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Vero Beach-North Hutchinson Island Florida

The Vero Beach real estate market has long been a favorite among retirees and second home owners looking for a waterfront winter oasis. With gorgeous beaches and endless amenities, the "Cultural Capital of Florida" is continuing to lure home buyers from all over the country. Whether you're looking for a condo in a modern downtown high-rise, or a waterfront home on one of Indian River Counties renowned barrier islands, you'll find everything you need right here.
For more info about Vero Beach Homes for salecontact Harry Saxton


 

FLORIDA LIFESTYLE

The Florida lifestyle is what residents and visitors make of it. High-comfort pampering, wilderness camping, leisurely sunbathing or serious sport fishing. Florida is full of lifestyle choices. From the come-as-you-are beach scene to classic southern to international sophistication, the Sunshine State has it all and more. In the panhandle,

it's a trip into the little ole south. Central Florida boasts three distinct worlds. From the sun kissed beaches on the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, to the agriculture in west central Florida to the theme park capital of the world, the central portion of the state has much to offer. Then there's south Florida.

The sophistication of the big city with a national park right next door and island hopping to the south, complete with more surf and sand than imaginable.

Sand, Surf and Sunlight

Replete with nearly 2,000 miles of coastline, the state of Florida has enough beach to stretch from the panhandle to nearly 600 miles north of Bangor, Maine. But that certainly isn't all the state of Florida has to offer. Florida is home to one of the largest national parks in the United States. But the Everglades are the only national treasure. The Treasure Coast and Space Coast are home to history. And the epitome of history is right up the coast in the oldest city in the United States. St. Augustine is still home to a Spanish fort. Up into the panhandle is Jacksonville and across to the west lies Pensacola. Down both the west and east coast is 2,000 miles of beautiful beach front properties.

Home of the Southern Hospitality, Tropical Living and International Sophistication

North of central Florida lies real southern hospitality in the interior of the peninsula. While tropical living, complete with sandals, shorts and t-shirts can be found at nearly in place along the coastline. Down into the south of the state is the ever-lively, destination location known as South Miami Beach. Here, fashion and big city sophistication blend seamlessly into casual, beachfront living. And with so much water and sun, residents and visitors can enjoy so much year round. From hiking and camping to boating and fishing to golfing and tennis. Horseback riding, professional sports and laid-back living are just part of the Florida lifestyle.

FLORIDA RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

If Florida is known for anything, it's sun and fun. On the peninsula, there are a ton of recreational opportunities people of all ages and tastes can find. From sport to leisure to tournament fishing, boating, sailing, snorkeling, water skiing, bike riding, triathlons, hiking, camping, scuba, canoeing, golfing, tennis, horseback riding and sunbathing, Florida certainly has it all. And it doesn't end  there, water sports such as volleyball, surfing, diving and swimming are all part of the Florida experience. With so many lakes, a gulf and ocean, aquatic fun as native as oranges and alligators.

Outdoor Sports

Florida is well-known as a golfer's paradise. It's also home of some of the finest tennis facilities in the United States. And those who enjoy professional sports can take in football, baseball, car racing, hockey, basketball, soccer, pro tennis and golf. And spectator sports can be found near and far. What's more, horse racing, dog racing and Jai-alai dot the Sunshine State. For those who like to do instead of watch, Florida has an amazing labyrinth of hiking trails, canoe and kayak trails, golf course, tennis courts, parasailing, fishing, camping, scuba diving, horseback riding and wildlife encounters.

Indoor Sports

Batting cages, arena football, hockey and racquetball are only a few among the many of indoor sports one can enjoy in the state of Florida. When clouds are over the horizon or for those just looking for a break from the balmy afternoons, there is plenty to do in the cool of the indoors. Massive facilities can be found just about anywhere.

Leisure Activities

You don't have to be a PGA Q-School invitee or graduate to take in a half or full round of golf. Like to play doubles tennis on the weekends? No problem. And for those who simply like to sail to little islands off the coast and fire up a charcoal grill for a hearty picnic, there's an opportunity at practically off the shore of every boat launch in the state. Take an airboat ride across the Everglades or get a roller coaster thrill. Children of all ages will encounter magic characters and take in attractions like none other. When the day is over, its time to taste some of the finest seafood the world over. Fine and casual dining define the food scene from coast to coast in the Sunshine State. 

