Miami Beach is one of the top tourist destinations in the United States and it’s a great place to live. It has beautiful beaches, a diverse culture and many attractions that make it a fun and interesting place to visit. It has so much to offer visitors that many people begin to wonder what it would be like to live there. If this thought has crossed your mind and you’re considering moving to the area, then planning an extended stay in Miami is a great idea.
You can only see so much of what the city has to offer when you’re vacationing because your time is limited but the tropical-like weather combined with all the exciting things to do is very alluring. Nevertheless, you don’t want to sell your home and make the move without learning more about what it’s actually like to live in Miami Beach. The best way to do that is to live there for a little while.
Many long-term rentals are available that can substitute as your home away from home until you decide if Miami is somewhere you want to live or just a great place to visit and the following tips can help you plan your an extended stay.
Find a Rental
After determining if you want to stay on Miami Beach or in the South Beach area, you’ll need to find a rental. There are many options to choose from suited for individuals, couples and families that range from apartments and condos to villas. Both short and long-term rentals are available so you can plan to stay a couple of months or several months. When deciding how long to stay, make sure you give yourself enough time to determine if this is somewhere you’re like to live permanently.
Make Your Reservation and Travel Arrangements
Once you decide where you want to stay, you need to make your reservation and travel arrangements. Since this is one of the most popular cities in the world, you’ll need to make your reservations in advance. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that you can just show up and get the rental of your choice because it may already be booked up for months. You also want to make your travel arrangements in advance because you can get better deals when you fly. Even if you plan to drive so you’ll have your own vehicle during your stay, you’ll need time to plan your route and layover stops. You also want to prepare your driving vacation packing list in advance so you don’t leave anything important behind.
Make Proper Arrangements for Your Current Home
Since you’re not actually making the move yet, you need to make sure your current home is taken care of while you’re away. You’ll need to arrange to pay your house payment, insurance and other bills on time. You may even want to have your electric and water temporarily disconnected while you’re away but make sure the utility providers have a date to turn everything back on before you’re scheduled to return.
You also don’t want your mail stacking up in your mailbox so you’ll need to have it suspended while you’re away or have a friend or neighbor collect it for you. For you own peace of mind, it’s also a good idea to have someone check on your home every few days to make sure everything is fine.
Miami is a great place to live but it’s not for everyone. Planning an extended stay and spending some time in the sunshine state before you make a move is the best way to determine if it’s right for you or not. If you discover it’s not where you want to live, you can still enjoy wonderful vacations and book your stay in one of the many luxury rentals found all along Miami Beach and South Beach Florida.