The 64 thousand dollar question is this: why retire in Florida, and what does it have to offer other places don't?
This is a question that always needs some careful consideration and has a lot to do with your goals and desires. Things like what are your plans, do you want to active, how do you want to live and do you need your own private home or a planned retirement communities with all the services.
Retiring in Florida -- It's All Here
I know it is hard to believe but anything and everything is available is Florida. Just a small example includes:
Fore! Would you enjoy golfing on a different course every day for the rest of your life? Some of our counties have more golf course than some entire states do! And just about anywhere you are, there's a golf course somewhere close by.
If beaches are your thing, you're in luck. The Sunshine State has 600 miles (more or less) of actual beaches to roam, and 1,100 miles of shore line.
Maybe fishing is what keeps you happy. We have some of the best fishing in the world here. You can do everything from deep sea fishing to shallow estuary fishing. We have fresh water lakes by the thousands with plenty of bigmouth and peacock bass to bend your rods.
If you like the great outdoors, Florida has some wonderful State and National Parks . We have caverns and sink holes. Natural springs with fresh cold clean water so clear you can see the bottom many feet down. And let's not forget the Everglades -- a world-class wonder!
If you're a camper and like the outdoors in a place that is warm with lots of sunshine. Camping here is a year-round pastime, even in Winter!
All aboard! Cruising may be your cup of tea. It's nice to know that all the direct access for cruising all the major cruise lines is here. And you can catch a ship to just about anywhere out of Miami and Ft. Lauderdale!
Perhaps your pleasure is flying? There are a great many small airports to service your private planes and great flying weather most of the year.
See? Told you there was lots to do! And that's in addition to museums, galleries, theme parks and more.
Retire in Florida: a Non-Taxing Situation
There is no state income tax -- that alone is reason for rejoicing and retiring in Florida! In addition to saving money, you also don't have to worry about more forms to fill out (the regular income tax is enough, don't you think?).
Our homestead exemption was just doubled to give us a bigger break on property taxes. Part time Florida (non-homesteaded) people with homes here have their property tax capped at 10% per year.
If you want to retire in Florida, it doesn't have to be all fun and games; you can challenge your mind as well. If you want to continue your education; we have everything from leaning a foreign language, photograph to cooking. Even finishing your master's degree or getting one from scratch. The baby boomer participation in continuing education is growing, so you will not be intimidated by the younger set. You will have a chance to make some new friends your own age, who share similar interests.
The population and growth in Florida is one of the fastest growing in the country. That means in you retire in Florida, you have lots to choose from. Retirement communities are springing up all over to provide for the thousand of retiring baby boomers. Compared to many other areas of the country, property prices are low.
Retiring in Florida -- if it's right for you, we'd love to see you here!
This article was written by David Nettles -- thanks a bunch! If you'd like to know more about him, along with some options to make some extra money before (or while you) retire, visit him at his website Business At Home Income, or at Business At Home Info.