What does your dream retirement look like? Do you see yourself finally putting your golf clubs to use on an award-winning course? Maybe you want to wake up every morning to breathtaking views of the ocean or mountain. Or, perhaps you're looking for a place where you can still pursue your passions, such as art, horseback riding, fishing and staying fit.
Whatever you're looking for, you might be able to find it at one of these top retirement communities. Click through to see the best places to retire in the U.S.
Rio Verde Community and Country Club
Location: Rio Verde, Ariz.
If golfing is one of the hobbies you want to pick up in retirement, consider living in this community. The Rio Verde Community and Country Club is located just northeast of Scottsdale near the Tonto National Forest. You'll have the peace and quiet of the mountains, but also access to restaurants and activities in the Phoenix area.
This community emphasizes the "active" in active adult community. For example, the forest offers opportunities for hiking, cycling and horseback riding. And, it boasts two golf courses and a par-3 executive course.
Rio Verde's 1,000 custom-built homes start at about $350,000 and can go over $1 million, according to a representative for the community. Although the price might seem like a lot, you can afford a home like this if you take steps to retire rich.
Sun City Hilton Head
Location: Bluffton, S.C.
It might not be one of the cheapest places to retire, but Bluffton does have its perks. Located near Hilton Head Island, the family-friendly city offers water activities, charming shops and restaurants, and antebellum homes. Plus, it's home to Sun City Hilton Head, which made 55places.com's 2015 list of the best retirement communities in the U.S.
At Sun City Hilton Head, there are multiple pools, three fitness centers, three golf courses, tennis courts, pickleball and more. It also has its own restaurants and more than 100 resident groups and clubs.
Once the community is fully built out, it will offer more than 8,000 homes. Currently, home prices start at $209,990.
Location: The Villages, Fla.
If you want to stay healthy during retirement, check out The Villages. At this retirement community, a big focus seems to be health and wellness. The Villages has softball fields, polo grounds, complimentary golf, exercise classes and much more.
There are also three town squares in the heart of the community. Head to the Brownwood Paddock Square for free nightly entertainment, see classic cars at one of the cruise-ins in the Spanish Springs Town Square and check out the beautiful waterfront at the Lake Sumter Landing Market Square.
You can choose from numerous floor plans, from patio villas to premier homes. Prices begin at about $150,000 but go up to over $1 million.
On Top of the World
Location: Ocala, Fla.
Located in central Florida, On Top of the World features over 250,000 square feet of amenities in different home designs and floor plans, including eco-friendly homes. Prices range from around $160,000 to over $300,000, depending on the floor plan.
Enjoy a game of tennis, pickleball or softball at this retirement community. Or, join any of the community's resident clubs. On Top of the World also offers an outdoor fitness park and walking trails.
Sun City Summerlin
Location: Las Vegas
Situated near Nevada's Spring Mountain Range and minutes from the Las Vegas Strip, Sun City Summerlin is a world apart from Sin City. With about 7,800 homes — including single-family dwellings, garden villas and more — this retirement community offers three restaurants, three golf courses, four fitness centers, spas, swimming pools and more.
You can choose from 42 different units, including duplex and single-family models. Prices range from approximately $150,000 to over $500,000. There are also a few extraordinary units that cost more than $800,000.
Location: Kissimmee, Fla.
Covering 4,300 acres in central Florida, Solivita is home to 150,000 square feet of amenities, including dining venues, two golf courses, a fitness room, tennis courts and more.
This retirement community offers around 20 different floor plans. At the time of writing, prices range from around $150,000 to just under $400,000, making it one of the best affordable retirement communities on this list. So, it might be easier to make your retirement savings last.
Location: Mercer Island, Wash.
Escape the hustle and bustle in Seattle, and move to this retirement community in nearby Mercer Island. Covenant Shores is a 12-acre waterfront retirement community located across the bridge from Seattle. The community offers one- and two-bedroom apartment homes. The entrance fee to live here ranges from $88,500 to $638,000, and monthly fees are $1,874 to $4,525.
If you like being near the water, you'll appreciate the community's private marina overlooking Lake Washington. Spend your golden years taking walks along the marina, working out in the fitness center, taking watercolor painting classes, kicking back in the Jacuzzi and enjoying everything Seattle has to offer.
Del Webb at Lake Oconee
Location: Greensboro, Ga.
Lake Oconee is Georgia's second largest body of water with more than 300 miles of shoreline. So, if you want to spend your retirement fishing, this might be one of the best places to retire.
Less than two hours from Atlanta, Del Webb at Lake Oconee offers independent living complete with bocce ball courts, an indoor heated pool, tennis courts and more. You can choose a home with one to four bedrooms, and prices start at $259,990.
Who says the best places to retire are in beach towns or small suburbs? If you prefer big-city life, check out this retirement community in Chicago.
The Clare is a 53-story hi-rise with 248 luxury independent living residences. It also offers a range of assisted living programs, which can help you cover the cost of long-term care during retirement.
Some of The Clare's ultra-luxury amenities include transportation services, valet parking, 24-hour security, complimentary breakfast, a pool and more. Keep in mind, though, that some amenities might be included in your monthly fee while others will cost you more. Costs are based on the number of bedrooms and views. Prices range from around $300,000 to $1.5 million.
Location: Santa Barbara, Calif.
Blue skies, colorful sunsets, mesmerizing mountains and warm beaches await at this community in Southern California. With entrance fees ranging from $166,000 to $630,000 — and monthly fees costing $2,170 to $5,910 — this luxurious retirement community looks more like a world-class resort. But instead of a small hotel room, you can get an alcove, one-bedroom or two-bedroom home.
At the Samarkand, take advantage of its heated outdoor pool, the fitness studio and the Retrospect History Gallery. The art gallery tells Santa Barbara's 100-year history through photos, collages, murals and artifacts.