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Pelican Cove

Most people desire to make this wonderful condominium community their home

Welcome to Pelican Cove

A warm and relaxed community along the sun-bathed Little Sarasota Bay
Pelican Cove is a hidden gem on 75 acres along Sarasota Bay. You can choose to nest among its 731 condos within six informal neighborhoods. Homeowners look out on views of the waterfront, woods, lawns, gardens, or sparkling pools. The property could easily be mistaken for a botanical garden given its diverse plantings, a bird sanctuary, and all the Vitamin C you could desire beckoning from the citrus grove. Of course, it’s impossible to top the spectacular vistas (and sunsets) across Little Sarasota Bay. Boredom is unheard of in this community, thanks to its sights, sounds, and plenty of space. For example, water enthusiasts will love its 78-slip boat harbor. It has canoe storage, launch docks, electricity, and water.
Pelican Cove isn't just a cluster of buildings — it's a warm community of friends and families. The vibrant, social, and friendly residents can readily volunteer, making it a dream home. Add the social amenities where local people swarm, and you won't look elsewhere for lively activities—no wonder most people desire to make this wonderful condominium community their home.

From the moment you pass the gatehouse at Pelican Cove and enter the exceptionally lush, forested grounds (10,000 trees, but who’s counting), you know you are someplace special.   In sum, this neighborhood community is vibrant, amenity-rich, well-managed, and well-maintained. This I know. I have lived in Pelican Cove for 16 years.  

What to Love

  • Plentiful year-round recreational activities
  • Best boating experience in Sarasota
  • 75 acres, private and secure
  • Amenity-rich, multiple activity opportunities
  • Vibrant Community Life
  • Little Sarasota Bay waterfront property and vistas
  • Private Boat Harbor 
  • Bird Sanctuary
  • Art and Woodworking Studios
  • Fitness Room

Local Lifestyle

The residents, be they retirees who live in Pelican Cove year-round, snowbirds, or seasonal renters, are all active adults who are drawn to this relaxed lifestyle. The community is pet-friendly, too. Let your 4-legged pals greet their neighbor friends at the dedicated off-leash dog park! 
Pelican Cove is home to an active, lively, and relaxed community. It has three social gathering spots for a warm, come-together, and active lifestyle. After hitting the gym in the exercise room, its six heated swimming pools and a hot tub will welcome you for a splash even in cold weather. 
What most elevates Pelican Cove is the combination of recreational activities with an impressive array of cultural offerings and educational opportunities. Six pools, four tennis courts, miles of hiking and biking trails, and a jewel of a private 86-slip boat harbor, make this a haven for the sports enthusiast. The woodworking shop and two art studios, music concerts, and Pelican Cove University are the siren’s call for those who enjoy more contemplative pursuits.   With its outdoor activities, you're spoilt for choice. 
Miles of scenic pathways will steal you away from your corner for a while and take you through the lively community. Don't forget to interact with birds in the tropical Selby Gardens along Sarasota Bay. Its lush, mature, botanical-like, and landscaped grounds are inviting.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Main Street Sarasota is just a few minutes' drive away, and it's a bustling stretch of dining and shopping spots. Sprouts Farmers Market gives you a grocery shopping experience that makes your healthy living a breeze. The store has various natural and fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts, grains, and other organic foods under the same roof. Its old-school farmers' market setting has an inviting feeling to anyone looking to go organic. 
If you're hunting for Italian tastes with a modern twist, Café Barbosso welcomes you. The live artists will entertain you as you bite and drink to your fill in this humble Peasant Italian spot. Oak & Stone tavern will gladden your moments with craft beer, gourmet fare, and artisanal pizza as you enjoy a casual, laid-back atmosphere with friends and family. What's more, everything from craft cocktails to bourbon and whiskey comes directly from the freshest ingredients. 
Are you looking to surprise your taste buds with Peruvian dishes such as ceviches, Seco de Res, and Aji de Gallina? Peruvian Grill restaurant is the place to be. Visit here to grab a memory of its Inca-like theme and inviting ambiance.

Cultural Life

Pelican Cove University 

In the early 1980s, three retired university professors gave lectures to small groups, a practice that immediately inspired others to lead courses on everything from Shakespeare to the Supreme Court, Languages to Current Events, Writing Workshops to Religion. Now, the much-loved Pelican Cove University has an ever-changing array of topics offered through more than 25 classes per season. 

The Chamber Concerts Program 

Pelican Cove presents an annual classical music series every Spring with internationally-recognized artists. Funded through the generosity of Pelican Cove benefactors and sponsors, the residents and their guests enjoy lovely, high-caliber concerts every Sunday night. An extraordinary and magical experience. 

Jazz, Rhythm and Blues, Folk Music concerts with resident and local Sarasota professional musicians 

Presentations, discussion salons, demonstrations and performances with guest lecturers and artists Pelican Briefs Publication: Poetry, short stories, non-fiction essays by Pelican Cove residents

The Annual Pelican Cove Art Show showcases the vast talents, creativity, and diversity of the Pelican Cove fine arts community.

The Annual Collaborative Art Show is produced by the photography, art, and fiber arts clubs. Artists choose one of the displayed photographs as inspiration for a new piece of art. 

Things to Do

Pelican Cove is a tropical paradise that boasts plentiful, year-round recreational activities. The myriad of activities in the laid-back surroundings offers you as much leisure as you wish. 
Location Bonus: Pelican Cove is a short drive away from Downtown Sarasota and some of the most beautiful beaches in the country, cementing its position as a sought-after and highly desirable residential community in Florida.  
At Pelican Cove Sailing Club, every weekday is a racing day for sailing devotees. Small keelboat sailors can finally unleash their prowess under a bright afternoon sky.
Any art devotee in the house? Pelican Cove Art Club is where your artistic skills get recognized. Connect with your creative tribe in drawing, painting, woodwork, or other artistic worlds. 
Don't forget to grab a ticket and enjoy the most common universal language- music. Seasonal music concerts and events are why music lovers come back for more. Your evenings can end with a long stroll on the beaches along the Atlantic ocean. 


  • Exercise Classes, Strength training, Water Aerobics, Mat and Chair Yoga, Tai-Chi
  • Mindful Meditation
  • Tennis Club
  • Pickleball, Basketball Court, Shuffleboard Court, Ping-Pong
  • Swimming
  • Sailing Club with Sailing Races on the Bay
  • Kayak and Canoe Club
  • Yacht Club
  • Fine Arts Classes/clubs: Sculpting, painting, drawing, fiber arts, photography, woodworking
  • Card and Game Clubs: Mahjongg, Bridge, Canasta
  • Engaging and fun community events throughout the year

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Overview for Pelican Cove, FL

761 people live in Pelican Cove, where the median age is 63 and the average individual income is $74,401. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Demographics and Employment Data for Pelican Cove, FL

Pelican Cove has 571 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Pelican Cove do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 761 people call Pelican Cove home. The population density is 11,283.645 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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There's plenty to do around Pelican Cove, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Explore popular things to do in the area, including Double W Ribeye Wagon, Fresh Flamingo, and ARCADEbar.

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