Everything you need to know about renting a boat in sunny Florida
Florida is the most southeastern U.S state with the Atlantic ocean on one side and the Gulf of Mexico on the other. Boat rentals in Florida
are great because there are hundreds of miles of beaches to explore on your sailing adventure, not to mention the city of Miami
and the upscale South Beach. Further up the coast you have Orlando, with it’s magical and famous Disney parks.
Where to rent a boat in Florida
You can rent a boat from most areas along the coast. However, we have a few favourites we would love to recommend to you.
Miami is one of the most popular places to rent a boat in Florida. There are three main locations within Miami that are simply perfect to begin your sailing experience. Miami beach has up to 400 berths in the marina and state of the art facilities. Coconut Grove
is located in the south of Miami and has all types of boats available including motor boats
Downtown Miami has a smaller Marina and offers a very tranquil environment whilst still close to the Miami buzz .
is another popular place to rent a boat as it has an abundance of marinas with all the amenities you could ever need.
Cape Coral and Fort Myers are located in the southwest of Florida. This beautiful location is home to a large Yacht Club community and offers one of the largest variety of boat charters along the coast.
What to do in Florida
Whether you have a motorboat, sailboat, catamaran or a pontoon boat you can enjoy exploring the many beaches. If you want to enjoy a relaxed low key holiday enjoying the sun with a cocktail or two then you are in the right place. On the other hand, if you want to experience the eccentric Miami lifestyle, then you’re on its doorstep. One of the many great things is that you won’t be lost for places to sail and things to do, no matter how you want to spend your vacation.
Aside from Universal Studios, Disney World, Seaworld and all the rest of Florida’s famous parks, there are many other places to visit. Despite all of it’s man made wonders, there is also the option to visit some of the most fantastic national parks in the USA. For example you may want to check out Dry Tortuga, the Everglades or the many barrier reefs which are perfect for wildlife lovers. Nasa Kennedy Space centre is just a short distance from Coco beach which together would be the perfect day trip for not just kids but adults too! Florida is also home to an abundance of museums, art galleries and some of the finest cuisine you ever did taste.
If you have a week charter, why not sail over to the Bahamas for a different experience?
Circumnavigating a Peninsula
Most sailors begin in one of Florida’s attractive main marinas. A wide variety of boats and berth sizes can be found in Miami (downtown, beach and nearby Coconut Grove), Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach, Naples and Key West. From there, it’s easy sailing along the Florida coast, with potential to explore over 30,000 lakes within the peninsula itself. In particular, sticking to the south of Florida offers a fabulous introduction to the state, with island-hopping adventures, bustling towns and cities, historic landmarks and warming waters for diving among coral reefs. Of course, your company will dictate your itinerary, and there’s plenty of options to explore - from child-friendly Orlando to the nightlife of Miami and quieter pace of the Florida Keys.
Exploring the Gulf of Mexico
Florida is a gateway to the Gulf of Mexico, serviced by attractive port towns and marinas like Naples and Sarasota. The Gulf of Mexico is particularly popular for dolphin and whale watching. It’s also a vibrant region for fishing, with a plentitude of tarpon, tuna, marlin and redfish, among other marine species.
Climate and Sailing Conditions in Florida
Florida is not called the ‘Sunshine State” for no reason, or you may have heard it referred to as “Sunny Florida”. Summers are long, warm and fairly humid. Minimal temperatures range from near 70 °F (21 °C) in the north, to near 80 °F (27 °C) in the Keys. High temperatures during the summer average in the lower 90s Fahrenheit statewide.
The winters are kept warm from tropical easterly winds. They range from 15 to 20 knots which are perfect for sailing. Average low temperatures in the winter can range from 65 °F (18 °C) in Key West to near 41 °F (5 °C) degrees Fahrenheit at Tallahassee, while daytime highs range from 64 °F (18 °C) at Tallahassee to 77 °F (25 °C) at Miami.
How to get to Florida
Florida has 66 airports in total opening up countless options for your travel. If you are flying in from the US directly airlines such as American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Alaska Airlines and many have great offers all year around.
If you are on an international flight the cheapest airports to fly to generally are Orlando, West Palm Beach, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale and Miami.
Miami International Airport (MIA) is only approx. 7-8 miles away from Coconut Grove and Downtown Miami and 13 miles from Miami Beach. You can get a taxi, or alternatively public transport. Miami has metrobus, metrorail and also tri-rail, so there’s plenty of public transport to go round to help reduce those CO2 emissions!