The Best Place to Retire in Florida

Though coronavirus has led to a large number of younger people relocating to the sunshine state, it remains number one on the list for retirees.

Retirement dollars go a lot farther in Florida because of lower taxes and affordable condominiums. Throw in the sub-tropical climate and mild winters, it’s a win-win situation.

Are you considering spending your retirement in Florida? With Florida’s 20 metropolitan areas, you have a lot of choices when deciding where to spend your golden years. Keeping reading to learn why Bradenton is the best place to retire in Florida.

Where is Bradenton?

Bradenton is located on the west coast of Florida about an hour’s drive south of Tampa and just north of Sarasota. It has easy access to the Gulf of Mexico via the two major bridges that connect to Anna Maria Island.

Why Bradenton?

Bradenton doesn’t have the star power of Miami or Boca Raton, but it has a lot to offer to retirees. Let’s take a look at all Bradenton has to offer.


Bradenton has a rich Florida history and still has some of the old Florida charm. Several historical buildings are dating back to the 1800s. From the Gamble Mansion to Old Main Street, there are lots of things to explore.

In the early 1900s, Bradenton was nicknamed “The Friendly City” and it still fits today.


Why do so many northerners move to Florida? A lot of times it’s for the amazing climate. Hot summers and warm winters and no snow to shovel are reason enough.

With the average high of 70 degrees Fahrenheit in January and temperatures just above 90 in the summer, what’s not to love?


Don’t forget the beautiful beaches. From Bradenton, you have several choices for your beach activities. Just cross the bridge at Cortez or Manatee and you arrive on the white sand of Anna Maria Island. Just to the south, you have Long Boat Key, Lido Key, and Siesta Key.

Things to Do

Experience downtown Bradenton with a guided tour. is an interactive website you can use to explore all there is to do downtown from shops to restaurants to public art and galleries.

There’s a Farmer’s Market every Saturday from October through May on Old Main Street. Come out and see all the vendors have to offer. You’ll find fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables, plants, fresh seafood, and the work of local artists and craftspeople.

The Riverwalk is a 1.5-mile park with a splash pad, skateboard park, an amphitheater, and day docks.

The Best Place to Retire in Florida

Now you’ve seen why Bradenton is the best place to retire in Florida. Are you ready to move into an award-winning Bradenton community?

Palma Sola Bay Club is a luxury condominium community situated within 20 miles of waterfront property. Our condos range from 2 bedrooms, 2 bath plans to 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 bath plans. With the perfect location between the beaches of Anna Maria Island and downtown Bradenton, you’ll want to take a look.

Contact us today with your questions and to schedule a personal tour.