Abacoa : Florida


What It Is Like to Retire in Abacoa

Abacoa is a new urban planned community in Jupiter. Although it has residents of all ages (including many college students), it definitely appeals to boomers for retirement living. The design philosophy was to have smaller neighborhoods, stronger feeling of community, sense of place, and respect for the environment. It is “a new urbanist community”.

Main Street is the center of the community. That is where the festivals, shops, movies, restaurants, galleries, outdoor concerts, and ballgames take place. It is a dynamic and  vibrant host to the community's events and celebrations.

Abacoa offers multiple activities for active seniors, starting with a university campus – the John D. MacArthur campus of Florida Atlantic University. The Theater Green, the focal point to Abacoa Town Center, and Abacoa Town Center stage host scheduled and impromptu performances as well as a variety of town events. Roger Dean Stadium, which is home to spring training for 2 teams, the Marlins and the Cardinals, is another big draw. On a recent visit by your Topretirements editor there was a group of women playing mahjong in front of the Cuban restaurant, while other boomer aged people finished up a late lunch or had an early drink in one of the many bars and restaurants downtown.

Abacoa's master plan has a proper place for every type of function. There are neighborhoods, two college campuses, three public schools, the spring training stadium, a golf course, a Main Street-style Town Center, community commercial centers and a business campus.  Greenways and tracts of multifunctional open spaces for conservation purposes are interspersed.  Tree-lined streets, with sidewalks on both sides, are another feature worth noting.


Where to Retire in Abacoa and Home Prices

Residents enjoy a range of different housing styles and neighborhoods from small apartments and townhomes to single-family homes costing well over $1 million.; Zillow reported the Home Value Index in the Jupiter/ Abacoa area was $701,444 in mid 2022, about a 40% increase over the past year.

What Is Special about Abacoa

Proximity to stimulating atmosphere of 2 college campuses; Master planned community with vibrant town center and Main Street; golf courses;  Roger Dean Stadium where 2 teams have their spring training;  town squares, sidewalks and greenways; Theatre Green and Town Center Stage; 2 College campuses. People who live almost always report they love living here for all of the things going on. Every 2nd Friday there is a Food Truck invasion that brings out lots of people for picnicking downtown. Many planned events every day.


What Is Not Special about Abacoa

It tends to be expensive, although the site advertises for people “of all incomes”


Who Will Like Retirement in Abacoa

The Abacoa’s residents are typically interested in living in a planned community where day to day dependence on the automobile is not required.  


Local Economy Is Driven by

Florida Atlantic University, the Roger Dean Stadium, the restaurants and shops,  plus all of the retired boomers are a key part of the local economy. Jupiter is prosperous and a desirable place for people of all ages to live.


Climate and Physical Environment

Abacoa is near the town of Jupiter on Florida’s east coast,  conveniently located between the Florida Turnpike and I 95.  The average January temp is in the mid 60s and the average July is in the low 80s. Summers are wet and have the possibility of a hurricane.


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

It seems like there is no end to the events going on in Abacoa. Most of these take place at the Theatre Green and Town Center Stage. For example there is creative writers group, fitness groups and yoga, and much more. There are also 2 college campuses at Abacoa.  The Daily Event Calendar is full of interesting things to do. The 2nd Friday of every month brings in a bevy of the best food trucks for picnicing downtown. Meanwhile the downtown area is loaded with restaurants and bars of all types.



Crime rate is slightly more than half the national rate in Jupiter, and probably less within Abacoa.


Medical Facilities

Nearby Jupiter and Palm Beach have extensive medical facilities.


There is a public trolley that operates on the weekends

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What people are saying about Abacoa

Abacoa FL sounds great
I just read some stuff about Abacoa and on paper it sounds like a dream community. Universities, planned community, all kinds of recreation and culture. Since i have always been a little bit leary of developments feeling a little too much like Disneyland, i wonder what anyone living here would have to say about the day to day living experience. Any input would be welcomed!
Posted by marty50 on December 13, 2006

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