 

FLORIDA HEALTH CARE
Florida health care is one of the finest in the country. Because the Sunshine State is home to such a diverse age and demographic population, top flight health care is a must. From children to retirees, college students and middle-age career people, Florida boasts some of the best hospitals and insurance plans in the United States. Florida even has satellite Canadian health care facilities for our neighbors of the Great White North. From sports injuries to routine check ups to prenatal care to eclectic surgery, the peninsula has a wide range of health care options.

Florida Hospitals

Be it south Florida or the panhandle or anywhere in between. Some of the most prestigious healthcare facilities are scattered all across the Sunshine State. Nationally recognized and ranked facilities have award winning departments in: oncology, neurology and neurosurgery, gynecology, gastroenterology, cardiology  and heart surgery, pulmonology,  pediatrics and orthopedics. The list of outstanding hospitals is long. Regardless if you are visiting or living in south Florida, along the Gulf coast or up  into the panhandle: Shands at the University of Florida, University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Tampa General Hospital, Miami Children's Hospital, Orlando Regional Medical Center, Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, All Children's Hospital, Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston and Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa.

Florida Health Care Plans

Florida also has great health care plans available. Among the best are: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, Humana Medical Plan, Unitedhealthcare, Aetna Health, Wellcare of Florida, United Healthcare of Florida, Avmed, Careplus Health Plans, Coventry Health Care of Florida and Health Options.

Florida Medical Research and Education

It's not only the hospitals in the state which provide cutting edge technology. There are a number of universities in the Sunshine State which are among the nation's leaders in both medical research and health care education. These include but are not limited to: The University of Florida in Gainesville, the University of Miami, Florida State in Tallahassee, University of Central Florida in Orlando and the University of South Florida in Tampa. Visitors and residents alike can rest assured some of the best treatment options and health care insurance plans in the United States are right in the state of Florida. 

 

FLORIDA’S INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION

The state of Florida has one of the most diverse and sophisticated institutions of higher learning.

There are 28 community colleges across the peninsula and 12 universities--the newest being Florida Polytechnic. Each offers several areas of learning. What's more, in-state tuition rates are below the national average. Many of the universities in the state have advanced research programs in medical technologies and life sciences, financial services, agritechnology, interactive and digital media,  information technology,  nanotechnology and microelectronics, sustainable energy and photonics and optics and modeling, simulation and training.  

Community Colleges

Florida's community colleges are above-par, offering some unique opportunities for earning an associate's or bachelor’s degree. In most cases, these bachelor’s degrees are offered through partnerships with the state universities or an accredited private college or university. The course work may be offered through traditional classroom instruction at the community college or through distance learning options such as online courses (more information can be found at: www.distancelearn.org). In addition to these partnerships, several community colleges offer their own bachelor’s degrees in selected program areas for which there is a high need for employees--especially in the fields of teaching, nursing, and information technology. More information is available through the Community College Bachelor’s Degree Programs online at: http://www.fldoe.org/cc/students/bach_degree.asp.

State Universities

Florida has twelve state universities: Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee, Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Florida State University in Tallahassee, University of Central Florida in Orlando, University of North Florida in Jacksonville, University of West Florida in Pensacola, Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida International University in Miami, New College of Florida in Sarasota, University of Florida in Gainesville, University of South Florida in Tampa and the newly formed Florida Polytechnic in Lakeland.    Such diversity allows prospective students to pursue an education in teaching, nursing, medicine, architecture, engineering, fire sciences, linguistics, information technology, jurisprudence, geology, marine biology, business and scores of other disciplines.

Graduate Studies

Universities around the state offer graduate level coursework. For students in-state or transferring from out of state, graduate courses are available in a variety of pursuits. What's more, because the state is among the world's leaders in innovation, many internships, graduate work and co-op work opportunities are available. Florida is one state which leads the way in higher education. Its universities are not only home to top-notch education, but national sports titles.

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The site has the state divided up into 19 major areas and 90 plus Cities. We chose these areas as they are the ones most referred to in guides about Florida and also because most people are familiar with them as the names evoke something. Additionally on each area dropdown there is information relevant to florida real estate and relocating to florida. We have provided lists of Florida Real Estate agents-Mortgage brokers and more.

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