When you live in a state as eclectic as Florida, figuring out where to call home is not a decision to take lightly. You have to consider various living options, convenience, proximity to the city (and beach, of course) and affordability. Itching for a change? We did some digging and found the four best metro areas to plant roots in the Sunshine State. Whether you’re in the market to move or are simply looking to explore, check out our top picks.

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Best Places to Live in Florida Coral Gables and Coconut Grove
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1. Coral Gables and Coconut Grove

It’s no surprise that Miami made the list on U.S. News & World Report’s Best Places to Live in Florida. As the most populated area in the Sunshine State, Miami caters to both Florida residents and tourists alike. While you may not want to set down roots right in the center of Miami’s buzzy downtown, there are quite a few adorable suburbs located a short drive away—namely, Coral Gables and Coconut Grove.

In Coral Gables, your options range from snazzy mansions to low-key apartment complexes. Even better, you’ve got your choice of high-end shopping centers, chic restaurants with large parks and hole-in-the-wall dive bars. As for Coconut Grove, Miami’s oldest neighborhood, it’s booming with locally owned restaurants and shops and full of green space.

You really can’t go wrong with either area: Both offer a range of quiet single-family houses with quality schools and kid-friendly activities. We especially love how close we are to places like the Kampong, a six-acre garden along the Biscayne Bay filled with local plants and flowers, exotic fruits and more than 50 varieties of mangoes; Villa Vizcaya, an Italian-inspired estate replete with waterfront views and Versailles-esque winding gardens; and Fairchild Tropical Garden, a local institution known for its stunning gardens and robust community programming (think plant clubs, doggie events, expert classes and volunteer opportunities).

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Best Places to Live in Florida Naples
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2. Naples

From serene beaches to top-notch dining to some of the most gorgeous sunsets we’ve ever seen, Naples feels like another world—which is why it’s one of the best places to live in Florida. Seriously: It won the top spot on U.S. News’ Best Places to Live in Florida list. It also ranked in the top 15 of the 150 most populous U.S. metro areas in the Sharecare Community Well-Being Index, measuring residents’ satisfaction for where they live and the area’s economic stability.

One of the biggest perks to living in Naples is the fact that it’s approximately two hours from both Tampa and Miami, making it convenient to get to and from the state’s major cities. As for where to live, north of Old Naples offers various gated neighborhoods, high-rise condos and golf club communities. Marco Island is less than 30 minutes away too, serving as another popular living option.

Whether you decide to move here or simply visit for a few nights, don’t forget to visit the Naples Pier, which offers striking views of the Gulf of Mexico. If the weather is a bit rainy, spend a few hours inside at the Baker Art Museum until it clears. After a day of exploring, consider dinner reservations at Caffé Milano, a charming Italian trattoria; Barbatella for wood-fired pizza; or Tulia, a rustic-chic farmhouse restaurant in Old Naples.

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Best Places to Live in Florida Tampa Bay
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3. Tampa Bay

The Tampa Bay metro area—which encompasses Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater—is one of Florida’s most underrated locations. It’s got gorgeous beaches, slightly cooler weather (!!!), stellar restaurants, art museums and tons of opportunities.

Ranked among the top 50 places to live in the U.S. (plus, the ninth safest spot and the 15th fastest-growing place), there’s a lot happening here, too. Hyde Park, Harbour Island, Davis Islands, Westshore and Beach Park are some of the best places to live, with housing options that range from modest, single-family abodes to high-rises and even a handful of mega estates.

On one side, you’ve got a bustling city in the downtown Tampa area, and on the other, you can pretend like you’re on vacation in St. Pete or Clearwater. Even better, downtown St. Petersburg is less than ten miles from St. Pete Beach. But because there’s virtually no traffic in the area, the drive is just under 15 minutes. That means you get to experience the excitement of downtown but squeeze in a few hours a day on the sand too.

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Best Places to Live in Florida CAT
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4. Palm Beach

Gone are the days where you longed to live anywhere near Miami—but if you’re being true to yourself, you also know that you don’t want to be too far from all the action in South Beach, Wynwood, the Design District and other bustling neighborhoods. So, where to live? Two words: Palm Beach. An hour (ish, depending on traffic) commute from Miami’s center, Palm Beach offers a slightly slower pace of living with all the perks of being driving distance from the city. It also helps that there’s a 60,000-square-foot Brightline station in the area, which will get you to straight to Fort Lauderdale or Miami with zero traffic or parking woes. So perhaps it’s no surprise that when Niche.com looked at quality of local schools, crime rates, housing trends, employment statistics and access to amenities, it ranked Grandview Heights neighborhood in West Palm Beach as one of the top places to live in the Miami area.

As for residing here, whoever said West Palm Beach was just a retirement town was sorely mistaken. This charming Florida city is brimming history, art, delicious eats and lots to do, all wrapped up in a laid-back vibe. Beyond the beach and swoon-worthy designer shopping (hello, Worth Avenue) lies the epic Palm Beach Zoo, home to more than 500 animals; antique row, featuring an impressive selection of antiques, fine arts and vintage furnishings (perfect for your new home!); and some of the snazziest hotels in the entire state (you know, if you’re looking for a quick staycation). The Clematis District and Rosemary Square are fun places to hang, too.

And if you’re a beach or park lover, Palm Beach is an absolute dream. West Palm (and the immediate surrounding areas) ranked number two nationwide in the park space category, with 15 percent of its land dedicated to public green space, beaches and landmarks.

Sold? Us too. Because Palm Beach is, well, massive, there are more than enough options on places to live. Some of our favorites are Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, Wellington and North Palm Beach. (See, we told you—there are so. Many. Choices.)

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