Nighttime view of the cityscape and plaza in West Palm Beach, Florida

Palm Beach County is a great place to retire. Here are the top five reasons why.

Palm Beach County has a bit of a reputation.

When people think of this region in Southeast Florida, they often imagine glamorous high-end shops and luxury hotels for the well-heeled traveling set. Some pretty high earners own property in Palm Beach County.

But there’s more to it than that. There’s a whole rural component to the county that provides great wildlife viewing and nature hiking. There are a lot of unique, little seaside towns and artists living their most creative lives. There are also some great options for housing, which makes it an ideal location for finding affordable retirement communities. 

If you’re wondering whether living in Palm Beach County is a good idea, we can tell you that’s it’s an outstanding idea. We even have five reasons why you should start looking for Palm Beach homes for sale.

1. Palm Beach County Is a Cultural Hotspot

Art lovers have plenty of modern and classic galleries and museums to explore in Palm Beach County. The Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach hosts photography exhibits, workshops, and concerts on a regular basis. There’s also a permanent collection. The Boca Raton Museum of Art was established in 1950 as an artists’ collaborative. There’s still an artists guild as well as special exhibits and art classes. 

In Delray Beach, you don’t want to miss the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, where you can spend a serene afternoon admiring the unique landscape. Palm Beach County has a lot to offer in terms of performing art, visual art, and community art. 

2. Golfing Galore in Palm Beach County

Good news: Golf is a year-round activity in southern Florida, and Palm Beach County has more than 160 courses to choose from. This means, as a resident, you could play a new course a few times a week without leaving your county and you still wouldn’t hit all of them after a year. If golf is part of your retirement plan, consider playing on courses like Osprey Point in Boca Raton, where there’s also a driving range; Park Ridge Golf Course in Lake Worth; and Turtle Creek Club in Tequesta, which is popular among active adults for its 55+ golf leagues and memberships.

3. Palm Beach Has...Well, Beaches

Most beaches in Palm Beach County are free, and residents get the privilege of living near some of the cleanest, clearest water in the country. The beaches are great for swimming, surfing, snorkeling, sunbathing, and fishing. There are boat charters, kayak rentals, and paddleboarding specialty shops. When you’re ready for a day at the beach, you have several to choose from. 

Favorite beaches among locals include Ocean Inlet Park near Boynton Beach, Carlin Park in Jupiter, and the dunes and rocks at the wild Coral Cove beach in Tequesta. If you like to be around a crowd and enjoy a beach party at night, check out Gulfstream Park in Delray Beach, where there’s always something happening.

4. Go Green for Palm Beach County Nature

Dozens of parks, nature trails, and other impressive environmentally delicate areas ranging from education centers to total wilderness can be found in Palm Beach County. Winding Waters is an excellent place for kayaking, canoeing, biking, and bird watching. It’s in West Palm Beach and has an observation deck that’s perfect for watching egrets hunt for fish.

The Florida Trail winds through this area of the state, and hikers, campers, and wildlife enthusiasts can walk part of it near Kitching Creek and the Loxahatchee Slough. There’s a bit of the Everglades in Palm Beach County, and it’s a great place to enjoy an airboat tour or look for the endangered Florida panther.

5. Palm Beach County Real Estate

One of the best reasons to retire in Palm Beach County is the variety of outstanding housing options. Whether you want a low-maintenance condo or a large new construction home with lots of space and a private pool, you’ll be able to find what you’re looking for in this part of the state. Some of the best homes for sale in Palm Beach County are nestled in 55+ communities, where there’s not only attractive housing, but also interesting amenities and a strong sense of community.

Palm Isles in Boynton Beach is a community of condos, attached villas, and single-family homes. Resale properties are priced in the $200s, and for many residents, it’s like living in a resort. There’s a 50,000 square-foot clubhouse, indoor and outdoor pools, a theater, a computer room, and courts for activities like shuffleboard, pickleball, and tennis. 

Kings Point in Delray Beach is a popular place for retirees from across the country. There are 7,200 condo units throughout the community, as well as a golf course, shuffleboard courts, pools, a woodworking shop, and a catering kitchen. There’s also community transit and dozens of clubs including a glee club and a travel club. 

Summer Chase in Lake Worth is a bit more intimate. Only 221 single-family homes make up this 55+ community, and neighbors are social and active. Social and cultural clubs are always meeting, and there are community events frequently held in the clubhouse. Resale properties come in five models, between 1,757 and 2.343 square feet.

Sugar Sands in Riviera Beach is right on the water, offering residents boat docks and access to the Intracoastal Waterway. There are walking trails and picnic areas, and the comfortable condo units are priced from the mid $100s to the mid $300s. They have between one and three bedrooms and balconies or patios with lovely views.

New construction can be found at upscale communities like Valencia Sound in Boynton Beach and Boca Flores in Boca Raton. At these new communities, buyers can make some choices on how they want their dream retirement home to look. Options include additional bedrooms or dens, gourmet kitchens, and sprawling owners’ suites.