It's no secret; Central Florida is a very popular area for retirees. With a warm, year-round climate and a location found within a short drive of the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, it draws many retirees every single year. If you're considering retiring to Central Florida, here are some of the top retirement communities to choose from.

The Villages

A well-known age-restricted community for retirees, The Villages is actually its' own city now. It started as a small neighborhood in the late 1970s and has grown to more than 56,000 households across three counties.

The community is connected by more than 100 miles of golf cart legal trails and streets. It's a self-sustaining town with retail, restaurants, healthcare centers, recreational amenities and even its' own post offices.

As one of the most active 55+ communities in all of Florida, The Villages provides more amenities per capita than any other age-restricted community in the United States. Three town squares provides plenty of things to do, along with numerous golf courses, lakes and tennis facilities.

Del Webb Orlando

Found in Davenport, Florida, Del Webb Orlando is known as a master-planned golf community for ages 55 and up. The community holds more than 800 homes with a clubhouse full of amenities and activities. Del Webb Orlando is also found close to plenty of dining, shopping, world-class attractions and medical facilities. It was opened in 2007 as La Cresta by Del Webb and later changed to Del Webb Orlando.

The clubhouse covers more than 30,000 square feet with amenities, such as a fitness center, dance studio, indoor pool, indoor walking track and more. It's also a popular place for social events and clubs. There’s an arts and crafts room, game room, cyber cafe and a library, as well.

On Top of the World

Located in Ocala, Florida, On Top of the World is a resort-style community with incredible amenities. Its home to three 18-home golf courses, multiple clubhouses, both indoor and outdoor swimming pools and many more amenities. The community provides more than 10,000 homes with a wide variety of size and price options. Many homes provide excellent golf course views or views of the rolling hills throughout Ocala.

Solivita

An affordable 55+ community in a prime location, Solivita is found in Kissimmee, Florida. It's a popular choice because of the Tuscan-themed homes, golf course and the location found very close to many top attractions. Nearly 150,000 square feet of amenities are provided including fitness centers, game rooms, swimming pools, sports courts, restaurants and golf courses. This award-winning community provides about 6,000 homes with incredible views throughout.

Other Central Florida Retirement Communities

Other Central Florida communities that are popular for retirement include:

  • Stone Creek - Ocala, Florida
  • Oak Run - Ocala, Florida
  • Ocala Palms - Ocala, Florida
  • Village of Citrus Hills - Hernado, Florida
  • Spruce Creek Country Club - Summerfield, Florida
  • Plantation at Leesburg - Leesburg, Florida
  • Kings Ridge - Clermont, Florida
  • Cypress Lakes - Lakeland, Florida

Finding a great 55+ community in Central Florida isn't difficult. All of the choices above provide great options for those looking to retire to the Sunshine State.