the city to do things like jet skiing, boating, and fishing. The city hosts a great Parks and Rec program that offers over 500 classes and sports for things to keep you busy.”
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