Our Favorite Sanibel Boating Communities

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Three boating communities on Sanibel Island stand out for their classic yet casual lifestyle that is reminiscent of the glory of Old Florida: Sanibel Isles, Shell Harbor and Sanibel Estates. These communities are treasured by their residents for their relaxed atmosphere for entertaining on their home’s outdoor patio deck and enjoying fabulous water views when residents are not on their boats. As a boater’s paradise, most properties in Sanibel have deep-water docks that have access to the Gulf of Mexico and San Carlos Bay. Privacy and natural beauty are hallmarks of Sanibel.

Sanibel’s prestigious waterfront communities, like Sanibel Isles, offer homes that have been expanded and remodeled, with private spas and spacious living. You can watch the dolphins and birds, or boat, kayak and swim. With direct Gulf access and minutes to the Bay, Sanibel Isles homes are set on mature lush landscaping with stunning views.

The deep-water canal community of Shell Harbor is a popular East End boating community with its wide scenic canals and direct access, or easy indirect access, to the Gulf of Mexico. There is also a deeded private beach access for residents and parking, with a full service Marina. One of Sanibel’s finest subdivisions, Shell Harbor features 240 home sites on a pristine barrier island. Many homes have their own swimming pools and their own beach lifts. The Sanibel Marina is located close by.

Another outdoor paradise is Sanibel Estates, a residential subdivision of nearly 200 properties located on Sanibel’s desirable East End neighborhood. With easy access to the mainland, Old Sanibel shops, the Sanibel Marina, fishing, pier and lighthouse, Sanibel Estates is located with direct access to boating on the Gulf of Mexico and San Carlos Bay via the canals. Beach access is also convenient for residents whereby each property comes with a deeded beach access to the community’s Gulf Front parcel. Home site locations range from inland to eco-friendly mangrove canals to Bay Front.

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