There is no shortage of first-class active adult communities to choose from throughout the state of Florida. That much is for certain.
Depending on your own personal likes, interests, and tastes, you will naturally be more drawn to certain types of communities.
But how will you really know which community is the perfect fit for your lifestyle?
Luckily, some of these communities offer programs that allow you to spend a few days living as if you were a resident.
The number of communities offering this type of program seems to be dwindling, but here are some of the places that still offer great deals to come and visit for a few days.
Please keep in mind that all of these prices are subject to change at each community’s discretion. Contact the communities directly for current pricing and availability.
On Top of the World – Ocala, FL
On Top of the World in Ocala offers a 3-day / 2-night stay in a fully-decorated two-bedroom, two-bath guest home for only $199 plus tax.
On the first day, you see amenities and a brief tour of downtown Ocala. On the second day, you see models, brand-new move-in ready homes, and available homesites.
You can also take full access to all member amenities during your stay, and they will even give you access to your very own golf cart to get the complete “World Tour” experience.
Reserve by calling 866-228-5878 or get more information about On Top of the World here:
At On Top of the World Communities, active adults will find all they dream about and so much more. Located in beautiful Ocala Florida, On Top of the World residents can enjoy any schedule that suits their tastes – from activity packed to unhurried.
Amenities include 54 holes of golf on three courses, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts, a 14-acre R/C flying field, bocce, racquetball and basketball courts, fitness center, health club and spa, restaurants, cultural venues, and much more. Residents can also participate in over 175 clubs, leagues, hobbies, and lifelong learning opportunities.
There are around 20 floor plans available with prices ranging to suit every budget starting in the $200k's.
GL Homes “Valencia” 55+ Communities – 3 Locations
GL Home currently offers a Stay & Play program at three of their 55+ “Valencia” communities.
The last time I checked they were offering 3 days/2 nights for $99, but that is of course subject to change.
You can call 800-551-5733 to book, or learn more about each community below:
Valencia Walk at Riverland is one of the newest 55+ communities on Florida’s East Coast. Located in Port St. Lucie, Valencia Walk brings together GL Homes’ famous 55+ resort-style living with an amazing master site plan to create a Florida lifestyle that’s second to none! In this new community, you’ll find a million ways to have fun. Walk to nearby shops and restaurants, spend the day at the beach or simply enjoy all the amenities right within your own neighborhood.
Valencia Trails in Naples, FL offers the best resort lifestyle with a magnificent 42,000 sq. ft. Clubhouse where every day new events, clubs, and entertainment abound. Relax by the pool, grab a bite at the restaurant, catch a show in the social hall, or take a relaxing stroll or jog along the community’s iconic trails. The options are endless!
Designed for 55+ living, the gorgeous contemporary-style single-family homes at Valencia Trails offer the ultimate in style, convenience, and luxury with spacious living areas, impressive gourmet kitchens, and screened and covered patios to make the most of Florida’s beautiful weather year-round. Come home to luxurious standard features including tile roof, brick pavers, stainless steel and gas appliances, designer tile flooring throughout main areas, rich stone exterior finishes and so much more.
Valencia Grand in Boynton Beach offers truly premium 55+ living unlike anywhere else, with a prime South Florida location, sophisticated country-club lifestyle, and all-new unmatched amenities. Valencia Grand takes sophisticated living to the next level with one-story home designs made for 55+ living with stand-out features including expansive high ceilings, transom windows that let in even more Florida sunshine, impressive gourmet kitchens, spa-like baths, and spacious outdoor living areas.
Latitude Margaritaville – Daytona Beach, FL
Almost since it opened, Latitude Margaritaville has offered what they call the “Change in Latitude Getaway“, which is a very appropriate name for a stay-and-play program from a community partnered up with Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville brand.
The program includes:
- 2- or 3- nights in a Margaritaville-inspired home at Latitude Margaritaville Daytona Beach
- Full access to community amenities
- Use of a golf cart during your stay
They used to advertise a price of $199/night, but I've heard that they might be winding down the getaway program soon if they haven't already.
The agent I work with who actually lives in Latitude Margaritaville can help set this visit up for you if it is still available. Get in touch with her here or learn more about the community below:
Latitude Margaritaville is a 55+ community in Daytona Beach, inspired by the lifestyle and music of Jimmy Buffett.
Amenities include a fully outfitted gym / Spin Room, aerobics room with virtual personal trainer, indoor whirlpool spa and lap pool, Latitude Town Square where you’ll find the Bandshell with live music, The Last Mango Theater includes a banquet hall with stage for performances and dancing, Barkaritaville Pet Spa, Coconut Telegraph Business Center, Latitude Bar & Chill Restaurant, Changes in Attitude Bar, Paradise Pool with beach entry, cabanas, and tiki huts, plus, an amenity that you don’t see every day…your very own private beach club!
They welcome prospective residents to visit The Villages for 4-7 nights at rates of $99-$199/night, depending on the season and availability.
During your stay at The Villages, you will have access to the unbelievable amount of amenities that are available to all residents. You will also have no problem getting around because each stay includes access to your very own golf cart.
Explore Del Webb (Multiple Locations)
Some (but not all) Del Webb communities in Florida offer a stay-and-play called “Explore Del Webb”.
The prices, length of stay, and what's included varies from community to community, and again, not every Del Webb community offers this.
I know that Del Webb Stone Creek offers this program, but be sure to contact the one you're interested in to ask if they offer this program.
Know of another community offering “stay and play” opportunities? Let me know in the comments below and I'll add it to the list.