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Finally, there is a blog available for Florida boaters. Our purpose is to provide readers with outstanding information for recreational boating and fishing in the great state of Florida.

Boat Ponce Inlet

Posted by Caleb Gardner On May - 5 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Ponce Inlet in Volusia County, FL, is one of the most beautiful areas of the state. When you boat Ponce Inlet waterways, you’ll find yourself surrounded by incredible wildlife and with easy access to some great area fishing. In fact, Ponce Inlet is lauded has having some of the best ocean fishing in the state.

Avid anglers will love the Blue Marlin found in the Gulf Stream off of the Ponce Inlet coastline. If you have a trolling boat, Ponce Inlet is also home to dolphin, King Mackeral, sailfish, tuna, and wahoo closer to the coastlines. Ponce Inlet waters contain many underwater reefs where red snapper, grouper, Jack Crevalle, and Amberjack are easily found.

If you don’t own a boat or are visiting the area without your boat, be sure to take advantage of the dozens of offshore charter fishing excursion services available in the area. Or, if you’d like to stay on dry land, shore and pier fishing are very popular as well. Nearby Daytona Beach’s Ocean Pier is one popular pier fishing location.

If you will be towing your boat, Ponce Inlet provides many local marinas where you can find overnight dockage, or temporary dockage while you refuel and restock your supplies. The Inlet Harbor Restaurant & Marina is one very popular local spot. With wet and dry storage as well as dockage available, visitors and locals alike enjoy easy access to great food and entertainment as well as a short trip to visit Ponce Inlet’s many local sights.

If you’re looking for a relaxing day out on the water, you’ll want to try a cruise along the ICW. You’ll be able to spot a lot of waterlife, like manatee and dolphin, as well as dozens of species of Florida birds. Feel free to join the party at Disappearing Island by boat, a local sandbar where the locals love to raft up and hang out. Disappearing Island is located close to the Inlet, north of the Coast Guard station and is a sandbar that appears and disappears at the whim of the tides.

Whatever your nautical speed, there is plenty to explore by boat in and around Ponce Inlet and Disappearing Island.

Boat Marco Island

Posted by Caleb Gardner On May - 2 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

There is no other place in the world like the Florida Everglades.  This almost primitive natural habitat is home to one of the largest mangrove swamps anywhere across the globe, the Florida Everglades are a sight to behold.  When you boat Marco Island waterways, you have access to this incredible coastal wilderness.

Marco Island is situated alongside almost 100 miles of undeveloped estuaries, bays and islands.  These relatively pollution free natural areas are ideal homes for many of Florida’s game fish. Naples south along the coast provides angling access to snook, trout, redfish, Spanish Mackeral, ladyfish, and amberjacks.  For those with bigger boats and lots of sport fishing experience, tarpon and shark are also prevalent.

If you boat Marco Island and further south into the 10,000 Islands, you’ll find many small islands that are suitable for overnight camping.  Because of the shallow waters and grassy areas, it’s important to be careful when trying to navigate the area by powerboat.  There are plenty of charters and tours available to explore this wilderness area, too.  The southernmost tip of this area is also a popular snorkeling and water sport spot.

Stay tuned as we will soon be posting about fishing in the Marco Island area.

Happy Boating!

Boat Ft. Lauderdale

Posted by Caleb Gardner On May - 2 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Though Ft. Lauderdale is often most recognized for its great beaches and its popularity as a Spring Break destination of choice, there are also great places to relax and boat in Ft. Lauderdale as well.  As a matter of fact, Ft. Lauderdale is often referred to as the “Yachting Capital of the World.”

Ft. Lauderdale’s boating appeal lies primarily in the fact that there are three great boating locations close to it: Port Everglades Inlet to the Atlantic Ocean, New River and the ICW.  The beautiful waters and endless sunshine in an around Ft. Lauderdale makes exploring these waterways nothing short of pure bliss.

There are also several great state parks in the area that provide public boat launches.  John U. Lloyd Beach State Park provides two boat ramps with access to the ICW as well as the Atlantic Ocean via the Everglades Inlet.  The park is known for excellent fishing and shore dives as well as its beautiful beaches.

