Whether you live in Florida or are planning a vacation in Florida, you should know that one of the greatest adventures you can have in the “Sunshine State” is a day spent on a boat in one of Florida’s beautiful waterways.
There are a large number of Florida locals who have had the chance to experience Florida boating at one time or another. According to the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Vessel Registration statistics, in 2009 there were over 982,000 registered vessels (that number includes both pleasure and commercial vessels and sizes ranging from canoes to boats over 110 feet) across the state of Florida.
If you live in Florida and are new to boating, or just want to try to find some new places to explore by boat, be sure to check out the online resource BoatFlorida.com. Whether you are looking for a boating raft-up group near Miami, or docking information for someplace along the Treasure Coast, BoatFlorida.com is the perfect one-stop site for finding out all of the information you need to really enjoy Florida boating.
If you are planning a trip to Florida, you should make time in your vacation itinerary for getting out on a boat. If you own a boat and are driving into the state, you can trailer it and take advantage of the many different public launch locations in every part of Florida. With dozens of coastline docking spots and state park boating locations, you could easily plan a vacation to Florida with boating as your only to-do.
If you don’t own a boat, or if you don’t have the means to bring your own boat with you to Florida, there are hundreds of fishing charter-boat options all over Florida. This is a particularly great opportunity if you’d like to try out Florida fishing. The exotic species found all over the state make it any angler’s dream fishing location.
So what can you do while out on the boat for the day? Many couples and families enjoy water sports like tubing and knee boarding. If you boat along the Intercoastal Waterway (ICW) or along the west coast, you can go island exploring. Parts of the state along the Gulf of Mexico and southeastern Florida have gorgeous snorkeling and dive spots that are only accessible by boat. And of course, there’s always beaching up to a sandbar or island and simply relaxing the day away.
Florida boating is a great adventure for many reasons. The breathtaking landscapes and foliage surrounding the many rivers and lakes across the state are a sight to see. The possibility—and likelihood—of seeing dolphin and manatee when you boat close to the coast is always a hit with young and old alike. Plus, with such a large number of boating communities in every part of the state, you are sure to find a spot where the locals prefer to spend their boating time. Visitors to these popular spots have been known to make lifelong friends after spending the day out on the water together.
Even if your original Florida vacation plans focused on theme parks and beach bumming, you’ll never regret including boating on your list of Florida fun activities. Whether it’s speeding around on a jet ski or cruising in the Keys on a jet boat, Florida boating is sure to be one of the best memories you and your crew will have.