Florida 55+ Communities Near the Beach

by Robert Borges on January 20, 2024

A drink in your hand, toes in the sand. Who doesn’t dream of living on (or near) the beach? Particularly the white sandy beaches of Florida? For active adults 55 and over, finding the perfect beachfront retirement community to call home isn’t as difficult as you might think.

Here, we’ve assembled a list that spotlights the best Florida 55+ communities near the beach. Keep reading for all the balmy details and ride the wave where it takes you...

Kings Gate- Port Charlotte, FL

Kings Gate FL 55-plus retirement near the beach

Kings Gate, a well-established 55+ community in Port Charlotte, Florida, provides a picturesque retirement setting surrounded by lakes and preserves. This gated community caters to an active lifestyle with a 30,000-square-foot clubhouse offering diverse amenities, including a restaurant, fitness center, billiards & games, arts & crafts rooms, theater, and a dedicated activities coordinator. Residents enjoy recreational options such as an 18-hole executive golf course, resort-style pool, walking & biking trails, tennis, bocce ball, and shuffleboard. Award-winning homebuilder Neal Communities offers new villa homes ranging from 1,395 to 1,709 square feet, featuring two-car garages and designer upgrades. Situated between Sarasota and Fort Myers, Port Charlotte provides easy access to Gulf Coast beaches, marinas, fishing, boating, wildlife sanctuaries, airports, and the cultural attractions of Southwest Florida.

Grand Harbor- Vero Beach, FL

Grand Harbor FL beach retirement community

Nestled along the Indian River in Vero Beach, Grand Harbor is a Mediterranean-inspired golf resort community offering a range of residences, including golf-view condominiums, single-family homes, marina-front properties, and riverfront homes and condominiums. Boasting two master-designed golf courses, Grand Harbor is renowned for the challenging 14th hole of the River Course, earning international acclaim. Recognized as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, the retirement community reflects a deep commitment to preserving the natural surroundings. With white sandy beaches and easy deep-water access to the Indian River and the Atlantic Ocean, Grand Harbor caters to both beach and boating enthusiasts. Vero Beach maintains its intimate size and charm through thoughtful planning and city ordinances while emerging as a state leader in arts, sports, education, and medical facilities, solidifying its status as one of Florida's most desirable residential areas.

Latitude Margaritaville Daytona Beach- Daytona Beach, FL

Latitude Margaritaville Daytona Beach Retirement Community in FL

The most stressful part of your day here will be deciding how you’ll take your margs...blended or on the rocks? Inspired by the music and lifestyle of singer, songwriter, and best-selling author Jimmy Buffett, this 55+ Florida community epitomizes the laid back beach life. Named “Best 55+ Community of the Year” by the National Association of Home Builders, residents at this beachfront retirement community enjoy a variety of recreational amenities, on-site dining, live entertainment, and a planned private beach club. 

Cresswind Lakewood Ranch- Lakewood Ranch, FL

Cresswind Lakewood Ranch Florida Beach Retirement Community

When thinking of Florida 55+ communities near a beach, this 31,000-acre gem is hard to top. With a lifestyle centered on fitness, nutrition, and relationships, a variety of amenities for the next generation of active adults include a resident-exclusive clubhouse, fitness center, yoga studio, art studio, social clubs, tennis & pickleball courts, a resort-style swimming pool, and more. Residents also have quick access to Lakewood Ranch’s golf courses, polo club, 75-acre sports campus, schools, shops & restaurants, and hospital. 

Del Webb Sunbridge- St. Cloud, FL

Del Webb Sunbridge FL retirement community near the beach

The signature Del Webb active adult lifestyle is on full display in this Florida retirement community near the beach. It’s all anchored by the 27,000-square-foot clubhouse that boasts a health & wellness center, tavern & grille, ballroom, arts & crafts rooms, demonstration kitchen, and a full-time lifestyle director to organize year-round activities. Other amenities include a zero-entry swimming pool with spa, tennis & pickleball courts, outdoor amphitheater, community gardens, fire pits...and of course, quick and easy access to Florida’s white sandy beaches!

That's just a taste of PCR's featured Florida retirement communities near the beach. From the First Coast to the Gulf Coast to the Treasure Coast and beyond, find more places to retire near the beach here