Port St. Lucie was ranked 10th overall in 2009 by Portfolio.com among the “Best Places to Retire in the U.S.”
Port St. Lucie and other neighboring towns in St. Lucie County promote themselves as offering “the real Florida,” which they describe as a perfect atmosphere for golf lovers or anyone looking for a small, friendly, beach town.
Located a little more than halfway from Daytona Beach to Miami, the town of Port St. Lucie offers a more relaxed feel than its much larger coastal counterparts, but it does so without asking residents to concede many of the same amenities!
Port St. Lucie is located on what is known as Florida’s Treasure Coast, which got its name from a Spanish galleon fleet carrying treasure that was lost in a hurricane in 1715. With average January highs in the mid-70s and average August highs in the low 90s, this is the perfect location for anyone seeking a tropical climate, particularly during the winter months!
The town of Port St. Lucie has a population of just over 440,000 people, but you wouldn’t know if from visiting! One of the biggest advantages of living in this area is that the cost of living is 3.4% below the national average and the median home price is $123,500 according to Forbes.
The area is also home to four different colleges that all share one campus, so education is widely available. If you need access to an airport, both the Treasure Coast Airpark and Naked Lady Ranch Airport are located less than 10 miles from Port St. Lucie.
In addition to Port St. Lucie, many visitors also like to explore nearby Fort Pierce and Hutchinson Island. Fort Pierce is known for having the feel of an “Old Florida” fishing village, and Hutchinson Island is a beach lover’s paradise.
Golfing in Port St. Lucie
Port St. Lucie might just be the ideal location for people who love the game of golf! Here you will find the PGA Learning Center, the PGA Historical Center, the PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame, and the Probst Library, which contains an unbelievable collection of golf archives.
Of course Port St. Lucie isn’t just a place for golf historians, there are also more than 20 different courses here that represent a wide range of quality and affordability. There are plenty of reasonably priced public courses for regular play, and there are also some PGA-level private courses as well!
Spring Training Baseball
Another reason that Port St. Lucie is such a popular location is that the New York Mets call it home from February to March every year for their spring training. Coming out to see the big league squad during spring training can be an awesome experience, but residents also have the option to watch the Mets’ high class-A minor league affiliate play here in Port St. Lucie throughout the summer!
More History & Culture
While golf and baseball tend to take precedence in the Port St. Lucie area, there is no shortage of culture and history here either! The area contains attractions like the Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens, a museum dedicated to the history of the US Navy SEALs, the Hallstrom Planetarium, the A.E. Backus Gallery and Museum, and the St. Lucie County Historical Museum. There are also a plethora of cultural events hosted as the Port St. Lucie Civic Center every year!
The biggest development under construction in Port St. Lucie is called Tradition, and within Tradition there is a section called Vitalia at Tradition geared specifically to active adults.
Homes start in the low $200k’s and Vitalia also features an outstanding 24,000-square-foot clubhouse encompassing everything from tennis and bocce courts to a great lawn with fire pits and a putting green to a ballroom, fitness rooms and more
Port St. Lucie bills itself as perfect for golfers and anyone looking for a small, friendly beach town. If you fit into any of those categories, you will certainly enjoy spending your retirement here.