Top Retirement Spots in Florida: Naples, Sarasota, and Boca Grande Shine

Wednesday, June 19, 2024   /   by Mike Shoaff

Top Retirement Spots in Florida: Naples, Sarasota, and Boca Grande Shine

When it comes to choosing the perfect retirement destination, Naples, Sarasota, and Boca Grande in Florida are among the top picks, according to MarketBeat. This financial media company surveyed 3,000 retirees or soon-to-be retirees to compile a list of the top 130 retirement destinations, with all three Florida locations making it into the top 50.

While the Wailea area in Maui, Hawaii, took the number one spot, Naples was a close second, as highlighted in a recent article by Elizabeth King of The Business Observer. MarketBeat praises the Pelican Bay neighborhood in Naples for its “environmental conservation efforts and luxury living,” featuring “private beaches, fine dining, and active social clubs.” Marco Island, located south of Naples, also made an impressive showing, ranking ninth on the list.

Survey participants were asked to choose their ideal retirement neighborhood if money were no object. On the Gulf Coast, Sarasota’s Bird Key neighborhood ranked 29th, and the Boca Grande hamlet on Gasparilla Island secured the 48th spot.

According to the study organizers, the top retirement locations are spread across the country but share several key elements. “Retirees are looking for places that combine luxury, tranquility, and active living,” says Matt Paulson, founder of MarketBeat.com. “These findings underscore the importance of comprehensive financial planning and the desire for a high quality of life in retirement.”

Other notable Florida locations on the list, though not on the Gulf Coast, include:

    • Southeast Gables of Coral Gables (No. 3)
    • The Villages (No. 5)
    • Ponte Vedra Beach (No. 19)
    • Golden Beach (No. 23)
    • Palm Beach (No. 26)
    • Orlando’s Bay Hill (No. 27)
    • Key Biscayne (No. 47)
    • Windermere (No. 55)


Naples REALTOR Mike Shoaff shares his insights on why Naples consistently ranks high: "It's no wonder Naples made the list this year. The area stands out due to the low crime rate, the cleanliness of our communities, and the abundant sunshine and beautiful days we enjoy. Not to mention the outdoor activities and the laid-back lifestyle everyone leads."

Interested in learning more about the Pelican Bay community? Contact Naples Florida Real Estate Agent Mike Shoaff for information on real estate in Pelican Bay and surrounding neighborhoods in North Naples.


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