Surviving Storms in Florida - Is it Worth It?

by Jan Kennemer 09/27/2020

 Photo by Dimitris Vetsikas via Pixabay

There’s nothing like the South Florida sun, right? The beauty of the water, sandy beaches and plenty of things to do. Those are just a few reasons why Miami continues to be a popular destination – not only to visit, but to live as well. People see all the storms and inclement weather occurring during certain times of the year and constantly wonder if it’s worth it. Truthfully, that depends on whom you ask. Here’s why:


When the weather’s good, Miami is an amazing place to be. There’s nothing like being able to enjoy warm weather all year. On the flip side, when it’s time for storms and rain, Miami is almost never spared. You may have a year where it rains on almost every major holiday during the spring and summer. Then, you have hurricane season until the end of November.


Miami is a diverse environment where people are exposed to different cultures, food and people. Where else in the world will you find 7 or 8 different nationalities at one time? It’s a great place to learn how to understand other people and learn new things.


South Florida is a melting pot with shops and businesses from all over the world. Almost every major designer has a store in Miami, and if you’re looking for art and eclectic furniture, it’s the perfect place to find what you’re looking for. Florida has no taxes, so that’s just another reason and advantage for small business owners.

There are some years where you don’t hear anything about hurricanes or tropical storms. Then, there are the years where every week there’s some new threat brewing. It makes you question whether Miami or South Florida is really worth it. For those who can’t seem to get enough of the area, it’s a no brainer – it’s well worth it to them. If you’re ready to put up hurricane shutters, stand in line for gas and food at the grocery store, and make sure you have an emergency plan in place, Miami’s ready for you.

While many may see it as a negative, once you become a local, the word hurricane will make you listen to hear the category, but eventually it becomes a way of life. Natives and locals watch the news and say, “Oh, it’s just a Cat 1 or 2. We’re good.” There are some that leave and never look back, but the pros quickly outweigh the cons. Ready to make a change? Welcome home!

About the Author

Jan Kennemer

Jan will show you how you can live close to Washington, DC – by public transit and/or highway – and still enjoy all the many amenities and friendliness of a quiet community. Jan is a life-long resident of Arlington, Va. So, she is very familiar with northern Virginia …Arlington, Falls Church, Alexandria and close-in Fairfax. She knows where to find those little out-of the-way places where you will still get excellent value and a home that meets your needs. As a Realtor® for over 20 years, Jan has developed a customized system for marketing and selling properties which includes the latest technologies combined with tried and true practices. She has received special training in working with first time buyers, repeat buyers and seniors. She is a certified VHDA trainer and is certified as a Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES©). Jan is also a certified e-Pro. She gets results you want – the best price in the shortest time. Jan is dedicated to helping clients satisfy their needs and wants while providing them with a strong investment for the future. She is readily available to provide explanations and information. She won’t push you into making an uncomfortable choice. Jan helps you to fully understand the transaction, so that you can always make an informed decision based on facts and figures.