A lot of people consider moving to Florida, especially because it’s a tax-free state and if you don’t like cold weather, this might be the perfect place for you.
There is no doubt that it’s a nice place to live in, but as usual, it comes with ups and downs. And what if the downs are greater compared to the ups?
Are you ready for retirement? If the answer is yes and you have your own stable plan for moving to another place, I will tell you that Florida might not be your destination. Why? I have one thing to say: hurricanes.
Did you know that almost 21 million people are currently living in the Sunshine State? And the numbers continue to grow each year.
Click on the next page to go through 9 reasons that might change your mind regarding your retirement destination.
53 thoughts on “These 9 Things Might Make You Hate Florida”
Hot,humid, Bug infested , Smelly swamp Overcrowded terrible drivers
I agree completely with your comments about Florida, bugs, heat, hurricanes. We do have a condo in Florida, but spend only Jan thru early Mar there. We are considering more of Dec there. Our condo is on the Atlantic, but in the most Northerly location we could find in FL. Otherwise we much prefer Wisconsin where we worked and lived 40 years or Rocky Mountains where we grew up.
I think your comments about Florida could apply to almost any state. There isn’t a state that I can think of that could not come up with 9 things to keep you from moving to that state. Where do you live. If you life in the NW part of the US I certainly could come up with more that 9 things to say bad about moving there.
Love Florida !!! Everything you stated here can be most southern and some Northern states…..except for the alligators. But TAX FREE really makes up for it!!! Hurricanes and high heat happen up North..but at least in FL we are prepared for it…..NY is a mess is the summer with blackouts and temp restrictions on you cooling systems……SO yes, I LOVE FLORIDA!!
All these things are true and more. After retiring there 22 years ago, I am leaving. The traffic is horrible. Restaurants are packed. Medical treatment is sketchy – depending on what part of Florida you live in.
There are over a million alligators in the state. They are in every pond, lake, canal, and sometimes in the surf.
They are aggressive, fast and won’t hesitate to come out of the water. and attack. Many deaths and serious injuries have been caused by these creatures. Not uncommon to find them in gardens and shopping malls.
In the winter the great whites migrate from New England to Palm Beach…..At least 250 at last count.
I RETIRED IN INDIAN RIVER COUNTY,FLORIDA 35 YEARS AGO, STILL HERE, NOT AS BAD AS SOME MAKE IT OUT TO BE. WHEN IT GETS TOO HOT, STAY INSIDE, JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING IN FLORIDA IS AIR CONDITIONED! IT SURE BEATS SHOVELING SNOW. EVERY STATE HAS SOMETHING THAT YOU MAY NOT LIKE ABOUT IT, SO…SEE YOU SOON! ?
OK, so you folks HATE Florida……..it is a choice, of course!
Houses near the shore have dropped, due to global warming??? What shore are prices going down? Waterfront house have increased in value more than non waterfront! If global warming is so bad, why are banks still loaning on waterfront property.
Global warming, ok then why are the ones pushing this buying beachfront homes ??
Moved to Jacksonville Florida 10 months ago and I must admit it’s not perfect, but nowhere is Perfect ! Very Little Taurus in the Jacksonville area, closest is St Augustine 40 mi to the south ! It’s not Hot all year in this area , from December to March temperatures can average fro the 30’s to the low 70’s . The summers are humid and rainy but it is bearable and the Hurricanes aren’t as numerous as south or west Florida ! It’s much better than freezing my buns in 10 degrees and Snow in New Jersey ! Thank you very much but I’m very Satisfied here, my only regrets are that I didn’t move here 20 years ago !
My in-laws were ‘snowbirds’ that spent their winters in a rented condo (at Villa Vista) on cocoa beach. The wife and I would visit them in winter for ten days to two weeks. Nothing quite like getting on a plane in Syracuse NY during a frigid snow storm and getting off in 80F and SUNSHINE. We spent most days on the beach and then the pool and the biggest decision was where we might go for dinner. We went to WDW about a dozen times over the years… I miss those days.
