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Rent a SUN TRACKER deck boat in Dania Beach, FL near me
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Dania Beach, FL

5.0 (39 bookings)

22' Sun Tracker Tritoon 200HP (Gas Included)

3 - 8 hours Captain optional
Up to 11 passengers
Rent a BAYLINER deck boat in Deerfield Beach, FL near me
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Deerfield Beach, FL

5.0 (329 bookings)

NEW BOAT! FREE GAS - LAKE BOCA SANDBAR - SEATS 9!

2 - 8 hours Captain optional
Up to 9 passengers
Rent a ENCORE BENTLEY pontoon in Fort Lauderdale, FL near me
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Fort Lauderdale, FL

5.0 (11 bookings)

GET 1 HR FREE ON BRAND NEW PARTY BENTLEY PONTOON

2 - 8 hours Captain optional
Up to 11 passengers
Rent a Hurricane Boats bow rider in Fort Lauderdale, FL near me
$55+ /hour

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Your perfect getaway in FT Lauderdale canals and rivers (gas included)

2 - 8 hours No captain
Up to 8 passengers
Rent a VERANDA pontoon in Fort Lauderdale, FL near me
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Fort Lauderdale, FL

5.0 (90 bookings)

22’ Veranda Tritoon (Southern Dream)

2 - 8 hours Captain optional
Up to 13 passengers
Rent a Hurricane Boats deck boat in Fort Lauderdale, FL near me
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Fort Lauderdale, FL

4.9 (88 bookings)

“Hurricane” in Downtown of Fort-Lauderdale

3 - 8 hours No captain
Up to 10 passengers
Rent a Rinker Boats bow rider in Fort Lauderdale, FL near me
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Fort Lauderdale, FL

4.9 (234 bookings)

Rinker Q3 23' 12 ppl in Fort Lauderdale, FL!

2 - 8 hours Captain optional
Up to 12 passengers
Rent a REGULATOR BOATS center console in Pompano Beach, FL near me
$178+ /hour

Pompano Beach, FL

Regulator 34 CC with Premium Sound, Shade & Lounge Feature

2 - 8 hours Captained
Up to 6 passengers
Rent a Rinker Boats bow rider in Fort Lauderdale, FL near me
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Fort Lauderdale, FL

4.9 (259 bookings)

Rinker QX18 23' 8 ppl. 115HP

2 - 8 hours Captain optional
Up to 8 passengers
Rent a Sea Ray Boats motor yacht in Dania Beach, FL near me
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Dania Beach, FL

5.0 (26 bookings)

AMAZING 60' SPACIOUS YACHT (CAPTAIN & FUEL INCLUDED)

3 - 8 hours Captained
Up to 12 passengers
Rent a HURRICANE BOATS deck boat in Fort Lauderdale, FL near me
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Fort Lauderdale, FL

5.0 (28 bookings)

Explore the sights of Fort Lauderdale!

3 - 8 hours No captain
Up to 10 passengers
Rent a Princess motor yacht in Fort Lauderdale, FL near me
$969+ /hour

Fort Lauderdale, FL

"Policy Limits" Princess V72

4 - 8 hours Captained
Up to 12 passengers
Rent a Hurricane Boats deck boat in Dania Beach, FL near me
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Dania Beach, FL

5.0 (25 bookings)

Super Comfortable 21 ft Hurricane Deck Boat

3 - 8 hours Captain optional
Up to 10 passengers
Rent a Other pontoon in Fort Lauderdale, FL near me
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Fort Lauderdale, FL

5.0 (154 bookings)

22’ Veranda Tri-Toon (Southern Comfort)

2 - 8 hours Captain optional
Up to 13 passengers
Rent a Midnight Express cuddy cabin in Pompano Beach, FL near me
$197+ /hour

Pompano Beach, FL

5.0 (1 booking)

Awesome Bachelorette, B-Days, & Family Boating Fun

2 - 8 hours Captained
Up to 12 passengers
Rent a Princess motor yacht in Boca Raton, FL near me
$1,530+ /hour

