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Looking for the best places to live and boat? Boating communities are perfect for avid boaters who not only want to live on the water, but live the boating lifestyle. Many boating communities offer waterfront property with private boat docks, while others have communal docks, marinas, yacht clubs, and boat repair services. Living in a boating community not only offers unbeatable convenience but is a perfect way to stay active in retirement and forge new friendships. There are even sailing retirement communities for sailors who want to spend their golden years cruising into the sunset. Explore this list of best boating communities to retire in and find your ideal boating lifestyle.

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The Islands on the Manatee River

Parrish (Sarasota/Bradenton), Florida Boating Communities
Parrish (Sarasota/Bradenton), Florida

Situated on a 225-acre secluded island, this gated community features estate-sized lots with views of nature preserves and the Manatee River, minutes from downtown Sarasota, St. Petersburg, and Tampa Bay. Private docks provide boaters with direct access to the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay. An optional membership to the Golf & Country Club offers championship golf, tennis, fitness center and spa, and a restaurant and lounge. Lots priced from the $300,000s to over $600,000; Homes from the $800,000s to over $2 million. Read More...

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Tidewater

Jacksonville, Florida Boating Communities
Jacksonville, Florida

Gated conservation community in north Jacksonville, Florida, adjacent to Timucuan Preserve and designed for home buyers interested in living in harmony with nature. Single-family homes ranging from 1,800 square feet to over 3,500 square feet, priced from the mid $400,000s. Read More...


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Twin Lakes

St. Cloud, Florida Boating Communities
St. Cloud, Florida

This central Florida active adult community is just minutes from the attractions of Orlando. Adults aged 55 and over enjoy a low-maintenance lakefront lifestyle with a variety of amenities to stay active. There is a clubhouse, fitness center, ballroom, swimming pool, tennis, pickleball, bocce, and more. A full-time lifestyle director coordinates a full calendar of events and activities. Homes priced from $290,000 to $470,000; Courtyard/Patio Villas from $230,000 to $260,000. Read More...


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Verandah

Fort Myers, Florida Boating Communities
Fort Myers, Florida

New single-family homes for sale at this gated Southwest Florida country club community are surrounded by the greens and fairways of two championship golf courses and hundreds of acres of lakes and nature preserves. Homes priced from the mid $500,000s to the $700,000s. Read More...


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Cresswind at Lake Lanier

Gainesville, Georgia Boating Communities
Gainesville, Georgia

The only active-adult gated community directly on Lake Lanier, this community offers carefree retirement living just north of Atlanta in Gainesville, Georgia. Amenities include a three-story clubhouse with arts and crafts, billiards, aerobics, a ballroom, a rooftop bar and a demonstration kitchen, plus an indoor and outdoor pool, tennis, walking trails and a private marina with direct access to boating and fishing on Lake Lanier. Homes priced from the $300,000s to the $700,000s. Read More...


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Cumberland Harbour

St. Marys, Georgia Boating Communities
St. Marys, Georgia

The site of an HGTV Dream Home, this St. Marys, Georgia gated community is set on a 1,100-acre maritime peninsula surrounded by the St. Marys River, The North River, and the Intracoastal Waterway. Along with opportunities for boating, fishing, kayaking & canoeing, residents have access to a central clubhouse, fitness center, aquatics center with three swimming pools, tennis courts, and walking & biking trails. Lots priced from $30,000 to $300,000; Homes from $325,000 to $1 million. Read More...

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Lake Arrowhead

Waleska, Georgia Boating Communities
Waleska, Georgia

Buyers at this metro Atlanta gated community can choose from a range of custom homes nestled among the North Georgia mountains of Cherokee County, with private amenities and easy access to shops and services. Golf course and lakefront real estate is available, with homes priced from the high $200,000s to the low $900,000s. Read More...

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Osprey Cove

St. Marys, Georgia Boating Communities
St. Marys, Georgia

This Southeast coastal Georgia community offers a highly rated golf course, a riverside amenity center, and boating access to the Intracoastal Waterway and Atlantic Ocean. Homesites priced from $30,000 to $300,000; homes from $225,000 to $1.5 million. Read More...

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Reynolds Lake Oconee

Greensboro, Georgia Boating Communities
Greensboro, Georgia

Just east of Atlanta, Reynolds Lake Oconee is a private waterfront community where members from around the country thrive, and where passions and friendships flourish. Residents enjoy six championship golf courses, a lakefront Ritz-Carlton®, 11 unique culinary outlets, the Sandy Creek Sporting Grounds and a range of acclaimed amenities. Homesites priced from $100,000 to $2.5 million and homes from $300,000 to $5 million+. Read More...

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The Landings

Savannah, Georgia Boating Communities
Savannah, Georgia

This vibrant community on Skidaway Island, less than 10 miles south of historic Savannah, Georgia, has long been run by its debt-free homeowners association. The community has two deepwater marinas, 30 miles of walking and biking trails, playgrounds, a dog park, village shopping center, and Skidaway Farms. Other amenities include six championship golf courses, 31 tennis courts, pickleball, pools, clubhouses, and a fitness and wellness center. Lots priced from $100,000 to $2 million; Single-Family Homes from $300,000 to $2 million+. Read More...

