7 Reasons Why You Should Retire In California

People love to make fun of the West Coast, claiming that California is overpopulated with thrill seekers, aging hippies, airheads, and self-absorbed exercise buffs. Critics say the state is cluttered with malls and a glut of big box stores, the air is polluted, the weather unpredictable and the traffic unbearable.

Actually, the Golden State offers retirees a lot of space and more access to nature than other parts of the country, with plenty of protected coastlines 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 coastline stretch from Mexico to the Oregon border and there are still towns off the beaten path, quiet and picturesque.