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Is Retirement in South Florida Right for You?

By Jony Mozen

Florida is a great place to visit but would you really want to live there? Sure it's a fabulous vacation destination with beautiful beaches, warm sub-tropical weather, luscious golf courses, incredible theme and adventure parks, interesting and diverse cultural attractions, fantastic shopping, sumptuous dining, endless outdoor activities, great fishing and boating, wonderful national, state and city parks, lots of entertainment, professional spectator sports, horse and dog tracks, gambling, and a thousand other things that would make your vacation spectacular and unforgettable. But would you want all of those options surrounding you every day? The staggering number of ways to have fun may overwhelm you.

Why is Florida an oasis? Well, the dictionary defines it not only as a fertile area in a desert region, but as something serving as a refuge, relief, or pleasant change from what is usual, annoying and difficult. If the latter part sounds like where you are living now, perhaps you need to find an oasis of your own in Florida. Florida is noted for its oasis-like retirement and active adult communities that cater to the 55-plus crowd. South Florida especially caters to adults fifty-five and over by offering restaurant discounts on Earlybird dinners, discounts on movies and just about everything else. Living in the Palm Beaches, or on the Gold Coast, Treasure Coast, or Sun Coast is fun and relaxing. There are numerous well-appointed and well-maintained retirement communities, many of which are gated, with the most requested amenities, such as clubhouses with fitness centers, resort-style swimming pools, tennis courts, card rooms, plus planned activities for its residents, and a social director to keep you active.

Besides the great weather, the main interests of most new residents are comfortable living, activities and interesting attractions. Florida communities are unique in this respect with many located close to the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Gulf of Mexico on the other. There you can enjoy boating, scuba diving, world-class fishing, water skiing, snorkeling, windsailing, relaxing on the white sandy beaches and so much more. And no matter where you live there is always golf and tennis. Shopping at outlet centers, visiting animal habitats, sightseeing, museums, art galleries, and other cultural venues and enjoying the many state and national parks that dot the landscape can make any day an adventure. If you feel the urge to explore, you can easily visit the Florida Keys, the nearby Bahamas, and all of the Caribbean. There are many flights and plenty of cruise ships to take you there.

Other major attractions are The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach, the Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boynton Beach's Green Cay Nature Center and Wetlands, and the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. Of course, you'll want to go to the beach and Delray's was voted one of the top public beaches in the southeastern United States for swimming and one of the top 35 beaches in the entire country overall by Travel Holiday magazine. Or go across Alligator Alley to enjoy the beautiful beaches of Naples, Marco Island and the Paradise Coast.

Southwest Florida, which includes Naples, Ft. Myers and Tampa also has an amazing number of golf courses, hundreds of public parks and thousands of miles of biking, running/walking paths and 160 miles of coastline. The Southwest Florida area offers an endless list of things to do, a wealth of entertainment opportunities and a climate that's ideal for any leisure lifestyle or outdoor activity - from the beaches to the golf courses to the Performing Arts Center. The Tampa Museum of Art, Museum of Science & Industry and USF's Contemporary Art Museum are among the favorites. Tampa is home to the NFL's Buccaneers, Tampa Bay Rays baseball, Lightning hockey, and Storm arena football. It is also home of the Florida State Fair and the annual Gasparilla Festival. The area is served by more than a dozen major hospitals. Southwest Florida attracts a lot of people from the Midwest and western states.

There communities are usually conveniently located near supermarkets, shopping, fine and casual dining, entertainment, parks and recreational sites. Perhaps, the biggest thrill about moving is owning a new home with a gorgeous new kitchen filled with modern appliances, easy-to-navigate floorplans with few or no steps, luxurious bathrooms with modern plumbing, your own garage and no maintenance like mowing the lawn, trimming trees and shoveling snow. Planning your retirement can be fun and if you do it carefully, your retirement can be wonderful. Come to South Florida and start living the good life.

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Ditulis oleh: Faisal Reza Siregar - Thursday, April 25, 2013

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