Florida Retirement

5 Advantages of Retiring in Florida

More than any other state, Florida is chosen as a home by people looking to reap the benefits of all their life-long hard work. Maybe it’s the weather or maybe it’s the attitude that makes Florida beaches and inland a hotspot. One thing is for sure, a tropical paradise is always a good idea. If you are considering retiring in Florida, you are in good company. Each year, thousands of people come to Florida to spend their golden years. Here are some other reasons Florida is a No. 1 seller year after year:

  1. Easy breezy lifestyle: Florida is not only beautiful, it is relaxed. Perhaps a place as lovely and tropical as Florida is incapable of serious ambitious, cut-throat stress. With its close proximity to the Caribbean, Floridians feel like they are always on vacation in the tropics. The Sunshine State has a solid reputation of relaxation, happiness and enjoyment of life. Floridian singer Jimmy Buffett might have summed this lifestyle up best in his song Turn Up the Heat and Chill the Rose. The lifestyle here is about as complicated as that song title.
  2. Sunny and warm skies: Of course, Florida has its share of rain. However, most Florida natives call this “liquid sunshine.” The healthy humid weather lends itself to almost daily showers, often with the sun shining at the same time. Other than the occasional hurricane and those little rainy patches, Florida is the land of sunshine, blue skies, and life-enriching warmth. Did you know Florida is where the mythical Fountain of Youth is supposed to be? The humidity in Florida’s air, mixed with the generous amounts of sunshine, is thought to keep a person’s skin, bones, and mind healthy and youthful.
  3. Low cost of living: The South was hit pretty hard by the current economic crisis. This has caused prices of housing to drop dramatically in the South and particularly in Florida. A median sized house can be purchased for less than $200,000. Beachfront property is not much more expensive. Other living essentials such as groceries, clothing, and entertainment have always been on the lower end of the pricing market. Now that housing prices are also so low, Florida is an ideal place to live on a retirement pension, Social Security benefits, and otherwise fixed incomes.
  4. Beautiful surroundings: Retirement should be like a lifelong vacation. A perfect vacation is one where you see beautiful views, lovely land, and pretty sights. Florida, at its ugliest, is prettier than most other world locations at their prettiest. Florida is home to the world’s most beautiful tropical flowers, palm trees, lush forests, and miles of white sandy beaches. With all this natural beauty, the people tend to be more beautiful also. That, or the people of Florida are just happy to be surrounded by such beauty and thus appear more beautiful on the outside.
  5. Live around like-minded seniors: Who wants to retire around a bunch of yelling children, stressed out thirty-somethings, annoying teenagers, and other non-retired people? No one. With fewer of those problems, Florida is a more comfortable place for new retirees to flock to. It is hard to feel like you’re on vacation when other people around you are hustling and bustling to work. When you retire in Florida, you are surrounded by people of your own age group and relaxed mindset. This is the way to retire.