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Retirement Living In East Central Florida

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Area Description

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. Many quality of life choices including employment opportunities from entrepreneurial family owned enterprises through a growing base of mid and large size technology and manufacturing companies.

Education opportunities include 18 public and private K through Grade 12 schools. Bayside High School received the Silver Medal in U.S. News's Best High Schools rankings. Eastern Florida State College's four campuses are spread across Brevard County's more than 70-mile-long expanse on Florida's east coast, offering convenient access to higher education for all. Palm Bay Campus is situated on attractive Lake Titan in the fastest growing and most culturally diverse community in Brevard County.

Recreational activities include 30 parks offering a variety of amenities to appeal to all ages. Two fully handicap accessible parks, Greater Palm Bay Senior Center, an urban skateboarding park, cyclocross park, dog friendly parks, tennis courts, basketball courts, a regulation size football field, boat launches, fishing piers, picnic pavilions, restrooms and Wi-Fi at selected parks.

Includes Cities/Towns: Melbourne, Palm Bay.

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Things to Do, Recreation & Fitness

   Visit Florida's Space Coast where your next adventure awaits! With over 72 miles of beach along Florida's Atlantic coast, it's easy to find your space in the sand, claim it as your own and soak up the sun! When you're not working on your tan or learning how to surf the waves in Cocoa Beach, visit some of the most unspoiled pristine natural habitats Florida has to offer. Enjoy kayaking in the Indian River Lagoon or Turkey Creek Sanctuary, explore Kennedy Space Center, go charter boat fishing off Port Canaveral or take advantage of a family cruise! If you love to shop and dine, spend the day in historic Cocoa Village or downtown Titusville, shop the new Avenue Viera, or take a casual stroll through the quaint streets of downtown Melbourne. Florida's Space Coast is also home to one of the highest rated zoo's in the country, the Brevard Zoo. For the outdoor and fishing enthusiast in you.

Ranked "America's 15th Fastest-Growing City" by Forbes Magazine, Palm Bay, Florida is the largest city on Florida's Space Coast and 2nd largest city in Central Florida.

With breathtaking sunsets and beautiful conservation lands and world class golf at the Major's Golf Club, Palm Bay provides numerous opportunities for outdoor adventure and eco-tourism. The City of Palm Bay has a small town flavor, cultural diversity and a down-to-earth hard working mentality. Palm Bay is family and citizen focused with parks, outdoor adventures and healthy living.

Turkey Creek Sanctuary:
A tributary of the Indian River with its mouth in the bay of Palm Bay, Turkey Creek is a 4.1 mile-long waterway that runs through the Town of Malabar and City of Palm Bay. Take a guided tour through the Turkey Creek Sanctuary which offers two distinct habitats, each home to endangered plants and animals. The iconic Turkey Creek Sanctuary is the heart of Palm Bay offering 9 miles of biking trails that wind along the banks of the creek. The sanctuary also boasts a 4,000 ft. boardwalk, a nature trail, and 1.5 miles of jogging trails... all excellent for discovering wildlife. From most of the spots in the sanctuary, you'll see manatees, alligators, Florida cooters (turtles), and you might even see an otter or a gar fish. Birds abound in the old pine canopy, include ospreys and owls. The sanctuary can also be accessed by canoe or kayak. Further north is Castaways Point Park, a newly renovated park that provides one of the few natural beaches along the Indian River Lagoon. Castaways also provides fishing from two piers, both overlooking the Indian River, and is equipped with picnic tables, pavilions, and grills

Cultural Activities

Your Space for Arts & Entertainment

With numerous theatre and production companies, choral groups and orchestras, ballets and other dance expressions, the Space Coast arts and entertainment community thrives year round.

The Cocoa Village Playhouse, the Henegar Center for the Arts and the Titusville Playhouse and a half dozen other theatrical venues host the talents of many local actors and actresses.

Art galleries, antique shops and museums are sprinkled throughout the Space Coast, but most are prevalent in our downtown areas, such as the Eau Gallie Arts District, Cocoa Village, historic downtown Titusville and Melbourne. It's also here where you'll find nationally recognized arts festivals and traveling exhibits.

Whether you enjoy picking through antiques or catching a Broadway production, our coast offers endless possibilities to keep you entertained.