Boca Raton, FL

"Reset" Princess V60

4 - 8 hours Captained
Up to 12 passengers
Rent a Fountaine Pajot  catamaran in Fort Lauderdale, FL near me
Icon $183+ /hour

Fort Lauderdale, FL

5.0 (720 bookings)

Bachelorette, birthday parties & family cruises

4 - 6 hours Captained
Up to 12 passengers
Rent a Pershing motor yacht in North Miami Beach, FL near me
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North Miami Beach, FL

5.0 (16 bookings)

Pershing 62' SKY with night club

2 - 8 hours Captained
Up to 13 passengers

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Rent a Boat in Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale, located just 30-miles north of Miami, is known by many across the globe as the “Yachting Capital of the World.” Its 165-mile waterways coupled with Florida’s year-round sunshine make this one of the most popular boating destinations in the United States. Host to the world’s largest in-water boat show—the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show—locals and visitors alike are drawn to the local waterways, sandbars, and gorgeous beaches. Up and down the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW), you’ll see a mix of water taxis, local boaters and anglers, luxurious superyachts, and even Venetian gondolas.


What to Know

When planning your rent a boat or book an on-water experience in Fort Lauderdale, consider these popular boat rental styles: 

  • As the ‘yachting capital of the world,’ you can probably guess that motor yachts and cruisers are a hot comedy around these waterways. Perfect for larger groups and corporate events, most of these rentals will come with a professional captain.

  • Pontoon boats and other day boats, like bowriders, deck boats, and jet boats, are best suited for exploring the local sandbars and dock-and-dining along the New River.


Safety Requirements:

  • Boating License/Education Rules: All Florida residents born after January 1, 1988 who operate vessels with 10-horsepower or more must carry a Florida Boating Safety Education identification card. You must be at least 14 years of age to operate a personal watercraft (PWC).

  • Life Jacket Requirements: Children ages 6 and under must wear a PFD.

For more information, visit the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Where to dock your boat, or meet your rental:

  • Pier Sixty-Six Marina 

  • Las Olas Marina

  • Bahia Mar Yachting Center 

  • New River Downtown Docks 

  • Marina Bay Marina

To learn more, be sure to read this Fort Lauderdale Boating Guide.


Weather Conditions

In Fort Lauderdale, the summers are hot and humid; while, winters are slightly cooler but mild. Also, skies during winter months are mostly clear, but boaters should be aware of Florida’s active hurricane season that runs through . The best climate in Fort Lauderdale for warm-weather activities is from early November to early May.

Avg. Temperature High: Peaks around 89°F in August 

Avg. Temperature Low: Around 62°F during January 

Avg. Water Temperatures in and around Fort Lauderdale:

  • 75°F in the Spring (March, April, May)

  • 83°F in the Summer (June, July, August)

  • 80°F in Fall (September, October, November)

  • 68°F in Winter (December, January, February)

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Things to Do in Fort Lauderdale by Boat

Explore the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW)

Explore the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW)

South Florida’s vast Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) touches many of the East Coast’s most popular water destinations— including—you guessed it—Fort Lauderdale! If you’re unfamiliar with navigating the ICW, consider booking your rental with a professional captain. Whether you are at the helm yourself or you opt for a captain, the ICW is a gateway to discover Fort Lauderdale's inland bays, party coves, and popular sandbars; not to mention the numerous great waterfront restaurants. Whether your crew is young and ready to party, or you’re a family looking for relaxation and leisure, the ICW offers something for everyone.

  • Wake Zone: Navigating the Intracoastal Waterway for the first time can be intimidating for some. You’ll want to be aware of channel markers, wake zones, and other aids to navigation that can help you along the way. Also be sure to read our helpful Guide to Navigating Florida’s ICW.

  • Pro Tip: The ICW is thousands of miles long, needless to say, there’s much to do and see here. Make the best out of your day on the water in Fort Lauderdale and book a full-day boat rental. 

