The Ultimate Guide to Retiring in Orlando

By Roger Jimenez

Dreaming of retiring in the sunny state of Florida? Who hasn’t! In this ultimate guide, we'll explore why Americans are flocking to retire in Florida, the best spots in town for retirement, and how to turn your dream Florida retirement into reality, right here in Orlando!

Check out an interview featuring a new Orlando resident who just retired in one of the communities listed below!

How Many People are Relocating to Florida? 

According to AARP, in 2023 over 338,000 Americans relocated out-of-state for retirement, a 44% jump from 2022 and highest number in three years. Florida was the top destination for the second straight year, with about 11% of retirees choosing the Sunshine State! Statistics reveal how retirees from states all over, including California (18.3% of all outbound moves), New York, Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania are making the move, with South Carolina being the second choice for relocation at 10%.


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Top Reasons Why Retirees are Moving to Florida

There are numerous reasons and benefits why people are choosing to retire in Florida, including:

Comparatively lower housing costs 

The state has lower housing costs compared to many other states, allowing retirees to stretch their retirement savings further and enjoy a higher standard of living. Additionally, Florida's lack of a retirement tax (where other states charge a 2-10% tax) translates to significant savings for retirees, allowing them to retain more of their hard-earned income to support their retirement lifestyle.


With an average of 230 days of sunshine per year, it’s no wonder Florida’s weather has become synonymous with the season of Summer, offering retirees the opportunity to enjoy outdoor activities and leisure pursuits year-round in the world’s most enviable climate.

Proximity to family

The state's strategic location makes it an ideal choice for retirees looking for better proximity to family and loved ones. With top-tier universities such as Rollins College and the University of Central Florida, massive entertainment parks like Disney and Universal, as well as an active and thriving sports culture, Florida offers retirees with ample opportunities for quality time for the whole family, regardless of age.

Lifestyle change

Florida gives retirees the chance to embrace a new lifestyle that can be tailored to their preferences and interests. Whether it's immersing in the laid-back beach culture, honing one's golfing skills amidst rolling landscapes, or reliving childhood memories at iconic theme parks, Florida offers new retirees the freedom to pursue their passions and create unforgettable memories in their golden years.

Top Active Adult Communities in Orlando

Those are just a handful of great reasons why people nationwide are choosing to move and settle down in Florida, but now it’s time to dive into some of the premier residential communities that contribute to making Orlando the ultimate retirement destination.

Del Webb Oasis

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Del Webb Oasis is strategically located in close proximity to Disney and Universal, offering unparalleled convenience for entertainment and leisure. Designed as an active older adult community, this brand-new development boasts a gated entrance for enhanced security and privacy. Residents can look forward to a lavish 12,000 square foot amenity center complete with a coffee bar, lounge area, and state-of-the-art tennis and pickleball courts. With a dedicated lifestyle director at the helm, fostering a strong sense of community is a top priority. 

The housing options at Del Webb Oasis are diverse, catering to various needs and preferences starting from the low $400's to the mid $700's. From cozy villa-style homes with 2-car garages spanning 1,500 - 1,700 square feet, to expansive single-family properties offering up to 3,500 square feet of living space, there's something for everyone. Whether you prioritize affordability or spaciousness, these residences are designed to accommodate a range of budgets and lifestyle requirements.

Four Seasons at Orlando

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Four Seasons at Orlando offers a unique blend of luxury and convenience just 7 miles from the renowned theme parks. This gated community features customizable villa-style and single-family homes with multiple floor plan options to suit individual tastes, starting from the upper $400's. Residents can indulge in an array of resort-style amenities, including a pristine pool, an active social calendar that includes water aerobics, and recreational facilities like tennis courts and pickleball.

The Villages 

Ranked as the number one active adult community nationwide, The Villages spans over 57 acres and encompasses multiple zip codes and counties. It is home to over 145,000 residents residing in 70,000+ homes, with an astonishing 50,000 golf carts traversing its streets. Offering an impressive array of amenities, including 3,000 unique clubs and activities and 50 golf courses, The Villages ensures a vibrant and active lifestyle for its residents. 

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Featuring a diverse range of housing options, from large estates to lakeside properties and courtyard homes, The Villages caters to various preferences and lifestyles. With the construction of 200 new houses monthly, the community continues to grow rapidly with properties available from the mid $300's to over $1.5 Million. Residents pay a monthly neighborhood fee of $195, granting access to an extensive range of amenities and services, excluding golf. Notably, children are restricted from residing in the community for more than 30 days at a time. 

Del Webb Minneola

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Nestled on the picturesque Sugar Loaf Mountain, Del Webb Minneola offers a serene and secluded lifestyle just 30 minutes from Orlando. Featuring 800 single-family homes ranging from $400,000 to over $1 million, this newly developed community boasts breathtaking views of rolling hills and natural landscapes. Future residents can look forward to a grand two-story amenity clubhouse complete with pools and indoor/outdoor dining options, perfect for entertaining guests or enjoying quiet relaxation.

Check out one of our past articles about this community and all that is has to offer!

Del Webb Sunbridge

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Del Webb Sunbridge emerges as a promising destination in the burgeoning area of St. Cloud/Lake Nona. With 1,400 housing units and sprawling amenities spread across 27,000 square feet, this expansive community offers an unparalleled living experience. From villa-style homes starting in the $400's to single-family residences priced from the $600's and up, residents can find their dream home amidst lush surroundings and extensive walking trails. Additionally, its close proximity to the airport makes it an ideal choice for frequent travelers seeking convenience and accessibility.


Retiring in Orlando can promise a world of benefits: from its sunny climate and lower housing costs to its vibrant social scene and proximity to family-friendly attractions. With world-renowned entertainment parks, a thriving active adult community, and so much more, Orlando provides retirees with ample opportunities for stimulation, social engagement, and family bonding. The diverse range of residential communities, such as Del Webb Oasis and Four Seasons at Orlando, cater to various preferences and lifestyles, ensuring that retirees can find their perfect haven in the Sunshine State. Whether you are seeking a tranquil retreat or an active lifestyle retirement, Orlando stands as an ideal destination for retirees looking to enjoy their golden years to the fullest. Let us help you find the retirement home of your dreams!


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