The popular San Antonio River Walk attracts visitors with shops, restaurants, and entertainment.

As one of the country’s fastest-growing cities, the San Antonio area is a great place for a memorable vacation or an active retirement. The area offers plenty of recreations from historic sites like the Alamo to modern theme parks like Sea World and Six Flags Fiesta Texas. Shops, bars, and restaurants provide a bustling urban community, while tranquil neighborhoods are perfect retreats for active adult retirees.


San Antonio is located in South Texas, three hours west of Houston and about two-and-a-half hours east of the Mexican border. The Gulf of Mexico also lies about two hours to the south, where destinations like Corpus Christi offer beach access and tourist attractions.


The San Antonio area is relatively hot and dry, although winters do bring some nighttime temperatures which drop below freezing. A small amount of sleet or freezing rain can fall during these cold periods, and snow flurries are possible, though rare. Summers are very hot, especially in July and August when average daytime temperatures are in the mid-90s and many days reach over 100 degrees.


San Antonio welcomes visitors with shops, restaurants and a variety of cultural attractions. The Alamo is the area's top tourist hot spot, with travelers visiting the historic mission year-round. River Walk, a meandering string of restored walkways and storefronts, is a close second, drawing tourists and locals alike with its scenic views and varied attractions.


The Campanas at Cibolo Canyon clubhouse offers luxury amenities including a resort-style swimming pool.

History buffs and architecture lovers will find much to love about San Antonio beyond the famous Alamo. Just a few popular destinations include the Cathedral of San Fernando, the Spanish Governor’s Palace, the Menger Hotel and the Fairmount Hotel. Area museums embrace the historic and modern with attractions like the San Antonio Museum of Art and the McNay Art Museum.

Theme parks, festivals and special events are a popular part of the San Antonio culture. Visitors love a trip to Sea World San Antonio, Six Flags Fiesta Texas or Splashtown San Antonio. The San Antonio Zoo and the Japanese Tea Gardens are ideal stops for nature lovers, while sports fans will love cheering on the San Antonio Spurs during basketball season.

Active Adult Communities

Active adults who choose to relocate to the San Antonio area can find some beautiful neighborhoods in the suburbs just outside of the city. Open-age, master-planned communities, such as Campanas at Cibolo Canyon, feature beautiful homes and resort-style amenities. Homebuyers who prefer age-restricted living may find their ideal home at Hill Country Retreat by Del Webb. This impressive 55+ community boasts a 28,000 square-foot clubhouse, a wide line-up of indoor and outdoor amenities, and plans for nearly 2,000 upscale single-family homes.

Whether planning a vacation or searching for a great place to relocate, active adults are sure to love a trip to San Antonio. Arrange your own visit to bring out your inner cowboy and see if the San Antonio area fits your retirement dreams.