  • Marinas: Las Olas Marina, Hall of Fame Marina, Pier Sixty-Six Marina 

  • Top Add-ons (varies by boat): Lily pads and floats, snorkeling gear, fishing equipment, and more!


Fort Lauderdale Sandbars

Anchor at the Famous Fort Lauderdale Sandbar

If this is your first time boating in Fort Lauderdale, you won’t want to miss visiting one of three popular local sandbars: the Fort Lauderdale Sandbar (also known as the ‘Triangle;’ within the New River), Lake Sylvia (south of Bahia Mar), and the sandbar on Whiskey Creek (near John Lloyd State Park). Make sure to stock up your cooler with your favorite drinks, adult beverages, and plenty of water. You could also bring aboard a couple of subs from your favorite deli, or order directly from Jay’s Sandbar Foodboat, which is anchored and open for business every Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 8pm.

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  • Pro Tip: The first sandbar is located at the intersection of New River. Our team recommends arriving at the sandbar before noon to secure a primate location. Be sure you anchor your boat outside of the nearby channel.

  • Lat/Long: 26.1116° N, 80.1181° W

New River Fort Lauderdale Boating

Sight-see and dock-and-dine along the New River

You’ll be tempted to dock at many of Fort Lauderdale’s iconic restaurants on your cruise downtown along the New River. To go bar hopping by boat here, be sure to book a boat with a captain who can be your sober skipper and local tour guide. Dock at Boathouse to enjoy the views of water traffic while you sip on a glass of their fine house wine. Next, go to the Pirates Republic Seafood Restaurant and order the house’s popular exotic drink: Caprinha. End your New River adventure at Marti’s New River Bistro for their delectable shrimp bloody mary.

  • Pro Tip: The best time of day to go bar hopping on New River is between the hours of 11am and 2pm or 5pm and 7pm. 

  • Closest dock:  New River Downtown Dock

  • Lat/Long: 26.1109° N, 80.1123° W

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Lake Sylvia

Lake Sylvia

Lake Sylvia is a hidden gem located just off the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW),  north of Fort Lauderdale. Hop on a pontoon with the family and enjoy the small crowd of sunkissed Floridians that hang out here (don’t worry parents—this is a very family-friendly environment, you won’t find much of a party crowd here). If you have small children pack their floaties, the waters of Lake Sylvia are protected, warm and gentle. You and your crew will most likely be hungry after all the fun, nearby Lake Slyvia is Boatyard, a waterfront steakhouse with specialty beverages, and dishes even the kids will enjoy. 

  • Dockage: Leaving from the southwest corner, boaters can head west on the canal under the 7' bridge. Once you continue up the ICW, you can enter the canal just south of SE 15th Street where you’ll find a public boat ramp at Cox’s Landing.

  • Pro Tips: The water depth in Lake Sylvia can vary greatly depending on your location. Be sure to keep an eye on your depth finder and look for shallow areas.

  • Target fish species: Bass, catfish, crappie, perch, and sunfish. 

  • Lat/Long: 26.1048° N, 80.1115° W

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Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

Also fondly known as Fort Lauderdale's 'Central Park,' Hugh Taylor Birch State Park is the green speck amid a concrete jungle located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway. To get here by boat, and cruise around Sunrise Bay or Coral Bay. On one side of the bay, you'll have the thick tropical hammock trees of Hugh Birch Taylor State Park; on the other side, you'll see Fort Lauderdale's famous luxury waterfront mansions. There are many more spots, like the Bonnet House and Garden, sitting just south of Coral Bay! This is a highly attractive area, so you'll likely see many others oohing and aahing at all the beauty surrounding them. 

  • Dockage:  Yes - the park has a public floating dock and pavilion so boaters can access the park via the Intracoastal Waterway.

  • Pro Tips: Fishing is allowed in the park, but be sure to keep an eye out for 'No Fishing' signs. No fishing is permitted in waters within the interior of the park, such as the mangroves or the coastal dune lake.