I lived in Florida for @ 60 years-from birth to retirement, & finally was able to leave to live in the North Carolina mountains. All the negatives listed in the article are absolutely correct & that is why I left. Never intend to return-even for a visit. The incessant heat & humidity, as well as the crowds, are miserable. Think twice before moving there.
Maybe a long summer vacation in any part of the state would be a better choice & allow you to reconsider your plans after the experience there.
I still like Florida. Been there before, and yes it is humid but I had live in the tropics and worked in the Middle East. Considering some of my good friends are there, yes I am considering to move to Florida sometime.
And Titusville is the place. . .haven’t heard of hurricane there. But thank you the input, though. worth reading!
Every place has its pluses and minuses. I’ve been in Florida going on 5 years and though it’s a little warmer than usual this year, I lived in Oklahoma in 1980 when it reached 100 on or around 5/31 and stayed that way for 90 days!
I’ll take the warmer winters – better than 0 or 15 – and a lot more sunshine than most places. We love it here – so, please, by all means stay where you are!!
All the cons are well known to the people of Florida and …. all of them are temporary and Hurricanes
are not a daily occurrence ! This year so far : NOTHING and the weather is FANTASTIC !
I am a New Yorker who spend a lot of time in Florida ! Florida = a bit of Paradise !
After living here for 30 plus years I regret ever moving from Massachusetts! It is not the paradise it used to be. The housing market is a nightmare, people drive like maniacs and after a few hurricanes and more people moving in its becoming a dump!
Florida has DeSantis – THAT is reason enough to hate it!
So, stay out then… go move to a blue state!
I lived in sarasota FL for over 15 years! It was wonderful and I would move back in a New York minute. I left because my sister was dying and she was in Wisconsin. ( NOW THAT STATE BLOWS) I wasn’t able to return for financial reasons. I miss Sarasota so much i cry! This is a different world now. No one can help as the cost of living is just out of this world.
I respect your opinion however I don’t feel as you do.
Gators got yeh granny!! Lol
As ever and remember ” opinions are like ass ….and everyone has one” Clint Easteood
Be safe and stay happy
Its the same way in Las Vegas. The auto dealers put sights on your hood for a better aim. Pedestrians are allowed to walk around with drinks in their hands and that includes the side walks and streets. They do however have bridges going over the main drag in Vegas .
Hmmmm ? Thought of moving there & be a snowbird as own in country, N.Y., neighbors far enough away for each & all to mind own business & enjoy your life. I would like to find a small place “out of the way” in FL. / I don’t like people up my #$$ and like my privacy. seems like most place-like sardines down there or underdevelopment to become the next can > of sardines // word also is folks go there to die?? If i am going to move somewhere it’s going to be where i can enjoy life, hell that’s why we were given it/ not worry about next blow over & no one up my #$$esp, some nosey one who has nothing better to do with their time then to be in my business , that would not go over well > I believe in GOOD FENCE’S MAKE GREAT NEIGHBORS!
I grew up in a small suburb of Peoria, Illinois. As a young child I loved the snow. As an adult, I hated every winter I had to get out and drive in it (which is basically every day!). My folks took my brother, & I on a 2 week vacation every summer to Daytona Beach, Florida. As I aged, I knew that I would one day live in Florida so I could escape all the cold Illinois offered. That dream came true when I moved to Ormond Beach, FL in 2004. I found a job in my profession (Pharmacy Technician), met a wonderful guy who ran his own business (Mobile Computer Tech) & we married in 2006 in a beachside ceremony. I am living my dream!!
You are probably thinking.. so you gave up snow & tornados for hurricanes? We ended up buying a home in Silver Springs, FL (Home of the famous Glass Bottom Boats!) Being in the central part of the state, we feel a bit safer than living coastal. Plus being central in the state, its only an hour & a half driveto be at either coast!
