Living in a Tropical Tourist Town

We moved to Naples, Florida, for my husband’s job in the summer of 2017. Moving to a new state for the first time was a challenge, but it was exciting. We loaded up and headed for the lush tropics on the Florida Gulf Coast.

We had dreams of grandeur and hopes of picnics at the beach every weekend.

Ha! Ha! Ha! Let me pause here and compose myself for a moment.

There are pros to living in a tourist town. However, just like everything else there is a down side. You have to decide if the good out weighs the bad. In our case, I would say yes. 

First the Pros
  1. The beach is so close. We don’t live right on the water, but we can drive to the beach and dip our toes in the sand within 20 minutes.
  2. The weather is beautiful during the fall and the winter months. While everyone else is battling arctic blizzards, snow, or nasty cold, we enjoy the perfect weather.
  3. Everything that you can hope for is at your fingertips. There are just as many restaurants to chose from as when we lived in the big city. Naples is growing. With that growth, new eateries are opening. Yum!
  4. For a small town, there is plenty to do. Being a tourist town means keeping tourist entertained. That helps the locals stay busy too. There are museums, libraries, parks, shopping, theaters, street fairs, and something happening year round.
  5. Our allergies have never been better. In Texas, we were on allergy medicine all year long. The kids went from taking four different medications everyday (and breathing treatments with every allergy flair up) to one medication. We don't get sick from allergies nearly as much. Our overall health has improved. 

Now the Cons
  1. We don’t go to the beach nearly as much as we would like. Between the heat of summer, red tide, and the flesh eating bacteria that has plagued the shore, we hardly go anymore.
  2. The weather is a blessing and a curse. Hurricanes are rare but a real threat here. However, the heat and humidity stay during the spring and summer. There are two seasons in Naples. The rainy season and the dry season. They correspond with the snow birds that come down from the north. Rainy season is from May to October. The dry season is from November to April. You must own an umbrella if you live here during rainy season. It’s a part of life, so you get used to it.
  3. The influx of people. Kevin’s commute can double during snow bird season. There is only one freeway in Naples, and it backs up. We were pretty used to traffic coming from DFW. We laughed when people said how bad traffic would be during season. It’s not nearly as bad as a metro area.

    Most of the time we make reservations when the population swells. It insures we get a table during date night. If you are visiting, make reservations or you could be waiting hours to eat.
  4. No one is from here. We moved here. The neighbors moved here. Everyone Kevin works with moved here. We always get asked if we are local or visiting. That’s to be expected. You may have trouble making friends. Everyone has the mindset that they are here for the short term, and their attitude toward each other shows this. Everyone is nice, not Texas nice.
Overall, I enjoy living in Naples. It has been an adjustment. I wish we had a village like we did in Texas, but we are making the best of everything. We don't know how long we will live here, and we are soaking it all in. 


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