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Finding the Best Places to Retire Since 2006!

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Retire in Tequesta, Florida?

Overview:   This beautiful, balmy incorporated village spreads across 2.2 square miles of mainland and island. Burrowed between two waterways, Tequesta is part of the Jupiter Inlet on the southeastern Florida coast.

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Residents enjoy beachfront and riverfront at Palm Beach County's Coral Cove Park. 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.

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Both area golf clubs are private, and the Jupiter Hills course is surrounded by a master-planned, gated community of the same name. The nearby Jonathan Dickinson State Park has primitive campsites, cabins, a boat ramp, as well as hiking and kayaking trails.

Residences are a combination of condos and single family homes, many with Mediterranean architecture. Tequesta Gardens is peaceful 55+ condominium community with prices from the low-$100,000s.

Population:  6,000 (city proper)

Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better:  52%

Cost of Living:   30% above the national average

Median Home Price: $345,000

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

Is Florida Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement?   Yes

Cons:  Hurricanes are always a possibility.

Notes:   Tequesta has grown by 30% in the last 10 years to 15 years and boasts a rich quality of life. The city has some racial diversity. 

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Recommended as a Retirement Spot?   Yes

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