  • Lat/Long: 26°08′42″N 80°06′18″W

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New River Fort Lauderdale

New River

At the heart of Downtown Fort Lauderdale is New River, a system of canals providing visitors with the best views of this city. Hop on a boat to take a cruise downtown that offers a variety of experiences and places to see that will interest all ages. Follow one canal and you’ll see rows of colonial, oriental, and even modern mansions. Go down another canal and dock at The Wharf for a quick bite and one of their specialty drinks. You have 30 leisurely miles of waterway to explore in this ‘Venice of America.’

  • Launch from: New River Downtown Dock

  • Notable sights: Cooley’s Landing Park, Axis Star, History Fort Lauderdale Museum 

  • Fun fact:  Historic Stranahan House, built in 1901, is Fort Lauderdale’s oldest surviving home, and is located on the New River. Come here with a professional captain for a history lesson and a view into this city’s past. 

  • Lat/Long: 26.1109° N, 80.1123° W

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Dock-and-Dine at Fort Lauderdale Waterfront Restaurants

The Historic Downtowner


The Pirate Republic Seafood and Grill

  • Address: 400 SW 3rd Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315
  • Hours: Mon-Thurs, Sun 12pm-10pm; Fri-Sat 12pm-11pm
  • Reservations: Yes, but not required
  • Type of food: Seafood, tropical cocktails, gourmet salads
  • Dockage available: Yes


Rustic Inn Crabhouse


For additional options and information, read: 6 Best Restaurants on the Water in Fort Lauderdale to Get to By Boat.


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Got questions?

Frequently asked questions

How much does it cost to rent a boat in Fort Lauderdale?

The cost to rent a boat in Fort Lauderdale starts at $89 per hour.

What are the requirements to rent a boat in Florida?

For those that want to rent a boat in Florida, Florida law requires individuals born on or after Jan. 1, 1988 to complete an approved boating safety course and obtain a Boating Safety Education Identification Card issued by the FWC.

How old do you have to be to rent a boat in Florida?

A person must be at least 14 years of age to operate a personal watercraft in Florida. A person must be at least 18 years of age to rent a personal watercraft in Florida.

How much does it cost to rent a yacht in Florida?

The cost to rent a small yacht in Florid starts at $1500 for a half-day on the water and $3,500 for a full day with a captain.

Can passengers drink on a boat in Florida?

Yes, passengers can drink alcoholic beverages on a boat in Florida. It is against the law, however, to operate a motor vehicle in Florida with an open container of alcohol. But if you travel by boat, or plan a party aboard your vessel, it is not illegal for the operator to be drinking an alcoholic beverage -- it is, however, illegal to drive a boat while drunk or while drinking an alcoholic beverage.

Is boat insurance required in Florida?

Boat insurance isn't legally required in Florida, however you should have boat insurance so that you don't have to pay out of pocket for any boating instances. Good news is that Boatsetter has you covered with full insurance coverage on your boat rental. Boat insurance typically covers loss caused by things such as fire, sinking, storms, and collisions. The extent of the coverage varies depending on the policy.

Do you need a boating license to rent a boat in Florida?

No, you do not need a boating license to rent a boat in Florida. The short answer is no; the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which regulates boating in Florida, does not require a Florida 'boating license'. However, it does require that you be familiar with boating safety.

What if I'm not comfortable having a renter drive my boat?

If you are not comfortable having a renter drive your boat, we have an expansive network of licensed and experienced captains. Once your boat is listed, you can filter through our network of captains and favorite captains in your area that you would like to operate your boat.

How to rent a boat on Boatsetter?

At Boatsetter, our mission is to make getting out on the water as easy as possible. With our intuitive booking system, you can rent a boat as soon as today. First, you must determine your budget and the type of boat you want to rent. Next, decide where you would like to boat and the kind of boat you would like to spend the day on. Finally, determine if you will be needing a boat captain and reach out to the boat owner. That's it! You're officially on your way to a fantastic day out on the water.

What makes Boatsetter different from other boat rental platforms?