Speaking of fishing, the fishing in the Everglades Inlet and Ft. Lauderdale area waterways is incredible.  With sailfish, wahoo, dolphin, mullet, and tarpon all making waves here, you’re sure to have a fantastic day of rod and reef fun.

If you are planning a visit to the area and want to captain your own boat in Ft. Lauderdale, you can find overnight dockage in one of the many excellent full-service marinas in the area.  There are also dozens of waterfront restaurants with docks in Ft. Lauderdale.  15th Street Fisheries is a popular spot with great fresh seafood.  The Pirate Republic Bar, Seafood and Grill is another hot spot with visitors and locals alike.

In fact, Ft. Lauderdale has a huge selection of great dining options.  When you boat in Ft. Lauderdale area, plan on docking and enjoying lunch or dinner landside.  With everything from upscale fine dining establishments to tropical cabana bar options, there is a dining and entertainment experience perfect for every taste and style.

Boat Florida

Posted by Caleb Gardner On May - 2 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Florida boating is like no other boating anywhere in the U.S.  Florida offers boaters an island-like experience without ever having to use a passport.  Whether you prefer boating Panama City and the surrounding warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico or the cooler waters of the Atlantic and boating Jacksonville area, there are endless opportunities for making boating memories in the Sunshine State.

Boating Panama City and other areas of the Panhandle can provide boaters with both relaxation and adventure.  You can choose to anchor out and enjoy the gentle motions of the Gulf while rafting up with friends, or you can head out to deeper waters for excellent sport fishing.

In fact, the fishing all along the coast of Florida is exceptional; fishing Cape Coral and the surrounding areas is an experience to be remembered.  Spanish and King Mackeral are prolific in these areas of Southwest Florida’s coastline.  Red fish, grouper, tarpon, dolphin and wahoo can also be found.

Though most people might first think of Florida’s beautiful coastlines when they think of getting out on the boat, Central Florida also offers great freshwater fishing destinations.  From Lake George to Lake Kissimmee to the many rivers in and around the area, when you’re out on the boat, Central Florida offers just as many excellent boating locations as the rest of the state.

Boating Jacksonville and south along Florida’s east coast provides dozens and dozens of wonderful cruising and fishing locations.  Whether you choose to sightsee in St. Augustine, lay anchor near the cruise ships of Port Canaveral, or waterski near Vero Beach, the ICW provides the perfect waterway for meeting all of your Florida water adventure needs.

When you think of boating in Florida, chances are good that your first image is that of the celebrity playground Miami.  When you boat Miami waterways, you never know whom you may run into.  With many celebrities choosing to make Miami area their home away from home, chances are good that when you boat Miami you could be sharing waves with a famous face or two.

Florida is hands down the best boating location in the U.S.  If you don’t live here, you may wish you did once you’ve had a chance to get out on the boat in Florida.

Boat Stuart

Posted by Caleb Gardner On March - 25 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Some of my greatest adventures growing up took place in Stuart, FL. Every summer I would go there with my best friend’s family. We would fish, boat, and surf. Of course, as young teenagers we were able to find some trouble but who wants to read about that.

This beautiful city is located towards South Florida along the treasure coast. I cannot think of too many other places, on the east coast, that are as great for a boating trip. A family can easily spend a few days enjoying everything the city has to offer both on and off the water. However, we are focusing on the water.  In the Stuart/ Jensen Beach area there are roughly 6 places for you to dock and stay. Stuart is a place where you can catch awesome fish or cruise through the waterways and see some amazing scenery. For dinning there are 8 locations that allow you to dock and eat. My recommendations are the Manatee Island Bar and Grill, Sailor’s Return, and Wahoos Riverhouse Restaurant.  As you can see by the number of hotels and restaurants that accommodate boats, Stuart is a boating city. Take my word for it, if you are someone that hasn’t ever been to Stuart, then you are missing out on a great experience. Spring is in the air so stop sitting and start planning to Boat Stuart!

For more detailed information on boating in Stuart visit FloridaByWater.com or Stuarts Chamber of Commerce.

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