Preparing for Retirement in Florida

When preparing to move to Florida after your retirement, you may find that the Sunshine State is a little bit different than the rural midwestern community you’re used to. These changes can be startling as your body, stomach, and mind interact with new environments, but with some foresight, you can make these differences a joy instead of a pain.

Changing Weather

If you are arriving in Florida from the Great Plains, you are well adapted to tornados, blizzards, and drastically different seasons. Preparing for ocean-level humidity and the ever-present threat of a hurricane is a different matter, however. While you may be accustomed to regular thunderstorms, it is important to be ever-vigilant for evacuation orders should a tropical storm be headed your way.

Diversity in People

Across America, small-town populations are shrinking as the younger population moves to the cities to seek their fortune. Florida, however, is well-known as a spring break hotspot so you may have to prepare yourself for a generational gap. Furthermore, you are apt to meet many people on an H2A Guest Worker program or working summer jobs in resorts and restaurants who are from other countries where you may interact with different cultures.

Tropical Foods

While Midwesterners take pride in steak and sweet corn, Florida’s proximity to the ocean and equator change the traditional foods. Oysters and clams, conch and smoked fish are all common local foods for you to sample. Oranges and kumquats and strawberries grow heartily for a sampling of fruit. You can also try the Cuban sandwich across the state.

Culture shock can be a real experience, even within your own country as you move to a new region. But with some preparation of just what kind of changes to expect, you can make the transition smoother as you settle into your new home in Florida.