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Laid Back and Quiet, Indialantic Sits on a Barrier Island Along Florida's Space Coast and Has a Long, Soft Oceanfront Beach with a Fun Boardwalk
Laid back and quiet, Indialantic is on a barrier island off the southern tip of Florida's Space Coast. The town's name, as might be guessed, comes from its location between the Indian River Lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean. It is connected to the mainland via a causeway.
The rambling stretch of soft oceanfront beach is often uncrowded, and the warm water is crystal clear. The five block long boardwalk has shops and restaurants, and busy 5th Avenue, which dead ends at the ocean, is lined with palm trees and eclectic retailers in attractive, modern buildings. Indialantic is also home to the Jungle, a popular organic eatery and market. Nance Sea Turtle Park, which now covers the land where the well known Indialantic Casino and Hotel once flourished, has fishing stations, showers and a pavilion. Nance Park is also home to Indialantic's annual Art Festival. There are two recording studios in town, and live music is always a possibility. The Indialantic Chamber Singers, a group of 40 auditioned voices, present several concerts per year and occasionally sing at the Washington National Cathedral.
Neighborhoods are neatly laid out and well kept. They contain everything from modest manufactured homes to elegant waterfront residences along the river or Atlantic.
Population: 3,000 (city proper)
Age 45 or Better: 51%
Cost of Living: 29% above the national average
Median Home Price: $550,000
Climate: Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures are in the 60s and 70s. On average, the area receives 52 inches of rain per year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? No, but Holmes Regional Medical Center is three miles away in Melbourne and accepts Medicare patients.
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? No, but Holmes Regional Medical Center is three miles away in Melbourne and is accredited.
Public Transit: No
Crime Rate: Below the national average
Public Library: No, but Melbourne, three miles away, has one.
Political Leanings: Conservative
College Educated: 47%
Is Florida Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Cons: Hurricanes can happen. In fact, Hurricane Dorian came ashore in 2019 but did little damage.
Notes: The population has remained steady during the last decade. Home prices have increased 31% since last year.
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.
Florida's landscape includes uplands and coastal plains. It contains more than 11,000 miles of waterways and about 4,500 islands spread across 10 acres.
The state has 1,250 golf courses, more than any other state in the Union. The 47 mile Pinellas Trail is the longest urban trail on the east coast. Orlando theme parks attract more visitors than any other theme parks in the U.S. The only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles co-exist is in National Everglades Park.
Florida, particularly the Keys and the Gulf Coast, were struck by Category 4 Hurricane Irma in early September, 2017. Towns will rebuild, perhaps this time with climate change in mind, making them safer and better equipped to handle major hurricanes going forward.
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