These Are the Best Communities for Boaters

These are some of the best communities to retire in if you love boating!
These 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

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.

Frisco Lakes – Frisco, TX

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.

Lake Ashton – Lake Wales, FL

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.

Hilton Head Lakes – Hardeeville, SC

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.

 Cresswind at Lake Lanier – Gainesville, GA

Cresswind at Lake Lanier is a premier age-restricted community in Gainesville, GA. This active adult development features 692 miles of sparkling shoreline, making it one of Georgia’s largest recreational lakes. Ideally situated on a wide finger of Lake Lanier, boaters have access to a 70-slip private boat dock that’s located behind the clubhouse. There is also a marina to get supplies for a day of boating on the beautiful lake. Cresswind Landing is the on-site boathouse that provides boat slips and day dock opportunities for residents. The boathouse also has kayaks and canoes available and a picnic area that overlooks the lake.

Del Webb at Lake Oconee – Greensboro, GA

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.

Trilogy at Lake Frederick – Lake Frederick, VA

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.

Can you spot the $207,744 difference between these identical homes?

Financing is the difference!

Get the details in The 62+ Loan Homebuyers Guide.

55places Mortgage is a joint venture between Mutual of Omaha Mortgage and
Details here.

Share this post:

We're here to help! (800) 928-2055

Call us to speak with a customer service representative.

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Get Weekly Updates

I agree that 55places and its affiliates, partner providers or agents may call, text, or email me about my inquiry, which may be made with automated means. I understand that my consent is not a prerequisite for buying a property. I may revoke my consent at any time by contacting [email protected] Message/data rates may apply. I also agree to’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

The Best Places to Snowbird in 2021

We’ve gathered 25 of the best places for snowbirds, including cities in Florida, Arizona, California, Texas, South Carolina, and Nevada. For each entry, we’ve also provided a list of recommended 55+ communities in the area. If you’re ready to find your own winter retreat this season, here are some of the best places to consider.

A group of older adults socialize within their 55+ community.

Top 10 FAQs About Living in 55+ Communities

We’re here to answer all of your questions about joining a mature living community, so you can feel empowered in your decision. This is the next great adventure of your life, and we’re firm believers in leaving the stress out. Check out these top 10 FAQs about living in 55+ communities.

A senior couple takes a hike in a low-humidity state they chose for their retirement.

Retirement: What Are the Top 5 States With the Lowest Humidity?

There are many factors in deciding where to retire, and the weather can be one of them. Luckily, many of the states with nice weather also offer additional benefits for people over 60 and have several exciting active adult communities. Here are the four best states for a low-humidity retirement.

Lake view during autumn at dusk of Table Rock Mountain in Pickens, South Carolina.

5 Reasons To Consider a South Carolina Retirement

What does South Carolina have to offer active adults? A selection of over 80 active adult communities is just the beginning. These five reasons to consider a South Carolina retirement just might convince you that this southern coastal state has everything you’re looking for in a 55+ community.

The Best Places to Retire in South Carolina

South Carolina is known for having some of the best golf courses in the country, but that’s not all it has to offer active adults. The state has a rich history and culture, a wide selection of entertainment and recreation, and miles of beaches and coastal living.

North Carolina vs. South Carolina

The Carolinas are a power couple when it comes to maintaining an active lifestyle in an amazing climate, but they’re separated by more than just a border. A side-by-side comparison of the two can quickly show which is better for you when it comes to your interests and needs.

Exterior view of a model home at Del Webb Carolina Gardens, Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina on a sunny day.

55+ Communities With New Homes for Sale Near Raleigh

If you’re in the market for a new construction home in Raleigh, North Carolina there are plenty of options to consider. We’ve put together a list to help you start your search for the perfect neighborhood with new homes.

About 55places

We’re changing the way people 55 and older are searching for their perfect next place. With a national network of hand-selected real estate experts, plus comprehensive information, unbiased content, and on-the-go insight about thousands of communities across the country, we’re a trusted resource paving the way from here to home. Whether you’re interested in a low-maintenance single-level residence, an active lifestyle or age-qualified community, an intimate enclave, or anything in between, we can help you make your next move the best one yet.

Scroll to Top