Best Waterfront Communities in Miami  for Boaters & Yacht Owners

April 23, 2024

Ranking the Best Waterfront Communities in Miami  for Boaters & Yacht Owners

Miami has long been a playground for the affluent and adventurous. With its exclusive marinas and luxury waterfront homes,, the city remains the ideal destination for yacht owners. In this guide, we’ll explore the unique advantages of the best luxury, waterfront communities in Miami.

For yacht owners looking to make Miami their home port, the city boasts an array of luxurious waterfront properties offering direct access to the open ocean.

1. Gables Estates

Luxury-anything in Miami would not be complete without the mention of Gables Estates. Especially considering the recent article by Bloomberg noting that Coral Gables is now ritzier than Beverly Hills, it’s only right that Gables Estates is at the top of our list. Where exclusivity and convenience intertwine, residents of Gables Estates enjoy prime location as well as expansive waterfront homes with accompanying private docks. A remarkable bonus is that The Bahamas are only a 2 hour boat ride away!


Yacht docked in front of luxury waterfront mansion

Yacht docked in front of the beautiful 41 Arvida, located in Gables Estates

2. Old Cutler Bay

Old Cutler Bay is an amazing, secluded community. It has beautiful greenery, adding to the homes’ privacy. The community has no bridges and direct access to the Bay.


Private dock in backyard of waterfront home

690 Solano Prado

3. Journey’s End

Another honorable Coral Gables mention is the prestigious and private community of Journey’s End. It offers a private marina as well as private boat docks. Journey’s End is the perfect place to settle down among its exclusive 18 estates.


Aerial view of luxury home with private backyard dock

9401 Journey’s End with private backyard dock

4. Cocoplum

Neighboring Gables Estates, Cocoplum sits quietly within a highly secure gated-community in Coral Gables, hiding the beautiful Tahiti Beach within its gates. The spacious waterfront community is made up of four residential islands; Isla Dorada, Isla Marina and Bahia Vista, offering a community marina with bridges to the Bay. Only a select few homes have private docks within Cocoplum.


Dock in backyard in Cocoplum community

361 Los Pinos Pl. in Cocoplum

5. Snapper Creek Lakes

The Snapper Creek community is made up of homes on large lots, shaded by mature canopies. It offers a community marina, as well as direct access to the Bay from select backyards.

Private beach in Snapper Creek Lakes home

Backyard beach at 10201 Sabal Palm Ave in Snapper Creek Lakes

6. Hammock Oaks

With its array of private slips and a private docking facility, Hammock Oaks Marina ensures convenient and secure storage for boats of various sizes. The beautiful, homey community is perfect for those that enjoy family outings on the water!

Aerial view of luxury home in Hammock Oaks, Coral Gables

Aerial view of 325 Campana Ave located in Hammock Oaks

7. Gables By The Sea

The Gables By The Sea community is very unique in that the majority of homes lie in the municipality of Coral Gables while the other portion of homes within the same gates, lie in a separate municipality, The Village of Pinecrest. Some of the homes in Gables by the Sea are on canals and have a waterfront view.

Backyard shot leading into private dock

Expansive backyard pool along private dock at 13050 Miranda St.

Join the Miami Boating Scene

Each of these gated communities offer community marinas and/or private docks accompanying select homes. Convenient access to Biscayne Bay is enjoyed by residents of these upscale neighborhoods.

From cruising along the scenic Intracoastal Waterway to exploring the vibrant coral reefs of Biscayne National Park, yacht owners will never be short of boating accessibility in Miami. And with easy access to the Bahamas, the Florida Keys, and the Caribbean, Miami serves as the perfect gateway to some of the world’s most stunning cruising grounds.

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