Throughout Florida's modern history, Sarasota has been one of the state's premier cities, both for vacationing and retirement. In the summer of 2021, Sarasota was even named one of the top ten best places to live in the United States. Sarasota is a safe and beautiful city, but there are many other reasons why people are choosing this place to spend their golden years.
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5 Reasons Why You Should Retire to Sarasota, Florida
We believe our city is one of the best in the state. And why not, when it has so much going for it?
1. Gorgeous Weather
While Florida is sometimes known for intense heat, Sarasota itself enjoys relatively mild temperatures. Especially in the winter, people come from around the world to visit. In fact, in one recent year, an estimated 2,257,200 people visited Sarasota!
Of course, most of them came during the winter, when the sun shines nearly every day and the temperatures rarely drop below 50 degrees. Best of all, there's no snow to shovel. There's not even very much rain! For those who spent many years living in the Northeast, a Florida retirement sounds appealing for that reason alone.
Known affectionately as the Sunshine State, Florida has long been a favorite for retirees because of its sunny days and cool nights. Daily golf, shuffleboard, or pickleball tournaments are a distinct possibility. And when the sun does get hot, residents can head for the beach or one of the many local pools.
Alternately, rainy days result in activities such as visiting local arts and cultural spots, such as the Ringling Museum or the Sarasota Classic Car Museum.
Rain or shine, there's always something to do in Sarasota. Instead of fighting the weather, you can make the weather work for you. No wonder so many people have chosen to retire here.
2. Outdoor Recreation
As was hinted above, Sarasota residents enjoy exceptional weather for most of the year. That means when it comes to outdoor recreation, there's always something to do.
No wonder 55% of all Floridians actively participate in outdoor recreation!
Each morning, while the air is clear and the temperatures cool, you can start your day with coffee or tea at sunrise and strolling or hiking on some of the best trails in the state.
In the afternoons and evenings, you have your choice of a wide array of outdoor activities:
- Long walks
These activities are wonderful ways to commune with nature, meet new friends, and stay healthy at the same time. For this reason alone, it's no surprise retirees are flocking to Florida.
3. Vibrant Downtown
Day or night, downtown Sarasota is a dynamic blend of culture and enthusiasm. Whether you're in the mood to shop, stroll, or dine, the diverse downtown experience is only part of the cultural mix. Every season, residents and visitors alike can also enjoy festivals and other live events, such as craft fairs and live music, all of which contribute to our city's elevated lifestyle.
For those in the mood to partake in more formal performances, Sarasota's ongoing arts scene is enticing, with numerous art galleries and artisans offering unique treasures to incorporate into your home's decor. Now in its sixty-first season, Sarasota Opera House is part of the city's vibrant culture that gives residents and visitors a taste of the finer things life has to offer.
In short, no matter where you come from when you retire to Sarasota, you won't need to leave your tastes and refinement behind.
4. Community Engagement
When it comes to community engagement, Sarasota residents take the cake. Particularly for retirees, there are many activities to bring people together for friendship and fun.
- Classes. There are a variety of classes to get involved with, not the least of which is yoga on the beach, where you can meet friends and neighbors and enjoy the outdoors while staying active.
- Volunteering. Volunteering is always an excellent way to meet new friends while making a difference in our community. If you're looking for initial connections, Volunteer Sarasota County is a great place to start.
- Shopping Local. Our wonderful Sarasota Farmers Market is a community staple. Rain or shine, you know where you can support local farmers and vendors every Saturday from 7am to 1pm.
- Environmental Protection. Staying involved in protecting the local ecosystem is a great way to come together with members of your new community.
From time to time, retirees express concern that leaving their jobs and moving will disconnect them from the community. As you can see, in Sarasota, that doesn't have to be the case.
5. Ideal Retirement Communities
If being connected to a vibrant community matters to you, look no further than the luxury, full-service retirement living experience at Sarasota Bay Club. We offer an exceptional retirement lifestyle with amenities, activities, and dining that will keep you as busy or as relaxed as you want to enjoy in your retirement.
On our safe and secure campus, you can enjoy an array of social activities that will keep you engaged while promoting strong mental and physical health. Our top-notch amenities, such as a custom-designed heated pool, a fitness center, and a state-of-the-art theater, are designed to provide all you need to thrive in retirement.
When necessary, our superior rehab services and in-home care provide residents with the comfort and security they deserve at this stage in life. Should the need arise, we have an assisted living facility staffed with caring and well-trained staff.
In such an environment, you can rest assured that you've made a wise choice in where to spend your retirement years.
Sarasota Bay Is Here to Help
Sarasota Bay Club offers luxury retirement living. Come schedule your private tour to discover all the reasons why our community is an excellent extension of Sarasota's active and vibrant lifestyle and a top retirement destination.