Retire in The Villages, FL

Livability Score
46
** The AARP Livability Index scores neighborhoods and communities across the U.S. for the services and amenities that impact your life the most.
** 2014 US census data
Restaurants
1. Miz Kathi's Cotillion Cafe & Sweetery

OK, both the wife & I love Southern Food. As a matter of fact (and many friends will attest to) we are pretty good cooks when it comes to Southern food....

2. Rae Rae's

Breakfast here was amazing. Banana fosters french toast was cooked to perfection. Crunchy on the outer edge and soft and buttery on the inside. Biscuits...

3. O'Shucks! Oyster Bar And Grill

So I just wrote a bad review. But right after I pressed send, one of the waitress' (we'll call her Little Kim) asked me about my meal. She look at my...

4. I Barbque Express

OK, my 5 star rating is relative. This is not a 5-star restaurant in the absolute sense, but a rating that is relative to the genre, the type of place and...

5. First Watch

Awesome food and unique. Not just plain old food that's fresh and very interesting combinations I have been there several times and never been disappointed.

Golf
1. Bella Collina Club

I have absolutely nothing bad to say about this venue! It really took my breath away and I didn't even feel like I was in central Florida while I was here....

2. Deer Island Golf & Lake Club

Been here several times. Always good conditions and fantastic layout. However this time conditions were way better. Looks like new ownership is making a...

3. Mission Inn Resort & Club

Quiet place to escape from everything and just relax and play golf. Great food, I tried streaks, hawaian burgers, tuna and lobster ceviche. Wine selection...

4. Tree Top Golf Development & Practice Center

Our first time here! Had a groupon-bought back in October 2011, that we finally used. It was 2 fun passes (which includes 24 balls in the batting cage, a...

5. Glenview Champions

I was on a family vacation in Daytona and I called a friend who lives in The Villages, he suggested we play golf at Glenview Champions Country Club. I was...

Active
1. Crystal River Kayak Company

Why 5 stars? Because this was a very memorable paddle boarding experience! --- --- --- If this wasn't such a journey from my house, I'd be a...

2. The Canyons Zip Line & Canopy Tours

I've lived in Ocala a year. Yesterday, did zip lining with Dez and John Boy. Great experience. I've zip lined in NC, the canyons a better experience....

3. Bird's Underwater

I can't say enough good things about our trip. Scalloping with Bird's Underwater was an amazing experience. On our drive home we had already decided we...

4. Wooton Park

What a great park. Very well kept, clean restrooms, plenty of places to sit and enjoy the surroundings of downtown Tavares. There's a playground and...

5. Silver River State Park

We arrived on July 16th for a three night stay. We reserved the week before so we got a non sewer site! Lots of flu pull thru sites and large spots with...

Arts
1. Ocala Drive In

I am in love with this place! It is so much fun and there is nothing else like it! It is sooo worth the drive! It is extremely cheap as far as movie prices...

2. Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing

Great sightseeing opportunity if you're in the area. It's a nice, quiet place to see beautiful cars from each era. There are two different showrooms so your...

3. Appleton Museum of Art

Don't trust your GPS, take the directions off the website. This is an amazing collection of antiquities and art in an unexpected place. The Asian and...

4. Whispering Oaks Winery

Blueberries, wine, and cheese. Need I say more? It was a quiet atmosphere. The staff was helpful. It definitely isn't a place to go if you are hungry,...

5. SIP Restaurant Jazz Wine Bar

We stopped in for a lite linch. Couldn't have picked a better spot. The owner Hostess met us at the door and thanked us for coming. The waitress Sarah...

Shopping
1. Miss Daisy's Flowers & Gifts

I reached out to Miss Daisy's Flowers & Gifts the day before Mothers Day. I was in a panic after seeing that most of the big guys (1800 Flowers) could not...

2. Traditions Antique Mall

I like this antique mall. It was light, bright and had many interesting vendors. You can easily find gifts for others here as the vendors not only offered...

3. EyeSite of The Villages

Went in last week to get an eye exam and glasses. Staff was very nice and helpful. Helped me pick out a pair of glasses. They made sure everything fit well,...

4. Alada's China & Gifts

Just like the title of this store, it is a gift shop full of everything. You will find Vera Bradley purses and bags and goods here. You will also find...

5. Arden's Fine Jewelers

We have bought jewelry all over the world. But Blake and his wife,owners, are wonderful. They go out of their way. Earlier in the year we got our hearts on...

Health
1. EyeSite of The Villages

Went in last week to get an eye exam and glasses. Staff was very nice and helpful. Helped me pick out a pair of glasses. They made sure everything fit well,...

2. Alliant Dermatology

I traveled all the way from Howey in the Hills to the villages and Iam glad I did. Dr. Bolten was extremely thorough and I did not expect treatment on the...

3. Heritage Dental

Truly the best clinic on the globe!!! I've been to many different dental clinics in different countries, but Heritage Dental is the best! Dr. Cohrn is the...

4. The Villages Hospice House

We saw a few hospice houses for a family member. This by far was the best one in the area. Very beautiful property in the villages. There is a lake close...

5. Esarey Felix J DPM

STOP! Don't even think about going anyplace else. This guy, Felix Esarey, is the best. I have been a marathon runner for years and have seen a number of...