Not sure what your question is specifically, but it sounds like you're looking at a wide range of areas for retirement. An online forum such as this is going to get you a lot of differing opinions (which isn't a bad thing). But in my mind, the only opinion that matters is YOURS!
The best way for you to know what you want is to go and explore these different areas on your own. Once you narrow it down a little, find a Realtor who specializes in that area and can search for properties in the MLS that meet your requirements. Good luck!