This quiet barrier island community is located on the northeastern Florida coast, about an hour from Orlando. It is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the east, the Halifax River on the west, the city of Ormond Beach to the south, and the Volusia County border to the north.
Unincorporated Ruskin is located in a rural part of southwestern Florida, along Tampa Bay and the Little Manatee River. It is about half way between Tampa and Bradenton and was an agricultural center for most of its 105 years.
Sleepy Sebastian sits along the Indian River Lagoon on southeastern Florida's Treasure Coast, an area so named because Spanish ships lost their treasure along the coast during the early 18th-century.
On the eastern Florida Panhandle, the marshy Big Bend Coast generally borders Apalachee Bay. In this very rural area, the little "Old Florida" fishing village of Steinhatchee makes its home. It sits at the mouth of the Steinhatchee River, which feeds into the Gulf, and is known for its scallops.
Secluded under tall trees and nestled along the Steinhatchee River, Steinhatchee Landing Resort is an old fashioned, family-style resort. Romantic and tranquil, it sits on 35 acres and feels a world unto itself.
Florida's capital city, pretty Tallahassee, is perched in the middle of the Panhandle at the edge of the Red Hills Region. It is a government and college city, home to white collar workers, Florida State University (population 40,000) and Florida A&M University (population 13,000). The city is known for its canopy roads, which are lined with moss-draped live oaks, sweet gums, hickory trees and tall pines.
An excellent hospital, clean beaches, a strong arts culture and relatively affordable housing are Venice highlights. Is it a great place to retire?
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