Trilogy at Monarch Dunes is a gorgeous golf course community on California's central coast.

Trilogy at Monarch Dunes is a gorgeous golf course community on California's central coast.

When looking for a coastal retirement destination, there are many impressive communities that offer resort-style amenities, diverse homes and scenic grounds all within minutes or just a short drive from the coast.

Here are ten fabulous coastal communities which provide recreation to support an active lifestyle.

1. Trilogy at Monarch Dunes - Nipomo, CA

Open to residents of all ages, Trilogy at Monarch Dunes is a luxurious Shea Homes community that supports an active adult lifestyle just 15 minutes from the Pacific Coast. Community highlights include a state-of-the-art fitness center, a full-service spa, hobby and game rooms, on-site dining and the Center for Higher Learning. The grounds also feature a swimming pool, sports courts and the Monarch Dunes Golf Club.

2. Hilton Head Plantation - Hilton Head, SC

Set on Hilton Head Island, Hilton Head Plantation features laid-back living with beautiful homes, 2 miles of sandy beaches and scenic wooded grounds. Multiple recreation centers house a wide range of amenities, such as hobby and game rooms, sports courts, picnic areas, fishing lakes, a fitness center and a 25-meter outdoor swimming pool.

3. Del Webb Charleston - Summerville, SC

Just a half hour northwest of Charleston and the Atlantic Coast, Del Webb Charleston blends resort-style living with Southern charm. The 20,000 square-foot clubhouse offers a state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, an arts and crafts studio, sports courts and much more.

4. St. James Plantation - Southport, NC

With 81 holes of golf, St. James Plantation is a golfer's paradise. This impressive community offers three 18-hole golf courses, a 27-hole golf course, a marina and marketplace, and a private Atlantic Coast beach with exclusive resident access. Additional amenities include fitness centers, sports courts, swimming pools and restaurants.

Pelican Bay residents enjoy three miles of pristine beach along the Gulf of Mexico in Florida.

5. Pelican Bay - Naples, FL

Residents of Pelican Bay enjoy a prime location in Naples, as well as a three-mile exclusive beach on the Gulf of Mexico. The upscale community also offers beautiful homes, a 25,000 square-foot clubhouse packed with amenities, a 27-hole golf course and a community park with sports courts, a picnic pavilion and other forms of recreation.

6. Valencia Reserve - Boynton Beach, FL

In Palm Beach County's popular Boynton Beach, Valencia Reserve welcomes active adults with beautiful grounds and a 41,000 square-foot clubhouse all just 9 miles from the sandy Florida Coast. The community's resort-style amenities include a fitness center, hobby and game rooms, outdoor swimming pools, sports courts and on-site dining at the Club House Cafe.

7. Grand Haven - Palm Coast, FL

Located on Florida's Atlantic Coast with multiple amenity centers and an 18-hole golf course, Grand Haven provides plenty of recreation opportunities for active adult homebuyers.

Two clubhouses feature popular resort-style amenities, such as swimming pools, sports courts and fitness centers, while the member-only Grand Haven Golf Club provides challenging golf, on-site dining, hobby and game rooms, and an additional fitness center.

8. Greenbriar Oceanaire - Waretown, NJ

Built by Lennar Homes, Greenbriar Oceanaire features world-class amenities along the shore in popular Ocean County just 2 miles from Barnegat Bay. Highlights of this gated community include a state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, hobby and game rooms, on-site dining, sports courts and an 18-hole golf course.

9. Heritage Shores - Bridgeville, DE

With plans for 1,816 homes, Heritage Shores is one of the largest active adult communities in Delaware. This upscale community features a number of resort-style amenities, including an 18-hole golf course, swimming pools, sports courts, hobby and game rooms, restaurants and a state-of-the-art fitness center plus a great location just 30 minutes from the coast.

10. Great Island - Plymouth, MA

Nestled beside Cape Cod Bay, Great Island is a beautiful Del Webb community designed for active adults aged 55 or better. Upon completion, Great Island will only include about 600 single-family homes, yet residents can enjoy many amenities including indoor and outdoor swimming pools, hobby and game rooms, a fitness center and sports courts.

If you dream of retirement filled with sun and sand, you may find your dream home at one of these coastal active adult lifestyle communities.