Florida has some pretty amazing places for boaters and tourists alike! Here are just a few places to make sure you’ve checked off your boating bucket list!
With first-class marinas, ship supply stores, amazing hotels and five-star restaurants, this city definitely caters to the boating crowd. There is ample dockage downtown, including the Metropolitan Park Marina. This is a great thing for boaters because the city hosts a number of waterfront festivals. Not to mention about 40 miles to the south you have St. Augustine, the nation’s oldest city and first seaport. Dock at the City Marina and explore the historic district and the Castillo de San Marcos and much more!
Fort Lauderdale has been called the Venice of America. It is also known as the Yachting Capital of the World. The annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is one of the largest events of its kind. If you are planning a trip to the Bahamas, Fort Lauderdale is a good place to launch from, as well as Miami, about 25 miles south.
Tampa Bay, the state’s largest estuary, has more great places to boat than any other place in Florida. Downtown Tampa has fine restaurants and hotels, as does the City of St. Petersburg, a short cruise across the bay. But it is the hidden bays and rivers that are the true treasure of this metropolitan boater’s paradise. Anchor up near Beer Can Island or Shell Key or cruise out to Egmont Key and explore the ruins of a 19th Century army fort.