We love living in South Florida. Even though I have circumnavigated the globe, lived overseas, explored a score or more countries and enjoyed three cross-country drives, I don't think I've ever found a more cosmopolitan place than South Florida. You can find most anything represented here, and I love gardening in Zone 10b. We can grow the darndest things! We also keep a butterfly garden. Did you know that South Florida Monarch butterflies don't migrate? We have them all year round down here!
"South Florida is the only part of the continental United States with a tropical climate." Wikipedia
The "Miami metropolitan area" includes Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. We live in downtown Fort Lauderdale, ourselves. The three cities flow together quite seamlessly, creating an urbanized area about 110 miles long (north to south) but only 20 miles wide, hemmed in by the Atlantic ocean on the east and the Florida Everglades on the West. Over six million people live here.
Greater Fort Lauderdale alone "has over 4,000 restaurants, 63 golf courses, 12 shopping malls, 16 museums, 132 nightclubs, 278 parkland campsites, and 100 marinas housing 45,000 resident yachts" Wikipedia