The Best Active Adult Communities for Boaters

A boat on still, blue water near a cliff covered in greenery.
Here are some of the best communities to retire in if you love boating!

Some active adults would rather spend their golden years out on the water instead of on the golf course. While boating can be an expensive hobby, those lucky enough to afford such a luxury can enjoy some amazing active adult communities that offer great amenities for boaters.

Retirees living in these lavish communities not only have services that help them get the most out of their favorite pastime but they also have a variety of additional indoor and outdoor recreational activities that keep them busy all year long. From marinas and boat slips to fishing spots and direct lake access, these are some of the best communities for boaters.

Rarity Bay – Vonore, TN

Low $300s – Mid $1Ms

Trees surrounding a lake on the grounds of Rarity Bay in Vonore, Tennessee.

This active lifestyle community in Vonore, TN, is situated on Tellico Lake and gives residents easy access to a pristine 15,650-acre blue lake for water and boating activities. Rarity Bay’s world-class amenities include multiple clubhouses and outdoor recreational areas as well as a marina with public boat ramp facilities.

Retirees love this waterfront community that caters to boaters and water lovers because of its social atmosphere. In addition to boating down Tellico Lake, homeowners can join the yacht club or go jet skiing, sailing, or fishing.

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Frisco Lakes – Frisco, TX

Mid $300s – High $800s

Aerial view of Frisco Lakes in Frisco, Texas on a sunny day.

Wrapped around the pristine shores of Lake Lewisville, Frisco Lakes is a beautiful 55+ community in Northern Texas. This luxurious active adult development features multiple clubhouses that provide plenty of social and recreational areas for residents to gather and live a vibrant lifestyle.

Frisco Lakes appeals to water and boat enthusiasts because of its 29,500-acre lake that’s perfect for boating, fishing, kayaking, and water sports. In addition to the boating lake, residents also have a fishing pond, picnic pavilions, a driving range, and 18-hole championship golf course to stay active and busy any day of the week.

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Lake Ashton – Lake Wales, FL

Mid $200s – Mid $500s

Aerial view of the grounds of Lake Ashton in Lake Wales, Florida.

Overlooking scenic Lake Ashton in Central Florida, this 55+ community provides plenty of resort-style amenities that cater to boating enthusiasts. Lake Ashton has a boat launch ramp and docks with slips for boat owners as well as recreational activities like boating, fishing, sailing, and jet skiing on the beautiful 400-acre Lake Ashton.

Residents can also enjoy some of the best freshwater fishing spots on this lake to catch some bass or panfish.

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Hilton Head Lakes – Hardeeville, SC

Low $300s – Low $500s

Aerial view of homes beside a lake at Hilton Head Lakes in Hardeeville, South Carolina.

Renowned as one of the best lakefront and golf communities in Coastal South Carolina, Hilton Head Lakes provides the ideal setting for boat owners. The community has its own private 155-acre lake that’s navigable by boat as well as a 14,000 square-foot clubhouse full of world-class amenities and activities.

Hilton Head Lakes also provides a boat ramp, docks, and boat parking that make it convenient for homeowners who love to spend their days on the lake. In addition to boating activities, residents can also enjoy the community’s fishing lakes, 452-acre nature preserve, and 18-hole Tommy Fazio Golf Course.

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Del Webb at Lake Oconee – Greensboro, GA

Low $300s – Low $600s

A dock on a lake at Del Webb at Lake Oconee in Greensboro, Georgia.

Located on 19,000 acres of navigable water and wrapped around 400 miles of shoreline, Del Webb at Lake Oconee is a superb waterfront active adult community in Northern Georgia. Del Webb at Lake Oconee provides residents and boat owners alike with luxurious amenities and plenty of outdoor recreational areas within a rural and charming setting.

The lake, which is one of the least crowded in the region, is perfect for boating, water skiing, sailing, kayaking, and canoeing. It’s also stocked with a variety of fish such as bass, crappie, and catfish.

The surrounding area also draws in wading birds, bald eagles, and deer, giving homeowners an up-close view of the area’s natural habitat and wildlife. Del Webb at Lake Oconee features 1,400 feet of direct lake access and includes 38 boat slips, a boat launch, and boat storage facilities, making it convenient for boaters to enjoy their favorite hobby year round.

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Trilogy at Lake Frederick – Lake Frederick, VA

Mid $500s – Low $800s

A dock on a lake at Trilogy at Lake Frederick in Lake Frederick, Virginia.

This outdoor-centric active adult community provides everything retirees and boaters could want or need. Situated on a sparkling 117-acre lake beside the Blue Ridge Mountains, this community offers the best in outdoor recreation and water activities for residents.

Trilogy at Lake Frederick has the perfect setting for residents who love water sports like paddleboarding, kayaking, canoeing, water skiing, boating, and fishing. In addition to having easy lake access, residents can also stay dry on land and enjoy all of the 36,000 square feet of indoor space at the Shenandoah Club complex or explore the 900 acres of scenic land along the walking and biking trails.

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