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Beautiful, Balmy Tequesta is on the Southeastern Florida Coast and Boasts Two Often Nearly Empty Beaches
Tequesta is a beautiful, balmy village that spreads across 2.2 square miles of mainland and island. Tucked between the Atlantic Ocean and two waterways, the Loxahatchee River and the North Fork Loxahatchee River, it is part of the Jupiter Inlet on the southeastern Florida coast and started out as a planned community in the 1950s.
The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum offers a coffee and book club, twilight Yoga, climbing tours, and outdoor hikes in the surrounding natural area. The inlet is also the site of one of the region's many marinas. The Lighthouse ArtCenter manages a gallery, classes, Plein Air excursions, and workshops. The Tequesta Green Market, full of fresh produce and fun people, is open April through October. Tequesta's parks' department sponsors a wide range of classes, a recreation center, acres of parks, food truck pow-wows, and the annual Tequesta Fest. Van Clans is a group of seniors that enjoys luncheons, shopping trips and more. Both area golf clubs are private, and the Jupiter Hills course is surrounded by a master-planned, gated community of the same name.
Residences are a combination of condos and single family homes, many with Mediterranean architecture. Tequesta Gardens is peaceful 55+ condominium community.
The Loxahatchee River has a couple of sandbars that are popular with partying boaters. The nearby Jonathan Dickinson State Park has primitive campsites, cabins, a boat ramp, as well as hiking and kayaking trails.
Coral Cove Park sits across the North Fork Loxahatchee River and has parking along with 600 feet of life-guarded oceanfront beach. Another 2,000 feet of primitive beach are to the south. Both beaches are full of seashells but often empty of humans.
Population: 6,300 (city proper)
Age 45 or Better: 52%
Cost of Living: 54% above the national average
Median Home Price: $735,000
Climate: Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and temperatures are in the 60s and 70s. On average, the area receives 62 inches of rain per year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? No, but Jupiter Medical Center, three miles away, accepts Medicare patients.
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? No, but Jupiter Medical Center, three miles away, is accredited.
Public Transit: No
Crime Rate: Below the national average
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Liberal
College Educated: 46%
Is Florida Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Cons: Hurricanes are always a possibility.
Notes: Tequesta has grown 5% within the last 10 years. Home prices have increased 40% since a year ago.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes
Named Pascua Florida by Juan Ponce De Leon, the Sunshine State did not enter the Union until March 3, 1845. Balmy mild winters began attracting snowbirds to the state in the late 19th century. Retirees continue to flock to the state. It's not hard to see why tourism has become the leading industry.
International trade and citrus are also major contributors to the state's economy. Eighty percent of the nation's oranges and grapefruits are grown here, and 40 percent of all U.S. exports to Latin America flow through Florida.
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