If it’s time to get away from the city chaos and retire somewhere peaceful, definitely consider retiring in Sarasota. Money Magazine rated Sarasota 7th in their "Top Places to Retire Young" and the "Nation's Best Small City." Best Retirement Towns and States choose Sarasota as their #1 Editor's Pick in 2012. 

Its secluded beaches and golf courses, as well as other amenities and its commercial accessibility, have popularized Sarasota among those seeking a comfortable retirement lifestyle. Sarasota also has fantastic views and great weather, as is to be expected from one of Florida’s most beautiful cities.

If a place near the beach is what you fancy, there are numerous waterfront communities on Sarasota's different keys. Longboat Key, located on the northern part of town, has many options like Country Club Shores, Grand Bay Community, Emerald Harbor, and the Spanish Main Yacht Club. The pristine beaches at Siesta Key are also sought after by people retiring in Sarasota and feature nearby communities such as Tortoise Estates, Peppertree Bay, Siesta Cove, and Siesta Dunes.

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For those who prefer having a good commercial center near their homes, it’s important to keep in mind communities on Lido Key like St. Armands Towers, located right next to the famous shops at St. Armands Circle. There’s no denying that Sarasota has plenty of prime destinations for people who wish to retire by the sea.

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Practicing sports and daily outdoor activities are also important to many retirees. Luckily, Sarasota offers a great number of golfing and tennis communities that allow residents to stay active, meet new people, and relax with their friends. Residential associations such as Bent Tree, Gator Creek, Laurel Oak Country Club and The Oaks Club are a few that contribute to the city's vibrant community as well as others in Bradenton like Lakewood Ranch Homes, University Park Country Club, and The Founders Golf Club.

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Known as Florida's Cultural Capital, Sarasota's diverse theatre and art scene enriches the golden years for many retirees as well, they can enjoy impressive collection of art, including works from old masters such as Rubens, Velazquez and Poussin at the Ringling Museum of Art  all year round and attend world-class performances at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall,  Florida Studio TheatreSarasota Orchestra, Sarasota Ballet and the Sarasota Opera.

When it comes to retiring in Florida, nothing compares to Sarasota where you’ll be living next to some of the country’s most gorgeous beaches and have access to countless outdoor and indoor activities. It's a comfortable lifestyle with culture, beautiful weather and top-rated beaches. 

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