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Hernando Beach, Florida
Mellow Hernando Beach is a Gulf Coast Canal Community with Direct Access to the Sea and Canal-Side Homes
Dredged from wetlands and the Gulf of Mexico's floor in the 1960s, mellow Hernando Beach is about an hour north of Tampa. It is a somewhat remote residential canal community, and despite its name, does not have a beach.
Instead, Hernando Beach boasts inshore fishing, offshore fishing, a yacht club and, yes, a beach club. The three marinas host shrimp boats and pleasure craft. They also have charters, high and dry storage, repair facilities and dockside eateries. Every home, a mix of beautiful Mediterranean styles and modest ranch ramblers, sits next to a canal. Most residences in the northern section of town have a floating boat dock, as this is the only part of Hernando Beach with direct Gulf access. Homeowners in the middle and southern sections of town must use the community boat lift to move their boats to the northern canals with access to the Gulf.
The Weeki Wachee Preserve sits on Hernando Beach's eastern border and has a patchwork of habitats, including pine-covered sandhills, hardwood hammocks, river frontage, and marshes. It is also home to a large population of black bears, numerous birds species, hiking paths, biking trails and fishing lakes. Pine Island Park, about 10 miles north, has beautiful oceanfront beaches.
Population: 2,700 (city proper)
Age 45 or Better: 64%
Cost of Living: 29% above the national average
Median Home Price: $565,000
Climate: This area has a hot, humid climate. Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s with high humidity levels and frequent rainstorms. Winter temperatures are in the 60s and 70s.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? No, but Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, about eight miles away in Hudson, accepts Medicare patients.
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? No, but Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, about eight miles away in Hudson, is accredited.
Public Transit: No
Crime Rate: Meets the national average
Public Library: No, but Spring Hill, about 10 miles away, has one.
Political Leanings: Conservative
College Educated: 26%
Is Florida Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Cons: Homeowners' insurance is on the high side. Hurricane Irma in September, 2017 caused widespread power outages, downed trees, some building damage and some street flooding.
Notes: Hernando Beach has maintained its population during the last decade. Home prices have increased 7% since a year ago. There are only two roads in and out of town. Nearby Spring Hill via Spring Hill Drive has a variety of national retailers and mom and pop shops.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes
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