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Naples Waterfront Homes: Like a Box of Chocolates

Naples, Florida has some of the most amazing waterfront homes in the world. Like a box of chocolates, Naples waterfront homes and condos in Naples FL come in many different shapes and flavors. From luxury, beachfront mansions with post card views of the Gulf of Mexico to canal and bay front homes with deep water access to the Gulf, the Naples waterfront can be defined in many ways. Even the natural and man-made lakes are considered “waterfront” in Naples. On the Naples waterfront, there is something for everyone.

Waterfront Home in Port Royal Naples Florida

Port Royal Waterfront Home on Admiralty Bay

Naples is a boater’s playground. In several Naples communities, finger-like streets with canals on both sides connect to bays and then to three main deep water passes that lead to the Gulf of Mexico. Each of these streets surrounded by canals hold some of the most sough-after waterfront homes in the world.

In Olde Naples, Naples Bay and Crayton Cove (home of the famous Great Dock Canoe Race) are the epicenter of Naples waterfront and boating. From marinas (including the City Dock) and yacht clubs surrounding, you can dock, launch, fuel or even rent a boat. When you’re ready you can venture out to the Gulf through Admiralty Bay and Gordon Pass or through the in-land waterways to Key Waydin Island or further to Marco Island.

Boating communities in Olde Naples include Port Royal, Aqualane Shores and Royal Harbor. Each of these communities offers deep water access with no bridges to pass under before you reach the Gulf.

Just north of Olde Naples, is the nautically themed Moorings. Streets like Rudder Rd. and Spinnaker Dr. have Naples FL homes on the water with docks and lifts for power boats, sail boats and jet skis. From there boaters navigate through the extra wide Moorings Bay to Gulf access through Doctors Pass.

Even further north is Park Shore and Seagate. This area also has many Naples homes on the water. Boaters from this area pass through Venetian Bay and Inner Doctors Bay to Moorings Bay, then out to the Gulf through Doctors Pass. All of this becomes crystal clear when looking at a map of the Naples coastline.

Furthest north on the Naples waterfront is the Vanderbilt Beach area. Waterfront views and Gulf access can be found in the Connors area of Vanderbilt Beach. Boating in this area is a bit more challenging (this comes from personal experience over the years). These canals and waterways are tough to navigate with larger drafting boats and at low tide. Wiggins gives boaters in this area access to the Gulf of Mexico, but beware of shifting sandbars and oyster beds when navigating these waters.

The Connors subdivision has some of the best values in Naples waterfront homes. Yes, you have to deal with tricky navigation at low tide, but there are some beautiful waterfront homes that would be priced much higher if they were located in the Moorings or Aqualane Shores.

For those that must have Naples beachfront homes and condos with views of the Gulf of Mexico, Naples is your paradise. Ah, to step out your back door, walk across your backyard and sink your toes into the warm, white sand of the Naples Beach. Can it get any better?

Naples, Florida has over 7 miles of the most beautiful white sand beaches you will ever experience. The Travel Channel voted us the “Best Beach in America” and Naples pops up on many top 10 beach lists around the world. In fact, one of the unique features of Olde Naples is that almost every avenue dead-ends at the beach. There is public parking in metered spaces and special resident spaces that require a County Beach Parking Permit. These permits are easily obtained by Collier County residents for no charge.

Naples beachfront homes and condos (here I’m talking right in front of the sand, not across the street)  currently range in price from a low of $499,000 for an older condo to over $22 million for the highest priced luxury homes on the beaches in front of Olde Naples and Port Royal. In between those extremes, there is a lot to choose from. It only depends on how large and how new you want your Naples beachfront home or condo (click here to see my favorite beachfront condo in Naples, Sancerre).

For a list of homes with views of the Gulf, canal, bays or lakes in Naples, please use our property search and select the “Waterfront Description” (halfway down the page to the left) you prefer.

As a 30+ year resident, I grew-up living in Naples waterfront homes and boating on the local waterways. If you have any questions about the Naples or would like to view any of the properties you see on our website, I’d love to help you find that beachfront or waterfront home of your dreams. You can email me here or call 239-417-1115.


  1. Marilyn Jacobs on May 28, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    I have a client who says money is no object. Looking for at least 4 acres (could be 10), with deepwater dock to accommodate a boat up to 200′. They are buying the house before they buy the boat.

    She does NOT want a new Mediterranean home. She likes 50’s-70’s homes, # bedrooms does not matter, wants a big (and can be fancy) pool, and wants to wake up in the morning and see the boat in her backyard and have acreage to roam around in.

    Let me know if you have a property like this. Thank you.

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