Wilmington named top retirement destination

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Wilmington is featured in Where to Retire's upcoming issue as one of the top eight retirement locations along the coast. Image courtesy Where to Retire.
Wilmington is featured in Where to Retire’s upcoming issue as one of the top eight retirement locations along the coast. Image courtesy Where to Retire.

The Port City has achieved yet another national accolade.

The city that now can boast it has the best riverfront and is a prime tourist destination was also recently named a top retirement spot by Where to Retire magazine.

Where to Retire is the nation’s only publication geared specifically toward helping people with retirement relocation decisions, according to a release from the magazine.

Wilmington is one of only a handful of cities profiled in “8 Coastal Camelots in the Carolinas” in the May/June 2015 issue, available nationwide on April 14.

Nearby Brunswick County towns Southport and Sunset Beach also got a nod, as did Beaufort and Emerald Isle. Murrells Inlet, Georgetown and Beaufort in South Carolina rounded out the list.

Where to Retire Editor Annette Fuller said these eight cities, including Wilmington, appeal to retirees who are looking for a coastal locale to spend their golden years.

“Many people experience the relaxing lull of the ocean and restorative walks on the beach while on vacation. Relocating retirees, however, have the option to make it a lifestyle,” Fuller said. “Beach towns along the North and South Carolina coasts, whether adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean or a few miles inland with nearby marshes or rivers, have so much to offer. Boating, fishing, paddleboarding and excellent seafood restaurants keep retirees entertained, and well-preserved historic districts, quirky small-town personalities and Southern charm only up the ante.”

This latest recognition for Wilmington comes after last year’s win in the “Best American Riverfront” online poll by USA Today’s 10best.com.

In 2014, Wilmington was also dubbed a hot getaway spot in New York Magazine’s “Weekend Escape Plan.”