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Retire To Be Beside The Seaside

Alexa Moore

Alexa Moore

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Lifestyle

Why the seaside?

Ever dreamt about making a move to be closer to the sea? Are you a new retiree or are you fast approaching retirement?

It's no surprise that retiring by the sea is very popular - with its calming effects and all-round health benefits, people who live by the sea are likely to sleep better and get more vitamin D.

It may or may not have crossed your mind but downsizing often crops up in conversations about retiring to the coast. It is often seen as a popular choice for those that want to travel more or cut back on the time and money they spend on their house.

Whether you downsize to be by the coast, move to a new retirement destination or be a little closer to family, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Here are a selection of popular retirement locations by the sea...

Newport, Isle of Wight

The capital of this family-friendly, bucket-and-spade island is just five miles south of Cowes and its famous annual sailing regatta. Dating back some 800 years, Newport on the Isle of Wight was once a busy port and still retains quaint, narrow streets and a riverside quay.

Devon

Home to Dartmoor National Park, Devon also boasts more than 400 miles of sandy beaches and the UK's first World Biosphere Reserve. 

Scarborough

Recently nominated in the Telegraph as a hotspot to retire to, this charming seaside resort is being reinvented as a centre for the creative arts and is home to the playwright Sir Alan Ayckbourn. A wonderful promenade, coastal walks and an alluring castle add to the mix.

West Sussex

Steeped in history and heritage, West Sussex is home to curious museums and ancient sites. Explore the art collections on offer at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, or take a walk along the town's famous pier.

Dorset

Miles of white sandy beaches and unspoilt countryside put Dorset top of the list. Explore woodland trails and outdoor activities at Moors Valley Country Park or take in the expansive views across the Jurassic Coast.

Llandudno

Llandudno is renowned for its Victorian and Edwardian elegance. It’s the largest resort in Wales, nestled between the headlands of the Great and Little Ormes and boasting award-winning beaches. 

Eastbourne, East Sussex

With its traditional Victorian seafront, popular pier and award-winning beaches – not to mention famous Beachy Head and the spectacular South Downs right on its doorstep – this East Sussex town is unbeatable for its natural beauty and charm.

St Ives

With a sub-tropical climate and miles of sandy beaches, this arty corner of Cornwall is a perfect destination. St Ives is a beautiful town and boasts the Tate St Ives and a lively restaurant scene.

Cromer, Norfolk

A traditional bucket-and-spade resort located on the North Norfolk Coast. Famous for its pier, which is home to the Pavilion Theatre and Lifeboat Station, the town is within easy reach of a thriving arts scene and picturesque countryside.

St Andrews

Home to the world’s most famous golf course, St Andrews also boasts Scotland’s oldest university (and where Kate and Wills studied), stunning white sand coastline and the evocative ruins of the medieval cathedral and castle.

If you’ve thought about moving or downsizing to a new area but feel nervous about the prospect, you don’t need to worry as the McCarthy & Stone team will help you feel at home and with a House Manager on hand you’ll get plenty of chances to get to know your new neighbours at your own pace.

The number of McCarthy & Stone developments is set to increase in the next two years, giving you even more choice. To view coastal retirement properties by the sea, click here

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