This is an excerpt from Inside the Bubble: Unauthorized Guide to Florida's Most Popular Community. Roundabouts are very prevalent in The Villages. They serve multiple purposes such as keeping traffic flowing in an orderly fashion and increasing driver safety by preventing the possibility of T-bone collisions. However, because people retire to The Villages from all over the … [Read more...] about Navigating The Villages Roundabouts
Life in The Villages
Everyday life in The Villages is probably quite different than the life you left behind before moving here.
Explore our articles below on what makes living in The Villages so different than just about any place else.
As I mentioned in a recent article (The Wild Wild West) Brownwood Paddock Square might not currently have as many stores and restaurants as the other town squares in The Villages, but it has the potential to far surpass both Spanish Springs and Lake Sumter Landing. Being the youngest of the three town squares can be viewed as both an advantage and a disadvantage for … [Read more...] about Coming Soon to Brownwood Paddock Square
Earlier this year I interviewed Villager Paul Emberger who created the website CartingTheVillages.com, which provides the only comprehensive map of all the cart paths in The Villages as well as information on related laws, resources, and safety issues. In that interview Paul mentioned that they were working on putting together a printed version of the map and he just emailed … [Read more...] about The Villages Golf Cart Maps
Quite frequently I receive some variation of this question: I am moving to The Villages soon but I am not ready/able/willing to retire yet. What are my options as far as jobs are concerned and where should I even begin? This question makes perfect sense. The retirement lifestyle of The Villages is what many have spent their entire working lives saving towards, but some … [Read more...] about Finding a Job in The Villages
The story below from someone who received a citation while driving their golf cart in The Villages was passed along to me this week, and I thought it was worth sharing with you here. Its a great reminder that when you're in a golf cart, traffic laws still apply and they might be different that the laws you follow when in your car. The Villages Homeowner's Association puts on … [Read more...] about Golf Cart Citation Story
People move to The Villages from all over the world. While this is great for adding an element of diversity to the community, it also means that there is a steady stream of travelers going back and forth between The Villages and Orlando International Airport. There are a few categories of travelers between The Villages and OIA. Among them you have prospective buyers coming … [Read more...] about Getting To and From the Airport
Shopping for antiques can be a great way to spend a day, and there is no shortage of antique shops close to The Villages. Antiques not only provide interesting decorations for your home, the process of shopping for them can be similar to taking a stroll down memory lane. Looking through dozens of items from years ago, you can't help finding something to remind you of your … [Read more...] about Antique Shops Near The Villages
In The Villages there are lots of ways to express your creativity and even give back to the community. One of those places is at The Villages Woodshop. The Villages Woodworkers Club was started in 2001 to provide a place for Villagers who were passionate about working with wood to express their creativity. The club manages an 8000 square foot woodworking shop that is … [Read more...] about The Villages Woodworking Shop
Villagers come to Lake Sumter Landing Market Square for a number of different reasons. There are dozens of stores and restaurants like Two Mermaids, Lucky Charm, City Fire Restaurant, Lighthouse Pointe Bar & Grille, and Cody's Original Roadhouse. People also come for live entertainment as well as the Old Mill Playhouse. There are also a number of special events held at Lake … [Read more...] about Lake Sumter Landing Boat Tour
One of the more popular and exciting activities that you will find in The Villages is Dragon Boat Racing. There are a number of club teams that emphasize different levels of competitiveness. Based on your fitness level and preferred training schedule, you can surely find a team that you will fit in with. What Is Dragon Boat Racing? A Dragon Boat is a long, skinny … [Read more...] about Dragon Boat Racing in The Villages