Florida is a beautiful state. There are a lot of places of interest for people to visit, and because there are so many miles of shoreline, it’s no surprise that many vacation destinations are accessible by boat. With its seemingly unending supply of stunningly sandy beaches, modern harbors, and warm weather conditions, Florida is among the most popular vacation spots for people from all over the world. Following are a few of the best boating destinations in Florida.
Daytona is famous for two things: speed week and its beaches. Every winter since 1903, this city on the east coast of Florida has been the gathering place for people who like to watch other people go fast. They also come for the beaches, which are kept in pristine condition in order to entice visitors. Arriving by boat is a special way to see Daytona and its famous beaches.
On the western side of the state is a gem of the Gulf Coast called Sarasota. It is part of a stretch of coast line known as Florida’s Cultural Coast. There are many white, sandy beaches to attract visitors, and boaters are especially attracted to the modern harbors which give access to the city and its surroundings.
Named for Princess Amelia, daughter of King George II, Amelia Island is part of the barrier islands along the eastern cost of the U.S., reaching from South Carolina to Florida. In fact it is the southernmost island in this chain. The island is rich in history, and you can enjoy the cultural aspect of the island, as well as special events like the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival.
Key West is arguably the best known of the Florida Keys, a series of islands running from the southern tip of Florida into the Gulf of Mexico. A popular vacation spot because of its balmy, tropical breezes and laidback atmosphere, Key West is accessible by land, but arriving by boat will make you feel like you’re an expatriate living a nautical dream.
Jacksonville is considered the gateway to the St. Johns River, which is Florida’s major interior river. It is home to first-class marinas, fine hotels, and five-star restaurants. Located on the east coast of Florida, Jacksonville welcomes boaters from all over the world. The fishing is great, and the city hosts one of the largest mackerel tournaments in the state.
Located along the southeast coast of Florida, Ft. Lauderdale is a much anticipated vacation destination for a great many people looking for the Florida ‘sunshine and relaxation’ experience. The city regularly plays host to more than 10,000,000 people annually. There are more than 100 marinas and boatyards to handle the thousands of boaters who visit.
Known for its white sand beaches, this Gulf Coast city in Florida’s panhandle is home to naval bases and mile upon mile of pristine beaches that are visited by vacationers from all over the world. Pensacola, and nearby Pensacola Beach, are renowned for their welcoming attitude for vacationers, and if you arrive by boat, you’ll fit right in.
What visit to Florida by boat would be complete without a stopover in Miami? You can dock in one the city’s marinas, and then take a stroll along the world-famous Miami Beach. It will most likely be among the treasured, long-lasting memories you’ll retain from a boating trip around this beautiful state. Miami is one the busiest metropolitan areas in the United States, and is a ‘must see’ boating destination.
Located along the Gulf Coast of Florida, Clearwater is just north of Tampa Bay. It is home to one of the finest beaches in the Tampa Bay area. The beaches are wide and long, and offer a gentle slope from the shoreline down to the waters of the gulf. The city offers world-class hotels and other amenities, and ample dock space for visiting boaters.
Key Largo is a popular vacation destination in the Florida Keys. It is near the southern tip of the main part of the state, and is the northernmost of the Keys. It is at the other end of the Keys chain of islands from Key West, and calls itself the ‘Diving Capital of the World’ because of the living coral reefs located a few miles offshore.
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