7 Reasons You Should Retire in California

From the great outdoors to great wine — reasons to consider retiring in California.

A mature couple sit on the sand at Long Beach, California.
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People love to mock the West Coast, claiming California is over-populated by thrill-seekers, aging hippies, air-heads and self-absorbed fitness buffs. Critics say the state is saturated with strip malls and an excess of big box stores, that the air is polluted, weather unpredictable and traffic unbearable.

In reality, the Golden State offers retirees plenty of space and more access to nature than other parts of the country, with an abundance of protected seashore and national parks — within a day’s drive. The focal point for photographers, hikers and tourists is California’s crown jewel, Yosemite. Eight hundred and forty miles of scenic coast stretch from Mexico to the Oregon border and there are still towns off-the-beaten-track, quiet and quaint. 

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