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The Villages, The Villages, Florida

Huge, Popular Age-Restricted Community Boasts Wide Range of Prices and Abundance of Amenities

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Volume V, Issue 35     Weekly Edition

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Retirement community is a generic term that can apply to a wide arrange of living arrangements and types of real estate.   It may refer to age-restricted communities (typically developments in which at least 80% of residents must be at least age 55), age-targeted or active adult developments, independent living communities (often with an assisted living section nearby), snowbird communities, RV communities, apartments, assisted living communities and nursing homes.   

Real estate may include single family homes, condos, town homes (often called patio homes) and co-ops.    Homes in retirement communities are typically more expensive because of the amenities and/or services available to community residents.

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Today's Retirement Community Snapshots:
Retama Village
McAllen, Texas

Located in south Texas and a part of the large, all ages development of  Bentsen Palm, Retama Village is a new 55+ community with lovely single family homes and casitas with RV ports and coach houses with RV sites for sale and for lease.    Coach homes with RV sites start in the $40,000s.  Single family home prices start at $149,700, and casitas with RV ports start at $169,900.

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Country Club of La Cholla

 Tucson, Arizona


The Best RV Sites in the United States

One of the best ways to see the USA, and the national parks in particular, is in an RV or Recreational Vehicle. Some of the most spectacular scenery in the US is reachable by RV, but don't forget that such places, though accessible, are often extremely remote. As well as carrying your home comforts you will need to be ready for emergencies, so before you set off be sure to have an emergency supply of food, medications and fuel. It's also wise to be sure you can communicate with the outside world; the nearest cellular phone tower could be half the state away, so radio is far more likely to be dependable. Make sure your RV it equipped with a CB radio, if possible one which receives weather alerts.

Facilities vary a whole lot from site to site as there are many different types of campsite available.

Some campgrounds even have swimming pools and saunas, but most have all the basic facilities, restrooms, showers and somewhere to scrub clothes

The following are the various sorts of campgrounds that will assist you in deciding where to park your RV:

National Parks.  The 300 parks managed by the National Parks Service, are some of the greatest treasures of the USA. These parks have been described as 'America's best idea.'  The first real national park was Yellowstone, created in 1890. The idea was a popular one, swiftly copied by other countries such as Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

Be warned....

Some parks are cheap as a result, but many are not because of their locations. The most famous of the national parks are Yosemite and Yellowstone. Visit the national parks website at for some route planning information which can be invaluable. National parks are very popular in the Summer months, and despite their size, the roads and campsites can get crowded. So consider timing your visit for the off season, perhaps when the park is about to close. You may catch the trees in their autumn colors, or the first falls of snow, sights most visitors never see.

Over 270 million people visit land maintained by the national parks service every year. Within that area are 24 national battlefields, 18 national landmarks and 10 National seashores as well as 58 National Parks and 8,505 Monuments and statues.

•Regional Parks- These campgrounds are often free and of those that do charge, a lot of them are quite inexpensive.. You can find 1000's of Local Parks in the United States.

•State Parks- The State parks are amongst America's most renowned camping locations. These parks are very good for all visitors who would like to spend days and weeks camping and doing other outdoor activities. Most state parks have camping grounds that have features from early to advanced features like hot showers and hook ups.

•The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers campsites offer reasonable prices and allow visitors to enjoy scenic views of lakes and rivers.

•Bureau of Land Management campgrounds- Ideal for anyone with an interest in the night sky, many of these campsites are in desert scrub lands far away from it all; you'll be amazed at just how bright the stars really are. If you've never seen the stars in a truly black, unlit sky, these campsites are for you.

Natural Wildlife Refuges- usually operate on very strict rules where RV's are allowed but only if they operate without interfering with the wildlife these areas comprise limited campgrounds and most of them are private.

•National Forests-Forest views are the 'stock in trade' of these campgrounds. they are also less expensive than most other types of RV park.

Wherever you decide to stay, be sure to make thorough preparations. There's no necessity to spend time in a single camp site. Without the strain of packing or unpacking you can relax and enjoy your vacation a great deal more. Don't forget that the national park passport is a great motivator for grandkids.  Get it stamped at every park you visit.


If you plan on being on the road, it is important not to overlook basic safety precautions. I always advise carrying a CB Radio. Modern CB Radios can monitor both weather and emergency frequencies as well as be your lifeline to help in case of accident.  Article Source:

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