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List of 25 Smallest FL Retirement Towns

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Bill and Marianne Burke retired to Florida from OhioRetiring to Florida from Ohio
The day Bill and Marianne Burke, residents of central Ohio, decided to purchase a second home for vacation and investment purposes, they took the first step......
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Amelia Island, FloridaAmelia Island, Florida
Today, Amelia Island is a perfect blend of past and present. Delightful Victorian architecture is the hallmark of the downtown Historic District, tucked between the Intracoastal Waterway to the west and the pristine Atlantic beaches to the east. City people will find all they need on Amelia Island and nearby Jacksonville, but nature lovers will truly be in their element, as they...
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Bradenton, FloridaBradenton, Florida
The largest municipality in Manatee County, Florida, Bradenton is known as The Friendly City. Originally named Bradentown, after Dr. Joseph Braden, who provided shelter for early settlers during Seminole...
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Cocoa, FloridaCocoa, Florida
One theory claims a group of local residents at a town meeting in 1884 wanted to name the city after a local product or feature of the area. At the urging of Capt. R.C. May, they finally settled on the cocoa plant. Another reader credited a...
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Cocoa Beach, FloridaCocoa Beach, Florida
In spite of being a major tourist destination-the population swells to 30,000 during the peak season and another 2.4 million people are "day visitors" - Cocoa Beach is home to almost 13,000 residents who care deeply about their tropical paradise. As...
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Daytona Beach, FloridaDaytona Beach, Florida
If sun, fun and the roar of finely-tuned engines is your idea of a good time, Daytona Beach is calling you home. Centrally located on Florida’s Atlantic coast, Daytona is all about cars and the beach...
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Destin, FloridaDestin, Florida
According to locals and visitors, the sand on Destin’s beaches, the byproduct of a curious juxtaposition of aquatics and geography, is the whitest in the world. The finely ground quartz crystals, which look more like the sugar in your morning coffee...
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Fernandina Beach, FloridaFernandina Beach, Florida
Fernandina Beach offers more than shopping, dining and the beach, including a variety of outdoor activities such as golf, boating, hiking and driving along scenic Highway A1A. History buffs will enjoy Fort Clinch State Park. The fort was begun in 1847 but never completed. It was...
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Flagler Beach, FloridaFlagler Beach, Florida
Flagler Beach, a town in Flagler County in Florida, was once a quaint fishing village. Today, it is a unique, seaside community that retains much of its original laid-back charm. Located along the Sunshine State’s Palm Coast, Flagler Beach is just three miles from Interstate 95, between St. Augustine and Daytona Beach....
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Holly Hill, FloridaHolly Hill, Florida
Flanked by its larger neighbors, Ormond Beach to the north and Daytona Beach to the south, and bordered by the Halifax River to the east, Holly Hill’s limits do not quite stretch to the Atlantic Ocean. Naturally landscaped with holly bushes...
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Jacksonville Beach, FloridaJacksonville Beach, Florida
Jacksonville Beach is the biggest and busiest resort along Florida`s northern coast. More than four miles long, the beach is wide and offers plenty of room to stroll or sunbathe. Water activities abound, such as offshore racing, fishing and surfing. The Jacksonville Beach Fishing Pier is a hub of activity and a great place for...
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Melbourne, FloridaMelbourne, Florida
It’s named for Melbourne, Australia, where Cornthwaite John Hector, the new postmaster, had spent much of his life. It is said that Hector preferred a different name, but Mrs. R. W. Goode is credited with the suggestion. After drawing straws, the...
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Merritt Island, FloridaMerritt Island, Florida
In the mid-1800s, the area was known for producing world-famous Indian River oranges and grapefruit, and pineapples also thrived in the sandy soil. The small towns that once dotted the island–Georgiana, Courtenay, Tropic, Fairyland...
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New Smyrna Beach, FloridaNew Smyrna Beach, Florida
Like much of Florida’s central coast, the New Smyrna Beach area was sparsely populated until the railroad arrived – the town of New Smyrna was incorporated in 1887 with a population of barely 150. Today, the city claims more than 22,000 permanent residents...
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Ormond Beach, FloridaOrmond Beach, Florida
Ormond Beach once was a winter refuge for wealthy northeasterners and later was nicknamed The Birthplace of Speed because its flat, rock-hard beach was......
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Palm Coast, FloridaPalm Coast, Florida
The city of Palm Coast, facing the Atlantic Ocean in the heart of Northeast Florida, is not far from St. Augustine, the site of the first permanent European boats at Palm...
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Rockledge, FloridaRockledge, Florida
The city of Rockledge, located on central Florida’s fast-growing Space Coast, is surrounded by a wide variety of recreational, educational and just plain fun activities...
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Sarasota, FloridaSarasota, Florida
Sarasota is much more than the one-time winter home of the Ringling Brothers Circus. Nearly a century ago, the circus settled in this central Florida town during the colder months...
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Viera, FloridaViera, Florida
Viera, Florida is rapidly creating a name for itself. And no wonder. It is a dream come true for the Duda family. Andrew Duda and his family emigrated from Czechoslovakia to Central Florida in 1912 and operated a small celery farm. It became one of the world’s largest and most respected family-owned agricultural enterprises...
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