Destination Retirement Communities


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Are you tired of shoveling snow?  Want to vacation and retire in a new place?

If that sounds like you, then you’re looking for what’s called “destination retirement.”  Due to its climate, southern states like Florida and Arizona are known as destination retirement locations.  Other states like South Carolina are also becoming known for their semi-warm climates and retirement-friendly accommodations.

If you’re looking for a destination community, here are a few tips:

Do your research first. The Internet is your friend in this situation. Search for communities in the city of your choice, and then narrow your search by calling and asking questions.

Visit the city when you’ve narrowed it down. Once you have your top two or three choices for retirement communities, book a trip and go see them. With some good planning, you can visit all three in a day or two, leaving more time to relax and enjoy the scenery.

Go back during off-season. That beach that you loved during the summer might be a frozen nightmare during winter. Similarly, that warm spring day in Florida might give way to a muggy, humid night during August. So, consider going back a few times during different seasons to confirm that you can handle the climate.

Ask to try out the community before buying. Many communities offer a guest apartment to potential residents. Their policies vary, so make sure to call before booking your flight!

Consider renting if you’re nervous. Pulling the trigger on a new city and retirement community can be tough, but you don’t have to make an all-or-nothing decision. If you’re worried about making the decision, consider a more temporary living situation like an apartment in the area.

Destination retirement isn’t for everyone, but some people find it to be the perfect retirement adventure!