Newcomers looking for more diversity in their choice of Orlando neighborhoods can look to East Orlando. Popular with commuters and students, the neighborhood is home to the University of Central Florida. It lies just minutes from the Orlando International Airport.

Shop the hubs at Waterford Lakes Town Center. Also, check out the area around Alafaya Trail. There, you’ll find a mix of big-box retailers and smaller brands. It’s also home to eclectic fare.

East Orlando is starting to shed its reputation of not being as safe as surrounding Orlando neighborhoods. However, it’s always wise to take precautions, particularly at night.

Take a rideshare on an evening out with friends. Stop by Marlow’s Tavern, then see a movie at the nearby Regal Cinemas 20.