May 12, 2018

New Jersey vs Florida

Snow birds are what we call New Jerseyans who have homes in both NJ and Florida. They winter in Florida and summer in New Jersey.
 The states are very similar as you will see.
Click the photos to see full sized.

Both states have pine barrens 

Millions of acres in fact.. the rest of both states is farms and a few cities thrown in for good measure, though NJ's cities are really New York City and Philadelphia since we are much tinier than Florida.
  Here are the pine barrens in Florida. It is identical to NJ with the same plants  and sugar sand.

photo from Florida web site

Here they are in New Jersey... same sand, same plants:pine, holly, cedar, swamp maples etc.
Either photo can be said to be in Florida or NJ... Georgia lowlands and Carolina lowlands as well for that matter.
photo from nj web site

 Both states have cedar water creeks and rivers which are crystal clear.

 We both have cedar water, that is creeks and lakes stained tea-colored from cedar trees that grow wild amongst the pine trees and hollys. The bottoms of these shallow creeks are white sand and the water is crystal clear.

 Here is the cedar creek right across from me...It and its tributaries crisscross throughout the pine barrens and some are rivers as well.

photo credit unknown

Here is a cedar creek in Florida...
same identical look.

  Here is a photo of the creek by me taken this past autumn:

my own photo

 Bothd have salt marshes

 Florida's salt marshes...

from Pinterest

New Jersey Salt Marsh

My own photo

Both States are peninsulas and have good beaches.

But.....NJ beaches are found in the top 10 beaches in the USA every single year!
New Smyrna beach in Florida has the deadliest shark attacks each year.

 Florida beach on the Atlantic Side:

internet photo of Florida beach

 New Jersey beaches on the Atlantic:

Island Beach, part of my town .. NJ Parks photo

Both states demand bare feet in the sand, summer or winter!   

 New Jersey calls for pink polish:

When in Florida you must opt for red!

What are the differences/disadvantages:

New Jersey White Winters.
If you hate the cold, stay in Florida for the winter! You won't see the white stuff falling.
If you love the idea of a white Christmas and chestnuts roasting on an open fire.. come to New Jersey.
As an extra bonus you will get blazing autumn colors as well.
Which state if more expensive to live in?  New Jersey by far!

While Florida is cheaper to live in with lower taxes and home prices, there are some distinct disadvantages.
For example,  Florida has  humid hot weather for a far longer period of time, worse hurricanes because of higher ocean water temperatures, sink holes, and unlikable, nasty , pushy neighbors.

 Pushy, nosy, Florida style neighbor demanding lunch

New Jersey neighbors also come for lunch by they are by far more loyal,  friendly,and wash their hands before eating.They will also give you a wag of the tail and a kiss if you are lucky.
internet photo

Both New Jersey and northern and central Florida are sub tropical climates with humid, hot summers.
Southern Florida, from Vero Beach and Lake Okeechobee down, is  a tropical climate

If you are here looking for Friday Foto Friends or Sky Watch  Friday, that post is HERE


  1. so beautiful. I think I would love both places. Probably northern Florida more than southern Florida (which I've already spent a bit of time in). That crocodile at the door gave me pause. The racoon and the dog on the other hand made me smile. Happy Mother's Day this weekend Annie.

  2. When we first got married, we lived in Vero Beach...I grew up in Ocala and my folks and brothers still live there.

    How true your post is, lol. A very Happy Mother's Day to you Annie. smiles

  3. The similarities between both states' landscapes are striking! The birds cannot really feel homesick! I think I would have a preference for New Jersey 's pet neighbours(they have friendlier faces!) and also for its winters because I love the change of seasons. Thank you for this very interesting post, Annie.

  4. Wonderful post (love that header !).
    Does it count if I live in NJ all year , but keep the heat on "tropical"
    during the winter ???
    Definitely NOT a fan of that Florida neighbor , but the Pleading For Handouts looks on the faces of the NJ visitors is endearing .
    P.S. - I moved here for the great neighbor !

  5. Thank you for this wonderful post comparing our two states! I meant to look earlier, but had a very busy weekend. Yes, you are so correct in your comparisons! I never realized that your coastal NJ was so similar to Florida! Of course, NJ also has mountain areas inland, and there the comparisons stop. I wish Florida had some mountains!!! Yes, where I live we do have the cedar creeks...and the white sand looks like snow in the moonlight. I found this very enlightening, as I really have never explored NJ> My husband's father was raised in Newark, NJ, and my husband has relatives in the Chatham area. We have only visited once, many years ago. If you ever come to Florida, we must go exploring our region together so we can compare notes. Would so love to visit with you anywhere, anytime. I pray your Mother's Day has been sweet and restful.

  6. Interesting! So nice to read and to watch. It are new things for me, you know. But that animal, oh now...


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