What are the best Florida cities to retire in?

June 4th. 2018

Retiring in close proximity to Florida's 663 miles of beautiful beaches is simple!

 

As you are probably aware, Florida is one of the world’s top retirement destinations for both American citizens and international buyers.  The climate is certainly a factor: summer highs tend to average around 81 and the annual low is normally around 60 degrees. The cost of living is low (as are most state-level taxes), and there are plenty of fun activities to fill your days with.

 

This article comes to us courtesy of DreamscapeRealtyGroup.com, a South Florida-based brokerage with lots of content & insight for your home search.

 

Why Florida?

 

I feel obligated to preface this article with a disclaimer. As many economists will attest to: "Value is Subjective". The 'best' or 'worst' place to retire will ultimately depend upon your personal preferences.  What means the most to you? What do you, your friends and/or family like to do for fun?

 

Regardless, there is something in Florida for everyone.  Do you enjoy the Great Outdoors?  Visit one of Florida's 663 miles of coastal beaches! Culinary exploration is also available especially around large population centers such as the Tampa, Miami, and Jacksonville metropolitan areas. Florida's got racetracks and casinos if that's up your alley... or there are plenty of other musical and theatrical events happening year-round in the state.

 

A recent article in Southern Living picked several areas we are intimately familiar with here at Dreamscape Realty, ie. Boca Raton and Fort Myers.  Others that made the list include Orlando, Tampa, and Miami.  (Apparently their list seemed to be concentrated around either Southeast or Southwest Florida!)  However, I have personally received glowing reports from friends who live near Pensacola & St. Augustine as well.  It is tough to go wrong when deciding where you would like to make your mark in the Sunshine State.

 

Planes, Trains, & Automobiles:  A plethora of Florida Travel Options

 

 

Boating remains a popular transportation and leisure option.  This bridge between Fort Myers Beach and Bonita Springs is a very popular spot!

Boating remains a popular transportation and leisure option. This bridge between Fort Myers Beach and Bonita Springs is a very popular spot!

 

When it comes to getting to Florida: Where there is a will, there is a way! Easy access to air travel makes visits from friends or relatives a breeze; Florida is served by virtually every airline in the country and boasts 12 international airports including Tampa, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami. Low-cost carrier flights are available to travelers on a budget as well; these may even fly to smaller markets around the state such as Punta Gorda or Fort Myers


The state of Florida is also home to three of the country’s longest roads.  Interstate 10 begins in Jacksonville and stretches across the panhandle, traversing the entire southern United States and ending on the west coast in Los Angeles.  Interstate 75 runs from Fort Lauderdale across what’s known as “Alligator Alley” before traversing Florida’s Gulf Coast, allowing easy access to destinations such as Fort Myers, Tampa-St. Pete, and Ocala. (Keep heading North and you can get as far as Michigan without changing interstates!). Finally, Interstate 95 runs from Miami along the eastern coast of Florida and all the way up to Maine.

 

3 Florida Destinations to Consider

 

There are so many hidden treasures to discover during your time in Florida.  Whether you are moving to the state or just visiting, consider checking out some of these areas during your time here.

The Southeastern coast of Florida boasts the neighboring towns of Boca Raton and  Delray BeachBoca is known for its plethora of parks, beaches, and excellent golf courses.  The downtown Boca area also has some fantastic choices for both fine dining and live music.  Delray is a small city with fantastic art galleries, restaurants, nightclubs, and a lively beachfront; Boca Raton is much larger and has all the amenities and shopping you’ll need to get settled.  Tough to make the wrong choice when these are your options! 

 

Located in central-south Florida, the international vacation destination of Orlando offers something for everyone.  Theme parks like Disney World, SeaWorld, and Universal Studios offer plenty of thrills for kids and adults alike.  An array of excellent hospitality choices, nightlife and live entertainment options mean you’ll never get bored. (I personally recommend checking out the shopping & entertainment district in Disney Springs. I saw one of my favorite bands at the House of Blues musical venue on that property last year. It was quite a treat.)

 

Florida Real Estate

 

Gated communities in cities like Fort Myers offer amenities and safety without compromising scenic beauty.

Gated communities in cities like Fort Myers offer amenities and safety without compromising scenic beauty.

 

Over 200,000 realtors are currently serving the Florida real estate market.  There are homes for sale and for rent that will fit anyone’s needs.  The hardest part is bridging the gap between a great home and a *perfect* home for your needs! That’s where our small but dedicated team here at Dreamscape Realty comes in:  we have an impeccable collection of homes for sale in Southwest and Southeast Florida and would love to help.

 

Find your slice of Paradise

 

Homes for sale around Fort Myers offer water and beach access just moments from your front door.

Homes for sale around Fort Myers offer water and beach access just moments from your front door.

 

All of us here at Dreamscape Realty Group would love to assist you in your home search. Are you searching for a beachfront luxury villa? How about a gorgeous four-bedroom home on one of the many waterways & canals threading their way through Lee County? There are also plenty of reasonably priced single-family homes farther inland with plenty of room to grow. We are confident we can find you something to fit your needs. On our website, you’ll access a searchable MLS feed for both Southwest & Southeast Florida: don’t forget to check out our Exclusive Listings for virtual tours and high-definition photos.  Also, as a new startup, we are hosting Special Events & Open Houses frequently to get the word out about our firm & its holdings - don’t miss ‘em!

 

Luxury waterfront homes in Fort Myers offer consistently beautiful views just like this one, located at 14690 Fair Havens Road.

Luxury waterfront homes in Fort Myers offer consistently beautiful views just like this one, located at 14690 Fair Havens Road.

 

A few locations around the Fort Myers area where we have some great Featured Listings available include:


 

OWNERS: need some help selling your home?  Yes, we sell our own real estate, but we can sell yours too! We offer a range of several options. Head over to our Sellers page to view them.  We’d be happy to list your home on the MLS for a nominal fee; or if you need the white glove treatment or anything in between, we have you covered there, as well! Contact us.

 




Articles Cited: 
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/moira-mcgarvey-/best-places-to-retire_b_5192234.html

https://www.southernliving.com/travel/travel/florida-retirement-cities-ranked-wallethub

http://www.dreamscaperealtygroup.com/

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