and the surrounding areas provide great boating for every type of vessel from
canoes and kayaks to yachts of over 100 feet. Because of the great variety of
waters, however, there are several things a boater must take into consideration
when searching for property. Two of the main issues are the draft (depth of water)
and clearance (the height of bridges).
are three main Passes in Naples that lead to the major boating spots: Gordon Pass,
Doctor's Pass, and Wiggins Pass:
is the Southernmost Pass.
Pass is the main access to Gulf. Gordon Pass is also closest to the Gulf.
Pass also leads to Naples Bay, Marco Island, Ten Thousand Islands, Gordon River
and several other Passes (for shallower draft vessels) between Naples and Marco
is safe for small vessels as the Pass is protected even when the Gulf is rough.
in this "no bridge" area are: Port Royal, Aqualane Shores, Eastern Shores
(Royal Harbor, Oyster Bay, Golden Shores), Windstar, Haldeman Creek and Olde Naples.
These are some of the most prestigious waterfront communities in Naples.
are also numerous homes/condos further up the Gordon River where access to the
Gulf is possible. A recent gain for boaters has been the improved clearance at
the new bridges on US 41. The clearance has been improved by four feet.
is known as the "Middle" Pass.
Pass provides quick access to the Gulf
area provides excellent fishing.
leads to the Gulf and to limited amount of Bay area.
are a limited number of properties in this "no bridge" area.
bridges in this area are high and allow for substantial clearance.
that border Doctors Pass are Park Shore, The Moorings and Coquina.
is the Northernmost Pass being north of Vanderbilt Beach.
is slower access to the Gulf.
Pass has had draft problems, however, shallow water boating and fishing can be
Pelican Isle Yacht Club is located in this area.
efforts have been made to maintain the depth in the Pass. Check with your Realtor
Sailing & Yacht Club, 239-774-0424
Yacht Club, 239-262-6647
Isle Yacht Club, 239-566-1606