What makes Boatsetter different is peace of mind. Boatsetter is the first and only boat rental marketplace to offer insurance on every peer-to-peer boat rental. We know choosing the right boat rental platform is essential to your experience while on the water. That's why we've gone the extra mile to focus on safety through our exclusive partnership with GEICO Marine and BoatUS. As the first and only boat rental marketplace to offer insurance on every peer-to-peer rental, you are protected during all rentals with insurance coverage and on-water assistance through TowBoatUS.

How much is a yacht rental Fort Lauderdale?

The cost to rent a yacht in Fort Lauderdale starts at $220 per hour. Renting a private yacht is a very detailed experience that caters to your exact needs while onboard one of our luxury yachts. To plan your private yacht rentals experience please visit https://www.boatsetter.com/luxury-yacht-charters

Can you rent a yacht for the month?

Booking a month-long yacht rental is a detailed and hands-off process when working with our team of yacht charter specialists. We tailor each boat charter to our client's specific wants and needs. Our luxury yacht charter specialists can be reached at (954) 715-4114 or by visiting https://www.boatsetter.com/luxury-yacht-charters

Can you rent a yacht for the week?

Boatsetter allows its customers to rent a yacht for the week. Renting a yacht for a week gives you more access to the wide range of yachts available on our platform. You can either book a rental directly through the site or connect with one of our yacht charter specialists to plan your trip here: https://www.boatsetter.com/luxury-yacht-charters

How much is a yacht ride in Fort Lauderdale?

A yacht ride in Fort Lauderdale costs anywhere from $2,800 to $10,000 for a full day out on the water with a captain and crew.

How many people can fit on a Fort Lauderdale boat rental?

The number of people who can fit on a Fort Lauderdale boat rental depends on the boat's size and how many life jackets are on board. Currently the coast guard allows a maximum of 10-12 people on a Boatsetter boat rental.

How much does it cost to rent a pontoon boat in Fort Lauderdale?

The cost of renting a pontoon boat in Fort Lauderdale is between $230 and $1,300. It depends on the size, location, and rental time of the boat. Prices can range anywhere from $250 for a half-day rental or just under a $1,500 for longer rentals.

How does the boat insurance work?

Boat insurance typically covers loss caused by things such as fire, sinking, storms, and collisions. The extent of the coverage varies depending on the policy.

Is listing my boat on Boatsetter free?

Yes! Listing a boat is completely free. We only take a commission when your boat is rented. We only make money when you do!

Does Boatsetter screen renters?

Yes. We use a system called Cognito to ensure that payment information matches the renter's identity. We also require renters taking out a captained boat to be at least 18 years old and on a bareboat to be at least 25 years old.

How much does it cost to charter a yacht?

The cost to charter a yacht varies depending on the boat size and the length of the charter. Prices typically range from less than $1,000 to $5,000 plus if you're wanting to charter the yacht overnight.


Top boat rental reviews in Fort Lauderdale, FL

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  • Clean and good running boat. Instant booking was so easy and useful for next day booking. Thank you Patty!

    Jason

    Nov 2022

  • Great customer service, great vibes, great boat especially for the price!

    Carlos

    Nov 2022

  • Farid's boat was awesome and he was very professional and helpful. I would rent from him again in a heartbeat.

    Joseph

    Nov 2022
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    We had the best time on Mauricio’s boat!! It was perfect for our Bachelorette party! The boat was gorgeous and the...

    Lauren

    Nov 2022

  • Cameron was a gentleman and the boat we rented was in nice shape will definitely be using him again

    Vartan Gary

    Nov 2022

  • Amazing experience. Very dedicated team, boat was perfectly prepared, in excellent condition. our guests was...

    Fabien

    Nov 2022

  • Farid is a great boat owner. He met us at the launchpad on time, for arrival and departure. The boat is a good size...

    Roger

    Nov 2022

  • Pick up and drop off were great. Communication was great. Boat was in great shape. Came with towels and drinks...

    Andrew

    Nov 2022

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    Nov 2022

  • Everything was great !
    Boat very new and the amenities shows how Farid takes care of his costumers

    Eduardo

    Nov 2022

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    Nov 2022
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    Nov 2022

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