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Most Popular Spots in Florida to Retire


By    |   Wednesday, 03 Jun 2015 11:01 AM

Retirement is a chance to escape from the stresses of daily life and begin a new chapter. Relocation often helps set this new chapter apart. For many retirees, the first state on their list of possible new homes is Florida. The white sand beaches, the sunny weather, and the wealth of available activities make retirement in Florida a popular option. However, Florida is a big, diverse state. Here are some of the most popular spots for retirees.

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  1. Orlando - If you are looking for entertainment in a sunny environment, look no further than the "Theme Park Capital of the World." Orlando is home not only to Disney World, but Universal Studios, Sea World, and the quirky yet fun Gatorland. Theme parks, however, are not the only reason to choose Orlando. The cost of living is low, the nearby beaches of Cocoa Beach and Daytona Beach are beautiful, and Orlando's central location in Florida and its proximity to transportation hubs allows for easy travel to other hot spots around the state and beyond.
  2. Jacksonville - Geographically if not in terms of population, Jacksonville is the biggest city in Florida, and it offers more opportunities for cultural and historical enrichment than smaller Florida destinations. The Museum of Contemporary Art and Museum of Art and Gardens provide Jacksonville residents with an opportunity to take in nationally acclaimed artwork without having to stray far from the beach. You can also enjoy riverfront dining on the Jacksonville Riverwalk, see giraffes and other exotic animals at the Jacksonville Zoo, or shop for designer treats at their two fully enclosed malls.
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  4. St. Petersburg - St. Pete, as it is known to locals, is a haven for fishing or boating enthusiasts. Located on the Gulf of Mexico, St. Petersburg is blessed with calm crystal blue water and broad beaches. For this reason many angling competitions such as the King of the Beach, are held in St. Petersburg. Aside from its natural beauty, St. Petersburg is especially proud of their emerging art scene, which takes the form of live music, theater and dance exhibitions. Although traditionally a town known for retirees, St. Petersburg is experiencing a youthful resurgence which gives the city an energy other Florida locations lack.
  5. Miami - Between major leagues sports, the energy of South Beach, and the thriving arts scene, there is never a dull moment in Miami. For the flashier residents, Miami offers luxury shopping, premier spas, and five-star dining. For those looking for free activities, Miami has many festivals like South Beach's Art Deco Weekend and Carnival on the Mile, a Latin food, art and music festival. Home to its own ballet, symphony, and opera, Miami's levels of sophistication will leave even those relocating from northern urban centers feeling culturally enriched.
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Retirement is a chance to escape from the stresses of daily life and begin a new chapter. Relocation often helps set this new chapter apart. For many retirees, the first state on their list of possible new homes is Florida.
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