The state of Florida will all be under water shortly. Like in the next 5 years. But most of California and the east coast also. Inland, Colorado is nice. Galveston, Houston, and New Orleans gone.
Thankfully, I am not FROM Florida. I am temporarily stuck IN Florida!! As you’ve pointed out much later in this well-made list: The environment in FL is pretty basic. And I don’t like it at all. I want outta here, already! The only reason I am even down here to begin with is because my Mom brought us, WAAAY back in 2003.
Yeah, this is right…Florida is my Mom’s ALL-TIME favorite U.S. state. Sadly, it’s not mine. In fact, I fear the stress of me feeling trapped in what I call “the trops” is killing me…Slowly. Am I sunk as a boat in a hurricane if I’m not able to escape away from the trops and up North to a place with 4 seasons and less bugs?
Florida is not hot in the winter time, it is delightful in many parts of the state. Away from the coast, the sky is clear, and the nights are very cool. Sometimes it’s so cool, there is frost! As far south as Gainsville. And further, cold fronts often make to Miami, even the keys.
The roads are not crowded in the summer (inland), there are more blue hairs in the winter. NOT good drivers either.
yes big bugs and big lizards, even really big birds
you do not need to get anywhere near that tourist crap
I am a Florida native. Yes, it is very hot. Yes, we do have terrible hurricanes. yes, we have bugs. Yes, in South Florida it is over populated. Yes, down there in Central & South Florida there are whole lot of tourist. And Yes down there it is too expensive. Global Warming is not a concern, because that is total propaganda.
But I live in North Florida. And like California (so I am told) that really Is a beautiful place. There are vast strechs of Forest here.., and you can still see old Floria as it was before the yankees came to ruin it. You alo didn’t mention about how acros teh state tyhere are so many beautiful parks, beaches and marsh areas. We have amazing wildlife, birds that are stunning and the Florida Alligator- a predator in swamps- but still a magnificent beast. I LOVE FLORIDA. I sould not and would not live anywhere else. But you are right.. if the above factors bother you.. then Don’t move here. We don’t want more belly aching Yankees down here anyway.
I can’t believe your negativity. I love Florida.m, heat and all. Rather be hot than cold.
Your obviously from the free State of california
Born & raised in Miami 90 years ago, I spent most of my life in Florida — but I’m so glad we moved to western NC. We only miss Florida in January and February now, that’s the only time it’s truly livable there.
Reminds me of LA in the 70’s, Crowded, too many people on highways, lousy food and worse restaurants. Terrible MEDIICAL doctors.
Brought to you by The States of New York and Illinois in a feeble attempt to reign in the mass exodus of long term residents leaving to Florida. If you want residence to stay, then punish corruption and end the hyper insane policies.
Do you really expect to live 100 years after you retire???
I moved to central Florida eighteen years ago from snowy Syracuse and have no regrets. I own my home and find it much cheaper than up north. Despite running my air conditioner continuously my energy bills are much cheaper than up north besides it does get cooler in the winter months. If anyone takes your article seriously and decides not to retire in Florida they are foolish. It is not the hellhole you describe in your article. The retirement community I live in , Stonecrest is the best place I have ever lived with the friendliest and kindest neighbors I have ever lived with. Don’t let this silly article cause you to visit Florida and enjoy it’s many pleasures. It is a very large state with lots to see.
Lived in Michigan and now go between Arizona and Florida. Arizona is no picnic either. Extremely hot and humid during monsoon season. Plus have scorpions and snakes to worry about. I am 75 and mountains don’t give me much entertainment. Not going to do mountain climbing. Michigan was gray, cold and snowy. Very short summers. Each state has pros and cons. We love Florida – traffic and all.
The only thing I don’t like about Florida is the BUGS!!!!!
You forgot to mention the exorbitant HOA fees.
