Comparing Florida and the Philippines
Some may say that comparing Florida and the Philippines is like comparing apples to oranges, to some degree, it is true. Yet, Florida has nearly 500,000 Filipinos with the majority in the Jacksonville area followed by Orlando, Tampa, Miami area. There are over one million in California. It seems Filipinos pick these two states for similar reasons. Many Floridians also seem to vacation or live in the Philippines some of the time, most of these are 55+. So what is the attraction?
Climate. The two places share very similar climates, both being tropical or sub-tropical. Winters in Florida are like those in the Philippines - cooler and dry. From November through March or April, most temps in southern areas of Florida range from 60 to 80F daily with little rain. In the Philippines, it is from 75 to 85F with little rain. Basically, in much colder areas, this weather is like springtime. In the summer, just add 10F to the winter temps and from May to October, both places have their wet season. But, that said, the Philippines receives much more rain overall than Florida does. Ocean temps around both places are anywhere from 75 to 90F most of the time.