Is Clermont, FL a good place to live? No, it’s AMAZING!
Clermont, Florida is an amazing place to live for its close proximity to Orlando, the local infrastructure investment, the short drives to amazing beaches, its outdoor paradise vibe, and its family friendly atmosphere.
Are you looking at living in Clermont? We moved here years ago and have never looked back.
We’ve lived in New Orleans, Seattle, Chicago, New York…but we’ve NEVER lived in a place like Clermont. Let’s take a look at all the amazing reasons to call Clermont home.
Clermont’s weather is fantastic (most of the time)
Clermont’s weather is amazing and we love living here. The weather changes throughout the year, but the theme is that it’s always warm and people are always outside enjoying the weather.
The best months first: December through March.
The weather in Clermont from December to March is a perfect paradise. These are definitely our best four months and we’d venture to say the best four months of any state in the country.
The sky is blue and the sun shines endlessly throughout each day.
During this time of year, temperatures can range anywhere from the low 60s during the day and sometimes drop into the high 40s at night’s–but that’s rare. January is typically one of the most comfortable months, with mild breezes that offer a pleasant contrast to the slightly cooler evenings.
February brings long days filled with warmth as well as some occasional rain showers here and there. And by March, temperatures are consistently hovering around 70 degrees Fahrenheit or higher – making it an ideal time for outdoor activities such as hiking, swimming or simply enjoying nature’s beauty from a nearby park bench or lakefront view.
Here is a look at the weather for a number of categories from weatherspark.com: clear skies, precipitation, mugginess (humidity), temperature, and even tourism fluctuations.
The graph above can be limiting to look at the actual temperatures across Clermont, but the one below is much easier to read. You can see that warm weather is constant throughout the year and lows at night are often very comfortable.
Is it paradise all year round? We think so, but it depends on who you ask. If you like warm summer months and find yourself vacationing in Florida during the summer months, you’ll be in heaven.
The other months: April through November
April in Clermont, FL is a beautiful time of year. The weather is warm, but not too hot, with temperatures hovering around 75 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and dipping to a comfortable 60 degrees at night.
Did we mention we LOVE Florida nights? They are warm, comfortable, and you have a chance to escape the sun for an evening out on the town.
April days are sunny and filled with balmy breezes that make outdoor activities like golfing or fishing an absolute pleasure. This time of year marks a change in the weather as it brings in the start of the “rainy season” in the area, so there’s always the chance for thunderstorms in the afternoon or evening; however, these showers are usually brief and don’t last very long.
Seriously, expect a 30 minute rain shower every afternoon and then clear skies for the rest of the day. We have gotten used to it and now look forward to it.
Helpful tip: If you commute home between the hours of 3pm and 5pm in Orlando, you’ll want good windshield wipers. They are essential in the tropics.
From May through October is when Clermont begins to heat up and you will see more 90 degree days than before. During this time of year temperatures can reach into the mid-90s during daylight hours and hover around 70 degrees overnight.
Coming from a city like Chicago, we never minded the warm weather because it always beats 15 degrees and snow plowing (in our opinion). We have also found that shade and water are your best friends on a hot Florida day.
You can always cool down like the locals here and head over to the amazing Waterfront Park area in downtown Clermont.
Clermont’s Waterfront Park is a great destination for outdoor activities and relaxation. The park stretches over 25 acres along the shore of Lake Minneola and offers plenty of activities to keep you entertained.
On a sunny day, visitors can enjoy swimming in the lake, paddle-boarding on the lake, or simply enjoying its beautiful scenery while taking a walk along the nature trails. There are also plenty of picnic benches located throughout the park for visitors to take advantage of and have lunch or dinner with friends or family.
For those wanting to stay active, there are two playgrounds at Waterfront Park – one for younger kids and another for older children – as well as several sports fields that can be used for soccer or baseball games. It also features an expansive dock (check it out below) where you can fish off of or just sit back and watch boats come in and out of harbor.
We think the weather is pretty darn great and we love waking up to blue skies, rolling hills, and warm temperatures.
Clermont, FL is a really safe place to live
We have written extensively about Clermont’s safety, and the truth is that we have never felt safer than we do in Clermont.
Safe from crime
Clermont, FL is often thought of as a safe place to live but what does the data say? According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Clermont has a population of about 32,000 people and according to statistics from recent years, crime in this city is quite low.
We don’t want to hide anything from you, so let’s give you a big snapshot of crime from city-data.com’s data which takes information from Federal and State crime reporting databases.
From 2015 to 109 there was 5 homicides recorded in the entire city and in that same period of time there were under 100 robberies. Burglaries have steadily dropped since 2015 and we think that has something to do with the increased police force that Clermont has invested in.
When it comes to assaults, there were 89 incidents recorded in 2018 and 86 incidents reported in 2017- making them relatively rare occurrences within Clermont’s population size. These numbers suggest that Clermont is an overall safe place for its citizens as crime rates remain reasonably low over time and when compared to other cities of similar sizes around the country.
