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The Most Coveted Retirement Destinations For Florida Retirees

June 6, 2024

Recently conducted a survey to discover the most desirable locations among retirees. They surveyed 3,000 retirees and those nearing retirement, pinpointing specific neighborhoods that retirees would choose if money were no object. Here are Florida's most coveted destinations:

#2: Pelican Bay, Naples
This well-planned community offers access to private beaches, fine dining, and active social clubs. Pelican Bay is known for its environmental conservation efforts and luxury living. Retirees will find a welcoming, active community with ample opportunities for social engagement and a high standard of living amidst beautiful natural surroundings.

#3: Southeast Gables, Coral Gables
Known as "The City Beautiful," Coral Gables boasts Mediterranean-style architecture, tree-lined boulevards, exclusive shops, historic landmarks, and premier golf courses. Retirees will enjoy the aesthetic appeal, cultural richness, and the convenience of having top-notch amenities and healthcare facilities nearby.

#5: The Villages
The Villages offers an active adult community with numerous leisure activities and health facilities specifically tailored for retirees. With its extensive recreational options, including golf courses, swimming pools, and fitness centers, retirees can maintain an active and healthy lifestyle while enjoying a vibrant social scene.

#9: Marco Island, Gulf Of Mexico
Situated in the Gulf Of Mexico, Marco Island features luxurious waterfront homes, beautiful beaches, and a relaxing tropical climate, perfect for those looking to retire in a serene beach setting.

#19: Ponte Vedra Beach, Near Jacksonville
Located near Jacksonville, this area offers luxurious beachfront living, renowned golf courses (including TPC Sawgrass), and high-end shopping and dining experiences.

#23: Golden Beach
An exclusive town located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway, Golden Beach is known for its private beach access, large estate homes, and strict residential-only policy, ensuring privacy and exclusivity.

#26: Palm Beach
Renowned for its opulent estates and high society lifestyle, Palm Beach offers a tropical climate, world-class shopping on Worth Avenue, and cultural venues like the Flagler Museum.

#27: Bay Hill, Orlando
Known for the Bay Hill Club & Lodge, home to the Arnold Palmer Invitational, this neighborhood offers luxury living with excellent golfing and proximity to the attractions of Orlando.

#29: Bird Key, Sarasota
The neighborhood of Bird Key is particularly notable. Sarasota is celebrated for its vibrant arts scene, beautiful beaches, and Bird Key offers a secluded, upscale community with waterfront properties and private boat docks.

#47: Key Biscayne, Near Miami
Just a short drive from Miami, Key Biscayne offers tranquil island living with gorgeous beaches, lush parks, and a variety of water sports, all within an upscale community.

#48: Boca Grande, Gasparilla Island
A small residential community on Gasparilla Island, known for its historic downtown, pristine beaches, and laid-back lifestyle, making it a favorite retreat for many affluent retirees.

#55: Windermere, Near Orlando
Located near Orlando, Windermere is famed for its chain of lakes and elegant homes. It offers a peaceful setting with beautiful waterfront views and access to boating and other water activities.

“From the scenic beaches of Wailea to the vibrant community of The Villages, retirees are seeking locations that offer a blend of luxury, tranquility, and active living. These findings underscore the importance of comprehensive financial planning and the desire for a high quality of life in retirement. We hope this survey provides valuable insights for those planning their golden years,” says Matt Paulson, Founder of:

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