Sarasota, Fla., Lancaster, Pa., and San Antonio, Texas take the top spots on this year’s annual U.S. News and World Report list of the 100 Best Places to Retire in the U.S.1 But what if you’re looking for something just a little off the beaten path? The following rank among the nation’s most unusual retirement communities and lifestyle choices.
1. Parrot Head Paradise – With communities in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Hilton Head, SC (and soon to come Panama City, Fla.), Latitude Margaritaville is retirement community inspired by the music and lifestyle of singer, songwriter and best-selling author Jimmy Buffett. Fans of the legendary singer, affectionately known as Parrot Heads (or anyone over 55 seeking a laid-back lifestyle) can enjoy amenities from private beach clubs and golf, to onsite shopping and live entertainment and just about anything else you’d expect to find in a Caribbean-themed paradise. And while you can’t exactly buy your way in for a song, single-family homes and villas start in the mid-$200s.
2. Back to School – Located close to Boston on the Lasell College campus in Newton, MA, Lasell Village is a senior living community where lifelong learning is integrated into the retirement lifestyle. Residents can take courses, attend lectures or pursue a degree and interact with students of all ages. Best of all, you’re not living in a dorm. Lasell Village offers one to three-bedroom apartments for a maintenance-free lifestyle, onsite dining, and, of course, a library.
3. Never Miss a Delivery – Nestled in a marshy area about an hour south of Orlando, Fla., the Nalcrest retirement community boasts tennis courts, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a 15-square-mile lake for fishing and boating and Monday night bingo – all starting at an affordable $374 a month for a one-bedroom apartment. But there’s a catch. This first-class community is exclusively for retired letter carriers and members in good standing with the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC). Pet owners beware – Nalcrest has a strict “no dogs” policy.
4. Cruise Ship Condos – Many cruise lines, from economy to luxury vessels enable retirees to lease accommodations on a full-time basis from simple cabins to lavish three and four-bedroom penthouses, depending on the size of your wallet. For example, Oceania Cruises offers 180 and 200-day around the world luxury cruises starting around $38,000 per guest, which includes roundtrip transfers, pre-paid gratuities, meals, free onboard medical care, laundry services, and more. If you’re concerned about retiring full time on a ship, some operators offer options such as fractional or vacation ownership.
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