Best Boating Communities

Heading out on the open water with the wind in your hair just can’t be beat. Boating makes you feel alive. These premier communities promote the boating lifestyle with any of the the following: full-service marinas, yacht clubs, dry-dock storage, repair services, or mile after mile of open water and countless coves where the big fish live.

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River Dunes

Oriental, North Carolina—River Dunes is a waterfront residential community in eastern North Carolina and the River Dunes Harbor Club & Marina is its award-winning amenity. The 400-slip Grace Harbor basin features a protected entrance that opens on to deep-water Broad Creek and direct access to the Intracoastal Waterway, Pamlico Sound and the Atlantic Ocean. Complete concierge boating services are available and River Dunes hosts events that range from fishing tournaments and regattas to popular “Learning to Sail” discovery weekends. Cottages overlooking the harbor are available as short-term accommodations for visitors or guests of former vacationers who have found a year-round home at River Dunes.

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Palm Cay / One Marina

Nassau, The Bahamas—Palm Cay in The Bahamas is home to one of the largest marinas in that glorious collection of more than 700 Caribbean islands. With slips for up to 200 marine craft, you can bring your own or lease a sailboat or catamaran for leisurely exploration of the hidden coves and coral islands surrounded by crystal-clear waters. Without question, the sport fishing in the seas around Palm Cay is world-class in both quality and quantity. Many residents and visitors charter fishing boats by the day, week or month with experienced captains who always know where the big ones are biting.

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Haig Point Club

Daufuskie Island, South Carolina — Haig Point is a historic private community located on Daufuskie Island South Carolina.  The Club boasts less than 300 homes situated on 1,050 acres making plenty of room for members to enjoy an active and outdoor low country lifestyle.   Haig Point is an ideal place for anyone who loves being on the water. Boating, sailing, kayaking and jet skis are constant sights on the waves of the Calibogue Sound and Intracoastal Waterway. Haig Point has a community dock where members and guests may tie up for the day, rent a kayak or fish.

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Bay Creek

Cape Charles, Virginia — Bay Creek is a 1,720-acre master-planned community overlooking the Chesapeake Bay on Virginia’s Eastern Shore and a designated Southern Living Inspired Community by Southern Living magazine. Living in Bay Creek is your private gateway to a true boater’s paradise. The Chesapeake Bay is right at your doorstep, and there are numerous tidal creeks and estuaries to explore on both the Bay and Atlantic sides of the Eastern Shore. A variety of public and private marinas are close by, and private docks are available on a few select homesites along Plantation Creek in the community. For those who love life on the water, it doesn’t get much better than here at Bay Creek.

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Albemarle Plantation

Hertford, North Carolina — Along the shores of Albemarle Sound lies Albemarle Plantation, a community with a strong focus on the water. The Sound provides for a variety of activities: sailing, cruising, water-skiing, fishing and crabbing. Located at the mouth of Yeopim Creek, the marina offers the facilities, services and friendly staff to satisfy both fresh and salt water boaters of all skill levels. Adjacent to the Marina are Dockside Café and Marina Park which provide venues for social events. Canoes and kayaks are available for enjoying views of the extraordinary wildlife while paddling the secluded shoreline. It’s a boating and fishing enthusiast’s paradise.

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Scotch Hall Preserve

Merry Hill, North Carolina — More than charming and picturesque, this area was established in the early 1600’s. It is here that modern-day settlers come to enjoy the scenic brilliance and comfortable year-round climate, the outdoor recreation and relaxed lifestyle of North Carolina's Inner Banks. You’ll find a classic blend of all of North Carolina’s assets—favorable climate, natural beauty, and unbounded boating experiences to include a marina, kayaking ponds, paddleboards, fishing, and more, something for every member of your boating family. Scotch Hall Preserve is not only a waterfront community on North Carolina’s Albemarle Sound, but it also features a world class Arnold Palmer Signature golf course and resort-style swim pavilion.

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St. James Plantation

Southport, North Carolina — Near the charming seaside village of Southport and historic Wilmington is St. James Plantation, a jewel of North Carolina’s southern coast. Boating, fishing, a day on the water? St. James Marina has it all! Living in a community with its own full-service Intracoastal Waterway marina has its benefits. Access to the Atlantic is just five minutes away, it’s a safe harbor and the ideal homeport for local St. Jamesians. The marina makes darting to Southport for a quick excursion a piece of cake. Watch the boats come in at sunset, while you dine outdoors at Tommy’s and take in live entertainment. With a full service marina we launch, fuel, clean, and store over 400 boats!

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Grand Harbor Golf & Yacht Club Community

Ninety Six, South Carolina —At Grand Harbor you’ll discover an amenity rich lifestyle at an affordable price. Enjoy an award-winning golf course, a marina, an equestrian facility, tennis, fitness, an aquatic center, and Lake Greenwood. Lake Greenwood is a boating, fishing, and water lover’s paradise, with 11,400 acres of surface area and 212 miles of shoreline. The lake is 20 miles long and has a depth of 21 feet. All these numbers translate into plenty of room for everything you love to do on the water, from sailing, jet skiing, and water skiing to canoeing and kayaking.

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Callawassie Island

Callawassie Island, South Carolina — Callawassie Island, South Carolina is a charming community that is welcome to inhabitants as well as visitors. Food connoisseurs are captivated by the festive and sophisticated cuisine of the region that blends acceptance and creativity while frequent boaters are fond of access to stunning, blue waters that are perfect for kayaking, sailing, and motor-boating alike. The gorgeous Carolina Lowcountry provides a picturesque backdrop to the cozy, waterside community living that Callawassie Island is celebrated for.

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The Inlets at Bradenton

Bradenton, Florida—A premier waterfront community set along the Gulf of Mexico coast in southwestern Florida, The Inlets is a prime choice for boating enthusiasts who want the convenience of their own private, deep-water dock that can accommodate boats up to 70 feet in length. And while there are a number of marinas in the immediate area offering complete boating services, having your own personal port right out of your back door is the ultimate luxury. Fishing in the unspoiled waters around The Inlets is unrivaled and the community also offers several launch points for kayakers and canoeists who want to explore the region at their leisure.

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