Scenic Fort Lauderdale is a great option for active adults looking to enjoy the sun and stay healthy.

Broward County is just north of Miami on the tropical southeastern coast of Florida. Residents here bask in year-round sunshine and enjoy recreational activities like golf, beach fun, fishing, and boating.

Cities and towns in this area are well-populated with parks, sandy shorelines, and enough shopping and dining hot spots to attract a healthy number of visitors and full-time residents. Nearly two million people call it home. It’s the second most populated county in Florida, and the 17th most populated county in the U.S.

With so many people in this area, it still doesn’t feel over-crowded. When you’re looking for a place to live, you’ll need to decide if you want to be in the middle of the action, such as Fort Lauderdale or somewhere a little bit off the beaten path, like Deerfield Beach.

The Palms at Weston – Weston

Mid $200s – Low $400s

For a low-maintenance lifestyle, choose a condominium or attached villa in The Palms at Weston, a gated 55+ community made up of 382 properties in the suburban city of Weston. Low-rise condos are between 868 square feet and 1,881 square feet with one or two bedrooms. The villas are a bit larger, with two bedrooms and 2,600 square feet of space. With your annual homeowners' association fee, all outdoor landscaping, maintenance, and trash removal services are included.

The amenities in The Palms are great for staying fit and active. The fitness center includes an aerobics and dance studio where residents can take classes. All levels are accommodated, there is even chair yoga and a sit & fit class available.

Other amenities include a pool, beauty salon, library, and banquet room. Residents participate in breakfast socials, happy hours, and game night. Just a few miles west of the community is the Everglades Wildlife Management Area, which is great for hiking, biking, hunting, and camping. Peace Mound Park is also nearby and fun to visit with a Tequesta burial mound and plenty of walking trails to explore.

Meadowbrook Lakes – Dania Beach

Low $100s – High $100s

Active adults who like to be closer to the beach might consider Meadowbrook Lakes in Dania Beach. It’s a community of 1,234 condos for active adults 55+ who enjoy amenities, activities, and social events. There are three clubhouses, three outdoor pools, four shuffleboard courts, and a number of multipurpose rooms and event rooms. Residents enjoy seasonal parties, BBQs, cards, and games.

The condos are in multi-level buildings and have one or two bedrooms and bathrooms. They range from 800 square feet to 1,200 square feet. Residents enjoy open floor plans, large master suites, and walk-in closets. Each unit has a screened patio or balcony. At Meadowbrook Lakes, residents are only a few minutes from the area’s award-winning “Blue Wave Beaches.” Dania Beach is also known for its Jai Alai and antique shopping.

Leisureville – Pompano Beach

Below $100K – Mid $100s

For access to great shopping, beaches, and Interstate 95, Leisureville is a 55+ community for active adults in Pompano Beach. These 928 single-family homes and condominiums were built between 1961 and 1984. The community has a fun, retro feel combined with all the modern amenities and conveniences.

There’s a North Clubhouse as well as a South Clubhouse, each featuring a pool, patio, multipurpose room, and walking trails. The North Clubhouse also has a 9-hole golf course, shuffleboard, a fitness center, as well as a sauna. The community organizes transit throughout Pompano Beach if you need to run some errands or do some shopping but you’d rather not navigate traffic.

Single-family homes at Leisureville have two or three bedrooms and garages or carports. Condos are between 600 square feet and 950 square feet and come with one or two bedrooms and designated parking. These are great properties for buyers looking to downsize and leave the maintenance and upkeep to someone else. The Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse is in the neighborhood, and the local beach is a great place for fishing.

Lauderdale West – Plantation

Mid $100s – High $100s

For beautiful views and close proximity to Fort Lauderdale, consider Lauderdale West in Plantation. This 55+ community is a collection of 1,000 single family and attached homes. With theme parties and a positive living class, it’s an ideal community for active adults who enjoy interesting gatherings. Potential buyers can find homes that start at 900 square feet and go up to 1,750 square feet. Single-family homes are two bedrooms, while attached homes come in one or two bedroom models.

Residents at Lauderdale West stay busy. Belly dancing classes, chair yoga, theatrical improv, and paper crafting are just some of the activities people regularly join. Amenities include a woodworking shop, shuffleboard courts, tennis, a pool, and a sauna. There’s also a library and plenty of lovely trails winding past scenic ponds and through lush landscaping. The community is close to Interstate 95 and Interstate 75, making travel to the north and the west of Florida extremely easy.