Why People Love Moving to Pelican Bay

  • Matt Brown
  • 07/27/21

Why People Love Moving to Pelican Bay

Pelican Bay is a master-planned community that stretches over three square miles in Naples, Florida. Located between Vanderbilt Beach and Park Shore, this sought-after area runs parallel to a beautiful stretch of the Gulf of Mexico, and it provides access to the ever-exciting city of Naples. With everything one could need to enjoy the sunnier side of life, it’s no wonder why so many people are finding Pelican Bay as an ideal place to retire, live, and thrive. Let’s dive into the top reasons people are making the move to Naples’ Pelican Bay

 

History

In 1972, Coral Ridge Properties purchased 2,330 acres of land from a man named Barron Collier, who is the namesake of the county Naples and Pelican Bay are located in Collier County. Together with the Environmental Planning and Design Firm, Coral Ridge Properties was able to build a luxury community while still protecting all of the area’s environmental jewels — namely, the hundreds of acres of mangrove trees. This environmental build led to a beautiful area rife with natural integrity.

Today, Pelican Bay remains integrated with nature. There are 88 acres of parks and recreation areas showcasing pine and oak trees, as well as the famous mangrove forest. The area is also home to 717 single-family homes, 5550 condominiums, and three impressive golf courses. Pelican Bay also ranks #80 on the top cities in Florida and #1,412 in the top cities in the USA. Its livability rate ranks at an unparalleled score of 85. With these impressive numbers to back it up, it’s no wonder why people value the historical nature of Pelican Bay.

 

Dining & Shopping

Pelican Bay has some of the best options for fine dining, casual eateries, and a host of shopping opportunities on this side of Florida. For a truly beachy experience, head to the outdoor Sandbar Restaurant. Overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, this restaurant has an outdoor kitchen in which they prepare delicious cocktails, fresh food, and a healthy dose of island breeze. 

Sunset Café at the Naples Beach Hotel is another ideal spot for sun, sand, and fun! Sit by the beach to enjoy the vibrant sunsets or gather around the round indoor bar to meet people. This award-winning restaurant has fantastic sandwiches and cocktails that scream, “vacation!” There’s also the can’t-miss Marker 36. Located on North Beach, it takes beachfront dining to a new level. Fresh, seasonal ingredients, a mix of classic and modern dishes, and an exciting beverage program make this restaurant a standout option.

Pelican Bay’s proximity to Naples — a bustling, highly popular area — offers even more top-tier restaurants and a wide range of fun activities. Mercato is Naples’ one-stop shop for all things food and shopping. Meet friends for happy hour at Blue Martini or for some fantastic pan Asian cuisine at AznMercato also has a lot of commercial options, like Nordstrom Rack or Sur La Table.

Waterside Shops is another place you can find a wide range of commercial options, from Ann Taylor to Williams-Sonoma. For a high-end experience on the waterfront, check out The Village Shops. You’ll find delicious food, luxury shops, and relaxing spa experiences all in one place.

 

Entertainment

Music and theater lovers will find hours of entertainment at Artis Naples — an organization that spotlights all things art, music, and performance. Annual events unite the entire community while simultaneously promoting involvement in the arts. 

The Naples Philharmonic and the Naples Ballet are both part of this vibrant community. There are also programs for young musicians, as well as regular off-Broadway shows. Luckily, residents can purchase season passes and grant access to all of the culture this organization has to offer.

Adjacent to Artis-Naples is the Baker Museum. Visit the museum’s permanent collections, or check out the many visiting exhibitions that pass through. Whether permanent or temporary, all of the modern and contemporary art at the Baker is guaranteed to impress.

 

 

Outdoor Activities

Naples is a “blue zone” project, meaning its residents prioritize health and wellness. The same is true of Pelican Bay, where excellent amenities and stunning natural surroundings beckon people outdoors.

Proximity to the beach is a major draw to Pelican Bay. The area has spectacular views of the Gulf of Mexico and two excellent beaches: North Beach and South Beach. People love walking, shelling, and dolphin watching at North Beach, while South Beach is ideal for volleyball, sailboating, and kayaking. 

The soft sugar sands at both beaches are pristine and connected through the Mangrove forest of Clam Pass Park. Clam Pass Park maintains and protects 35 acres of coastal habitat while also providing showers, food, and restrooms for beachgoers. Stroll along the three miles of boardwalk, or enjoy a beach bike ride. To preserve the Mangrove forest, Pelican Bay only allows beachgoers to access the park and beaches via tram or boardwalk stroll. 

Pelican Bay also has a Community Park, which is ideal for an active day at the park instead of the beach. Explore the eight lighted tennis courts, two bocce courts, and four lighted racquetball courts. You may also opt for a stroll along the walking trails, which pass a beautiful lake and make for a lovely outdoor break in the day.

Golf enthusiasts love The Pelican Bay Golf Club, which offers members a first-class experience. Nestled in the heart of Pelican Bay, this championship golf course has 27 holes, lessons taught by esteemed golf professionals, and a litany of events and tournaments. The Club also offers a state-of-the-art Spa & Fitness Center. Take a fitness class and then enjoy a massage for a top-notch club experience. Living in Pelican Bay, you can play the public golf courses or decide to become a member at any of the other 80+ championship courses in and around Naples. You’re guaranteed to find the best clubs and courses for your style in Naples and Southwest Florida.

Other Amenities

For boaters, there are several esteemed yacht clubs to join and house a boat. With unparalleled boat service, transportation to and from many local hotspots, and a range of annual events, Naples yacht clubs and marina's will deliver a lifestyle you have dreamed about.  

Adding to the area’s prestige are the several five-star hotels, including Naples Grande Resort and the Ritz Carlton Beach Resort. The Naples Grande offers beachfront luxury, stunning pools, immaculate golf courses, and a relaxing spa. The Ritz Carlton is a “golf getaway” destination, with two 18-hole courses, first-rate dining, and a beautiful spa.

Moving to Pelican Bay means accessing the best of Florida’s communities. You’ll have countless options when it comes to culture, leisure, and the outdoors. Overall, Pelican Bay is an ideal place to live a relaxing, five-star lifestyle. If you’re looking to join the Pelican Bay community, contact Matt Brown about Pelican Bay real estate today! Matt Brown can be reached at (239) 580.8864 or matt.brown@raveis.com.

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