Just a short drive south of Miami, you'll find the hidden cove of Islamorada in the northern part of the Florida Keys. Islamorada is the ultimate destination for boating enthusiasts
, water lovers and those looking for a rustic and festive Florida experience. This is one place where you’ll want to get out on the water as soon as you stow your suitcase.
Boating in Islamorada, Florida
The abundance of nature and aquatic attractions surrounding Islamorada and the entire Florida Keys
means that there is no shortage of boating adventures to be had. Of course, you could join the rest of the toursts visting this area and take one of those popular, and most likely crowded, boat tours. Or you can do something a little more authentic by hiring a private captain and a privately-owned boat for a unique and personalized boating experience.
Fishing tours with a private boat captain
Islamorada is commonly known as the sport fishing capital
of the world. Back country or offshore fishing charters with an experienced captain can have you reeling in Mahi, Tarpon and Sailfish in no time. With a traditional fishing tour boat, the captain operates on a set schedule. There may be another group waiting at the dock for the next trip out. When your time is up, well, it’s up - regardless of whether the fish are biting or not.
When you hire your own private captain for the day, it's a much more personalized experience. If the fish aren’t biting, the captain can take off to a different spot. If your time is almost up and the fish have just started noticing there is bait in the water, you’ll have the opportunity to extend and stay out longer.
Snorkeling, swimming and diving boat tours
The warm waves and crystal clear waters surrounding Islamorada are perfectly suited for snorkeling, swimming and diving. Offshore coral reefs surrounding the Florida Keys are home to a variety of colorful fish, friendly moray eels and inquisitive sea turtles. Shipwrecks make great spots for SCUBA divers to practice their skills or learn new techniques. If the water is too rough or the weather changes course, an experienced private captain will simply head off to another spot. Most likely, it will be even better than the original location. In the Florida Keys, it's all about local knowledge and your very own captain can pivot easily and do what it takes to make your experience the best it can be.
Nature, sightseeing and sunset boat tours
Hiring a private captain means that you're in control and you can truly customize your activities for the day. The price is comparable to the crowded group charter and the experience is off the charts better! Companies such as Boatsetter
offer hundreds of great boats of all sizes for rent with or without local, licensed captains to get you to the best spots of the Florida Keys.
You can plan your day of sightseeing and nature watching so that it coincides with Florida's spectacular sunsets. Spend the day seeking out dolphins, manatees and sea birds in their natural habitats. Explore isolated beaches and tiny islands as you search for seashells, discover native plants and picnic in peaceful relaxation. Enjoy the gentle evening breezes as you watch the sun slip into the horizon from the bow of your own private Islamorada boat
rental or charter. That's the only way to go when you're visiting Islamorada or any destination in the Florida Keys.