So maybe you have visited the beautiful Emerald Coast and you are thinking to yourself that I might want to buy a condo while I am out there. Seems like a pretty good investment. Well, these are
7 Whys Not To Live In The Destin-Fort Walton Beach Florida Area - Things To Know!
Dated: December 4 2020
So, you are headed to Destin Florida area and you want to know the good bad and the ugly about moving here. In today’s blog, we narrow it down into the top reasons not to move to the Destin area. Let us get into it.
Honestly, we get so many phone calls, emails, and texts every single day of people moving to the Destin - Fort Walton Beach areas and we absolutely love it! If you are thinking about moving or relocating, make sure you reach out to us, give us a call, send a text, shoot us an email or send that carrier pigeon our way. However, you would like to get a hold of us, we have your back when moving to Fort Walton Beach!
Based on our experience and the experiences of our past clients and friends we came up with the top 7 things you need to know about why living in the Destin Florida area might not be for you. We are going to jump right into these reasons on why not to move to the Destin Florida area. Be sure to read until the end. We give you a bonus!
Let us start going down the list with reason #7! That is Hurricanes. Yes, we get them. Yes, they can be bad. We have what you call a “Hurricane Season”. Now depending on where you are living, you may only get strong wind, maybe some wing damage, and some rain. Depending on where you live you could be in a flood zone. Before purchasing, we can always check if your home would be in a flood zone.
Now #6, Sun damage. The weather here is amazing and sometimes can be hot! Be sure to wear your sunscreen! The sun can be brutal out there. Especially if you are on the water or even laying by the water. Protect yourself and your skin!
Onto #5, Swamp Land. You are probably wondering “What do you mean by swampland?”. Florida was built on a swamp. There are some areas where your home could be built on or near a swamp area. Of course, there are areas where that is not the case.
Let us jump into #4, Tourist! With summer months brings a lot of tourists. Now do not get me wrong. We LOVE our tourists! We love what you all bring to our economy as well. If you are a local though it can be a little frustrating at times. You are at your favorite restaurant, but it is taking forever due to all the tourists. That can be frustrating. Your local stores and beaches are going to be crowded as well. You may learn times that work out better for you in between the tourist.
Now $3, Bugs!! Wait. Bugs? What kind of bugs are we talking about exactly? Well, we have mosquitos, and they can be bad. Especially depending on the area, you are in. Are you camping? Maybe hanging out by the bay? Be sure to bring your bug spray! Another major bug problem we have is the sandflies! Do they bite? Yes, yes, they can! They can be pesky little flies too. Once the months start getting cooler, they do tend to go away. They are not always out but when they are, watch out and be prepared!
Onto #2, that is the other wildlife we have here. Wildlife? Like sharks? Now, yes, we do have sharks. It is the Gulf after all. There is more! We have black bears! Now, there have been no bear attacks on people to my knowledge but do watch out for your pets. The black bears have learned to live with us. It is best to keep your trashcans in your garage or have bear locks on your cans. Try your best not to attract them. If you have your pets outside, just be sure to keep your ears and eyes on alert.
Other than black bears there are snakes to be on the lookout for. Most will be non-venomous but be careful. Especially if you are out hiking or camping.
I mentioned sharks and that is true. Sharks are in our water here. Shark attacks are very uncommon here and do not happen often. We also have amazing lifeguards to help better protect us well! Along with sharks we have stingrays, jellyfish, and other marine life. Stingrays seem to never be an issue. Jellyfish on the other hand can be bad some days or even weeks! They can be a problem if you are trying to relax in the water or even snorkeling.
Okay, let us get to our #1! That is the heat! Woah! It can get hot here and that you can feel. Some days can be in the 90s and other days can be in the 100’s. Along with the heat we have humidity! Our humidity levels can be extremely high here. You wake up, shower, get ready, and then once you walk outside it feels like you need a shower all over again! This can be a major issue for people. They cannot stand the heat and the humidity that comes along with it. Now to me, the Gulf makes it worth it.
Now I told you that I had a bonus so let us get right into that! Our bonus is traffic! Remembered how I mentioned the tourist can be an issue here? Well with tourists comes extra traffic! With tourists, there are coming and going to the beach, shopping, entertainment, and eating! Typically, you can learn the busier times and when exactly will be the best time for you to get out. Just know with our tourist months does come more traffic.
If any of these reasons scare you enough not to move here – well do not hesitate to stay right where you are. As much as we would love for you to move here. We know the area is not meant for everyone! Please come to still visit! Now if this DID NOT scare you off and you are still considering a move to Destin or the surrounding areas, shoot me a quick text, email, or give me a call. My team and I have your back when it comes to moving to the Emerald Coast! Do not forget to check back with us every Thursday at 7 pm for our new blog and video! See ya!
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