Ave Maria


NAPLES, FL., July 12, 2023 Ave Maria is recognized as one of the first places in Florida and the Southeast U.S. to achieve a Blue Zone Community Certification.Blue Zones Project® is a community-led well-being improvement initiative designed to make healthy choices easier through permanent changes to a city’s environment, policy, and social networks.

Morning run in Ave Maria“It’s rewarding to witness the positive impact Blue Zones has brought to Ave Maria, and as a community, we understand how important healthy social living is to our residents,” said Carol DiFlorio, Lifestyle Director for the Ave Maria Master Association. “The Blue Zones Project is the perfect match for life improvement our residents seek.”

To become a Blue Zones Certified Community, Ave Maria adopted Power 9® which are nine common principles learned from the blue zones longevity hotspots of the world. The principles focus on moving naturally, having the right outlook, eating wisely and connection.

The master-planned design of Ave Maria demonstrates those principles. The town offers outdoor recreation, convenient connection points, amenities, Town Center, and events and activities throughout the year. The design of the town encourages people to bike ride or walk to restaurants, shops, and enjoy the miles of walking paths within the parks and throughout the community. The restaurants, grocery store and healthy eating options help residents live their healthiest and happiest life. Activities organized by the Ave Maria Master Association and different community lifestyle directors provide residents with opportunities to find their passion and sense of purpose and connect with each other.

Couple walks on sidewalk and waves to person of golf cart“My family moved to Ave Maria in 2021 with hopes to continue the mission of cultivating wellness through our fitness business, and using amenities like South Park has been a great meeting ground for residents to make new connections while improving their health,” said Nicolas Leon, founder of Ave Bootcamp. He and his members have taken advantage of Ave Maria’s Blue Zone amenities for group exercises, runs and other weekly workouts when using the fields, courts and running paths. “There is no competition for better health. Gathering as a community to improve quality of life really defines the Ave Maria lifestyle.”



Ave Maria has been named a Top 20 Master Planned Community in the United States, 2015-2022 Community of the Year, the Top Selling Single-Family Home Community in Southwest Florida, a Blue Zones Certified Community, and its active adult community, Del Webb Naples, has been named a Top 20 Places to Retire. Located in southwest Florida, Ave Maria is a self-sustaining town including shopping and dining, employment opportunities, parks and recreation, and is zoned for all A-rated Collier County public schools.  At its build out, the town will include up to 11,000 residences, and 1.8 million square feet of retail, office, and business park uses in its 4,000 acres.  Ave Maria is located at the intersection of Oil Well and Camp Keais Roads in Eastern Collier County.  The main entrance, on Oil Well just west of Camp Keais, leads to the Town Center. Take I-75, exit 111, follow the signs east to Ave Maria, approximately 25 minutes. For more information, please visit  http://www.avemaria.com/ or call 239-352-3903.



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