Florida, also known as “the sunshine state,” is often thought of as the boating capital of the world. This makes perfect sense because of the sunshine and plenty of access to water. 

There are many amazing and beautiful spots for boating in Florida, but these are some of the most gorgeous and  highly-rated locations:

Florida Keys

The Florida Keys offers variety and a sense of paradise for boaters. It consists of several beautiful islands with off-shore and in-shore fishing, sandbars, warm, clear water, and multiple reefs for snorkeling and diving. Additionally, the Florida Keys has many dining options to choose from and great diversity within communities. 

Charlotte Harbor

Charlotte Harbor is almost like a smaller version of the Florida Keys. It boasts tons of islands, beautiful, uncrowded beaches, and is a dream come true for boaters! You’ll also find some iconic places here such as Sanibel Island, Boca Grande, Cabbage Key, North Captiva Island, and Useppa Island.

Jupiter/Palm Beach

Jupiter/Palm Beach is one of the nicest areas on the east coast of Florida. It offers a mix of everything from incredible off-shore and in-shore fishing, crystal clear waters, and in close proximity to both the Gulf Coast and Bahamas. 

Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay is a fantastic place to boat and offers many options. Boaters can fish in the bay, go off-shore, or take cruises downtown St. Petersburg and Tampa. Tampa Bay also has many beautiful islands with secluded sandbars and shoreline to drop anchor. 

Ft. Lauderdale/Miami

Known as one of the most popular places to boat in the world, Ft. Lauderdale offers incredible sight-seeing, canal living, and is an ideal place to service your boat. Miami is a location that is considered a boater’s paradise with warm waters, an abundance of in-shore and off-shore fishing, and also offering an amazing nightlife,