YACHT CLUBS & MARINAS
Southwest Florida Yacht Clubs & Marinas
Naples is home to lush golf courses, luxury dining and most importantly, thousands of boating and yacht enthusiasts. If you own a piece of paradise already or are looking to acquire a home in Southwest Florida or Naples, getting in on the boating scene will make paradise even more exciting, which is hard to do! Water-sport lovers and luxury seekers alike enjoy these multi-purpose power vessels for pleasure, cruising, fishing and entertaining. We have outlined popular Marinas and Yacht Clubs which we think should be on your list to research when entering the boating world in Southwest Florida.
Naples Sailing & Yacht Club (NSYC)
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In 1964, Commodore Jack Messmer, alongside a group of enthusiastic boaters, got together to set up the Naples Yacht and Sailing Club. Today, with its recent 2008 renovation, the NYSC is a glorious 3,200 square foot clubhouse which offers elegant fine dining, a casual Lighthouse Lounge and Bar, and an environment that you can proudly call ‘home away from home’. You can get a regular membership, which includes access to the marina and clubhouse, or you can opt for the social membership which gives access to year-round social events. Member amenities include:
- Card rooms and private meeting rooms
- Men’s and ladies locker rooms
- Swimming pool overlooking the Naples Bay
- 75 concrete floating docks
And the best part? You don’t need to be a boat owner to take part in this premium club. By joining NYSC, you get reciprocal privileges for the Florida Council of Yacht Clubs, which is a group of 35 private yacht clubs. You also get reciprocal privileges for the American Register of Yacht Clubs, which has over 700 yacht clubs across the US! If you’re interested in things other than boating, you can also get access to around 15 other reciprocal clubs which include beach, tennis, golf, and traditional dining clubs. To get a feel for the Club, check out their virtual tour.
Naples Yacht Club (NYC)
Ranked number six in the top yacht clubs in America, Naples Yacht Club (NYC) is one of the cities oldest and finest yacht clubs. It is amongst the top 50 yacht clubs in the world, and has been awarded #1 yacht club in the state of Florida by Platinum Clubs of America. In the 2020-2021 awards by the Platinum Clubs of America, NYC was once again listed in the Top 30 Yacht Clubs…so it is truly one of the finest in the nation.
With all these titles in hand, you can expect to find a state of the art marina, various docking services and, and exciting yacht related events at this club all year round. There is a full social calendar for boaters and non-boaters alike, a newly renovated clubhouse which offers casual and fine dining, galas, holiday parties, ladies luncheons, overnight cruises and more! One insider tip – you do not have to be a full member to avail its services; they offer docking services and event invitations to members of other clubs that are recognized by the NYC. If we have piqued your interest, check out their virtual tour video.
Hamilton Harbor Yacht Club
Tucked away in a protected harbor beside the pristine shores of Rookery Bay, Hamilton Harbor Yacht Club is more than just a marina. Established by Collier Enterprises in 2008, the club has old-florida style architecture to reflect in heritage, but the facilities and services are modern and efficient. This much is obvious from its advanced boat storage facility, which was made using an innovative, tilt-wall concrete construction method, and can withstand hurricane force winds of up to 150 miles per hour.
The club’s motto is “At Hamilton Harbor, you’re sure to have a perfect day on the water…even if you never leave the dock!” Dining at the club delivers a high quality dining experience with the freshest local ingredients and a casual atmosphere with no dress code. The club also takes care of your boat for you; membership options include dry slip, wet slip, social membership or any combo. Members get access too:
- Valet Golf Cart Service
- Concierge services
- Activities and programs
- Waterfront dining and on-board catering
- Access to fishing guides and captain’s service
- Onsite maintenance and repair services
- Discounted fuel
- A fully stocked ship’s store
- Kid’s Club – Friday’s & Sunday’s
Don’t forget that by becoming a member of Hamilton Harbor, you are helping to preserve the 160 acres of natural wetlands, uplands, and mangrove lined waterfront at the edge of Rookery Bay National Reserve where the club is located. Preview Hamilton Harbor Yacht Club’s video here.
