Best Retirement Destinations Ranks Top Waterfront Communities

Sand, surf and sun are top of the mind in rating the best retirement communities in the U.S., according to recent rankings from

The independent authority of retirement communities, Best Retirement Destinations (BRD) last month ranked the top places for assisted living and has returned to rate its 30 best beach and waterfront living retirement facilities for April 2014.

While the rated communities might not necessarily provide independent living or assisted living options for residents, they offer a number of similar amenities one might find at a resort-style community—a multi-million dollar resort-style community. 


The rankings take into account five criteria relating to water quality, visual appeal, availability of recreational activities, social networking and safety/security. 

Topping out the rankings for April is Seaside, a retirement community located in Sea Island, Georgia. With a price range of above $3 million, this upscale community opened in 2000 and achieved “excellent” ratings in all five BRD evaluation criteria.

The close-knit golf community consists of just only 12 homes located near the championship fairways of Seaside and Plantation Golf courses.


Ranking in at the second spot is Hideout Canyon, a community in Salt Lake City, Utah, which also includes a seven figure price range of above $3 million. 

The master-planned community offers its residents a variety of amenities, as well as spectacular mountain vistas and water views that pan across The Outlaw Golf Club. 

The rest of the communities ranked in BRD’s April 2014 list don’t come cheap, either, as even the #30 retirement community runs in the $250,000 to $500,000 price range.

“ has taken the guesswork out of finding that perfect retirement spot,” the company says. “We have done extensive research into what criteria are important to those seeking a beach or waterfront retirement destination.”

Check out the April 2014 rankings

Written by Jason Oliva

Companies featured in this article: