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After reviewing 11 of our list of TOP 12 , you’d have to agree...
Quality of Living in Southwest Florida is… "Simply Superb"!


12. Quality of Living...
Best Place to Live and Play with SIX great towns to choose from...Any travel brochure will some it up: Beautiful beaches, miles of scenic parks and nature preserves as well as oceans, rivers and lakes offering boating, fishing, swimming and other recreational water sports.

What else does Florida Living have to offer? Well, Quite A Lot...
Florida has a rich and varied history that includes the city of St. Augustine, the oldest permanent European settlement in mainland U.S., as well as the Everglades, a Wetland of International Importance that is significant to all people of the world... And... Kennedy Space Center, where history is redefined and science/technology, continue to evolve.

BEST OF ALL... there’s the Florida climate featuring an average high of 81 and low of 60 degrees! What more could you ask for? have Six GREAT Towns from which to Choose!

SARASOTA - Seven of Relocate-America’s Top 100 Places to Live in 2008 were Florida cities. Sarasota was among them.

There are numerous reasons why Sarasota is one of the most desirable places to... vacation... live... work... and raise a family. While maintaining a small town atmosphere, Sarasota has a big city feel with exceptional amenities... offering some of the finest museums, art and antique galleries, as well as numerous shops and boutiques. Be prepared to include a few evenings in Sarasota with a resident ballet, opera house, symphony, live theatre, comedy clubs, and jazz bars. With year round sunny days and tropical breezes Sarasota invites you to partake in 60 challenging golf courses, tennis, 35 miles of pristine beaches, boating, fishing, sight-seeing and numerous nature loving adventures.

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BRADENTON - Bordered by Tampa Bay, the Gulf of Mexico and the Manatee River the city of Bradenton is exceptionally beautiful with easy access to island beaches, Tampa/St. Pete and Sarasota. Downtown has a hip personality featuring antique shops, restaurants, Manatee Players Theatre, a waterfront district live with entertainment, movies in the park as well as an active resident artist community.

Sports, recreation and eco enthusiasts will enjoy 150 miles of pristine shoreline boasting some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Biking and kayaking, as well as numerous beaches, bars and nightlife are plentiful.

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VENICE - Historic Spanish-style architecture provides charm and elegance to lovely tree lined boulevards and parks. The downtown is filled with antique shops, boutiques and cafes as well as a tennis complex and great cultural activities. Balmy evenings are pleasantly filled with concerts at the park, performances by the Venice Theatre or soothing musical sounds provided by a local eatery.

Sports, recreation and eco enthusiasts will enjoy 150 miles of pristine shoreline boasting some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Biking and kayaking, as well as numerous beaches, bars and nightlife are plentiful.

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ENGLEWOOD - Naturalists have many opportunities to enjoy the flora and fauna of the tidewater flats and mangrove islands in Englewood’s Lemon Bay. Photographers, fishermen and boaters alike can enjoy the proximity of grazing manatees, playful dolphins or the colorful life of the birds. But Englewood is not only about the water that surrounds it, downtown Main Street is a quaint collection of art galleries, boutiques and antique shops all within an easy, relaxing stroll. Englewood is truly “old Florida” – unpretentious and uniquely livable.

Englewood is second on a list of top emerging U.S. destination that was reported by TripAdvisor. It is No. 1 for being the most affordable place to retire according to It has a combination of natural, cultural and historical amenities with feature stories appearing in “Southern Boating Mgazine’s” August edition as well as October’s "Passage Maker", a magazine for trawler and ocean motor boats.

Off the coast of Englewood is MANASOTA KEY. It is an enchanting barrier island where high-rises and traffic lights are non-existent; just a two-lane road shaded by live oak trees and pristine beaches. The north end has private homes tucked behind lush tropical foliage with boat docks and private beaches. At the south end are low-rise apartments, condos and a few restaurants and souvenir shops. If you’re looking for solitude, Blind Pass Beach provides the best opportunity with a nature trail of dunes dotted with wild flowers on Lemon Bay. This is definitely Old Florida with a slower pace.

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PORT CHARLOTTE - This is Florida’s premier Eco-Tourism destination with “Sail Magazine” rating Charlotte Harbor among the “Top Ten Greatest Places to Sail”. Located on the northern bank of the Peace River, Port Charlotte and Charlotte County boasts 165 miles of man-made waterways, estuaries, nature trails and five national wildlife Refuges that attract people from all over the world. This includes Boca Grande, Don Pedro Island, El Jobean, Cape Haze, Little Gasperilla Island, Palm Island and Placida.

Port Charlotte, the county’s geographical center, is home to the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Charlotte County Historical Center, a waterfront museum featuring changing glimpses into the area’s past.

With its low crime rate and ample employment opportunities, more and more families are choosing Port Charlotte as their new hometown. The city has received a number of accolades for its quality of life, and the venerable Money Magazine Money Magazine recently named Port Charlotte the "Best Place in the South", an award that has been echoed by several other publications.

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PUNTA GORDA - Where the Peace River flows into Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf of Mexico, you’ll find a most enchanting historic little town. Featuring palm lined Streets, restored period homes, brick lanes, old fashioned gas lamps and park like settings... with... nearly everything waterfront... from hotels to restaurants, shops and parks.

Money Magazine rated Punta Gorda the “Second Best Place to Live in America”. In 2005, Golf Digest ranked Punta Gorda #3 on their list of best cities for golf. This is where you’ll find a slower than average pace, with little night life... not even a movie theater...But, you’ll love its small town feel. With bike paths, 2 mile bay walk, access to fantastic island beaches and exhilarating eco-friendly adventures, you’ll be too tired for anything more!!!

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All six of these communities enjoy the hospitality of a small town atmosphere with the clean and modern elements of much bigger cities. Come, see for yourself what beautiful Southwest Florida has to offer.

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