Top Five Places to Retire in Florida

Finding Your Fit

Choosing when to retire can be a big life decision, which shouldn’t be made any more difficult by figuring out where to reside. At Cove Communities, we want to make this transition as easy as possible for you. With gated manufactured home communities and resort-style 55+ communities, there’s truly something for every individual, and we’ve narrowed our list down to the top five places to retire in Florida. No matter where you choose, you’ll experience the best dining, shopping, activities, and weather at our Florida locations.

1. Sarasota

Blue and yellow tennis court with four people playingAt Cove Communities, we offer two beautiful Sarasota destinations: Camelot East and Camelot Lakes, both located in southwest Florida. While you can’t go wrong with either, each spot has its unique reasons why people love them. Camelot East is a resort-style community, so it includes many amenities for residents to partake in. Camelot Lakes is a gated community that also has amenities, and it encompasses everything you could want, from dining to world-famous beaches. 

2. Tarpon Springs

Two people entering a poolMore of Cove’s best Florida retiring locations can be found in Tarpon Springs. There, we have Sun Valley and The Meadows. Both destinations are 55+ manufactured home communities, but they differ in their styles and offer resort-style amenities and socially distanced activities. At the former, residents can enjoy everything from a clubhouse to the Valley’s own private lake. The Meadows provides a relaxing seasonal or year-round getaway with pool, hot tub, and outdoor kitchen, perfect for enjoying with a group of friends. Both are centrally located on Florida’s Gulf Coast, giving you the best Florida sunshine with many things to do right outside the communities. 

3. Estero

A river surrounded by boats, houses, and treesOverlooking the Estero River, Estero Bay Village is a gated, manufactured home community. It’s near several of Florida’s Gulf Coast beaches and nestled between Naples and Fort Myers, giving you endless activities to pursue in Lee County. The Village has plenty of available docks, giving residents an easy way to explore this little piece of paradise via boat or kayak. 

4. Ocala

Drone shot of outdoor tennis courts, a pool, and shuffle board playing areaRolling Greens is a resort-style 55+ community that’s perfectly located in Central Florida, just on the Ocala National Forest’s edge. From golfing to horseback riding, this community has something for everyone. Residents can select from many new and pre-owned homes for sale and rent; whatever you need, Rolling Greens has it. 

5. Melbourne Beach

A beach with green grass and houses on the leftAt The Waters, you’ll get a 55+ manufactured community right between an incredible beach and the Indian River, giving you the best of both worlds. Melbourne Beach is located on Florida’s coast, which offers a beautiful sea breeze, so you’ll feel comfortable there during every season to shop, eat, and explore the charming but bustling town. 

Planning a Winter Getaway?

If you’re in need of a change of scenery and climate during the colder months, there’s no shortage of ways to experience Florida! Check out our Top 10 Winter Activities You Can Join in Florida.