You've probably heard of Florida and Arizona as being popular retirement states, but have you heard about Delaware? Delaware is rich with benefits for retirees, and yet it manages to fly under the radar. We've compiled some of the top reasons why you need to take a look at our beaches as the place for you to invest your retirement, so read on and let us know when you're ready to make Delaware your home.

1) Significant Tax Benefits

 -NO Sales Tax                                         

-NO State Tax on Social Security         

-NO Inheritance Tax                                    

- NO Personal Property Tax

-Homeowners 65 and Over get a Tax Break on the School Property Tax

-There is a Retirement Income Exemption Available to Those 60 and Over

     (Pensions, dividends, interest, capital gains, rental income, etc.)

-Property Taxes are Some of the Lowest in the Nation

2) Activities Galore

You certainly won't be bored when you move to the Delaware shore. The beaches offer their own fun throughout most of the year, but here are some other amusements the area has to offer:

-Bike through quiet neighborhood streets, the beach towns,  and nature trails

-Hike through many of the National Parks, including the Breakwater Trail

-Fishing is a favorite pass time of locals. Bring your boat, or rent from one of the many local shops.

-Kayaking and paddle boarding are hit hear at the beach, and you are never far from a place to launch.

-Golfing is prime with numerous pristine golf courses, including the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Courses of Bayside and the Peninsula.

-Shopping is filled with fun, whether you get great savings at the Tanger Outlets, find unique pieces at the local stores, or find a wide selection at the Christiana Mall, all with NO SALES TAX!

-State-of-the-Art gyms can be found in many communities throughout the Delaware beach towns.

-Join the many clubs, ranging from book clubs to cooking classes to sewing groups. You are sure to find a club for your favorite hobby no matter which beach town you choose!

3) Events and Festivals

All year long exciting events are held across Coastal Delaware, including:

-Sea Witch Halloween & Fiddlers Festival in Bethany Beach

-Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival

-Rehoboth Film Festival

-Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival

-Greyhounds Reach the Beach

-The Freeman Stage Concerts

4) Close to Major Regional Hospitals

The prestigious Beebe Medical Center offers fantastic care and is expanding quickly. We are  also in close proximity to major surrounding hospitals with:

-Johns Hopkins University Hospital  within a 3 hour drive

-Jefferson University Hospital within a 2.5 hour drive

-National Institutes of Health within a 3 hour drive

5) Location, Location, Location

One of the downsides of retiring in Florida and Arizona is that it requires a plane ride (or very long car ride) to see family and friends. Not the case with Delaware! Our beach towns are within easy driving distance to several major cities, including Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, and Richmond.

6)Variety is Key

While the Delaware beach towns are all in close proximity to each other, they each offer their own unique flavor. From Bethany Beach and its quiet family atmosphere, to Rehoboth with its enriched character, and Lewes with is sleepy historic feeling, you are sure to find an area that fits your personality. Can't choose which one? Don't worry, you're never too far away so you can visit them all.

7) Restaurants and Night Life

Whether you're looking for gourmet cuisine or a quick bite at a local crab shack, you are sure to stay busy trying out all of the fantastic restaurants in the area. Not sure where to start? Check out our "Become a Local Page" and give these great restaurants a try.

If you're looking for fun and exciting night life, you will not be disappointed. Be sure to check out some of the hot spots in Dewey Beach with live concerts throughout the year, and cross state lines to Ocean City Maryland and enjoy clubs, live bands, and so much more.