Cape Coral makes America’s 100 Best Places to Retire

The book, America’s 100 Best Places to Retire, is published annually. Many cities in Florida slot in anywhere from top to bottom of the list. Cities in Southwest Florida continue to be part of the list, and another local city debuted on it this year.

Cape Coral cracked the top 100 for best places to retire, which isn’t surprising to some homeowners.

“I feel like I’m on vacation all the time down here,” Betty Dentzau said.

Betty Dentzau volunteers at Lake Kennedy Senior Center, and she loves the various activties she can enjoy in Cape Coral.

“You know some people ‘oh I’m not a senior, so I’m not going to go there,’” Dentzau said. “But, I’ve always said anybody’s welcome if they can keep up with us.”

Like many other Cape Coral retirees, Dentzau moved here from up north to escape the cold, and she said there is so much to do.

“There’s ballroom dancing, and people playing cards all the time and the pool,” Dentzau said.

Dentzau fell in love with the Cape, and it’s not only for retirees.

“It’s got beaches, nice parks if you play softball,” Frank Pescee said.

Cape Coral is also a hot favorite for young families like Lindsey Lucas

“It’s relativity safe,” Lucas said. “There seems to be a lot more to do now. When I first moved here, it didn’t seem like there was a lot for kids, but there’s a lot more to do now.”

Naples also made the list for its fifth time in a row.

“This 23 years that I’ve been here, and I’ve said it before, ‘It’s the best time of my life,’” Dentzau said.

Reporter:Gina Tomlinson
Writer:Jack Lowenstein
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