Florida has long been known as a great place to retire, with its warm year-round temperatures and selection of various types of retirement communities. With attractions ranging from beaches and nature preserves, to shopping and dining, anyone can find a way to enjoy a Florida retirement. There are choices of waterfront, small-town, large metro and resort-like communities. Whatever your preference is, you’re sure to find it among the choices. Considering the entire splendor Florida has to offer, both natural and cultural, here are 10 of the best places in Florida for retirees:
Rockledge is a city of approximately 25,000, of which over 16% are over 65, on the mid-east coast of Florida. It has appeal for nature lovers and sportsmen alike, with its numerous parks and recreational facilities. The Helen and Allan Cruickshank Sanctuary, for example, is a great venue for bird-watching, particularly viewing of scrub jays, and has peaceful walking trails. Since this city is near the coast, beaches are easy to visit. Rockledge also hosts various events throughout the year, including holiday parades, arts and crafts fairs, and car shows. For those with visiting grandchildren, Orlando is only about an hour away by car. Rockledge is one of the safer places in Florida to retire, with a crime rate 33% lower than the national average and approximately half of Florida’s overall crime rate.
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