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Where do I buy my vacation property, in Orlando or Miami?

Posted by Helena Grossberg on November 3, 2013
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Are you wondering if you should buy your vacation property in Orlando or Miami and can’t decide? Check out the two cities here.

The reality is that there isn’t one city better than the next one. It all depends on what you and your family prefers. While one city offers the beach, the other has wonderful parks for the children. But this is just the beginning.

Miami

Miami is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world. With a population of 2.5 million people in 2012, it is considered a global commercial, industrial, and financial center for its very central location in the hemispheres. Known as Miami-Dade County, it is located in the South of Florida, just below Broward county, better known as Fort Lauderdale, adding another 2 million people to the mix. Completing the tri-county area is the West Palm Beach county, with the famous Boca Raton and West Palm Beach cities, with an additional population of 1.2 million. Of all the residents, 60% are of Latin origin.

The majority of the residents are immigrants from other states as well as other countries. Many are attracted to the city for its tropical climate, running away from the snow, or the political or economic turmoil of their countries. Others still come to Miami for its universities and hospitals, searching better schools and treatments, and remain afterwards, having fallen in love with its weather, quality of life, and many other options. This is a city that vibrates day and night with beauty, bikinis, drinks, palm trees, many lights, and… oh, have I started to describe the gorgeous beaches?

Miami has many attractions, from tourism, shopping, cultural and sports events, and even casinos. Here, you can go to the beach and enjoy all water sports, in all size boats, and even go on a last minute cruise. The nightlife is awesome, with many clubs where you can spot a celebrity or simply have a drink with your friends. There is always a new festival happening, art shows, wine shows, theaters, or something new to see.

There are many malls in the city, including the famous Aventura Mall, and the Sawgrass Outlet Mall. There is also the IKEA store, the Swedish manufacturer and one of the largest furniture retailers in the world. There are other outdoor major shopping centers as well, such as the Gulfstream Racetrack, Hard Rock Café, or BaySide Mall. In addition to these, each neighborhood has its own supermarket and mall, such as the Dadeland, The Falls, International Mall, Bal Harbour, Galleria, Festival, Boca, and so many others, each with its own individual characteristics.
Miami grew without any planning, and given the unemployment of the last few years (9.2% in 2013), it isn’t rare to find areas that are run down or some beggars in the street corners. Few years ago, this was inexistent in the US, but it is a reality today.

From Miami , in a few hours, it is possible to go South to Key West, go West to Naples, and North to Orlando, Daytona and St. Augustine or Jacksonville, all beatifull places. Miami is a major port not only to cargo ships, but to various cruise lines from around the world as well.

Orlando

Here, you can stay in an eternal state of vacation, playing with Mickey Mouse and the other Disney characters. With 249 thousand residents in 2012, it is a lot smaller and more informal than Miami.

Orlando has many parks such as Universal, Legoland, SeaWorld, Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, Wet ‘n’ Wild, Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon, Kennedy Space… The list is gigantic. It is difficult to see all the parks in one week, in one trip. It is necessary to come visit the city and the parks a few times, get to know each roller coaster, each corner of each park. The truth is, you need an entire childhood!

The difficult part in Orlando, or at the parks in general, is that during the vacations, there are lots of lines to see the attractions. For this reason, it is always best to visit them off season, and for those who have a property in the area, it is great to just go see a park or another during each visit.

Properties in Orlando are also much more accessible than the properties in Miami. Even hotels in the area are not that expensive. But tickets to the parks can be costly, when added all the tickets to the family, per day. There are discounts for those who are residents of Florida, don’t forget to check that out.

Orlando was created as a planned city, and it was the dream of our beloved artist Walt Disney. Unemployment was 6.5 in 2012, bringing many workers from other states, attracted by the low cost of living of the area as well as the good transportation system provided by the hotels, parks, and private companies.

Orlando also has its shopping malls and outlets. The best known is the The Mall at Milenia, with more than 150 stores and restaurants. For outlet stores, the Prime has two locations, also with 150+ stores each one.

The city is centrally located in the state, and it has been turned into a logistic center for many export companies. Orlando is an hour away from Tampa at the West side, Gainsville at the North, and Miami at the South.

The temperature here is a little warmer than Miami, because it is missing the sea breeze… At the same time, winters are a little cooler as well.

Would you like to know more? Come by our offices to have a cup of coffee. Buy and sell with confidence.

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