Lauderdale-by-the-Sea is an oceanside town in Southeast Florida. Active adults enjoy visiting nearby fishing piers and beaches at their leisure, and the city hosts events such as an annual music and arts festival and a seasonal farmers market. Retirees enjoy convenient access to an abundance of shopping and entertainment options in downtown Fort Lauderdale, located just seven miles away.
Climate & Geography
The town has a tropical monsoon climate, with warm weather year round. Lauderdale-by-the-Sea experiences significantly more sunny days than average, more rainfall than average, and no snowfall. The rainiest months in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea are June and September.
Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment
Lauderdale-by-the-Sea is a beach lover’s paradise, and an ideal location for those looking for relaxation in retirement. Active adults spend time fishing at Anglins Pier, or soaking up the sunshine at the area’s many beaches.
The town's Beach Pavilion is a gathering place along the ocean for a variety of community events, hosting everything from dance classes to a seasonal farmers market. The annual Diveheart Music and Art Festival is held in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea.
Lauderdale-by-the-Sea features several local restaurants for the community to enjoy. Downtown Fort Lauderdale is only seven miles away, and Miami can be reached in just over an hour, perfect for active adults looking to experience more extensive dining, shopping, and entertainment options.
Cost of Living & Taxes
The overall cost of living in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea is higher than the national average, which is mainly due to the higher cost of housing. Health care and utility costs are lower than the national average.
Florida is considered to be one of the most tax-friendly states to retirees. This is because the state has no income tax or Social Security tax. Property taxes in Florida are about average, and sales tax in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea is about average, at 7 percent.
The Fort Lauderdale Area scores extremely high on Gallup’s Well-Being Index, ranking in the top 19 communities in the country. Florida ranks in the top 20 states to live on Gallup’s Well-Being Index.
Nearby Fort Lauderdale offers active adults access to quality health care options. Broward Health Imperial Point and Holy Cross Hospital are both located in Fort Lauderdale. Holy Cross Hospital is rated as high performing in one specialty and five procedures and conditions, according to U.S. News.