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Living a Beach Lifestyle in Cedar Key , Florida

About fifty miles south of Gainesville, the small and easygoing island community of Cedar Key is one of the oldest ports in the state and a classic supplier of seafood. With historic streets and back bayous teeming with wildlife and gorgeous views, there is plenty to love about this charming beach community.
Aerial view of Cedar Key courtesy of Averette and Wikipedia.

Where to Retire in Cedar Key and Home Prices

Though the island is small, there are plenty of nice areas in which to settle down.  Zillow reports the median listing price to be $350,199 in early 2022.

What Is Special about Cedar Key

Cedar Key is one of the oldest bird and wildlife refugees in the United States, with plenty of federally protected, lovely sanctuaries.

What Is Not Special about Cedar Key

Being very small, and as an island, very isolated, could be a problem for some people.

Climate and Physical Environment

Cedar Key is balmy, warm, and hot by the summer.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

There are many galleries in town, some cultural organizations, and a lovely winery.


Crime in Cedar City is less than a third of the national average.

Medical Facilities

Seven Rivers Regional Medial Center is the closest hospital and it is about 30 miles away.


George T Lewis Airport is a small local airport. Gainesville Regional airport is about an hour away. International airports are found in Orlando, Tampa, and Jacksonville; are all about 3 hours away.

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