Best Florida Cruises and Boat Tours

Best Florida Cruises and Boat Tours

If you’re looking for some of the best waterways to explore in the country, look no further than the sunshine state. Florida features over 1,800 miles of coastline and 12,000 miles of rivers and streams. Some visitors bring their own boat or opt to rent one, but there are other options for travelers such as taking a cruise or boating tour.  Here are some of the top cruises and tours that you’ll want to check out in sunny Florida: Tarpon Springs Take a boat tour from the Tarpon Springs Sponge Dock where you tour the Anclote River while learning some history about Tarpon Springs. You will also be able to gaze out on the gulf waters and spot dolphins as well as make a stop on the beautiful Anclote Key, a white sand barrier island that is only reachable by boat.  Celebrity Spotting at Miami Beach Many celebrities pay millions of dollars for a home with waterfront views in Miami. If you want to see...
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Boating is Good for Your Mental Health

Boating is Good for Your Mental Health

Boating is not only a fun activity or used for means of travel;  it also offers many mental health benefits. Taking a ride or a trip on a boat relaxes your mind and can help by distracting your thoughts, allowing a break from your everyday routine.  Boating positively impacts your state of mind and well-being in more ways than one: Boating is Meditative Spending time on a boat goes a long way in helping to combat the stresses of everyday life. It allows you time to think, recharge, enjoy nature, and focus on the present moment. It provides you with a sense of peace, calm, and awe. Boating Can Reset Your Mind Anyone can become burned out or exhausted from working non-stop or from not having enough time away from the mundane. Being on the water helps you to relax, find happiness, contentment, and healing.  Improves Social Life Boating with friends and/or family offers many benefits to your mental health by improving your social life. Having a...
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5 Boating Tips you need this Summer

5 Boating Tips you need this Summer

Here comes summer, and you know what that means? It's officially the boating season! The sun is stronger than ever, the days are longer, heat is coming right up, and the days are mostly spent on the water. To make your days boating extra fun, you should take some boating tips with you during your adventures. So, get your coolers and engine starting because summer boating season is now rolling in. Cover Up Everyone knows that the summer heat is quite intense, but the sun's rays are even stronger when you are on the water? Whether you are in or beside the water, it reflects the sun's rays causing your skin to be damaged. That's why it's essential to take care of your skin. To get the most of a sunny day in the water, apply sunscreen every 80 minutes to protect your skin from the harmful UV rays. Use a 30SPF face stick as an addition to carrying it with you while in...
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Florida Announced As “Boating Capital Of The World”

Florida Announced As “Boating Capital Of The World”

On Friday, March 18, 2022, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission dubbed Florida the “Boating Capital of the World.” More people than ever are moving to the beautiful sunshine state and over 1 million boats are currently registered in Florida. 74,622 vessels are registered in Miami-Dade County, 53,867 in Pinellas County, 50,304 in Lee County, 47,741 in Broward County, and 41,495 in Hillsborough County. The state of Florida requires boats to be registered within 30 days of purchase with the local tax collector. Vessels that are not motor-powered and shorter than 16 feet are not required to be registered. With a record number of boats on the water, safety is more important than ever. In a statement from the commission’s Boating and Waterways Section Leader, Major Rob Beaton said, “With more boats on the water, we want to spread the word about boating safety to both residents and visitors enjoying Florida’s year-round boating season. A safe day while boating is a great...
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7th Annual Bradenton Area River Regatta Returns This Saturday

7th Annual Bradenton Area River Regatta Returns This Saturday

The Bradenton Area River Regatta is returning for it’s seventh annual event after being canceled last year due to Covid-19. The free event will be held this Saturday, February 12th at the Manatee River and will include powerboat races, live music, and family fun. Over 100,000 spectators are expected to attend. The main event of the day is the F-2 powerboat race, featuring Formula 2 boats that can reach a top speed of 120 mph. New for 2022, the regatta will also include SST-45 “Formula Lights” powerboats. These boats only reach a top speed of 70 mph, but their agile maneuvering makes for an exciting race. Powerboat Racing Schedule 10:30 AM - 12 PM: Test runs 1 PM: Formula 2 qualifying heats 2 PM: SST-45 qualifying heats 4 PM: Formula 2 final 5 PM: SST-45 final Those on land can enjoy live music throughout the day in both Bradenton and Palmetto. The Bradenton stage will feature headlining cover bands Almost ABBA and The Blooze and the Randy McNeely...
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Ladies Let’s Go Fishing Seminar Returns To The Gulf Coast

