The Best Communities for Staying Active in Naples, FL

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Whether it's golf, biking, or another way to stay in shape, these Naples communities offer it.

Staying active in Naples isn’t difficult. The southwestern region of Florida’s Gulf Coast has 70 golf courses, several beaches, and there are plenty of nature trails, parks, and preserves to allow for hiking, biking, fishing, and boating. When you want your neighborhood to help out with your plans for daily activity, check out some of these communities that specialize in keeping active adults healthy and on the move. 

High $100s - Mid $300s

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The main attraction at Riviera Golf Estates is the 18-hole golf course where residents pay as they play, and avoid expensive membership fees. This 55+ community of 700 single-family homes and condos will always have something fun to enjoy. Current homes for sale range from the high $100s to the high $200s.

The clubhouse features a fitness center full of workout equipment, plus there are eight shuffleboard courts and two tennis courts. There’s more than one pool, and scenic walking and biking trails to help you get some light cardio in with your fresh air. Exercise classes in and out of the water are popular, and residents can also go bowling and line dancing. Homes at Riviera Golf Estates are between 625 square feet and 2,158 square feet.

Low $300s - Low $700s

Large seashell on Sanibel Island shell covered beach.

One of the newer communities in the Naples area is Tidewater by Del Webb, a gated 55+ community that’s small, intimate, and extremely active. There are 380 single-family and attached homes, and all of them offer at least 1,500 square feet of living space.

Aerobics classes are frequently held in the clubhouse, and the fitness center also hosts a number of group exercise classes. Gardening is a big part of life at Tidewater by Del Webb, where residents maintain a community garden where fresh vegetables and herbs are nurtured. There’s a movement studio, a heated outdoor pool, and courts for tennis, bocce, and pickleball. Outside of the community, the Estero area provides plenty of recreational opportunities. Tidewater is close to Sanibel Island, where shelling is popular, and the Estero River, where people enjoy kayaking and canoeing as well as fishing. 

Low $1Ms - $6M +

Boardwalk winds through mangrove forest in coastal Florida.

Pelican Bay in Naples is the place to be for active adults who love nature. It’s adjacent to the Clam Bay Mangrove Preserve, which has been a protected area since 1982. There are 43 acres of parks and preserves around Pelican Bay, where residents can hike, bike, and enjoy the beach. There’s a community park with soccer fields, tennis and basketball courts, and a racquetball court.

The clubhouse and community center include a wellness studio, a fitness center, and an aerobics studio where dance classes and yoga classes are held. There’s also Tai Chi, Pilates, and spinning. The 27-hole golf course designed by Arthur Hills is another popular way to stay active at Pelican Bay. Tennis is also extremely popular in this community, where there are eight tennis courts and a tennis pro shop. There are no age restrictions at Pelican Bay, and the sprawling community is made up of 6,500 single-family homes, attached villas, and condos. Current home prices range from the mid $500s to a palatial $25 million.

Mid $200s - High $500s

Fountain at Ave Maria university with old church in the background.

A great place near Naples to stay active is Del Webb Naples in Ave Maria. Not only do residents get to use all the private amenities at this active 55+ gated community, but they can also use the fitness center, clubhouse, and other offerings within the greater Ave Maria master-planned community.

This includes social activities, a town center, and Ave Maria University. Residents have an outdoor pool, a lap pool, a state-of-the-art fitness center with all the latest equipment, and a movement studio where aerobics and dance classes are held. There are courts for tennis, bocce ball, and pickleball, and lovely outdoor trails for walking and biking. There are cooking clubs, bowling, and fitness-inspired activities held on a regular basis. Buyers can choose from 2,000 resale and new homes in several models.

High $400s - Mid $1Ms

Boardwalk along a lake near Naples, Florida.

At Winding Cypress in Naples, active adults can get their workout done in the state-of-the-art fitness center and then reward themselves with a visit to the outdoor barefoot bar, which sits right next to the swimming pool. There’s also a lap pool and an outdoor movement studio so you can enjoy the warm Florida sunshine while getting your exercise in for the day.

Six tennis courts and bocce ball courts keep residents active and competitive. There’s a boardwalk that stretches over one of the 80 scenic lakes at this community, and plenty of walking trails and natural space. Attached and single-family homes are still being built in a variety of styles and floor plans. Current homes for sale range from the low $500s to just under $1.4 million.

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