Besides the warm weather and beautiful people, there’s plenty of reasons to move to Miami. From delicious cuban food to eclectic local music, Miami has a lot to offer to people young and old alike looking for a unique Floridian experience. But, like any move, theres things that one has to be prepared for when making the transition to Florida’s southern tip. It’s certainly nothing to be frightened of but your time in Miami will certainly be spent breathing a little easier if you prepare yourself for these simple truths. The following are some important things to remember:
1. Everyone Speaks Spanish
Ok, of course not EVERYONE speaks Spanish, but MOST everyone does. If you’re thinking of moving to Miami and you don’t know how to at least ask where the bathroom is or how to find the freeway you better start brushing up. Miami has a booming and proud latino population and the area is so steeped in latino culture that in order to truly experience everything that Miami has to offer you need at least a tenuous grasp on the language.
2. Alcohol Permeates All Activities
Miami is certainly not the easiest place to abstain from alcohol. From the booming club scene to lazing on the beach you can bet that the vast majority of people are at least somewhat under the influence in some shape or form. This isn’t to say that one can’t have a good time without imbibing just that you certainly need to be prepared to turn down a drink or two…or six…or ten.
3. Expect to Share Rent
Possibly the biggest downside to living in Miami is the simple fact that it’s not cheap, I should say not even close to cheap. As much as we all want our own luxury condo (private island certainly preferred) or hip townhouse the fact of the matter is if you’re making any sort of average income there’s very little chance that you will be able to afford your own place.
4. Put Your Dancing Shoes On
If you’re a man and you are looking for love in Miami you better believe you will be going to some dance clubs. Whether it’s salsa or twerking residents of Miami love bust a move. The best part about the Miami dancing scene is you really don’t have to be any good, mostly because you’ll be going to these clubs so much that before too long you’d have to be completely hopeless to not pick up at least a couple tricks on the dance floor.
5. Abandon Your Expectations
Possibly the best bit of advice I can give to anyone considering a move to Miami is to leave any expectations you had about the area and more importantly the people wherever you are coming from. Never have I encountered a more eclectic population that in Miami. From impeccably dressed children to elderly men in mesh tank tops and roller skates there is no “standard” resident of Miami. So throw your expectations to the wind and open yourself up to the different, but wonderful, culture that Miami provides