Conveniently located between Fort Lauderdale and Miami is the ethnically diverse city of Pembroke Pines, Florida. While being the 10th largest city in Florida, this city of 168,000 residents maintains a friendly small-town feel.

Pembroke Pines has received lots of awards and recognition in recent years. The city was named "2014's Best City of Hispanic Entrepreneurs" by WalletHub, and Money Magazine ranked Pembroke Pines number 32 in the top 50 "Best Places to Live in 2014." It also received the honor of being one of the “Most Integrated Communities” in South Florida, and “#1 in Florida as Best Place to Raise Your Kids.”

What makes Pembroke Pines so special? For starters, it features beautifully landscaped neighborhoods flanked by 28 top-notch parks. Although it’s a new city, incorporated in 1960, much thought has been put into the planning and design of this community.

There are plenty of things to do and see in Pembroke Pines, especially if you love the outdoors. C.B. Smith Park, a popular destination for locals, features a 299-acre campsite with trails, a water park, a tennis facility and a golfing center. Chapel Trail Nature Preserve is a 450-acre park that is home to more than 120 animal species and a boardwalk to allow close-up viewing. Your furry friend will love the Pembroke Pines dog park, which has separate play areas with obstacles for dogs to crawl through or leap over.

For some retail therapy, head on over to Pembroke Gardens, which features a vast array of shops and over 20 different restaurants and bars. It’s always fun to enjoy the local cultural scene, and Pembroke Pines is home to several performing arts theaters and art galleries.

Golfers love the Pembroke Lakes Golf Club, one of the premier courses in Florida. There is also an indoor ice skating rink and an outdoor skate park to provide other options for activity. And to top it off, Pembroke Pines is just 20 minutes away from the beautiful Southeast Florida beaches.

Foodies will love the variety of restaurants in Pembroke Pines, where there is a choice of Asian, Mexican, Mediterranean and Italian restaurants, just to name a few.

The median home value in Pembroke Pines is $299,100, with a nice mix of homes. The eastern section of the city features older homes, while the west section is an area of newer planned neighborhoods.

If the idea of living in a friendly Southeast city is what you are looking for, then Pembroke Pines may be the perfect fit for you.