Miami has a lot to offer newcomers, including endless sunshine, vibrant cultures and an incredible food scene. The Florida state capital has been attracting attention from people looking to live in one of the country’s most popular cities for years, and it’s easy to see why. While it’s certainly a beautiful place to visit, there are a few things to keep in mind before you move to Miams
Living in a tropical climate means humidity is part of everyday life, and it’s something you’ll need to adjust to. Unless you’re a die-hard fan of sweaters and scarves, you’ll have to get used to putting on a light layer of deodorant and being sweaty by the end of the day (especially in summer).
It also means mosquitoes are as common as Starbucks on every corner, so bring bug spray — and plenty of it. In terms of food, you’ll find everything from casual cafeterias and microbreweries to upscale eateries that make your jaw drop and your wallet cry. For example, Pack Supermarket is a local deli in Little Haiti that makes the best fried chicken around, while Off Site is a nano-brewery in Little River with burgers and bar fare as good as Michael Jordan played basketball. And when you’re in need of a sweet treat, check out Cindy Lou’s Cookies in Little River.
The cost of living is higher than most other places in the US, and housing prices are especially high. The median home price is more than $517,987 in Miami, and buyers need a minimum down payment of $100,000 to avoid private mortgage insurance. Luckily, the city offers numerous affordable housing options in neighborhoods like Coral Gables, South Miami, Pinecrest and Brickell.
As for the weather, Miami’s location near the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico means hurricane season is always a possibility. It’s also an extremely diverse city, and the influence of various Latin American cultures is visible in the art, music and cuisine.