Active adult communities on Florida's Atlantic Coast provide welcome relief from the bitter northern winters. 

The snowbird lifestyle is something to envy; it means spending the coldest months of the year in a place full of sunshine and warmth. You won’t have to shovel any snow, and you can leave your winter coats at your northern home.

Many snowbirds come to Florida’s Atlantic shores to enjoy beach activities, ample golf, plenty of shopping, and picturesque nature. These 55+ communities are excellent options for snowbirds looking for Florida real estate that embraces and simplifies part-time living. 

1. Vista Del Mar - Vero Beach, FL

High $100s - Low $300s

Why not live on the beach during the snowbird months? Vista Del Mar is an oceanfront 55+ community that’s perfect for a part-time lifestyle thanks to its gated property and low-maintenance condos. Buyers can find homes between 800 and 2,000 square feet with one or two bedrooms and one-and-a-half or two bathrooms. Most units have Florida rooms, easy-to-clean tile floors, and private balconies.

Residents enjoy a private beach and other amenities like shuffleboard courts, a bocce ball court, picnic areas, and walking and biking trails throughout the community. Right outside the clubhouse, there’s a pool and a patio. There’s also a multi-purpose room, billiards, and a library. Expect to find community events and a generally pleasant atmosphere among the residents of Vista Del Mar.

Learn more about Vista Del Mar here.

2. The Windjammer - Stuart, FL

Low $100s - High $300s

The lock-and-leave lifestyle is popular at The Windjammer on Florida’s Treasure Coast. With an HOA that takes care of things like exterior and common area maintenance as well as landscaping, it’s easy to enjoy living in Florida for half the year and then leaving whenever the mood strikes.

The condo homes in this 55+ community are low-maintenance and affordable with resale properties that are 1,137 to 1,305 square feet with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Porches are screened in, and there’s plenty of parking. With only 130 condo units in the community, snowbirds can feel comfortable leaving their homes for months at a time.

Heated boat docks are available, and there are also three pools and patios. The clubhouse has a number of multi-purpose rooms for gatherings and events. Living in Stuart is a treat; residents can check out The House of Refuge at Gilbert's Bar, which was once used to house shipwrecked sailors, or they can enjoy the great outdoors at parks like Seabranch Preserve State Park.

Learn more about The Windjammer here.

3. Palm Grove - Fort Pierce, FL

Mid $100s - High $100s

The security of a gated community is always attractive to snowbirds, and that can be found at Palm Grove in Fort Pierce. The single-family homes in this 55+ community are easy to maintain, and the neighborhood is full of ongoing activities and social events.

Residents who arrive for the winter season will find movie nights on Sundays, wine and cheese parties, and dinner dances. Day trips include visits to shopping centers and local golf courses. Single-family homes in this community have two or three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an attached garage.

The clubhouse has a gathering room, an exercise room, a library, a card room, billiards, and a place for table tennis. Outside, there’s a heated pool and a patio as well as shuffleboard and tennis courts. Ponds and trails enable pleasant walks, bike rides, or jogs. The HOA handles lawn care, provides security at the gated guard entrance, and covers water, sewer, and cable.

Learn more about Palm Grove here.

4. Alamanda Key - Melbourne, FL

High $100s - Mid $200s

New construction homes are available at Alamanda Key in Melbourne, where snowbirds will find a gated 55+ community with single-family houses and attached duplexes. Durable metal roofs and energy-efficient designs will keep your upkeep costs low and protect your property against severe weather that you may not be around for.

The social atmosphere is perfect for active adults who love getting to know their neighbors. There’s a social committee, an ongoing potluck schedule, and lots of clubs for special interests like bridge, poker, and arts and crafts. Happy hours are frequent, and the community often hosts guest lectures and seminars.

Duplex homes have two or three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. Two floor plans are available with 1,468 or 1,568 square feet. Single-family homes can be new or resale with 1,617 to 1,882 square feet. They also have two to three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. Melbourne is a thriving city close to the beach, Cape Canaveral’s Space Center, and Interstate 95.

Learn more about Alamanda Key here

5. Indian River Colony Club - Melbourne, FL

Low $100s - Mid $200s

Snowbirds who arrive in Florida with an RV will need a place to park it, and buying a home at Indian River Colony Club will provide a parking space and so much more. This 55+ community is on a golf course, offering country club amenities alongside modest housing prices.

Buyers looking for Melbourne homes for sale will want to consider this neighborhood, where there are fishing lakes, an 18-hole golf course, a putting green, and a driving range. There’s tennis, bocce ball, and croquet as well. The At East Clubhouse includes a restaurant, a fitness center, and an art studio. There’s also a chapel and a card room. 

Single-family homes are available, but snowbirds may prefer the low-maintenance attached villas, which come in two- and three-bedroom models with two bathrooms and 1,019 to 1,165 square feet. All homes have an attached one- or two-car garage. Outdoor space is also available with each property, and buyers can choose a home with a view of the golf course or a view of a pond.

Learn more about Indian River Colony Club here.