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Baby Boomers Want to Retire in Southwest Florida

by Brenda K Oswalt

Florida attracts more retirees than any other state in the country. But, the big question is, “Are Baby Boomers going to retire there, just like previous generations?” Well, Florida is certainly on the Baby Boomers’ short list.

where to retire in florida?A recent survey by Mason Dixon shows that most Boomers’ primary considerations for retirement spots are good healthcare, nice climate, low taxes, and inexpensive housing.  The next tier of priorities includes recreational activities, senior services, and proximity to the beach.

Sounds like Florida.

Advantages of the Sunshine State

Lots of people love Florida because it’s warm, affordable, and filled with lakes, waterways, canals, and beautiful sandy beaches.

where to retire in floridaFlorida has no state income taxes, and the property taxes are reasonable.

Golf courses are everywhere.

The fishing is phenomenal.

Off-price malls are all over the state.

Housing prices are ridiculously low due to overbuilding.

But, what part of Florida is the best for Baby Boomers? 

Well, everybody likes different things, but my favorite part of the Sunshine State is the Southwestern part, with its white sandy beaches and its reliably magnificent climate, where winter temperatures average in the high 70s, and the Gulf of Mexico brings us cooling summer breezes.

I Like Fort Myers

Fort Myers reminds me of our family vacations in the 60s, especially when I hear “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini” playing in one of the kitschy beach bars or outdoor eateries that line the snow-white sands of the Gulf.  And, I love the slush of the azure surf, which is usually gentle, like a well-loved AM station on an old transistor radio.

florida retirement

That’s the kind of music you’ll hear in Ft. Myers.  The Boomer station continually plays your favorite old melodies to the tune of swaying palms and the happy, beach crowd’s laughter.  And, right away, you’ll notice that the people in Ft. Myers Beach are enjoying themselves without pretense, just having simple fun, and delighting in nature’s best.

Ft. Myer’s Beach is “Old Florida”

The best of the Sunshine State still contains much of the regional “Old Florida” lifestyle and feel; this is Florida the way it was when we were young.  And, it’s Boomer Heaven.

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Brenda Oswalt is a French-trained cook, writer, businesswoman and inventor who holds several medical patents.

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