Florida’s Most Popular Boating Destinations

May 5th, 2017

Florida isn’t called the boating capital of the world for just any reason. With miles of crystal clear water infused with light and dark shades of blue and green, combined with reefs, dozens of species of fish, sea turtles, and of course, sharks, it is no wonder people come from miles around to this destination. Florida alone has more registered boats than any other state in the United States, while over 100,000 boats from around the world can be seen throughout our waterways.

The Florida Keys

The Florida Keys are known as the Sport Fishing Capital of the World, as it offers endless opportunity to catch different types of fish. It is also home of one of the largest reefs in America, and only a few miles away from Cuba. Plus, if you’re a Jimmy Buffett fan, Key West inspired him to sing many of his most popular songs.

Miami/Fort Lauderdale/Palm Beach

Known as the tri-city area, South Florida offers miles of waterway, while the water always seems to be warm due to the Gulf Stream. This area offers some of the largest and most popular boat shows in the nation, while the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is one of the largest in the world. The area is a popular destination for both fishermen and scuba divers, and the Bahamas are just a short 50 miles away.

St Petersburg/Tampa

This area is famous for its bays and rivers, and often referred to as a boater’s paradise. Locations such as Beer Can Island and Shell Key are top destinations as Egmont Key offers boaters the opportunity to explore ruins from a 19th century army fort. There are also several state parks and docking facilities to allow for overnight stays after a long day on the water.

St. Augustine/Jacksonville

As Jacksonville is the largest city in the state of Florida, and the gateway to the St. Johns River, it is a very popular boating destination. It offers top notch marinas, five star restaurants, and gorgeous hotels. With plenty of fishing locations, and marshes, this area is favored by dozens of boaters year-round.

The Emerald Coast

The Emerald Coast spans Fort Walton Beach, Pensacola, and Destin, and has been a famous sailing destination since the Spanish explorers. It is often referred to as the “Worlds Luckiest Fishing Village”, and is filled with beautiful beaches and harbors. It has been mentioned numerously in sailing magazines as one of the top areas to sail.

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