View of the outdoor pool and patio at Pelican Preserve in Fort Myers, Florida

Active adults looking for a gated community with top-notch amenities should consider these options in Fort Myers, Florida.

Buyers looking for Fort Myers homes for sale are often interested in gated communities. It’s no surprise; these neighborhoods keep solicitors and salespeople out, and they also see less traffic and safer streets.

The following communities are the most popular gated communities in Fort Myers because they’re the neighborhoods where the most homes are selling. Take a look at what they have to offer in addition to security and privacy.

Pelican Preserve

Mid $100s - High $500s

New and resale homes are available at Pelican Preserve, a gated 55+ community that has been popular for more than a decade. Residents enjoy golf, swimming, and lots of other resort-style amenities in a secure community that includes a lifestyle director and amenity managers.

Volleyball, softball, basketball, pickleball, and tennis are just some of the outdoor activities enjoyed by residents. There’s also a fitness center, a juice bar, and plenty of communal space for gatherings and events. The Pelican Preserve Golf Club has a day spa, a restaurant, and 27 holes of championship golf.

Buyers can choose new construction or resale single-family homes, attached villas, or condos. The Chateau condos have 1,229 to 1,450 square feet with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Attached homes are 1,078 to 2,376 square feet with two or three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. Most of the single-family homes have two to four bedrooms, two to four bathrooms, attached two- or three-car garages, and between 1,823 and 3,093 square feet.

Learn more information about Pelican Preserve here.

Gulf Harbour Yacht & Country Club

Mid $100s - High $5Ms

One of the most luxurious and private communities in Fort Myers is Gulf Harbour Yacht & Country Club, a gated community facing the Caloosahatchee River. If waterfront living is what you have in mind when it comes to buying a home in Fort Myers, this may be the place for you.

The homeowners' association fee covers security as well as road and exterior maintenance, landscaping, and common area upkeep. Upscale amenities include a golf course and a full-service day spa. There’s also Eagle Perch Island and Gulf Harbour Marina, where residents keep boats and launch canoes or kayaks. A beach, a lighthouse, and natural park areas make this community perfect for outdoor enthusiasts.

There are no age restrictions at Gulf Harbour Yacht & Country Club, and homes are available in both attached and single-family models. There are also condos in both low-rise and high-rise structures. There’s a large range of floor plans, with between 1,000 and 5,700 square feet and two to four bedrooms. Some homes include hot tubs, second floors, and den space.

Learn more about Gulf Harbour Yacht & Country Club here.

Heritage Palms

Low $100s - Low $1Ms 

There are 1,662 condos, single-family homes, and attached villas behind the gates of Heritage Palms. This popular community has no age restrictions, and it’s one of the most popular golf communities on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Located just off Interstate 75, it’s well-located and offers a lot of diversity in terms of lifestyle, amenities, and housing.

Condos are available in three two-bedroom, two-bathroom models with 1,194 to 1,544 square feet. Villas and Verandas have two or three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and attached one-car garages. Buyers can explore nine models with between 1,333 and 1,865 square feet. Modest and luxury single-family homes have 1,999 to 4,273 square feet and three or four bedrooms plus a den.

The main clubhouse includes a fitness center, a library, a dining room, and golf facilities. Two 18-hole golf courses are available to residents as well as an aqua range and practice greens. There’s also a pool, tennis courts, and a pro shop. The Lodge offers memberships and access to a spa, a grand hall, a tiki bar, and an outdoor pool with a waterfall.

Learn more information about Heritage Palms here.

Seven Lakes

Below $100k - High $100s

Buyers looking for a gated community that’s affordable and fun will want to consider Seven Lakes. In this 55+ neighborhood, free golf is available on the 18-hole executive course. There’s also a putting green, a chipping area, six pools, a woodworking shop, and a travel agency for active adults who like to explore. The exercise room is a great place to take a class, and there’s shuffleboard, tennis, and bocce as well. The community transit is one of the more popular amenities, and it can be found at the gated entrance.

Condo buildings are secure with three to five floors and elevator access. Buyers can choose a condo home with one or two bedrooms, one or two bathrooms, and between 700 and 1,600 square feet. Attached villas are available in 10 resale models with two or three bedrooms, two bathrooms, attached one-car garages, and 1,175 to 1,600 square feet. Any of these low-maintenance floor plans are great for buyers who want to downsize during their Florida retirement.

Learn more information about Seven Lakes here.


High $100s - High $900s 

New construction and resale properties can be found at Paseo, a gated Fort Myers community that has won Community of the Year honors four times. It’s in the neighborhood of Six Mile Slough, a natural preserve with wildlife, butterflies, and a boardwalk.

Dozens of models are available for attached villas, townhomes, and single-family homes. Residences range from 1,227 to 3,172 square feet with two to five bedrooms, two to three-and-a-half bathrooms, and attached one-, two-, or three-car garages.

Residents get together in the clubhouse for game nights, movie nights, meditation classes, and aerobics. There’s also an ice cream shop, a fitness center, and a movie theater. Cabanas and a tiki bar are available near the outdoor pool, and there are tennis courts, bocce ball courts, and a dock for watching sunsets and water birds.

Learn more information about Paseo here.

The Plantation

Low $200s - High $700s

A master-planned gated community with two unique neighborhoods, The Plantation offers buyers a lot of new and resale home options. This large and well-protected community includes a golf course and club with different membership levels as well as amenities like activity centers, fitness centers, pools, tennis courts, and meeting spaces. There’s a separate HOA for Somerset Hall and Bridgetown Hall.

Single-family homes are offered in more than 30 models with two to four bedrooms, den space, and two to three-and-a-half bathrooms. Attached two- or three-car garages are included, and sizes range from 1,641 to 3,197 square feet. Villas are also available with two or three bedrooms, two or three bathrooms, attached two-car garages, and options like a den, office space, or an extra half-bathroom.

Learn more information about The Plantation here.

Cinnamon Cove

Low $100s - Mid $300s

Cinnamon Cove is an established and gated 55+ community that has been part of Fort Myers since the early 1980s. Many of the homes have been updated, however, and include features like tile floors and granite counters.

Condos are in secure three-story buildings with elevators. They have two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and either 931 or 1,057 square feet. Attached villas have two bedrooms, two bathrooms, floor plans that are a bit larger, and an attached one-car garage. Buyers interested in a single-family home have four floor plans to choose from with two or three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an attached two-car garage.

There’s a fishing pier at Cinnamon Cove as well as three fishing lakes and several walking and biking paths. Residents enjoy 10 outdoor pools as well as tennis, shuffleboard, and bocce ball courts. The clubhouse includes a fitness center, meeting rooms, table tennis, and free wi-fi.

Learn more information about Cinnamon Cove here.