[caption id="attachment_168" align="alignright" width="200" caption="Retirement Communities in Florida"][/caption]Seniors are drawn to retirement communities in Florida for several reasons. Whether it's the beautiful year-round weather, lush beaches or large retiree population, scores of seniors on the way to retirement choose living in Florida as the place to transition into their new, more relaxed lifestyle. With so many choices for retirement communities from which to choose, it's important for future retirees to research all options and determine which community best suits their needs. The five retirement communities in Florida below provide a great starting point for research.Bella Vita, Venice, Fla. South Florida is a prime location for seniors living in Florida, and Sarasota is high on the list of ideal locations because of its laid-back, relaxing atmosphere. The nearby town of Venice is a great alternative place to find wonderful retirement homes and other senior options. Bella Vita is a retirement community focused on personalized assisted living as well as independent living options for seniors who do not require specialized care. Amenities such as a variety of floor plans, social activities, and all-inclusive rent are great reasons to consider Bella Vita. But the beautiful facilities and hard-working staff are also pluses to consider.Venetian Gardens, Venice, Fla. Another great retirement option for seniors in South Florida is Venetian Gardens. A retirement community marked by breathtaking landscapes and incomparable charm, Venetian Gardens is the ultimate location for independent seniors searching to be part of an active senior community. Primarily dealing in independent living and senior apartments, the Venetian Gardens community offers all-inclusive monthly rental rates on apartments near the Downtown Venice area, close to shopping, dining, quality healthcare, and local attractions. Live-in managers are available around the clock to provide security and peace of mind.Windward Palms, Boynton Beach, Fla. When it comes to retirement homes in South Florida, seniors have their pick of beautiful, stress-free places to live. Boynton Beach is known for its beaches, golf courses and friendly atmosphere, all ideal considerations for retiring to Florida. That is why Windward Pines is a great community to come home; it is centrally located, surrounded by everything retirees could need, and ideal for independent seniors looking forward to an exciting retirement. Apartment and independent living plans range from studio to two-bedroom configurations that include kitchenettes, patios or balconies and cable television. Utilities are included in the monthly rent, and provisions for income qualification are available on senior apartments.Atria Meridian, Lantana, Fla. Miami is an exciting city with a lot of action -- maybe too much action for some seniors who want to enjoy the beauty and liveliness of the Miami life without the hustle and bustle of the city. The answer may indeed be found at the Atria Meridian community in Lantana. Focused on independent and assisted living, seniors who choose Atria Meridian can count on living within beautiful, well-kept facilities built specifically to meet their needs. The property features three courtyards, a heated pool and several different amenities to fit different lifestyles, all at reasonable monthly rates.The Horizon Club, Deerfield Beach, Fla. Nestled between Boca Raton and Ft. Lauderdale, Deerfield Beach residents enjoy the charmed beauty of the South Florida landscape without the stress of bigger towns. At The Horizon Club, a retirement community focused on personalized assisted care and independent living experiences, seniors can enjoy the peace of mind that comes with helpful, knowledgeable and experienced community staff. In addition, The Horizon Club is one of many retirement communities in Florida that specializes in the care of those suffering from the memory loss and dementia that accompany the early stages of Alzheimer's.Alternatives for Seniors has a more comprehensive and detailed list available. Find assisted living or retirement communities at Alternatives for Seniors, which offers a directory (in print and online) that specifically caters to the senior housing and care concerns of senior citizens and their families. Gain access to information from thousands of nationwide health and care facilities, including independent living, assisted living, nursing care, and more, without ever leaving your computer. Be social, too! Join our Facebook and Twitter community for the latest news and information on housing for seniors.