Because of it’s proximity to water, boating and fishing are popular pastimes. Sports lovers — in particular, baseball fans — will have plenty of chances to stoke their passion; Port St. Lucie is home to the New York Mets Spring Training camp, the St. Lucie Mets Florida State League team, as well as the Mets rookie level team in the Gulf Coast League. The town is also home to mixed martial arts school, a local skate team, and the PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance.
Outdoors enthusiasts can explore the Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens, Oak Hammock Park nature trails and the Oxbow Eco-Center. The town is also a popular tourist destination, which means it can grow crowded during peak seasons.
Despite its fast growth, Port St. Lucie remains an affordable destination for retirees.
Con: Hurricane season, crowded during tourist season
Best For: Sports lovers
Cost of Living: 8.8% lower than national average
Median Home Cost: $108,000
Top State Income Tax: no state income tax
Crime Rate: 42.8% lower than national average
The town’s cost of living nearly 9 percent below the national average, and a median home price of $108,000. Many residents also say that they were attracted to the town because of its low crime rate. The town enjoys warm weather year-round, though summers can be hot, and hurricanes can be an issue.