Best Ocean Views

The most popular destinations among ideal-LIVING readers are always waterfront. It’s difficult to find more waterviews than when at the ocean. Whether it’s watching dolphins frolic in the blue waves or soaking in the rays on the beach, these spectacular communities are all located ocean front.

Best of the Best 2017 Community Awards

 

 

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Best Ocean Views | Best of the Best 2017 Community Awards | Hammock Dunes

Hammock Dunes

Palm Coast, FL— With over 2.5 miles of oceanfront Atlantic Beaches and 5+ miles of intracoastal, Hammock Dunes offers the best in ocean living. It offers 463 oceanfront condominiums halfway between St. Augustine and Daytona Beach, not mention intracoastal, lakefront, and golf residences. It’s one of a few places in the United States where you can dock your boat at your home and still walk to the beach within a gated community. Residents enjoy a variety of activities that include the private Hammock Dunes Club with 36 holes of Audubon-certified golf.

Best Ocean Views | Best of the Best 2017 Community Awards | Bald Head Island

Bald Head Island

Bald Head Island, NC — When you board the ferry for the 20-minute ride to Bald Head Island, NC, you leave your car behind, along with your cares. Explore the island by golf cart, bike or your own 2 feet. Spend the day at the beach. Play the seaside golf course. Climb Old Baldy Lighthouse. Kayak through the winding creeks. With 14 miles of beaches wrapping Bald Head on 3 sides, the sun rises and sets over the Atlantic. Just a stone’s throw away, the Southern Living Inspired Community at Cape Fear Station combines a perfect location with charming Lowcountry architecture. Access the beach, cool off in the pool, or dine al fresco at the nearby oceanfront Shoals Club.


Best Ocean Views | Best of the Best 2017 Community Awards | Schooner Bay

Schooner Bay

Bahamas — Schooner Bay, located on Great Abaco in the Bahamas, offers an idyllic island lifestyle in a golf cart- and pedestrian- friendly village setting. With its supreme island location in the heart of the Abacos, the community is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the east and the Little Bahama Banks to the west. Here, you’ll immerse yourself in a natural wonderland of tranquil beaches, pristine forests, eco-adventures, infinite fishing and water sports. Explore the possibilities of life in the islands. You’ll discover an array of residential opportunities, including carefree condominiums, harbourside cottages and exquisite oceanfront homes.

Best Ocean Views | Best of the Best 2017 Community Awards | Kiawah Island

Kiawah Island

Kiawah Island, SC — With 10 miles of private Atlantic Ocean beach, a collection of golf courses that includes the host of the famed “War by the Shore” Ryder Cup matches, and historic Charleston on the horizon, Kiawah Island is again in the top 5 on Barron’s list of “Top Second-Home Resorts” for 2017. The private Kiawah Island Club is one of just 2 clubs in the nation with two “Top 100 Residential Courses” (Golfweek) – Tom Watson’s Cassique and Tom Fazio’s River course. Property sales in the private community commenced in 1976, and a conservative development plan helps homes, cottages, villas and homesites to complement the natural beauty of the island.

Best Ocean Views | Best of the Best 2017 Community Awards | Amelia Island

Amelia Island

Amelia Island, FL — Named one of Florida’s 10 Best Beaches by Conde Nast Traveler magazine, Amelia Island offers 13 miles of unspoiled oceanfront where humans frolic in the surf and sea turtles nest in the dunes. In addition to shorefront accommodations that range from the sumptuous Ritz-Carlton Resort to more casual family-owned hotels, the Villas at Amelia Island Plantation offer fully furnished and equipped units with sweeping ocean views. Even the local golf courses are seaside layouts where the breezes are always in play and there’s no better way to end the day than with a seafood dinner at an outdoor cafe.

Best Ocean Views | Best of the Best 2017 Community Awards | Sea Horse Ranch

Sea Horse Ranch

Cabarete, Dominican Republic — Sea Horse Ranch is situated on the beautiful north coast of the Dominican Republic, considered to be among the most magnificent settings in the entire Caribbean. The gated residential community encompasses 250 tropical acres and embraces a pioneering philosophy of long-term sustainability and environmental respect. In addition to luxury villas that range from three to six bedrooms in size, Sea Horse Ranch resort-style amenities include a complete equestrian center, a tennis club, seaside pools and a gourmet restaurant that features a distinctive menu with island seafood and local produce.


Best Ocean Views | Best of the Best 2017 Community Awards | Playa Bonita

Playa Bonita

Dominican Republic— Playa Bonita Beach Residences is a master-planned, beachfront gated community, located in the cosmopolitan town of Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic. Located along the island’s north coast, Playa Bonita boasts a cosmopolitan community of owners from over 15 different nationalities and world-class amenities. The community is being developed on beachfront property along its namesake, the Playa Bonita beach. Ranked by TripAdvisor among the top 25 beaches in the Caribbean and considered by many to be the best beach of the Dominican Republic, Playa Bonita features the perfect combination of smooth, silky sand and turquoise crystalline water.


Best Ocean Views | Best of the Best 2017 Community Awards | Ocean Reef

Ocean Reef Club

Key Largo, FL — Set on 2,500 acres of the largest island in the Florida Keys, Ocean Reef Club is surrounded on three sides by water, thus offering sweeping sunrise-to-sunset views. Choice residences include everything from spacious villas and single-family homes to magnificent oceanfront estates. Lifestyle attractions in the private and secure Ocean Reef Club community include a 175-slip marina from which to launch world-class fishing expeditions, as well as two awesome golf courses and spa, salon and fitness facilities. There’s even a pre-K3 through Grade 8 private academy for growing families.

Best Ocean Views | Best of the Best 2017 Community Awards | Sailfish Point

Sailfish Point

Hutchinson Island, Florida — Luxurious condominiums, unrivaled homesites and the grand community clubhouse at Sailfish Point all feature picturesque ocean views, but its unique location also includes riverfront residences, marina-side townhomes and golf villas. The Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course also offers waterfront views on every one of its 18 holes, while the full-service marina is uniquely situated to afford both access to the nearby Atlantic and to the Gulf of Mexico via the Okeechobee Waterway. Private beach access, an oceanside pool and fine dining within earshot of the roaring surf enhance the seaside lifestyle at Sailfish Point.

Holua Kai

Holua Kai

Big Island, Hawaii —Holua Kai at Keauhou offers panoramic Pacific Ocean views with an idyllic setting on the leeward coast of The Big Island. But beyond just the scenery, this Brookfield Residential community features some of the best snorkeling sites and diving conditions on the planet, plus incredible deep-sea fishing in the surrounding waters. The oceanfront homes are designed to blend indoor and outdoor spaces that make the cooling sea breezes part of the natural ventilation. The Kona Country Club Ocean Course is a featured amenity at Holua Kai, one of six signature Brookfield Residential communities in scattered throughout the Hawaiian Islands.

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