This tiny town along Southwest Florida’s Gulf Coast offers retirees a charming downtown chock full of entertainment. Retirees can enjoy the opera and philharmonic; cultural attractions such as the Naples Players Theater, fine and casual dining, as well as upscale shopping, including a number of antiques stores.
Still, Naples isn’t merely for the monied retiree. The city’s cost of living is only slightly higher than the national average and home prices are at a median of $220,529. Naples weather is typically warm, with pleasant winters a hot summer rainy season.
The town also offers retirees a number of gated communities and retirement communities where they can easily meet and socialize with others.
With more than 60 golf courses in the region as well as a number of parks, beaches and wildlife refuges, Naples also attracts outdoor lovers and active retirees.
Con: High cost of living
Best For: Well-heeled retirees
Cost of Living: 4.5% higher than national average
Median Home Cost: $220,529
Top State Income Tax: no state income tax
Crime Rate: 48.7% lower than national average
The town is located a mere 45 minutes from one of Everglades National Park’s entrances, and the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge, both of which are popular destinations for tourists and residents alike.