Ocala Lifestyle

Located at the center of Florida, one of the best states for retirement, with its leisurely lifestyle, sunny weather, tranquil landscapes and a low cost of living make Ocala an ideal place to call home. It’s peaceful and laid back but with plenty of options to fill your days with fun. Outdoor recreation at state parks, dining at unique local restaurants, concerts and live theatre, antiquing in nearby historic towns, and so much more await you here. Centrally located within the state, Ocala is close to major cities like Orlando, Daytona, Tampa, Jacksonville, and is minutes away from Gainesville, home to the University of Florida Gators. We’re also close to beaches on the East and West Coasts.

The medical community of Marion County is exceptional, offering four area hospitals, two of which are only minutes from On Top of the World. Medical professionals with specialities and expertise in all disciplines can be found locally. Located in Gainesville, just a short drive away, are the world-famous Shands Teaching Hospital and the region’s Veteran’s Hospital.

Shop. Eat. Play.

If shopping is your pleasure, you’ll have plenty to choose from. Several major department stores are located just minutes away and include Kohl’s, Dillard’s, Macy’s and Sears. Of course, you’ll also find Wal-Mart, Target and Sam’s Club, too!


JC Penny
Old Navy


Your Heart’s Desire
Ocala Traditions
Stella’s Modern Pantry
Pier 1 Imports
Shannon Roth Collection
Serendipity Boutique
Artsy Abode


The Club at Candler Hills
Sid’s Coffee Shop & Deli
Pi on Broadway
Stella’s Modern Pantry
Harry’s Seafood,Bar & Grille
The Corkscrew Winery
Feta Mediterranean Cuisine
Bonefish Grill
Outback Steakhouse
Olive Garden


Circle Square Cultural Center
Ocala Civic Theatre
Marion Theatre
Hollywood 16 Regal Cinema
Ocala Symphony Orchestra
Fine Arts Festival of Ocala
Silver Springs State Park

Ocala Community Links

These helpful links will acquaint you with your new community! From local news to entertainment options and more, you’ll be in the know about what’s what in the Ocala/Marion County area.

Ocala Points of Interest

Ocala – Perfectly Central!