Welcome to The Islands on the Manatee River, a private gated waterfront boating community nestled among world class golf courses that celebrates Florida’s natural beauty. Voted "Best Community" in the Sarasota-Bradenton Parade of Homes for the last 8 years. We’ve just released our final neighborhood of Rio Vista  Estates, our highly sought after homesites directly on the Manatee River. Our new River Lodge, exclusive to residents of The Islands, provides a riverfront gathering place for the enjoyment of our residents. The Islands is a place where nature’s bounty is just the beginning of the excitement that will take your breath away. Situated on 225 acres of pristine private islands, our sanctuary features up to 1.5 acre estate-sized homesites  directly on the river or on picturesque harbors, all having navigable access to the tranquil waters of the Manatee River and onward to the Gulf of Mexico.


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Our Builders

Located in Southwest Florida on the north shore of the Manatee River with direct access to the Gulf of Mexico, The Islands on the Manatee River...
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Our Lifestyle

Living on the water is the very centerpiece of the Florida experience, the essence of what brings visitors here from around the world…
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Blog & gallery

Keep up with all the happenings occurring at The Islands.  Explore our blog, enjoy our videos, view our photos and discover our news and events.
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The new Fort Hamer Bridge brings Lakewood Ranch, I-75, Bradenton and Sarasota within minutes of our gated paradise. Expansive 1/2-acre-plus homesites allow for waterfront living in a highly sought after area. This is the lifestyle that you have always imagined, without compromise.

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Thank you for your interest in The Islands on the Manatee River, one of the finest boating and golf communities in Florida.

We are excited to have the opportunity to share our community with you. We are convinced that with one visit you’ll understand what makes us such a unique and wonderful place to call home.

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