If you’re going to live on the Treasure Coast in Florida, why not live near the beach? Sure, the area has a lot to offer such as golf, shops, and the freshest seafood you can find, but when buyers imagine a coastal Florida retirement, sunbathing and boating surely come into play.
We’ve got a list of the best Treasure Coast 55+ communities that are minutes from the beach. Pack your sunscreen and bring a snorkel. It’s time for some fun in the sun.
Mid $200s - High $300s
Buyers who want to live right on the water can choose a condo at Circle Bay Yacht Club in Stuart. This 55+ community faces the St. Lucie River, and it’s only a few minutes away from Jensen Beach. The boat docks are heated, and there are also shuffleboard courts, a pool, and a grilling area on the patio. The clubhouse includes a library, a billiards room, and a hobby shop. Friday social hours are popular within the small community, and residents also get together for art classes and yoga.
Buyers will find 295 condo units in three-story buildings with elevator access and screened balconies, many of which look out at the water. Homes offer one to three bedrooms with one-and-a-half or two bathrooms. There are covered carports and the floor plans range from 756 to 1,299 square feet.
Low $200s - High $500s
Residents of Vista Del Mar in Vero Beach can’t get much closer to the beach because they’re literally living on it. They have their own private stretch of Atlantic shoreline, and they’re also in the middle of a thriving beach town, where there’s shopping, dining, and lots of entertainment. This gated 55+ condo community also has an inviting pool and patio, shuffleboard courts, bocce ball courts, a picnic area, and several walking trails. There’s a clubhouse with a multi-purpose room, billiards, and a library.
For being on the beach, these resale condo homes are affordable and spacious. They feature 800 to 2,000 square feet and have one or two bedrooms and one or two bathrooms. Condos offer Florida rooms and private balconies, as well as assigned parking. Some homes have upgrades like tile floors. Anyone who wants to mix and mingle with locals can easily access local parks like Round Island Beach Park, which is a short drive from Vista Del Mar.
Mid $100s - Low $200s
With boat docks and proximity between the property and the beach, Tarpon Bay Yacht Club is an excellent choice for active adult buyers who want to be as close as possible to the water without buying a houseboat. The condo units are between 1,314 and 1,666 square feet and have two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The 120 units are located in six three-story buildings, which all have elevators and security. This 55+ community is professionally managed, and exterior maintenance and landscaping are taken care of by the community association.
The boat docks on the water can accommodate vessels up to 50 feet with a six-foot draft. Kitching Cove and the St. Lucie Inlet take boaters out to the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic, and if kayaking is more your thing, there’s good news—the Okeechobee Canal is close by.
Amenities outside of the easy beach access include a clubhouse with a workshop and a common area. There’s a library, billiards, and a multi-purpose room where meetings and community events are held. At Tarpon Bay Yacht Club, residents have access to a pool, patio, shuffleboard, pickleball, and tennis courts. The grounds are well-landscaped with lush native foliage and mature fruit trees.
Mid $200s - Mid $300s
Sea Pines is an established 55+ community in a desirable location, especially for buyers who want to live a beach-ready lifestyle. Hobe Sound has a tranquil and tourist-free beach as well as a nature center and Jonathan Dickinson State Park, where visitors can go boating, fishing, or hiking. The attached homes at Sea Pines are comfortable and low-maintenance with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an attached one-car garage. They offer 1,296 square feet and a den.
Residents enjoy the clubhouse, which includes a library, a multi-purpose room, and billiards. There’s also an outdoor pool and patio, as well as two shuffleboard courts. The social scene in this community is lively thanks to clubs and activities like dive club, water aerobics, bingo, movie and game nights, potlucks, holiday parties, and garage sales. There are frequent day trips—often to the beach.
High $100s - Low $300s
Several beaches are within walking distance of Palm Grove, a gated 55+ community with single-family homes. They’re between 1,355 and 2,766 square feet with two or three bedrooms and two bathrooms. There’s an attached one-car garage, and most of the properties come with upgrades such as granite counters, high ceilings, and spacious owner suites. Homes also have screened porches and plenty of storage space.
Amenities include a clubhouse with a gathering room, library, card room, and an exercise room. Residents can play table tennis, shuffleboard, and bocce ball. There’s also an outdoor pool and patio, and lots of biking and walking trails that take residents past ponds and greenspaces. The closest beaches include South Beach Park, which is great for swimming, and Fort Pierce Inlet State Park. These—and other local beaches—are just a few minutes away from Palm Grove.