Just south of Ocala, The Villages is home to over one hundred and fifty thousand retirees, and with good reason. The Villages is an active retirement community that is considered by many publications to be the number one retirement community in the United States. One of the main draws to the community is that all 48 golf courses in The Villages are covered in the monthly fees that homeowners in the community pay each month. The ability to play golf anytime, on so many courses, is one of the biggest draws to the Villages. But there are many other benefits for retirees to live in The Villages. There are entertainment venues where major acts perform, there are community recreation centers that have a variety of activities to keep residents occupied and engaged. There are a number of clubs to take part in which include both fitness clubs and social clubs, so there is no shortage of things to do at The Villages.
Another significant reason so many people have flocked to The Villages is the natural beauty of the area. The landscape is framed by centuries old oaks draped with Spanish Moss and clusters of hardwood forest dotted by cabbage palms. The wonder of Silver Springs is a short drive away, and the Ocala National Forest offers a chance to stay fit in the great outdoors. There is a chance to see Florida wildlife in the forest, and for those who wish to hunt and fish there is an abundance of opportunity. The Villages has grown exponentially since it became a full-fledged retirement community in 1992, and will continue to expand in coming years as the premier senior living town in the country.
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