Florida’s indigenous mangrove forests are some of the most beautiful places on earth, attracting ecotourists and nature lovers from around the globe. The Sunshine State’s other major international attraction? Its storied white-sand beaches and clear aquamarine waters.
Pelican Bay is one of the rare communities that offer both.
Within the Pelican Bay private community, members encounter one of Florida’s most exceptional ecosystems: Clam Bay, a protected network of tidal ponds and creeks meandering through acres of mangroves. And just on the other side of the forest: three miles of exclusive-access beaches, fronting the Gulf of Mexico. For members who can’t help but dive in, the community offers kayaks, canoes and sailboats for use in the Gulf and in Clam Bay.
On the Gulf –
Sea Kayaking and Sailing
Sea kayaks are available from both the South Beach and North Beach staff, free of charge with Foundation-issued member ID card or guest card. There are six single-person and six double-person sea kayaks available for use one hour at a time, after signing a waiver.
Pelican Bay also has a fleet of six sailboats – Sunfish, Laser, Pixel and Hobie-Wave models – available for the use of any member, tenant and/or guest who has prior experience, is at least 18 years of age, and is on the “authorized sailor” list. Want to set sail? Stop by South Beach for more information or call 239-272-7159. A signed waiver and a one-time fee of $75 (plus sales tax, for a total of $79.50) is required.
Friends and family may sail with the authorized operator as long as they are at least six years old, wear a life jacket, and are able to swim. Sailing time is limited to one hour when others are waiting. Sailing is not allowed in winds exceeding 15 mph and in rough seas (surf over three feet). For more information on rules and regulations, click here.
Contact Beach Manager, Mark Gruen, at 239-272-7159 for more information.
In the Estuary –
Canoeing and Kayaking
Approximately six to eight miles round-trip, the Clam Bay system runs from its southern point at Clam Pass Park (at the end of Seagate Drive near the Naples Grande Beach Resort), past Clam Pass (the water entrance and exit to the Gulf of Mexico), to the northernmost point close to Bay Colony and The Ritz-Carlton. The waterways are open to the public, but only Pelican Bay members and their guests have access to canoes and kayaks from the North Boardwalk dock.
Arrangements for watercraft are made on a first-come, first-served basis at Tram Station #6 at the beginning of the North Boardwalk. Users sign a waiver and are provided with paddles, a map of Clam Bay (including usage procedures and helpful information), a key to unlock the gate, and life jackets.
During season, canoes and kayaks are available every day in two sessions. It’s critical to only use the watercraft for the time allotted – not just to provide everyone a fair opportunity to use them, but as a safety measure to monitor everyone’s return.
Morning session 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Afternoon session 12:30 p.m. – one hour before sunset
Rules & Guidelines:
Things You Should Know:
The Clam Bay mangrove estuary is an undisturbed natural ecosystem – and some of its challenges are unique, particularly compared to other open lake and river systems. Be cautious of:
Don’t let these challenges discourage exploration! This information is provided solely to help prepare for adventure. Clam Pass is a relaxing, beautiful, and inspiring journey many of our members take again and again.
Kayak, Canoe and Paddleboard Storage:
The Foundation has storage racks for kayaks, canoes AND paddleboards. The racks are located adjacent to the Naples Grande at the west end of the Clam Pass Parking area. Space is available so contact the Community Center for information and registration – 239-260-8998. Take advantage of this wonderful amenity and get out there and enjoy nature!