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MALABAR, FLORIDA: SMALL-TOWN RETIREMENT ON THE WATER

Low taxes. Good weather. Beautiful beaches. And lots of things to do year round.

Those are just a few of the good reasons so many retirees head to Florida once their 9-5 days are done.

But the Sunshine State isn't just about ocean sand and surf. It’s also the perfect go-to place for lake enthusiasts.

 

That's right. Florida is home to an astonishing number of lovely lakes and laid-back, small-town communities that are ideal locations for retirement.

Take the tiny town of Malabar in Brevard County, for instance.

Malabar has fewer than 3,000 full-time residents and lots of charm. It's also ideally located. Just off the Dixie Highway on the Indian River, Malabar sits less than 5 miles from Palm Bay, the largest city in Brevard—perfectly situated for those who want to get away from it all without being too far away from it all.

Accommodations in Malabar are reasonably priced, particularly at the local campgrounds and resort-like RV parks, where one can enjoy living on the water either for a short vacation or year round.

From boating, swimming, sail boarding and kayaking to fishing, clamming and even manatee, dolphin and bird watching, there are many activities for water lovers to enjoy in and around Malabar.

Malabar is part of the Indian River Lagoon estuary. One of the most unique locales in the continental USA, Indian River Lagoon is a geographical location where a temperate climate zone morphs into a subtropical one, and plants and animals common to both zones coexist in the region.

Although familiarly called Indian River Lagoon, the estuary is actually a water system made up of three lagoons: Mosquito Lagoon, Banana River Lagoon and Indian River Lagoon. Primarily fed by the fresh waters of Turkey Creek and the St. Sebastian River, the estuary stretches from the small town of Malabar to Vero Beach in Florida's Indian River County.

Lakes that make up the St. Johns River are also close to Malabar, including Blue Cypress Lake, Hell 'n Blazes Lake, Little Sawgrass Lake, Sawgrass Lake and Lake Washington, the largest lake in Brevard County.

And because the city of Palm Bay is so close by, Malabar is also near the amenities of modern life so many retirees look for: healthcare facilities, convenient shopping and good dining.

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