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Mount Dora, Florida.  Florida’s top ranked small town to retire to (USA TODAY). Small town location, yet close to everything.



Grandview Bed & Breakfast Nationally-Renowned-Light-Up-Mount-Dora-Festival Mount Dora Downtown Mount Dora, FL Lighthouse Welcome to Mount Dora

Mount Dora, Florida is one of those wonderful Florida retirement living towns in which to retire, as indicated by USA TODAY’s® ranking of Mount Dora as the #1 Small Town in Florida, and #4 in America, in which to retire.

Photo of the Waterman Village bridge, connecting THE OAKS at Waterman Village retirement community to LAKESIDE at Waterman Village retirement community

Often referred to as the “New England of the South,” Mount Dora offers a unique variety of cultural activities, specialty shops, dining establishments, major festivals, and recreational opportunities. 

Located in the center of the state, Mount Dora is less susceptible to a direct hurricane hit, New Smyrna Beach is just over an hour’s drive, and it’s only 35 minutes to Orlando. More seniors seeking an established, not-for-profit, multi-level, progressive living type retirement community, in the Orlando-Central Florida area, in a vibrant town with a small, homey, safe feel, are choosing Waterman Village in Mount Dora, FL. Visit for more information.


Lake Dora Lighthouse Florida Lakes Symphony   





Mount Dora is a town residents feel proud to live in, and a town where they are excited about inviting their family members and friends to visit. But be careful, they may want to visit you more often.

Waterman Village is located close to everything

For a variety of reasons, living close to these services helps residents retain their personal independence longer, compared to living in a location or community that is further from these essential resources and services.

Walking Distance

  • A grocery store
  • Insurance agencies
  • Two dental offices
  • Retail pharmacy
  • Two tax preparers
  • Hardware store
  • Full service bank
  • Three physician clinics

Less than a mile

  • Two hardware stores
  • Insurance agencies
  • Grocery store
  • Urgent Care Center
  • Mount Dora Public Library
  • Eye clinics
  • City of Mount Dora Police, Fire, and EMS
  • Numerous banks and credit unions
  • Restaurants

One to two miles


It’s just four miles to the highly rated Advent Health Waterman hospital (they take traditional/original Medicare and certain Medicare Advantage plans) and the BRAND new VA Community Outpatient Clinic.

Travel and Leisure Magazine’s ratings of the top ten small towns in Florida. Mount Dora one of only two that are located away from the threat of a direct hurricane hit.

It’s just over 40 minutes to Orlando and the Disney/Universal areas.

CLICK HERE for a link to the City of Mount Dora’s YouTube page. Check out their Mount Dora Someplace Special video.

CLICK HERE for a link to some Mount Dora videos that you can choose to watch


Visit the links below, and discover why Mount Dora was selected by USA TODAY, as the #1 RANKED small town in Florida, and #4 in the NATION, to retire to

Mount Dora Chamber Logo Mount Dora Area Chamber of Commerce
What to do in Mount Dora
YouTube Logo Mount Dora YouTube Channel
Map of Downtown Mount Dora
Mt Dora Visitor Guide
Mount Dora Live

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