4 Communities in Pembroke Pines
Pembroke Pines is a suburban city northwest of Miami in Florida. It is popular among retirees for its year-round warmth, plentiful golf courses, and central shopping area. Besides that, residents enjoy small-town charms like local festivals and community nights, as well as the accessibility to large cities and beaches.
Climate & Geography
Like much of Southeast Florida, Pembroke Pines has a subtropical climate, giving it hot and muggy summers and mild winters. Thunderstorms are common in late summer, increasing rainfall above average. The city is further inland, and therefore does not receive a seabreeze that could cool summer temperatures. Residents can expect nearly 250 days of sunshine a year.
The western edge of the city borders the Everglades, preventing western expansion. While the eastern area of the city is built on a grid system, the amount of lakes toward the west prevents a grid, and therefore housing developments and neighborhoods are more distinct and separate.
Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment
Besides a proximity to the Everglades, Pembroke Pines has over 28 parks within the city and several nature preserves. Residents can enjoy walking the boardwalk in Chapel Trail Nature Preserve and fishing at Keystone Lake. There are several golf courses, including Pembroke Lanes Golf, Flamingo Lakes Country Club, Pembroke Pines Country Club, and Grand Palm Resort and Golf.
The Shops at Pembroke Gardens is the largest outdoor shopping center in the city, with high-end shopping, brand names, and restaurants. It also acts as the city’s downtown area, with a weekend farmers market, annual beer festivals, and community yoga nights.
Cost of Living & Taxes
The cost of living in Pembroke Pines is higher than the national average. Transportation costs are far higher, followed closely by the prices of homes. Groceries tend to match the U.S. average, while utilities and health care are below average.
Retirees have made Florida a popular destination because there is no income tax. While property taxes and sales taxes are average for the country, groceries and prescription medication are not taxed.
The greater Miami metropolitan area consistently scores well on Gallup’s Well-Being Index. Most recently, it scored within the top 20 communities across the country.
Pembroke Pines has two high performing hospitals within the city, as rated by U.S. News: Memorial Hospital Pembroke and Memorial Hospital West (the No. 10 hospital in the Miami area). The closest nationally ranked hospital, Cleveland Clinic Florida, is ranked No. 5 in Florida and is only six miles away.