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Waterfall at Lake Burton

Clayton, Georgia Boating Communities
Clayton, Georgia

Situated on a North Georgia mountaintop, this gated golf community is surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains and Chattahoochee National Forest. Waterfall Club’s Scott Pool mountain golf course features 18 holes, including the signature second hole above a 215-foot cascading waterfall. Club amenities include a clubhouse, athletic center, dock and boat rentals. Lots priced from $50,000 to $350,000; Homes and Condos priced from $500,000 to $3.5 million. Read More...

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Waterways

Richmond Hill, Georgia Boating Communities
Richmond Hill, Georgia

This gated community on Georgia’s historic colonial coast features gracious, low country-style homes and an outdoor lifestyle with an emphasis on water activities and wellness. Residents enjoy kayaking and canoeing, fishing, walking & biking trails, a swimming pool, fitness center, marina, clubhouse, community gardens, and a calendar of social activities. Planned amenities include a marina village and racquet club. Lots priced from $90,000; Townhomes from the mid $200,000s; Homes from low $400,000s to $900,000. Read More...

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Kukui‘ula

Koloa, Hawaii Boating Communities
Koloa, Hawaii

Kukui'ula is a private resort community on the island of Kaua'i’s south shore in 'okina Hawaii. Surrounded by the classic Hawaiian landscape of mountains and the Pacific Ocean, this luxurious island community is perfect for retirees, active adults, and families alike. The impressive array of exclusive amenities include a 21,000 square foot clubhouse, Tom Weiskopf-designed golf course, full-service spa,10-acre farm, an abundance of on-site recreational activities, and elevated dining options. Lots priced from $700,000 to $12 million; Villas from $2 million to $3.2 million; and Homes from $2 million to $6 million. Read More...


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Whitetail Club

McCall, Idaho Boating Communities
McCall, Idaho

The custom homesites and cabin homes for sale at this established central Idaho mountain resort community offer exclusive access to an acclaimed Andy North-designed golf course, an array of club amenities, alpine skiing, plus direct access to boating and fishing on Payette Lake. Lots priced from $319,000 to over $1 million; Homes priced from $739,000 to $2 million+. Read More...


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K. Hovnanian's ® Four Seasons at Kent Island

Chester, Maryland Boating Communities
Chester, Maryland

This 55+ community offers a waterfront resort lifestyle on Chesapeake Bay's largest island. Resort-style amenities include a 24,000-square-foot waterfront clubhouse, fully-equipped fitness center, tennis & pickleball courts, indoor & outdoor swimming pools, a fishing pier, and walking & biking trails. Low-maintenance single-family homes and condominiums are priced from the $400,000s to the $600,000s. Read More...


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Eastman

Grantham, New Hampshire Boating Communities
Grantham, New Hampshire

This four-season community located two hours from Boston offers golf, tennis, a Nordic ski center and other family-friendly amenities on 3,700 scenic acres in New Hampshire’s Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee region. Lots priced from $5,000 to $89,000; Single-Family Homes from $169,000 to $1.5 million; Condos from $135,000 to $275,000. Read More...


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Albemarle Plantation

Hertford, North Carolina Boating Communities
Hertford, North Carolina

A scenic Dan Maples signature golf course and a 166-slip deepwater marina highlight this gated waterfront community in the Albemarle Sound region of northeastern North Carolina. Choose from a selection of homes, townhomes and condos priced from $122,900 to $775,000; Lots from $29,500 to $439,000. Read More...

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Bear Lake Reserve

Tuckasegee, North Carolina Boating Communities
Tuckasegee, North Carolina

This lakefront mountain resort community features a Nicklaus Design golf course, a lake club with pools, restaurant and fitness center, tennis & pickleball courts, a 500-acre private lake, an outdoor events amphitheater, and miles of scenic hiking trails and fly fishing. Located along one of the last undeveloped lakes in Western North Carolina, near Cashiers. Craftsman-style cottages, custom homes, villas and mountain lodges are priced from the high $200,000s to $4 million; Lots priced from the low $100,000s to the high $500,000s. Read More...

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Brunswick Forest

Leland, North Carolina Boating Communities
Leland, North Carolina

Located on North Carolina's Cape Fear coast, just minutes from historic Wilmington, Brunswick Forest offers a wide array of neighborhoods and lifestyles. Amenities include 18 holes of championship golf at Cape Fear National®, a Clubhouse, Town Creek River Launch , Fitness & Wellness Center, parks, natural areas and more than 100 miles of pathways linking residences and amenities. Lots priced from the $80,000s to $250,000; Townhomes, Cottages, Villas and Single-Family Homes priced from the $300,000s to the $800,000s. Read More...

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Connestee Falls

Brevard, North Carolina Boating Communities
Brevard, North Carolina

For over four decades, Connestee Falls has offered scenic mountain real estate and single-family homes for sale in a gated Blue Ridge Mountain community with golf, tennis, lakes, waterfalls, hiking trails and other active lifestyle amenities. Homesites are priced from about $10,000 to $99,900; Single-family homes from $125,000 to $1 million. Read More...


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