Exterior view of a new beach house with manicured landscaping

At these active lifestyle communities in Florida, you can live just steps away from the beach.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Florida enjoys 8,436 miles of coastline along the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, and 76 percent of the state lives in coastal areas. If you’re going to live in Florida, why not live near the water?

In the active adult communities we’re exploring today, residents enjoy more than just proximity to sandy shores; they live right on the water. It doesn’t have to be expensive, and it doesn’t have to be full-time. Many of these communities and homes are ideal for part-time residents, fondly called snowbirds by Florida’s full-time residents.

Buyers interested in Florida homes for sale right on the beach might want to take a closer look at these inviting communities.

Century Plaza - Pompano Beach, FL

Low $300s - Mid $500s

At Century Plaza, beachfront living is low-maintenance and pleasant, with the meditative waves of the Atlantic Ocean right outside your front door. Pompano Beach is part of Southeast Florida’s Broward County, and it's close to Interstate 95, making the area easily accessible from larger cities like Fort Lauderdale and Miami.

Buyers interested in this 55+ community on the water will find two attached, mid-rise buildings with elevators and security. There are 187 condo homes with 1,000 to 1,500 square feet, one to three bedrooms, and one or two bathrooms. There’s also plenty of covered parking as well as balconies with ocean views.

Homeowners can step right out of their building and onto the sandy beach. The outdoor pool offers an alternative to saltwater swimming, and there’s a sunny patio with plenty of shaded seating. Additional amenities include a clubhouse and lounge, a fitness center, a library, and a multipurpose room with a catering kitchen. Card games, fitness classes, and community parties are frequently held, and Pompano Beach offers a lot of activities both on and off the beach, such as the Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse.

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Royal Stewart Arms - Dunedin, FL

Mid $100s - Mid $200s

Honeymoon Island in Dunedin is one of the Gulf Coast’s most tranquil settings. It’s a peaceful place for fishing, boating, sunbathing, and swimming, and migratory birds sweep through in April and October.

Homes for sale right on the water can be found at Royal Stewart Arms, a 55+ community just minutes from Honeymoon Island State Park and the ferry to the uninhabited Caladesi Island. Eight mid-rise condo buildings with 449 condos face the water, and buyers can choose a home with one or two bedrooms, one or two bathrooms, and 549 to 1,450 square feet. These condos also feature modern updates and some of the best balcony views in Florida.

Amenities go far beyond beachfront living. There’s a fishing pier, gardening plots, a clubhouse, an exercise room, a sauna, meeting and event rooms, and plenty of nature trails and parks. Residents enjoy tennis, shuffleboard, and horseshoes, and there’s also a pool and patio overlooking the water. Movie nights and game nights are frequent as well as group kayaking adventures.

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Spanish Main Yacht Club - Longboat Key, FL

High $200s - High $500s

Buyers looking for beachfront homes for sale near Sarasota will find that Spanish Main Yacht Club is the place to be. This 55+ community of condos and attached villas offers private beach access to Sarasota Bay and direct access to the Gulf of Mexico.

Perfect for boating, fishing, swimming, and snorkeling, the community has boat docks and a 40-slip marina as well as kayak racks and launch points. Additional amenities include shuffleboard courts, a pool, a patio, and a clubhouse. There’s also a library, well-landscaped parks, and places to walk and bike.

With only 212 homes, the community is intimate and friendly. Parties and events are frequently held, the most popular being January cocktail parties, fish fry dinners, pool parties, and Irish music jams. Homes are available on a resale basis, with 1,057 to 1,516 square feet, two bedrooms, and one or two bathrooms. These homes come with carport parking as well as updated kitchens, open floor plans, and patios with views of the water.

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Watersound Origins - Watersound, FL

High $500s - Low $800s

New construction single-family homes are available at Watersound Origins, a lifestyle community without age restrictions. Developers plan a total of 1,100 new homes and a generous offering of amenities and lifestyle options for buyers who choose to settle into this highly anticipated community close to Panama City.

More than a dozen floor plans are available, with plenty of flexibility for customization and personalization. Buyers can choose a home with three or four bedrooms, two to three-and-a-half bathrooms, attached two-car garages, and between 1,750 and 2,948 square feet.

All Watersound Origins residents will enjoy amenities such as a clubhouse, a fitness center, a pool, a patio, and a six-hole golf course. For additional recreational and relaxation opportunities, memberships are available at the Watersound Beach Club. There’s a private beach, a marina, and boat storage. Other benefits include a day spa, restaurants with water views, and expanded trails for walking, biking, and jogging along the water.

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Vista Del Mar - Vero Beach, FL

High $100s - Low $300s

A private beach on the Atlantic Ocean is only one of the reasons why buyers choose Vista Del Mar when they’re seeking Vero Beach real estate. This 55+ community is right on the beach, and it's close to the Indian River where there’s abundant fishing, great canoeing or kayaking opportunities, and exotic tropical flora along lagoons and swampy habitats.

Condo homes in this community offer 800 to 2,000 square feet, one or two bedrooms, and one-and-a-half or two bathrooms. Most homes have a Florida room, a private balcony, and upgrades such as tile floors and hurricane shutters.

In addition to a private beach, the community also has walking and biking trails, a spacious outdoor pool with a patio, shuffleboard courts, and bocce ball courts. There’s an area for picnics and alfresco meals, and inside the clubhouse, there’s a billiards room, a library, and a multipurpose room. Residents get together for parties and events inside and out on the beach. North Hutchinson Island and Orchid Island are just a few miles south, and the community is close to Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge.

Request more information about Vista Del Mar here.