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Retiring in North Central Florida

North Central Florida includes the Counties of Marion, Alachua, Citrus, Sumter, Lake, & Levy

The North Central Florida Retirement region includes much of the state's Nature Coast and the area known as the Heart of Florida. From the rolling, rural settings of Ocala and Marion County to the rapidly-growing Orlando suburban area around Clermont and southern Lake County, the region offers a wide variety of experiences for both winter and year-around residents.

Interstate 75 and the Florida Turnpike both run through the heart of the region, providing for rapid access to three of the state's largest metropolitan areas - Jacksonville, Orlando and Tampa. But a little distance can be a good thing: The area is home to over 70 golf courses, a major National Forest and a number of state parks, recreational areas and wildlife management areas.

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"The Horse Capital of the World." ®

  • 15 golf courses within 30 miles
  • Nearby Ocala National Forest
  • Home to Silver Springs attraction
  • Close to communities on the Rainbow River
  • Appleton Museum of Art and Ocala Civic Theater

Retirement Communites Near Ocala Florida

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Capital Of Gator Nation

  • Home to the University of Florida
  • Served by Shands Hospital
  • Paines Prairie State Preserve
  • Host city for NHRA Gatornationals

Retirement Communites Near Gainesville Florida

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Crystal River

Kings Bay, Old Homosassa & The Nature Coast

  • Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park
  • Kings Bay served by 7 crystal-clear freshwater springs
  • Home to annual Florida Manatee Festival

Retirement Communites Near Crystal River Florida

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The Villages

Total Immersion In A Retirement Lifestyle

  • Served by 6 hospitals in immediate region
  • Over 100 holes of golf open year-round to residents
  • Two ‘downtown’ style shopping and entertainment districts

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Suburban Setting Near Orlando Services

  • 7 hospitals in Lake County area
  • Nearby historic Mt. Dora and annual Mt. Dora Arts Festival

Retirement Communites Near Clermont and Orlando Florida

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