Florida is one of the best states to enjoy the outdoors in, minus the mosquitoes that is, but it can still be enjoyable. The biggest trick is to use naturally made bug repellent to avoid hurting ourselves and the enviroment. A screened in outdoor patio is the way to start. It gives you a great area to relax in when your home alone, a space to entertain guests, and last but not least it adds value to your home.
If you decide to go another route then you can customize an outdoor patio/ entertainment lounge anyway you like. You can place a firepit to roast marshmallows out there, a fireplace maybe, an outdoor kitchen, or even an all weather flat screen T.V., after all it is football season now!!! You can also install some mist fans to keep the area cool and a bar for refreshments. Next thing you know your friends will be reserving their spots in your outdoor lounge before the football season even starts!!
Since it likes to rain out of nowhere down here in Tampa during the summer, be sure you also take some precautions by putting some roll down screens and either waterproof or cover your electronics. While your at it you might also want to make sure that your outdoor furniture it also waterproof or easy to store. It's a terrible feeling when our hard earned patio furniture gets damaged or blows away.