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Best Places to Retire in Florida

Best Places to Retire in Florida
Do you want to retire in Florida? Below are our recommendations for the best places to retire in Florida. Click on the destination links to find area description and characteristics, area amenities and things to do, climate and weather, housing options, cost of living, senior assistance, area demographics and job & volunteer opportunities.

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retire in GainesvilleGainesville, Florida - Gainesville is the proud home of the University of Florida. And for some people, that's the beginning and end of the story. Gainesville isn't just a great college town. It's a great town. Period. It's where nature and culture meet. Where trees draped in Spanish moss line quaint Old South inspired streets.


retire in East Central FloridaEast Central Florida, Florida - Palm Bay is perfectly located on Florida's east central coast, midway between Jacksonville and Miami. Off of I-95 take exits 173 and 176. Palm Bay is close to Melbourne and Orlando International Airports and Port Canaveral. Housing styles include a wide variety of single family homes, apartments, condominiums, town homes and gated subdivisions.

retire in Tampa BayTampa Bay, Florida - Tampa Bay region combines everything people love about Florida – roller coasters, Cuban culture, year-round outdoor activities and waterfront sunsets – in a single destination. About 3 million people live in the three counties that make up the greater Tampa Bay region. The City of Tampa (population 350,000) is the cultural and business hub for the Gulf Coast of Florida.


retire in Martin County, FloridaMartin County, Florida, Florida - Martin County, FL enjoys an international reputation for its natural beauty and environmental stewardship. Here you will find miles of white sand beaches, breathtaking outdoor venues, world-class fishing, water sports, and eco-adventure.

retire in Sun City Center at Tampa BaySun City Center at Tampa Bay, Florida - Sun City Center is a dynamic South Central Florida area that offers its residents the finest of amenities, making it one of the most desirable communities in the country.

retire in Miami LakesMiami Lakes, Florida - Founded by the Graham Companies in the 1960's, The Town of Miami Lakes was developed as a master planned community. Out growing its farm town roots, the Town of Miami Lakes eventually incorporated as its own city, on December 9, 2000. Miami Lakes is located in Southeast Florida, in the Northwest section of Miami Dade County.

retire in Southeast Volusia CountySoutheast Volusia County, Florida - New Smyrna Beach stretches along 13 miles of white sandy beach. It is a laid- back coastal community for those who visit or call this quaint town their home. It's an ideal blend or outdoor recreation, shops, marinas, restaurants and a thriving arts district free of large crowds and noise.

retire in Stuart/Martin CountyStuart/Martin County, Florida - Stuart/Martin County has an area of natural beauty with no high-rise buildings and no crowds, and a residential paradise that exudes charm and authenticity. We have taken care to preserve our natural beauty while offering many wonderful recreational activities.

retire in Islands Of Marathon Florida KeysIslands Of Marathon Florida Keys, Florida - Enjoy spectacular sunsets, world class diving, snorkeling, fishing, four-star destination resorts, beachfront rooms, vacation rental homes, cozy inns, a protected deep-water harbor and convenient marina with all the services and amenities boaters need.

retire in St. Lucie CountySt. Lucie County, Florida - Since its incorporation in 1905, St. Lucie County has always been an attractive place to live. Located on Florida’s east coast between Orlando and Miami, St. Lucie County features 21 miles of unspoiled beaches and has more than 11,000 acres of parks and preserves. St. Lucie County (pop. 280,000) includes the cities of Fort Piece, Port St. Lucie and Hutchinson Island.

retire in Cocoa Beach AreaCocoa Beach Area, Florida - Discover a place where adventures are made, pristine shores are abundant and nature is close at hand. Lose the traffic, the city noise and the crowd, and discover the perfect vacation or new place to call home. Witness nesting sea turtles, beautiful sunrises, and warm, breezy weather.

retire in Clearwater BeachClearwater Beach, Florida - Clearwater Beach is a beautiful Beach Town located on the Gulf of Mexico. We are small beach community where everything is with in a short walking distance! Clearwater is a top year-round destination, offering an endless supply of entertainment, natural beauty, and outdoor activities both on land and at sea.

retire in WillistonWilliston, Florida - Williston is a small town with old fashioned beliefs. God, country and children come first. We are surrounded by many farms. Peanuts and watermelon are large crops from this area. Horses and cattle farms are also plentiful in the area.

retire in Cedar KeyCedar Key, Florida - Cedar Key is located on State Road 24. We are 60 miles southwest of Gainesville, 60 miles west of Ocala, and approximately 120 miles northwest of Orlando and Tampa. It is accessible by car, boat or private plane. On Cedar Key is a 2,400 foot airstrip. This unique village, rich in history, is among the last of its kind in Florida.

retire in Winter Haven, FLWinter Haven, FL, Florida - Winter Haven offers a authentic, hometown, small community feel with the amenities of a larger urban area - arts, culture, music, fine and diverse dining options etc. With over 1,400 lake front properties and 55 lakes, you can enjoy the lakeside lifestyle with all the conveniences for a carefree retirement.

retire in IslamoradaIslamorada, Florida - Islamorada is known as the "Sportfishing Capital of the World", and we also host a larger fishing fleet per square mile than anywhere else in the world. This perfect retirement destination offers something to do in, under, above or near the water 24 hours a day.

retire in Anna Maria IslandAnna Maria Island, Florida - An idyllic 7 mile Island on the Gulf of Mexico just south of Tampa. Only 30 minutes to Sarasota, an hour to Tampa and 2 hours to Orlando. Beautiful white sand beaches and a wonderful community alive with arts, culture and recreation. The island boasts museums, art galleries, bike trials, estuaries, a 9 hole golf course, condominiums, homes and private communities. A lovely place to retire.

retire in Emerald CoastEmerald Coast, Florida - The Emerald Coast is in the Northwest section of Florida and is comprised of Destin, Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island. The area is known for it's Gulf waters that shimmer emerald green in the sunshine and sugar-white sand beaches. Activities include fishing, boating, beaching, shopping, exploring parks and nature. It’s dolphin cruises and fresh, local seafood restaurants.

retire in Eastern Pasco CountyEastern Pasco County, Florida - Eastern Pasco County is an authentic small town, located in old south Florida. We live an easy pace but are also within 30 minutes of a city (Tampa) for those who like city life. Just a 30 minute drive is the "Nature Coast" on Florida's Gulf of Mexico. Rural ranches, orange groves, kumquat groves and wide open spaces. Plenty of trails, state parks, hiking, biking and touring.


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