People come from all over the world to soak up the sunshine and enjoy the beautiful weather and beaches in Southwest Florida, with Naples being a particularly popular destination. While it's the warm temperatures year-round that likely attract so many visitors, it's the pristine beaches, world-class dining options, and plethora of shopping opportunities that get them to stay. The Naples of today is far different than the Naples of even a few years ago, as the city expands and develops to accommodate all those who fall in love with it each and every year.

Whether you are looking to move your family completely and settle down in Southwest Florida, or you are simply looking for a seasonal home or winter getaway during the colder months, Naples is a great place to start looking. While Florida is stereotypically popular with the elderly population, the great school system in Naples and the abundance of employment opportunities make this a great city for families and kids of all ages as well. Naples has much to offer in the form of both excitement and relaxation, and those who love to be out on the water will especially enjoy the many saltwater and freshwater activities available to partake in, as Naples directly borders the Gulf of Mexico and is surrounded by rivers of all sizes, perfect for kayaking or paddle-boarding. Those who love to just sit and relax with a cocktail, delicious meal, and stunning view will quickly come to realize that Naples has some of the finest restaurants in the entire world.

Because Naples is surrounded by and full of water, gorgeous waterfront properties are readily available with spectacular views of the ocean, canals, or lakes. Many parks and nature trails in the area also allow residents to enjoy Southwest Florida's natural beauty and observe some of its more wild inhabitants. So whether you are looking for a complete change of scenery or just a scenic escape, Naples, Florida is the place for you.

5 Popular Naples Waterfront Communities

 

Pelican Bay

While not every home in Pelican Bay is situated directly on the water, you're never more than a short walk away from the Gulf with a home in this luxurious community. This quaint area features estates, single family homes, and waterfront condos to accommodate families of any shape or size. Condos here are available starting in the $400,000's, with single family homes often surpassing $3 million.

 

Olde Naples

Nationally and internationally recognized, Olde Naples is well known for its history, dazzling white sand beaches, and close proximity to the arts, entertainment, and shopping in nearby Tin City and 5th Avenue neighborhoods. Olde Naples offers some of the more affordable waterfront housing options in Naples, with original homes starting in the $900,000's and newly constructed estates reaching around $10 million.

 

Royal Harbor

First established in the 1960's, Royal Harbor consists of about 400 single family homes that line the canals of the Eastern shore of Naples Bay. All homes here have boat decks of varying depths, and the area is considered to be one of the better values for waterfront properties in Naples. Properties here start around $900,000 for empty lots and finish around $6 million for newly constructed estates.

 

Aqualane Shores

The first homes here were completed in 1950, though many have been torn down and completely reconstructed or remodeled. This downtown community is highly sought after because of it's proximity to Fifth Avenue, which offers some of the finest dining and shopping opportunities in all of Southwest Florida. Some of the original homes in Aqualane Shores can be found for as little as $1.7 million, while the newly constructed or remodeled homes can reach prices above $8 million.

 

Port Royal

Originally developed in 1959, this waterfront community of luxury estates features deep water canals for housing yachts and some of the finest landscaping in all of Florida. With quick and direct Gulf access, estate homes in Port Royal start around $10 million and reach up to $30 million and beyond.