Florida still a hot spot for retirees

For decades, most retirees hardly ever gave any other state a second glance ... they headed to the Great State of Florida. The reasons have been obvious: lots of sunshine, plenty of housing that targets older adults, no state income tax or grocery tax and gorgeous beaches.
While some retirees are choosing other states, most still overwhelmingly choose to relocate to Florida when they leave their home state. Today, nearly one in five relocating retirees head to the Sunshine State. And, prices in popular Florida destinations are rising as quickly as any in the U.S.

Florida has relied on tourism and retirement as two of their chief industries. Major tourist and retirement areas are found along both coasts of Florida and in the Panhandle area defined by the white sands of Pensacola and Destin.

Don’t be shocked if you hear your friends talk about retiring to Vero Beach, Port St. Lucie, Naples, Sarasota, Fort Myers, Ocala or Palm Beach. There are numerous developments catering to older adults and many are self-contained villages.

The average temperature gets hotter the further you settle south, as you might expect. Many people escaping constant cold weather and snow find Florida sunshine refreshing. January temperatures in Florida average in the 60s with lows normally in the 50s and 60s.

Summer temperatures average in the 70s and 80s, on average. Sea breezes from the Atlantic and the Gulf keep temperatures cooler. However, those who see a distinct change of seasons might be disappointed with constant balmy temperatures.

Florida is 850 miles by automobile from the Northwest tip of the state to Key West.