Ladies Let’s Go Fishing Seminar Returns To The Gulf Coast

The Ladies Let’s Go Fishing Seminar is set to return to the Gulf Coast this March. The seminar will be held March 26-27 during the saltwater inshore fishing seminar at Bass Pro Shops Fort Myers.  Ladies Let’s Go Fishing is “a national organization dedicated to attracting more women to sportfishing and to promoting conservation and responsible angling.” They were founded in 1997 and have since had over 8,000 graduates of their educational program. Their weekend seminars offer a complete fishing experience in a non-intimidating environment and have been dubbed the “The No-Yelling School of Fishing”. Participants are taught beginner and advanced fishing techniques and classes on inshore, offshore, bottom, and fly fishing and offered a final charter boat fishing day to test their new skills. Though called Ladies Let’s Go Fishing, the seminar is not limited to just women. No experience or equipment is required. The Gulf Coast Ft. Myers Inshore Fishing Seminar will be held Saturday March 26th and Sunday 27th...
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Sailfish Tournaments Begins After Thanksgiving

Sailfish Tournaments Begins After Thanksgiving

Every winter, anglers and captains get together in Stuart and Fort Pierce to compete in sailfish tournaments. It’s an expensive hobby, as boat owners and anglers have to pay their crew, buy fuel, bait, and tackle, and feed everyone who tags along for the event.  But it’s all worth it, at the end of the day. The adrenaline rush of a great sailfishing day is impossible to beat. Catching sailfish is a thrilling, fast-paced sport. Slow days happen, of course, and they aren’t nearly as fun. But taking a chance on a great day is completely worth the wait.  Upcoming Sailfish Tournaments 1. Fish Heads of Stuart Quickie Sailfish Tournament (Nov 29 - Dec 1) 2. Pirates Cove Resort & Marina Sailfish Classic  (Dec 2 - Dec 5) 3. Stuart Sailfish Club Light Tackle Sailfish Tournament  (Dec 9 - 11) 4. Pelican Yacht Club Invitational Billfish Tournament (Jan 10 - 15) ...
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Bald Eagle Steals Man’s Catch In Florida

Bald Eagle Steals Man’s Catch In Florida

Chad Rissman and his Uncle, Darrin Vick, had been waiting for a bite all day at Dunedin Causeway. Suddenly, the line tightened. As they excitedly reeled in their catch, a bald eagle flew in and claimed the shark as its own. Both men grabbed their phones to record the once-in-a-lifetime moment.   Fortunately, they were able to cut the line and remove the hook from the eagle’s vicinity. If you encounter a situation with a bird that’s hooked, don’t immediately cut the line.  If you do, the bird could end up seriously injured. If the eagle in this incredible story flew away with 15 to 20 feet of fishing line hanging from her beak, she could’ve ended up accidentally hanging herself. Instead, reel, remove, and release. If you don’t feel comfortable removing the hook yourself, contact the Raptor Center of Tampa Bay. If you encounter an injured or tangled bird, call Raptor Center of Tampa Bay at 813-205-1851. ...
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Boat Sales Are Increasing, But So Are Crashes: The Importance of Boating Safety Courses

With the pandemic fading out and people taking to the sea in their boats again, energies are high but tides can be too, and boaters often neglect the choppy waters and get carried away on the waters. This excitement, coupled with limited boating education can often lead to terrible accidents. With the rising crowdedness of lakes, rivers, channels, and other bodies of water, it stands to reason that having more people who are boat-safety certified will make our waters considerably safer. If that isn't enough to persuade you, licenced or certified boaters may be eligible for savings on their insurance. You could argue that boater safety training is both a wonderful method to improve your knowledge and a terrific way to save money!1. Boating Laws differ across statesIt's easy to see why boater safety training is so crucial for anyone who plans to operate a watercraft. But, exactly, what are the rules and regulations? It depends on where you live...
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300 Kids Treated To Annual Fishing Trip in Destin

300 Kids Treated To Annual Fishing Trip in Destin

On Sunday, Eddie Morgan, owner of Harbor Docks (a marina/seafood restaurant) in Destin, treated 300 local children to Take-a-Kid-Fishing Day, which his father pioneered 27 years ago.  During the trip, the kids filled fifty charter boats and had the chance to go fishing. For some of them, it was their very first time out on the water. The trip is free, provides a fresh fish lunch to every child, and a fishing rod to take home. The chaperones are all local volunteers. Many of them are firefighters and police officers.  Take-a-Kid-Fishing Day is hosted every year or every other year, depending on weather. Morgan invites children through community groups and local media channels. The main focus of this annual trip is to provide an unforgettable experience for kids who might not otherwise have this type of opportunity.  Morgan says he loves asking the children what they think they’ll catch and seeing enthusiasm and excitement light up their faces. His favorite part of the...
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