4 Reasons to Retire to Florida
Florida is known as a mecca for retirees. In fact, it’s still the number one state for those looking to relocate after retirement. And, even for those a few years away from retirement, Florida has quickly become a gathering point for active adults looking for a change of pace as they enter the empty nester stage of life.
So, what makes active senior living in Florida so appealing? What makes Florida such an exciting place to live in your golden years? Here are just a few of the things that make the Sunshine State so desirable.
1. Florida Weather
Of course, this has to top any list of Florida’s best traits. Year-round warm weather is a major benefit, especially for those looking to retire from the mid-Atlantic, Northeast, and the upper tier of the Midwest. While you’ll get your share of afternoon rain, especially during the summer’s rainy season, you can count on warm temperatures and sunny skies for most of the year.
This milder climate also means that you can spend a lot of time exploring outdoor activities from hiking Florida’s beautiful waterfalls, to learning pickleball, to picking up a round of golf on some of the state’s top courses. All of the beautiful sunshine means there is plenty of time for active senior living outdoors.
Average Florida Temperatures
- Average North Florida Panhandle Temperatures: Annual High- 79.9 F, Annual Low- 55.9
- Average South Florida Temperatures: Annual High- 82.4, Annual Low- 73.2
- Average Florida Panhandle Temperatures: Annual High- 79.5 F, Annual Low- 55.7
2. Plenty of Outdoor Activities for Active Adults
Speaking of outdoor living, whether you live on the coast or in a lakeside neighborhood further inland, you’re sure to find plenty of fun things to keep you busy. If you love the great outdoors, you’ll find year-round swimming, tennis, golf, fishing, and a variety of other activities. Below are some of our top activities for active adults who decide to call Florida home.
Outdoor Activities for Active Senior Living
Falling Waters State Park- Explore Florida’s tallest waterfall, or marvel at the 100-foot deep sinkhole where the stream drops into the caves below. Located in the Florida Panhandle, Falling Waters also offers opportunities to hike all for a reasonable $5 per vehicle fee.
Golfing at PGA Golf Club- Easily one of the best golf courses along the Treasure Coast, the three award winning courses and 54-hole club is sure to delight any golfer. For those who don’t want to golf, the PGA Village also houses fine cuisine at Taplow Pub, named after the New York City club that was the birthplace of The PGA of America.
Bok Tower Gardens- This beautiful National Historic Landmark is a wonderful place to picnic, take a walk or visit the impressive Singing Tower. With over 100 bird species and a plethora of local and exotic flora, you are sure to find peace in this serene spot.
3. Laid-back Lifestyle for Easy Senior Living
Wherever you go in Florida, whether you opt for Orlando or Florida’s famed Treasure Coast area, you’ll experience a fairly laid-back vibe and relaxed atmosphere. If you’ve spent your life in corporate America wearing a suit and tie, the “country club casual” atmosphere of most Florida venues will be a welcome change.
Active adult gatherings tend towards casual with BBQ inspired wine and dine groups, day fishing trips and laid-back time with friends old and new.
4. Lots of Opportunity for a New Lifestyle
Just because you might be looking to retire, or are retired, doesn’t mean you only have to fill your days with relaxing. If you want to look to new lifestyle or are planning on an active retirement, you’ll find plenty to keep you busy in Florida as the state offers a lot of opportunities for lifelong learning or picking up a new retirement hobby.
Want to return to school? Many Florida colleges and universities offer tuition discounts or waivers for students over 60. Want a second career? You’ll find plenty of opportunities in the resort and hospitality industry. Want to start a business? No state income tax makes this a favorable place to set up shop.
Florida may be the most common choice for active adults looking to enjoy a relaxing senior living lifestyle, but that doesn’t mean it’s not still an exciting choice. Whether you are looking to enjoy the gorgeous year-round sunshine, or envision setting up a second career, Florida has a lot to offer for the 55+ crowd.
Contributed to The 55+ Society
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