Located less than an hour from West Palm Beach, this beach town on the Atlantic coast of Florida is a colorful and peaceful place to settle. Like most places in Florida, it’s a popular retirement spot and has a fairly high median age of 43. A relatively affordable place to live, Port Saint Lucie has a median home sales price of $215,000 and a median rent of $1,375 — though not many people rent; 81 percent of the population own homes.

Port Saint Lucie is a haven for golfers — it’s home to the PGA Golf Club. The 54-hole golf club is open to members, professional golfers and the public. PGA village is a golf resort where people from all around come for the ultimate golf vacation. Beach bums will also feel right at home in this coastal city, where you can soak in the sand and sun or explore it by horseback. The secluded, natural beaches on Hutchinson Island are some of the few places in the state of Florida that allow horseback riding on the beach.

Houses in this city vary from modest to palatial, and there are many gated and planned communities. Tesoro is a golf resort with Mediterranean-style mansions that list for upwards of $600,000. Vineyards is a more moderately priced gated community with single-family homes and condos. You’ll find affordable homes in the neighborhoods of California and Southbend. Port Saint Lucie as a whole is a safe city, with a very low crime rate.

Nature lovers will want to explore some of the area's nature preserves, like Savannas Preserve State Park, where you can canoe, kayak and fish in the wetlands. The Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail goes through four state parks: Jonathan Dickinson, St. Lucie Inlet Preserve, Seabranch Preserve and Ft. Pierce Inlet. The Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens is home to native plants and birds, and the North Fork St. Lucie Aquatic Preserve has manatees and alligators. If you’d rather admire nature from a safe distance, take a drive along the Indian River Lagoon Treasure Coast Scenic Highway for beautiful views of turquoise water.