If you look at city-data.com’s map visual below, you can see just how safe Clermont is overall. The greener the map, the safer the area is. Look at all that green!!! If you look next door at Winter Garden, things begin to change a bit, most likely because you are traveling closer to Orlando city center.
Clermont is close to the fun, but far enough to avoid the tourists
Clermont, Florida is a city just outside of Orlando. It’s 19 miles away from Disney World, making it a great option for those who want to take advantage of what the area has to offer while also avoiding the hustle and bustle of the theme parks.
Depending on where you live, driving to Disney World from Clermont is only a short 40 minutes.
Clermont is a great place to live or visit due to its many available highways to get to where the fun is. Yes, Orlando has 80 million visitors per year, but you won’t see them unless you head to those areas via highway.
Clermont has easy access to major highways such as the Florida Turnpike, which stretches from Miami all the way up to Wildwood. The turnpike quickly transitions to the 408 which takes you straight to downtown Orlando.
In addition, there is also easy access to highway 429 for a quick trip to Winter Garden, Windermere, and everything Disney has to offer. As you travel through south Clermont on highway 27, you’ll have direct access to 192 which leads you straight to Margaritaville, H20 Water Park, and Old Town.
These major highways are within close proximity of each other, making it easy for residents and visitors alike to take advantage of all that is available in Clermont.
One other benefit of living in Clermont is that its west of Orlando which means quicker access to gulf beaches. And we are talking some SERIOUSLY good beaches in a short drive.
We have often left our home in Clermont at 8 am and arrived with toes in sand by 10 am.
- Clearwater Beach (Clearwater, FL) – 1 hour 45 min
- Treasure Island Beach (Tampa) – 1 hour 45 min
- Longboat Key Beach (Sarasota) – 2 hour 7 min
- Siesta Key Beach (Siesta Key) – 2 hour 1 min
- Marco Beach (Marco Island) – 3 hour 30 min
How far is Clermont from fun activities, theme parks, airports, and downtown Orlando?
- Lakeridge Winery – 13 minutes
- Lake Louisa State Park – 2 to 10 minutes
- Disney’s Magic Kingdom – 43 minutes
- Orlando International Airport – 39 minutes
- Downtown Orlando – 36 minutes
- Margaritaville & H20 – 36 minutes
Check out our map below to look at other cool locations and their proximity to Clermont, FL. Negative times in red means living in those areas will cut some time off the estimated commute times because they are closer to highways.
Clermont is one of the best investments in Orlando
As the saying goes, get it while it’s hot. Clermont is booming and there are some reasons for it.
Clermont has a lot of land because it covers one of the largest portions of acreage for an Orlando suburb.
It stretches nearly 16 miles north to south and covers a total land area of 30.38 square miles. Spanning across this large acreage sits numerous neighborhoods, parks, and recreation areas all nestled within the rolling hills of Lake County.
In addition to buildable land, there are more than 11 amazing lakes in Clermont including Lake Louisa State Park which offers great opportunities for fishing, swimming or canoeing among its gorgeous natural surroundings.
Overall, Clermont FL covers an impressive total land area of approximately 19,266 acres offering amazing recreational activities while also providing plenty of space for its residents to enjoy life at its fullest capacity.
Clermont is in a great location to protect it from hurricanes.
It’s no secret that Florida has experienced a greater number of hurricanes recently; from 2017-2019, it was hit by 11 storms, compared to just three storms in 2010-2012. And let’s not forget 2022 which saw 14 named tropical storms and 8 hurricanes develop out of the Gulf of Mexico.
With that being said, we’ve extensively reviewed why Clermont is really safe from hurricanes due to its high elevation and central Florida proximity from the ocean. As you can see in the hurricane tracking map below from the last 100 years of data, those are the only hurricane paths that came close to Clermont and none of them were high-impact (the more red/purple the more impact).
Clermont invested a ton of money it’s masterplan and Olympus complex.
Clermont’s masterplan has put it on a pathway to compete with some of the nicest suburban towns in the entire United States.
There are currently over 30 initiatives in the Master Plan, which is amazing for us residents, including Streetscape phases, such as the Art Walk, parks and infrastructure developments. The city of Clermont has dedicated $22 million to this initiative is funded by Lake County’s Infrastructure Sales Tax, also known as the Penny Sales Tax which isn’t public funds.
Let’s not forget the incredible Olympus training facility currently underway off rt. 27 in Clermont. This all season olympic training home will provide243-acres of new development across from Lake Louisa State Park, within the Wellness Way development corridor, and just west of Hamlin in Horizon West.
The leading-edge health and sports facilities, as well as training and competition venues, hotels, entertainment destinations, and private residential neighborhoods surround the Town Center with retail. It’s going to be an incredible addition to already list of active-lifestyle riches Clermont already offers.
This $100 million project has been estimated by leading economist Hank Fishkind, Ph.D., to create 2,800 jobs and have a taxable value of $1.5 billion at buildout.
Clermont is an amazing place for families
There are so many things to do in Clermont, you won’t feel like you need to leave for Disney or other theme parks.
