Pelican Bay is located in north Naples, directly on the Gulf of Mexico. It consists of 2,104 acres, or roughly 3.29 square miles. Construction began in 1980 and is nearly completed with luxury high rise condominiums, single family homes, coach homes, villas, and mid and low-rise condominiums. Within Pelican Bay’s boundaries there are more than 65 neighborhoods, a 27 hole private golf course, a private beach club, elegant shopping, and the Philharmonic Center For The Arts. Pelican Bay residents enjoy dining under the stars at the private beach pavilions. Transportation to and from the beach pavilions is provided on open-air trams along a winding boardwalk through preserve areas offering spectacular nature views. Both boardwalks to the beach are 1,800 feet long and wind their way through mangrove forests, coastal conservation areas, and over portions of the inner bay system. The Pelican Bay beach pavilions are located directly on the Gulf of Mexico. They accommodate food service, open and covered deck areas, dressing areas, showers, and restrooms. Beach chairs, cabanas, and umbrellas are also available. The Sand Bar is located at the end of the south boardwalk, while at the end of the north boardwalk is The Sandpiper Beach Club. The casual atmosphere, the sound of the waves gently rolling in and the awesome sunsets make the restaurants inviting and popular. The Picnic Pod, located at the south end of the beach, features picnic tables and gas grills. The facilities are for the exclusive use of residents and their guests. Many special and holiday events are held at the beach facilities. There are two locations for tennis courts: Commons Park has 10 tennis courts – two hard surface courts and 8 Har-Tru courts. Hammock Oak Park has 8 Har-Tru courts equipped with lights. Tennis lessons are available from the tennis pro and staff. There are four parks within Pelican Bay. Commons is a 10 acre park and is the location of the administrative offices of the Pelican Bay Foundation, tram station, tennis courts, shuffleboard and horseshoe courts. Hammock Oak Park, in the northeast section, has tennis courts, open fields, horseshoe and shuffleboard courts. Oakmont Park has bike paths and a children’s play area, as well as a preserve of turkey oaks. Ridgewood Park faces a lake and has a 10 station fitness circuit, a chickee hut with picnic tables, and a children’s playground.