15 Reasons Florida Is the Best Place to Retire

There are many places you can choose to retire, but if you want a great retirement home filled with sunshine, look no further than Florida. It might be cliche to retire there like so many people do, but after you see why, you’ll be packing your bags and looking at real estate!

1. Great Weather Year Around

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There is a reason why people move from the North and retire in Florida: the sunshine! After all, it is named the “Sunshine State” for a reason. The state has over 200 days of sunshine, allowing you to get outside and enjoy the beaches, parks, golf courses, and outdoor restaurants. No more bundling up to shovel driveways or run errands. In Florida, all you’ll need is a light raincoat. 

2. Zero State Tax

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You want to save as much money for relaxing in your golden years, and what better way to save than not paying taxes? Florida has zero state income tax. It also has zero tax on retirement income, like pensions, 401(k), IRAs, and Social Security. You get to keep all that extra money for yourself when you’re a Florida resident. 

3. Variety of 55+ Retirement Communities

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Florida knows how to cater to their newly retired transplants. They offer many retirement communities with amenities that make you feel like you are on vacation. Picture a community with tennis courts, swimming pools, fitness centers, craft centers, and stores all within your own community. For many, this appeals to seniors who don’t want to maintain the upkeep a house brings. For others, it is an instant social circle of like-minded people. 

4. Drive Around in a Cool Golf Cart

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In many locations, you might retire in Florida, and you can ditch your car and expensive gas prices. Instead, you can get a custom golf cart and scoot around town like the retired baller you are. No more sitting on the interstate in a traffic jam when you can travel around town in a cool golf cart.

5. Beautiful Beaches

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Florida has some of the most remarkable beaches in the country. How nice will it be to spend afternoons and evenings walking the soft, white sand beaches of your new home? You can cool off on a hot day with a dip in the ocean or learn a new hobby like snorkeling or stand-up paddle boarding. Make your friends and family back home jealous with all the sunset beach pictures you will take. 

6. Active Lifestyle Opportunities

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With the year-round warm weather, Florida’s residents can enjoy a fun, active lifestyle almost any day of the year. There are over 1,250 golf courses for you and your crew to tee off on. You can also enjoy hiking and biking instead of driving everywhere. Are you a water lover? Rent a boat or a kayak for a day fishing for fresh seafood. The opportunities are endless in Florida. 

7. Low Cost of Living

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Stretching your money as far as it can go is a smart strategy for retired living. With the low cost of living in Florida, making the most of your dollar is a lot easier than it would in other states. Gas, groceries, utilities, and transportation tend to be cheaper in Florida as well. 

8. Traveling is Easier in Florida

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Whether you want to hop on a plane to head home or your friends and family want to come to marvel at your new home, many beach cities are easy to get to. Numerous airports offer direct flights throughout the United States, and there are several international airports as well. Want to take a cruise to the Bahamas? There are multiple ports for cruise liners to come in and out of, like Tampa, Jacksonville, Miami, and Fort Lauderdale. 

9. Visit the Local Sights

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Florida is not just a bunch of beach towns; there is a lot to explore in the rest of the state. Take a road trip and spend an afternoon watching the cars race by at Daytona Motor Speedway. Or, feel like a kid again and invest in some year passes to Disney World. The state also has a few National Parks like the Dry Tortugas National Park and the Everglades National Park. 

10. Senior Accommodated Health Care Facilities 

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Florida knows that it has a high population of senior citizens, and they cater to the healthcare needs of this group remarkably well. Some of the highest-rated facilities can be found in Florida. The Mayo Clinic is located in Jacksonville, and The Cleveland Clinic is in Weston. Wherever you are, you can have the peace of mind that some of the world’s best nurses and doctors are so close. 

11. Great Sports Culture

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Whatever sport you are a fan of, Florida will have a team for you to cheer on. There are multiple teams in all of the four major sports: football, baseball, basketball, and hockey. The state also hosts spring training for Major League Baseball every year, bringing teams from all over the country to practice and give the fans a show. 

12. Arts and Culture

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Florida truly is a melting pot of cultures. Spanish, Cuban, and Caribbean art and culture strongly influence many places along the coast. This offers residents a new look at life they might not have had before. You’ll love the rich food and music culture in your new home. You may discover your new favorite style of food if you try some of Florida’s best restaurants. 

13. Affordable Housing

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If one of the many retirement communities does not appeal to you, or if you just aren’t ready to live in a senior center, you will note that housing in Florida is below the national average. You do have to factor in cities like Miami that raise the averages considerably. Still, many affordable houses can be found in some of the best little beach towns. 

14. Business Cater to Seniors

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Since a lot of the population are retired seniors, the local restaurants cater to them the best they can. Many offer a variety of discounts for retired residents. These businesses are the likes of restaurants, department stores, golf courses, and entertainment venues. 

15. Your Family Will Want to Visit

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Of course, you are going to want to live in a place where your family will want to come to visit you. Your grandchildren will be begging their parents for a Florida vacation. The kids will want to play on the beach and visit one of the many amusement parks in the state. You can retire and officially be the “Cool Grandparents,” beating out your inlaws. It’s a win-win!