Destination South Florida: Recommended mode of transportation, a boat of course!
South Florida is the penultimate sunny getaway. It’s the area known as the Palm Beaches, Fort Lauderdale with its surrounding seaside towns as well as the Magic City, Miami…and let’s not forget the Florida Keys, a national treasure full of festivities, fishing and natural frolic.
Whether you’re a local, a northerner or live somewhere central in the sunshine state, South Florida is the destination for sun and fun! And, there’s really only one way to experience it – onboard a boat. Following are just a few fun places that South Florida boaters in the know frequent. Don’t worry; sharing our “secrets” is part of the fun! Read up and then get to it – it’s time to have some fun out on the South Florida waterways.
Party at the Sandbar – On any given sunny day in Florida, you’ll find boaters in-the-know having a great time at “The Sandbar” in Miami. Yes there are many sandbars; this is not the only one. But ask any South Florida boater about The Sandbar, they’ll know which one you mean! Tucked away in the inlet just north of where Biscayne Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean, it’s a local delight and a top destination for those searching for some serious fun. Looking for a party? Problem solved – the Sandbar is the place to be!
Snorkel in the Middle Keys – There’s a beautiful world below the ocean’s waterline and snorkeling is one of the best ways to enter this magical environment. Some of the best snorkeling locations are accessed by boat and the area known as the “Middle Keys” is by far the best place to go snorkeling in the Florida Keys. The Middle Keys lie in between the ever-popular Keys cities of Key Largo and Key West; hence the name Middle and offer some of the best coral reef access in the world. Amazing snorkeling spots like Cheeca Rocks, Hens & Chickens, the barrier reef at Marathon Key and Coffin’s Patch can’t be missed!
Cruise the Venice of the Americas – With more than 300 miles of inland waterways, Fort Lauderdale has been nicknamed the Venice of the Americas. If a night out on the town (by boat) appeals to you, you’re in the right area. From upscale dining at Pier 66 to rustic beer and oysters at Southport to relaxing happy hours at the Pelican Bar (steel drumming may be included) – the options for food and drink are endless and the best way to create the full experience is to arrive by boat.
To truly experience the fun, relaxing environment that South Florida has to offer (and there’s an abundance of it), access to a boat is required. In the past, the South Florida fun-seekers were separated into those who owned a boat and those who didn’t. Those who owned a boat were out at the Sandbar, fishing in the Keys and cruising the ICW on Friday nights. Now, these and many other destinations are no longer limited to those who own a boat. Boatsetter, the online boat sharing community, offers luxurious, private boat rentals for weekend trips or even half day outings and a captain is included that will take care of the logistics, get you to the South Florida hot spots and let you relax with your friends and family.
What are your plans this weekend? The Sandbar was epic last Sunday; maybe we’ll see you there this weekend…