The Villages Voice - May 2011

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The Villages Americas Best Staycation Destinatioln

by Staff


Lifestyle Tour visitors to The Villages are discovering what most Villagers already know about living in The Villages.  The old cliché “Come for the time of your life and stay for a lifetime” is reality for 80,000 plus Villagers who have made The Villages the largest retirement destination in the world. 

With the struggling economy and growing stagflation, many Villagers are forced to re-assess the use of their fixed incomes and retirement budgets.  A quick review of our circumstances in The Villages shows that we may be well ahead of the many Americans in preparation for an extended economic drought without making too many severe compromises.  Many families first sacrifice is the summer vacation because all of the rising costs of gas, food, lodging and entertainment.  Several years ago “staycations” were popularized during depressed world economies in which an individual or family stayed and relaxed at home, or vacationed in their own country, possibly taking day trips to area attractions.

Staycationing in The Villages


Villagers can take a cruise or visit Las Vegas for about $100 per day per person plus travel to and from their port or destination, and many extras such as tours, sports and recreation, entertainment , drinks and meals.  Villagers have the staycation option of remaining in The Villages and doing many of the very same things for about $135 per household per month in amenity fees.  The Villages staycation includes use of all 57 recreation centers, 57 swimming pools, over 100 tennis courts, over 100 pickleball courts, about 100 billiard tables, and 29 executive golf courses , plus more many sports and recreation choices– no extra charge.  There is free live entertainment and dancing every day in the squares and a choice of over 1800 clubs and activities each month for residents to join or participate.  Villagers are members of all nine of The Villages Country Clubs, including Palmer Legends and Nancy Lopez Legacy.   For a nominal fee, professional shows are continuously playing in various venues of The Villages and first run movies are showing all day at The Villages premier movie theaters.  Play on The Villages nine Championship Golf Courses is also a bargain price during the summer.

The Villages Open for Visitors


Although many seasonal Villagers reside elsewhere during the summer months, guests of full-time Villagers maintain the population of The Villages fairly constant.  Use of amenities and facilities by guests of Villagers is mostly free with guests use policy guidelines, and other activities are reasonable priced for guests as well.   Special programs like the intergenerational Camp Villages and Kids Bowl Free are very popular.  If anyone enjoys The Villages more than Villagers, it’s grandchildren, whose favorite thing to do is ride in grandma’s golf cart – especially if it’s headed for the pool, dancing on the square or for ice cream.

Convenience in The Villages


Convenience in The Villages means “golf cart accessible” – and everything in The Villages is convenient.  The 90-mile network of golf cart and multimodal paths and 34 tunnels interconnect the 67 villages and over 1900 residential streets of The Villages to every recreation center, golf courses, town squares, seven commercial areas, and professional and medical centers within its 32 square miles.  The vehicle of choice by many Villagers is a golf cart, explaining why The Villages is also the largest golf cart community having about 50,000.  Traveling by golf cart, gas or electric, for $1 per day or less, groceries, shopping, hospital and doctors, sports and recreation, and dining and entertainment are only minutes (and pennies) away.  Convenience doesn’t always mean easy though as diners still may have some difficulty in chosing among about 100 restaurants in The Villages.  The convenience of The Villages was by design, but a down economy adds one more reason why it’s always a beautiful day in The Villages – Have a great staycation this summer!