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Retire in Miramar Beach, Florida?
Overview: Mesmerizing turquoise waters and miles of sugar white sand are what lure people to sun-drenched Miramar Beach. This classic beach community is nestled along Florida's Panhandle and has grown by 300% during the last 10 to 20 years.
Miramar Beach is a census designated place, not an incorporated town, and has tall, white-washed hotels and condominiums lining the beach. Neighborhoods, many without sidewalks, are lush and neatly laid out. Housing consists of pastel-colored bungalows, short and tall condominiums, Mediterranean-style estates, three story single family homes with triple decker balconies and more. Seascape is a golf, beach and tennis resort with some reasonably-priced properties for sale. Beach eateries include crab shacks and oyster bars, but there are also pizza joints, sandwich shops and Thai places. Shopping venues are primarily antique stores, beach accessory shops and a Winn Dixie, although the Silver Sands Factory Stores, a large outlet mall, is next door in Destin.
Population: 6,900 (city proper)
Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better: 60%
Cost of Living: 32% above the national average
Median Home Price: $360,000
Climate: The area has a humid subtropical climate, meaning two seasons a year. Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures are in the 40s, 50s and 60s. On average, Miramar Beach receives 65 inches of rain per year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? Yes
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? Yes
Public Transit: No
Crime Rate: Below the national average
Public Library: No, but Destin has one.
Political Leanings: Very conservative
Is Florida Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Cons: There is little protection if a hurricane strikes.
Notes: Miramar Beach is sometimes mistaken as an extension of neighboring Destin, nine miles to the west.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes
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