You can spend hot days at Waterfront Park like we mentioned above with our very beach, splash pad, playgrounds, fishing pier, and boat launch.
Or maybe you want to take the kids over to some incredible parks to burn off that energy. Lake Hiawatha Preserve is an amazing place just west of downtown Clermont. It has really clean bathroom facilities, a great playground, a huge walking/bike path, a dog park, and an incredible frisbee golf course.
Or maybe you want to head over to the Palatlakaha Recreation Park in Clermont. This area has has an incredible park that has something for everyone. Located on the north shore of Lake Minneola, it offers trails to explore and enjoy unbelievable flora, fauna, and lake views.
There are also two playgrounds and a pavilion for family picnics! The park even has sports fields with basketball courts, tennis courts, and a sand volleyball court available for use. In addition to enjoying the outdoors, visitors can take part in recreational activities such as fishing or kayaking on the lake.
Take a look at those towering trees in the picture below. Just behind those trees is a breathtaking lake trail winding through beautiful vining swamp areas.
Clermont is also home to great schools for the whole family. Public school options in Clermont include traditional K-12 schools such as East Ridge High School and Lake Minneola High School, which both offer an extensive range of classes and activities designed to prepare students for college or career.
Additionally, there are several charter schools located in Clermont as well as private school options like Montverde Academy and Legacy Christian Academy. No matter what type of educational environment is preferred by a family, they’re likely to find something that meets their needs in Clermont.
Clermont looks like no where else in Florida
Clermont has elevation and hills. When you think of moving to Florida, we know that hills aren’t the first thing that comes to mind; it’s probably beaches, margaritas, and immaculate sunsets.
But what if we told you could have all of those things AND amazing scenery. That’s the magic of Clermont, FL. Clermont’s unique geography gives in a feel unlike anywhere else in Florida.
Clermont is situated among a chain of interconnected lakes that are woven in and out of 300 foot hills. It’s really breathtaking. Take a look below at one of the hills that overlook Lake Louisa below.
The hills in Clermont are a stunning feature of this vibrant and inviting city. The origin of these hills dates back to the end of the Ice Age, when large glaciers melted and left behind sedimentary deposits that created an uneven landscape across the area.
As time passed, these deposits were pushed up into peaks as streams carved out valleys around them. This sculpted terrain also allowed for more water to accumulate in certain areas, creating lakes and ponds which remain today as beloved landmarks for locals and tourists alike.
The combination of lush green vegetation with dramatic topography makes Clermont particularly attractive from both an ecological-explorer standpoint and aesthetically speaking. Once people drive through Clermont, they feel like they are getting a mix of North Carolina and Florida.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some common questions we get asked before people decide to move to Clermont.
Is Clermont a suburb in the middle of no where?
Not at all. In fact, Clermont is really close to the excitement but far enough away to keep the tourists out of sight. With over 30,000 residents and nearly every store, restaurant, and amenity you would need–you are set.
Clermont, Florida is a unique place that offers the best of both rural and urban life. Sure, you can find rural land on the outskirts of town and live your perfect country-setting life with tall oak trees and winding roads or you can live near a major highway, traditional suburban neighborhoods with all your familiar stores with access to major cities such as Orlando and Disney which mean that amenities are just around the corner.
This makes it possible to enjoy all that comes with living in a rural town without having to worry about missing out on any of the activities that larger urban cities offer.
Does Clermont, FL have a beach?
If you are asking if Clermont has an ocean beach, it does not. Clermont is in the middle of the state and does not border an ocean. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t have beach fun in Clermont.
Clermont has a few great beach spots that you can enjoy the sand and water. The first and most popular beach destination is Lakefront Park, which offers stunning views of the lake and plenty of activities to keep visitors entertained.
Visitors can enjoy hiking trails, volleyball courts, playgrounds, picnic areas, and more. Additionally, there are boat launches available so that guests can take a leisurely cruise around Lake Minneola or take part in wakeboarding and jet skiing activities.
The second beach option for residents of Clermont is at Lake Louisa State Park. This park has seven different lakes which offer swimming options as well as fishing opportunities for those interested in freshwater catches.
Clermont also has a splash pads and public pools. Let’s not forget that H20 Waterpark and Disney waterparks are less than 45 minutes away.
Is Clermont a better place to live than Winter Garden?
We think both communities have a lot to offer. We’ve written about both communities and compared them against each other for different types of buyers, families, and new residents.
In general, Clermont may have better long-term investment potential with an established city master plan, Olympus facility development, and an enormous amount of land to continue to build on. Clermont is both safe and geared for the outdoor resident as well with 11 huge lakes and amazing biking and hiking trails.
Winter Garden is a very established Orlando suburb closer to downtown and slightly closer to the Disney Amenities. It also has a more established shopping district and known for its quaint, cobblestoned Plant Street with amazing restaurants and shops.
Winter Garden is a great suburb for commuters who need to be closer to Orlando’s eastern corridors, downtown, or the airport area.