Public transportation

On the Atlantic Ocean sits Port Canaveral, the 2nd largest cruise market in the US. Commercial Air transportation is provided by the Orlando-Melbourne International Airport. Connecting the city of Palm Bay to the rest of Florida and beyond is a modern, uncongested system of road and rail connections. Interstate 95, US 1, US 192 and the Florida East Coast Railway are all excellent methods for land transportation in the immediate future.
Space Coast Area Transit’s fixed Bus route service operates throughout the county to provide public transportation to Brevard’s residents and visitors. Fixed routes operate on a set schedule at designated stops, providing extensive coverage throughout the cities within Brevard County as well as unincorporated areas. All transit buses are wheelchair lift equipped. They also accommodate bikes at no additional charge. Surfboards are allowed inside the bus, based on space availability. Weekend and Saturday service is available on most routes. View maps and schedules.
Major shopping centers, government centers, social service agencies, area colleges, universities and hospitals are just some of the locations served by Space Coast Area Transit. Weekend and evening service is also available in some areas.

Medical Facilities

Brevard County has six nationally recognized hospitals that deliver advanced medical services using the latest technology and therapies. Three of these, Wuesthoff Health System, Health First and Parrish Medical Center, are among the area’s largest employers. Services offered locally include a level II trauma center, emergency air transport service, quality in and outpatient care, as well as skilled nursing and assisted living facilities throughout the county.

What Will The Climate And Weather Be Like If I Retire In East Central Florida?

Palm Bay Weather

The climate has always been Florida's most important natural resource, which is reflected in its official nickname, the "Sunshine State." Palm Bay's climate is subtropical. Rainfall is the heaviest in the summer, with drier weather prevailing in the winter months. Summers throughout the state are long, very warm, and fairly humid; and, daily thunderstorms are the norm. Winters are mild with periodic invasions of cool to occasionally cold air. Coastal areas in all sections of Florida average slightly warmer temperatures in winter and cooler ones in summer.

Monthly Temperature Ranges

 Month  Low  Avg  High
 Jan  49  61  72
 Feb  52  63  74
 Mar  55  66  77
 Apr  59  70  81
 May  66  76  86
 Jun  71  80  89
 Jul  73  82  91
 Aug  73  82  91
 Sep  72  81  89
 Oct  67  76  84
 Nov  59  69  79
 Dec  53  63  74

Monthly Average # of Hot and Cold Days

 Month  Days Greater Than 90 F°  Days Less Than 32 F°  Days Less Than 0 F°
 Jan  0  1  0
 Feb  0  0  0
 Mar  0  0  0
 Apr  1  0  0
 May  6  0  0
 Jun  13  0  0
 Jul  19  0  0
 Aug  19  0  0
 Sep  9  0  0
 Oct  2  0  0
 Nov  0  0  0
 Dec  0  1  0

Rain & Humidity

 Month  Rainfall  Rainy Days  Humidity
 Jan  2 "  8  52 %
 Feb  3 "  7  54 %
 Mar  4 "  8  56 %
 Apr  2 "  6  59 %
 May  4 "  8  66 %
 Jun  7 "  13  71 %
 Jul  7 "  13  73 %
 Aug  8 "  15  74 %
 Sep  8 "  15  72 %
 Oct  5 "  12  67 %
 Nov  3 "  9  61 %
 Dec  3 "  8  55 %


 Month  Snowfall  Snow On Ground Days  Snowy Days
 Jan  0 "  0  0
 Feb  0 "  0  0
 Mar  0 "  0  0
 Apr  0 "  0  0
 May  0 "  0  0
 Jun  0 "  0  0
 Jul  0 "  0  0
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Cost of Living for East Central Florida

East Central Florida cost of living for Housing, Healthcare, Transportation, Taxes, Utilities, etc.:

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The four major cities on the Space Coast are Titusville, Cocoa, Melbourne and Palm Bay. Each has its own distinct character, history and culture. There is plenty of room for growth in the area. You have to see it for yourself to fully appreciate the variety of homes available on Florida's Space Coast.

Housing styles include a wide variety of single family homes, apartments, condominiums, town homes and gated subdivisions.

Everyone in Palm Bay shares a common bond: the weather is spectacular and every community is designed to take advantage of it.

Senior Assistance in East Central Florida

East Central Florida offers the following assistance for seniors:

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