Pickleball, a fast-growing paddle sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton, and ping pong, has taken Southwest Florida (SWFL) by storm. With its accessible and social nature, Pickleball has become a favorite pastime for Florida residents and visitors alike. The sport’s rapid rise in SWFL can be attributed to the way it fosters connections and camaraderie among players of all ages. As you explore things to do in Bonita Bay or shop for Estero real estate, get to know some of the top Pickleball communities you can be part of when you call SWFL home.

BONITA BAY

Situated between Fort Myers and Naples, Bonita Bay is a beautiful community in Bonita Springs, Florida. The area’s seven high-rise buildings provide incredible views of the ocean and surrounding golf courses. The community offers elegant homes amidst lush landscapes, creating an inviting haven for residents. One of the best things to do in Bonita Bay is to visit the club for an afternoon of Pickleball, as Bonita Bay Club has 10 designated Pickleball courts in addition to 18 Har-Tru tennis courts and a croquet court. With its coastal allure and upscale residences, Bonita Bay exemplifies refined living and a vibrant leisurely atmosphere, inviting individuals to bask in the Gulf Coast charm while having plenty of opportunities to stay active year-round.

WILDBLUE

WildBlue is an all-encompassing community that offers a wide range of home options — from 1,600-square-foot homes perfect for downsizing to sprawling estates sitting at 5,000 square feet. The community sits facing the lake and is just north of Naples and south of Fort Myers. WildBlue’s amenities include all the most delightful lake experiences, as well as a fitness center, pool, bocce courts, and of course, the pickleball court.

ESTERO

If you’re looking for the perfect home in Southwest Florida, Estero real estate may provide everything you’re looking for. Unlike some of the other communities on our list, Estero features several different communities with both indoor and outdoor Pickleball courts. The Place at Corkscrew is one such location, a premier residential destination that has all the amenities you may be looking for — including eight Pickleball courts. For another dream community that has indoor courts (a rarity in the area!), look no further than Verdana Village.

In Estero, you’ll also find Pelican Sound Golf and River Club, where residents get the best of world-class golf courses plus boating, bocce, and Pickleball.

Estero's allure lies in its ability to balance leisure, social bonds, and a shared appreciation for active living. The area truly embodies a unique blend of coastal charm and modern amenities, with great variety in the types of communities available. Whether you’re looking for a home tucked within a private club or simply want to own a home nearby, Estero has options for you.

PELICAN PRESERVE

Pelican Preserve is a master-planned community for those aged 55 and up located in Ft. Myers. With the perfect blend of social and athletic opportunities, Pelican Preserve offers a 70,000-square-foot Town Center with a movie theater, live music, and pool alongside a championship 27-hole golf course and 20 nature areas dotted throughout the community. Pelican Preserve's dedication to Pickleball is evident in its 12 courts that cater to players of all levels. Beyond Pickleball, Pelican Preserve has six tennis courts, lawn bowling, bocce ball, and more to keep you active throughout the year. The community places a strong emphasis on fostering connections and hosts regular sports tournaments and social events to promote togetherness.

PELICAN LANDING

Whether you’re a snowbird looking for somewhere warm to land for part of the year or a full-timer hoping to find your permanent residence, Pelican Landing might just be the place for you. With the first homes having been built in 1989, this master-planned community of more than 3,300 residences epitomizes Southwest Florida living.

In addition to its other amenities (including a butterfly garden and a sailing center), Pelican Landing is home to six incredible pickleball courts. The community prides itself on meeting players where they are, whether they’re new to the sport or serious pros.

LELY RESORT

This golf community has a variety of membership options to ensure everyone can find an option that works for their families. Home to two impressive and upscale clubhouses and a high-end restaurant, the resort also offers golf courses with or without instruction. The resort’s motto includes three calls for members to “play more, savor life, and create memories,” and no matter what membership you choose, you’re guaranteed to achieve all of the above at Lely Resort.

RIVER HALL COUNTRY CLUB

River Hall is a family-friendly, semi-private club in Alva featuring beautiful three- and four-bedroom estates. The 1,500-acre community also has an 8,000-square-foot swimming pool surrounded by four Pickleball courts. Tennis and bocce ball courts are available as well, or there’s the club’s stunning golf course. River Hall's commitment to an active lifestyle is evident through the year-round tournaments and skill-building workshops available to members. Social gatherings and fine dining are other favorite pastimes of River Hall residents.

EMBRACE PICKLEBALL PARADISE IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA

As you seek a home that combines your love for Pickleball with the unmatched beauty of SWFL, consider the expertise of The Guillette Group. As the top team in the region, The Guilette Group is dedicated to guiding clients through the real estate landscape, whether they’re moving to Estero, Bonita Bay, or elsewhere. So join your fellow Gulf Coast locals in embracing the Pickleball paradise that awaits in these exceptional communities. Contact The Guillette Group today and embark on your journey to find your dream home.