Should you retire in Ft. Myers, FL? Well, according to a popular retirement guide, it is the perfect combination of relaxation and recreation. There are, of course, more than just retirees living in Fort Myers and other parts of Florida. But retired individuals flock here every year for all it has to offer.
Fort Myers also offers a combination of new and old Florida. According to U.S. News and World Report, on a list of over 100 United States cities, the number one place to retire is actually Fort Myers, FL. (Some comparisons list it number one among as many as 125 cities in the United States.) The cost of living is manageable, there are endless opportunities for entertainment, a wide assortment of attractions, and the mild climate can’t be beaten.
So, is it a good idea to retire in Fort Myers, Florida? Well, approximately 737,460 retirees can’t be wrong! Here are some of the best perks of Fort Myers living for retirement-age individuals.
Compared to the national average, you’ll enjoy a 4% lower cost of living in Florida’s Fort Myers. This is based on the real estate market, average salary, and more. Granted, if you reside in a retirement community, you may not have to worry much about the cost of living, depending on the type of senior living you’re experiencing. Your level of independence can have everything to do with how much you would spend outside of your senior living community, or whether or not you choose to buy your own groceries, etc.
In addition to the price of groceries, general shopping, entertainment/shows, etc., the cost of living can also affect transportation, utilities, housing, healthcare costs, and more.
The Great Out-of-Doors
If we are talking about Florida, naturally, one of the most popular destinations will be the beach. There is no shortage of beaches in Florida, much less Fort Myers. Whether it’s simply lying on the beach and enjoying the scenery, or fishing, snorkeling, or what have you, water sports can be appropriate for many ages – including those of retirement age.
If you love to fish, there are redfish, mangrove snapper, Spanish mackerel, and others that can be hooked from the Fort Myers Fishing Pier (among other locations).
If you’d rather simply look at wildlife, rather than catch it on a hook and line, admire the many wildlife options at Manatee Park, Lovers Key State Park, and other locations.
Golf and Local Attractions
Florida is nothing less than a golfer’s paradise with approximately 42 private and public golf courses in Fort Myers alone. Here are some suggestions:
- Plantation Golf and Country Club
- Fort Myers Country Club
- The Eagle Ridge Golf Club
- Gulf Harbor Yacht and Country Club
You can bring your grandkids along and teach them the game at The Club at Gateway.
Are you a natural beauty lover and/or history buff? If so, don’t miss the botanical gardens and historical museum – the Edison and Ford Winter Estates – located just off of McGregor Boulevard. After a day at the beach, this is a great place to stop for a little culture.
Either through the newspaper or online, make sure you stay updated where festivals and other local celebrations are concerned. There’s always something going on, from the River District Art Walk to the River District Farmers Market – and everything in between.
Enjoy All Fort Myers Has to Offer When You Reside at Aston Gardens At Pelican Marsh
Though Aston Gardens At Pelican Marsh is located in Naples, Florida, that’s less than an hour’s drive from Fort Myers. Talk to our Expressions Concierge service to arrange for transportation.
If you’d like to stay home, however, courtesy of our Celebrations Activities and Events program, you will never be lacking for something to do. Enjoy some kind of craft, card game, exercise class, event, and more. Contact us today to find out more.