Voted one of America’s Top 10 Happiest Seaside Towns by Coastal Living magazine, Venice, Florida is one of the most sought after retirement destinations in the Sunshine State. What once was the winter headquarters of Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus is now home to many happy retirees.
Located in Sarasota County, Venice consists of a large mainland as well as the beautiful Venice Island, surrounded by the scenic intracoastal waterway. There are a multitude of reasons to keep Venice, Florida as one of your top choices on your places to retire list.
Eight Reasons to Retire to Venice, Florida
1. The Forbes Formula
According to Forbes magazine, Venice is one of the top ten retirement destinations in America. Forbes used a formula that factored in weather, cost of living, taxes, location, volunteerism, crime rates, biking availability, air quality, climate, walkability of the city, and availability and quality of medical services.
Venice, though technically a small town, hosts an incredibly diverse array of eateries that include: the Suncoast Cafe (BBQ), Blu' Island Bistro (American), Trattoria Da Mino (Italian), Mi Pueblo (Mexican), Fins at Sharky's (Steakhouse), Cedar Reef Fish Camp (Seafood), and Mad Dogs Hot Dogs.
3. Beach Life
Who thinks of the Florida sun and doesn't think of the beach? Real Estate Scorecard described Venice beautifully when it stated that the beaches of Venice "offer a picturesque 1950's concession stand beach era style." For those who remember yesterdays on the Atlantic shores, Venice is a daily reminder of memories never forgotten.
4. Fitness Fun
Venice is a town of approximately 20,000 people, yet it contains 31 municipal parks perfect for those who enjoy a daily scenic walk. Venice is also home to multiple golf and tennis clubs, popular among the thriving retirement population here.
5. Theatre and Music
Venice has its own community symphony and home to the Venice Theater, which is the United States’ largest per-capita community theatre. Weekly concerts can be enjoyed in the Centennial Park Gazebo.
6. Venice's Shark Tooth Festival
Venice hosts the annual Shark’s Tooth Festival which brings fun in the sun to shark and aquatic fans alike.
7. National Historic Treasures
Venice is home to national historic treasures such as the Triangle Inn, the Hotel Venice, and Venice Depot. Venice also hosts shopping in both the Eagle Point and Edgewood Historic Districts.
8. Medical Care
Venice Regional Medical Center offers extensive care, CT scanner for diagnostics, a cardiac program with a Top 100 rating, and an Orthopedic/Neurological unit that has earned a five-star rating from HealthGrades.Venice has often been compared to Naples, Florida but with less traffic and fewer people. When you want the best retirement community that Florida’s Gulf Coast has to offer, choose Jacaranda Trace in Venice, Florida. The community, amenities, and personal experience of Jacaranda Trace feels like home from day one.