I grew up in Florida. It was a nice place to live until Disney came! Wages were kept low because of the mouse Then many people, including governors cared more about tourist than life long residents . Housing cost have skyrocketed. Traffic in most areas is terrible. I-4 is a joke.there needs to be more free access & parking for beaches. Growing up we were told they’d NEVER let them build in the rest of the state what they did in Miami That’s a laugh they’ve done exactly that. Yes there are some areas that aren’t overcrowded but every month more areas are overbuilt. My heart aches for the Florida I grew up in. Don’t move to Florida to get out of the snow. Yes there are a lot of bugs, snakes,alligators & other critters in FL.
While in the navy for four years, from ’54 to ’58 I spent most of that time on an LSM (landing ship medium) operating out of Biscayne Bay in Miami Fla. and when we were in port I had to take my turn standing watch outside. My biggest complaint was being attacked by mosquitos during what I call the mosquito season. Other than that, I enjoyed the climate without hurricanes.
Thank you for discouraging people to come to Florida. I have lived in FL since 1958(I was 7 months old). I absolutely love where I live. The Space Coast. It gets hot but we have our freezing days. Too many cold days is not good for the orange trees so okay with us. I can visit the mountains anytime (and I have) but I like running to my mailbox barefoot in the winter. Can’t do that in the northern states. So to avoid more overcrowding we’re okay with you just visiting. In fact we love having you visit. So enjoy your stay.
I’m still leaving for FL> on Dec.19 & coming home May 11th. Nothing could make me spend another winter in RI.
There are no hurricanes in the winter!
Didn’t think I could handle Florida, but loving it. Getting away up north for some time in summer makes it so much better, and we have the best governor ever!
!st. There is DeSantis!
2nd. The humidity. Know that whatever you save on heating costs you will spend on cooling
3rd. It is too hot to be a pedestrian. Get an e-bike. Everyone’s doing it.
4th.Forget all the rest of the negatives if you don’t want to spend eight months a year in cold, grey, rainy, sleet-y, slushy depressing weather.
Well as someone who has lived in Florida since 1983, and consider myself a Floridian. This state has changed for the worse as far as pricing goes for housing I bought my first house for $54,000 a 2 bedroom 1-1/2 bath on a double lot, and that same property now is easily 150-180 K for one lot and don’t forget about homeowners insurance I consider it extortion. to your point about the roads yes they can be congested especially here in Pinellas county we are a very dense county but other counties have larger areas of low populated areas especially away from the beach where you might find more affordable homes. Hurricanes are not to be feared only respected and prepared for as for the heat and humidity you get used to it and we do have these things called air conditioners and you can design a breezeway around your home to make it cooler. But the real reason not to move here is we simply don’t want you here we are tired of the bullshit about how you did things up north or wee ever and you stupid sports teams if everything is better where you came from go the fuck home.
I live in Florida. Homeowner’s insurance is very expensive. My daughter lives on a canal and is thinking of moving because her dock has flooded twice and her roof has been damaged by hurricanes. Her neighbor got his back yard and swimming pool flooded with seawater. I’ve found two scorpions in my bedroom and my neighbor found a rattlesnake. The only thing I hate worse than floods, bugs, and snakes is snow!
there is one more reason not to move to Florida—-it’s a red state with an awful Governor!!!!!
Then move back to your liberal leftist communist state. Take your attitude and politics back and support the true criminal Joe Biden.
certainly beats California I could think of 150 reasons not to live there. It’s been ruined unfortunately.
What about sink holes, alligators, crazy politics….
I moved here and agree with you. Think carefully before time goes by and you’re stuck here.
I lived in Florida three different times and hated it each time. I especially do not like constantly perspiring and walking around in soggy clothes. Now that I am a senior citizen I have no desire to live there. Plus, even though I am 80 I do not want to be around old people all the time. They are not particularly interesting to me; and, No, I am not anti-social.
From my point of view there are many more lovely areas to live in this magnificent country than in Florida.