As retirement approaches, many middle-aged and senior citizens wonder where the perfect place to retire would be. Kris Powell and associates are proud to formally recommend the Gulf Shores – specifically Orange Beach. Both locations were recently featured in Where to Retire Magazine with glowing reviews.
Why Choose the Gulf Shores?
Some people may wonder why they should choose the Gulf Shores over a more traditional retirement location. According to Where to Retire editor Annette Fuller, the beaches, especially Orange Beach, are big draws. Fuller says the Gulf Coast “has some of the whitest, softest sand in the country [and a] carefree beach culture.” She notes that while some retirees may enjoy sharing the beach with summer tourists, a relaxed atmosphere pervades the area all year long. This allows more introverted or less active retirees to bask in a slower-paced, more tempered life without worrying about constant noise, traffic, and other issues.
Additionally, Where to Retire praises the Gulf Coast’s various active opportunities. When seniors retire here, they’ll still find plenty to do, see, and learn. Activities in Kris Powell’s area include everything from swimming and water sports to golfing, fishing, and visiting museums or art galleries. Many community colleges offer classes and seminars in a variety of subjects, so intellectually-minded people can keep learning into their retirement years. Cooking, art, and other non-academic courses are available. If a resident can’t find the amenities he or she wants in Foley, Orange Beach, or other nearby locations, Pensacola and Mobile are within easy driving distance.
Finally, although retirees are no longer working, they can still benefit the Gulf Shores simply by moving in. Where to Retire notes that retirees are a good source of economic development, particularly for beach towns like Foley. They provide income for popular tourist attractions and activities. In addition, a steady influx of retirees and their visiting families keeps the town thinking about what can be done to add to its appeal or alleviate common problems. Growth and economic progress naturally increase, as does the focus on community benefits and interdependence.
About Where to Retire
Where to Retire magazine has a circulation of about 200,000 readers and is published six times a year. Established in 1992, it has been in circulation for 23 years, helping people find the best places to retire in the United States. The magazine can be found at local newsstands or Barnes & Noble booksellers. Readers can purchase back issues through Dave Hart (DHart@WheretoRetire.com).