#1 Best Places to Retire in the South: Venice, Florida
The name alone sounds great. Retirement in Venice means a warm Gulf Coast climate, median home prices at $196,000, and all the benefits of the Florida tax system we mentioned in No. 2. Venice is near Tampa for those looking to escape from time to time to a larger city. But leaving won’t be on your mind. Instead, you’ll be indulging in great food, amazing walks along the stunning beaches, and new friends in this retirement mecca.