Pelican Isle Yacht Club
Recently awarded Top 50 in The World and #7 Nationwide, Pelican Island Yacht Club is a gorgeous private island club that lies just 5 minutes from the open waters. Located in the Wiggins Pass area of North Naples, the elite club offers 400 memberships and 190 boat slips with direct access to the Gulf of Mexico. Membership privileges include:
- Waterfront and diverse dining options
- Complimentary beach shuttle service to Delnor-Wiggins Beach and Barefoot Beach
- Kayaks and paddleboards for backwater explorations
- Social/cruising activities and special events
- Active lifestyle programs including fitness classes/gym
- Resort pool with spa, firepits, bocce, tennis and pickleball courts
- Reciprocal Privileges with the Florida Council of Yacht Clubs and Yachting Club of America
The Pelican Island Yacht Club has been Designated as a “Clean Marina” by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. The sheer amount of facilities offered by Pelican Island Yacht Club distinguish it from other clubs and make it an appealing destination in Southwest Florida. Take a further look by watching this video.
The Marina at Naples Bay Resort
Combining comfortable accommodations and boating services, The Marina at Naples Bay Resort is Southwest Florida’s only waterfront hotel with a fully operational 97-slip marina close to Downtown Naples on Naples Bay. With daily boat rental and overnight, seasonal, and annual marina slip rental, Naples Bay Resort & Marina offers a special waterfront experience. The hotel itself offers lavish suites with scenic views and well-rounded amenities; state of the art gym facility, sauna, resort style swimming pools, tennis courts, and kayak, paddleboard and bike rentals. The resort is nestled at the gateway to the energy and excitement of Naples’ famed Fifth Avenue South, with luxury white sand beaches a short walk away.
South Pointe Yacht Club at Windstar
A unique amalgamation of a gated golf community and a private deep-water marina, Windstar on Naples Bay is nestled along 2 miles of Naples Bay eastern shore and Haldeman Creek frontage. The South Pointe Yacht Club is a part of this stunning landscape, and features a 72 slip deep-water yacht basin. Boat slips are available for sale or lease, and slip owners also get special access to the swimming pool and common area of the club. The Yacht clubhouse hosts events and parties year-round in order to encourage members to get to know one another. The gigantic scenic landscape that Windstar offers makes it a unique experience for boat lovers. Take a further look by watching this video.
Tarpon Cove Yacht & Racquet Club
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Located directly on the waterfront and providing easy access to the Gulf of Mexico, the Tarpon Cove Yacht and Racquet Club is a premier waterfront private club where residents and non-residents alike can experience a lifestyle of luxury and style in Naples. The Yacht Club is renowned for its three dining rooms each with a view, resort style pool, bocce courts, fitness center, tennis pro shop and six Har Tru tennis courts. If that wasn’t enough, the club boasts its Shuttle Boat, Endless Summer, which holds up to 46 passengers and makes hourly cruises to Delnor-Wiggins State Park Beach.
With its spectacular view of the Gulf of Mexico and its range of amenities, the Tarpon Cove Yacht & Racquet Club is a must visit on your next trip to Naples.
Bonita Bay Marina
The beautiful Bonita Bay Marina is a full service marina located in the stunning Bonita Bay community on the Imperial River at the south end of Estero Bay. It offers wet slips and dry boat storage, as well as on-site fueling and light mechanical services for non-residents and residents alike. It houses the very renowned waterfront restaurant, Backwater Jacks, where tourists and residents can enjoy casual dining with an unparalleled view. Make sure to check it out when in Naples!
Marco Island Yacht Club
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The Marco Island Yacht Club is the first sight you land your eyes on when you cross the S.S. Jolley Bridge entering Marco Island. With spectacular views of the river, bridge and marina, Marco Island Yacht Club is the ideal place if you are looking for a fun place to hang out with your friends, entertain business associates, or just sit and enjoy the sunset. It is customary for groups of boats to go out together, enjoy a beautiful cruise and sunset, and then return to the Club for dinner and conversation. What more could the perfect evening possibly entail! Make your way to the Marco Island Yacht Club for a tranquil experience unlike any you have experienced before!
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