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5 Reasons to Retire in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

by Jennifer Heller

Retirement opens up a world of possibilities, especially when it comes to where you want to live. No more being tied down by work – you’re free to choose a place that truly suits your lifestyle. It could be a warmer climate, a coastal paradise, or somewhere more affordable. Of course, the basics like cost of living, taxes, safety, and weather are essential factors in picking your ideal retirement spot, and yet there are some less obvious but equally important things to consider. With all these criteria, the decision can quickly become overwhelming. Here are five key things that Ponte Vedra Beach offers that make it the ideal spot to retire.

Ocean Course at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club

Golf and Club Options

For golf and club options there are plenty in Ponte Vedra Beach to keep you busy! Located just 30 minutes north of St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra Beach is a dream come true for retirees who crave beachside relaxation and golfing adventures. The TPC Sawgrass golf course is practically in your backyard, famous for hosting The Players Championship and, of course, that iconic “Island Green” at the 17th hole. And if you’re a golf enthusiast, you’ve got several golf courses to choose from, like the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club. But it’s not just about golf – there are nature-friendly parks, such as Bird Island Park, perfect for leisurely walks, and, of course, the beautiful beaches.

The Beach

Speaking of beaches, Ponte Vedra Beach has stunning white sandy shores that are perfect for relaxing walks. Newcomers often fall in love with hunting for shark teeth along the coquina shoreline. Whether it’s shark tooth hunting, watching the sunrise, surfing or just soaking up the Florida sun, the beach is a “hot spot” for Ponte Vedra Beach residents.

The Weather

If you’re new to Ponte Vedra and making the move from a cold, snowy region, say goodbye to the frigid winters keeping you cooped up indoors for months on end. Once you make Ponte Vedra your home, those worries, along with shoveling snow, will be a thing of the past. Ponte Vedra Beach winters are exceptionally mild and very short-lived. Thanks to the pleasant year-round climate, you’ll have the freedom to enjoy the great outdoors whenever you please. Toss the winter coats (no parkas needed here) and hang on to those less bulky jackets. Keep in mind, that the summers are hot, but it’s mild and nice from early October through May.

Desired Lifestyle and Activities

Life by the beach offers an array of engaging activities, from surfing and golfing to jet skiing, pickleball, and tennis. There’s a vast array of activities for those hoping to call Ponte Vedra Beach home. Looking to join a social or golf club? Ponte Vedra Beach is home to the renowned Ponte Vedra Inn & Club and The Lodge & Club, Marsh Landing Country Club and the equity residential community of The Plantation at Ponte Vedra Beach.

Quality Healthcare

Now, let’s get to the important stuff – healthcare. You’ll be glad to know that the Mayo Clinic is 10 minutes away. Jacksonville proper also has a robust medical community with renowned doctors at St Vincent’s Hospital, Baptist Medical, and MD Anderson Cancer Center. And if you need quick access to emergency medical care, Baptist Medical Center’s Beaches Baptist location is 10 minutes up the street in Jacksonville Beach.

Ponte Vedra Beach offers an excellent retirement destination. It boasts world-class golf and club options, beautiful beaches, and mild winters. The area provides various activities, from surfing and golf to pickleball and tennis, catering to an active lifestyle. Moreover, quality healthcare is easily accessible with the Mayo Clinic and Baptist Medical Center nearby, ensuring your well-being in this charming coastal community. Make the move to Ponte Vedra Beach and plan to love the lifestyle!

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About the Author

Jenn Heller is the Operations Manager for The Volen Group, Keller Williams Luxury International, a top real estate team in Ponte Vedra Beach. Jenn has over 18 years of experience in Real Estate all in Ponte Vedra Beach, she is an Atlantic Beach resident via Long Island, NY since 1991, a bookworm, and loves sports, dogs, and the beach.

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