What is it like to live in Pembroke Pines, FL?
This question is very old, but it still doesn't have an answer. I lived in Pines for nearly a decade! So here's my take..
It's actually not bad. It's still a growing community and the town is always adding, removing or remodeling things. It gives off this refreshing feeling. The people are somewhat nice, but for the most part everyone just minds their own business. Many big and small businesses alike in the area so if you need a job, I'm sure there won't be any problem finding one.
There are things to do at night, like the Hardrock in Hollywood isn't so far. There are many bars and restaurants that are also open late on a daily basis. I worked at a bar that was open until 4 in the morning every day. Driving from my home to work took only one minute. There was also another bar that stayed open until 2 the opposite direction and took 30 seconds driving.
The schools aren't so bad. I attended Pasadena Elementary, Pines Middle and ultimately Flanagan high school. Many people went this route and I knew many people in high school that I knew from elementary. There were plenty of assholes in school but that's everywhere. Pines isn't a single class town, so you will find very poor people and some very wealthy people.
The beach is also 20 minutes away. Hollywood beach is a beautiful beach with a large number of retired Canadians, but they don't bother anyone. (unless you mind seeing them in beach wear)
The only concern about Pines is that it is in South FL, and I feel that there is a growing number of morons in that area. People who are more likely to commit crime, because they literally don't have anything else to do. You will sometimes see people who look like they are up to no good. On the street I used to live on, I once saw a young man walking on the side of the road, not even the sidewalk, with no shoes and no shirt, rapping to himself. Not saying that there's anything wrong with this, I'm just saying it doesn't make the area look too nice. I mean he could have at least had a shirt and shoes on if he's going to put himself in harms way.
Like I said, it's a very diverse area and you shouldn't have any problems finding work or friends. Just keep to yourself, and don't mind the rest.
I moved to the Orlando area recently, but if I was a newcomer to Pines, I would enjoy staying there. I've just been there too long and needed something new.