Melbourne offers a relaxed coastal lifestyle that is perfect for those looking to enjoy their retirement years in style without breaking the bank.
Read on for some of the things we think are most attractive about Melbourne Florida, earning it a spot on our list of the best places to retire in Florida.
Melbourne is located on Florida's east coast, about an hour southeast of Orlando and a little less than an hour north of Vero Beach.
This part of Florida is often called the Space Coast, thanks to Kennedy Space Center, which is about about an hour north of Melbourne.
Flying in and out of Melbourne could not be any easier thanks to Melbourne Orlando International Airport, which at the time of this writing is served by Allegiant, American, Delta, and Sun Country.
But if the routes those airlines offer don't suit your needs, Melbourne is only about an hour away from Orlando International Airport.
Cost of Living
One thing that attracts retirees to the Melbourne area is that it is among the least expensive places to live in Florida.
The cost of living in Melbourne is well below both the national average cost of living, as well as the average cost of living in Florida.
This graphic gives a good look at the average high and low temperatures for Melbourne throughout the year:
Things To Do Nearby
There are plenty of things to do in Melbourne to keep you busy. Here are just a few ideas:
Great Beaches – There are plenty of great beaches in this part of Florida, including Melbourne Beach, Indialantic Beach, and Satellite Beach.
Brevard Zoo – This zoo offers a unique experience with its kayaking tours, zip-lining over the animal enclosures, and interactive animal encounters.
Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands: Currently closed for an improvement project, this is a fantastic spot for bird watching and wildlife photography. The wetlands are home to a variety of bird species, alligators, and other wildlife.
King Center for the Performing Arts: Check out their schedule for a chance to catch a concert, Broadway show, or other live performances.
Great fishing and boating are also available all year round.
Where to Retire Near Melbourne
Just minutes from Melbourne and with plans for approximately 1,300 homes, Del Webb at Viera offers retirement living in an acclaimed master-planned community known for its robust amenities and proximity to beautiful beaches, fine dining and shopping.
Del Webb at Viera offers single-family homes similar to those available in other Del Webb communities. Prices start in the $300k's.
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