Best Boating in Florida

Best Boating in Florida

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...
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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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Fourth Annual Chad Day Fishing Tournament Set For April 10

Fourth Annual Chad Day Fishing Tournament Set For April 10

The fourth annual Chad Day Fishing Tournament will be held on Sunday, April 10th at the Tarpon Bay Grill and Tiki Bar, located at 7150 Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243. The family-friendly tournament will kick off on Saturday, April 9th after the mandatory captain’s meeting, held at the Tarpon Bay Grill and Tiki Bar, at 3PM. All anglers are encouraged to attend, but at least one member of each team must be present. The catch and release tournament includes snook, redfish, and trout and all entry photos must be submitted by Sunday at 2PM. The entry fee per boat is $280 for up to 4 anglers. Each additional angler is $70, with a max of 6 people per team. A total of $6000 worth of prizes will be awarded to tournament winners. For each species, first prize will receive $1000, second $700, and third $300.  The event will also include raffles, silent auctions, and live music. Raffle tickets can be purchased 11AM-6PM...
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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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South Florida Kayak Fishing Spots

SOUTH FLORIDA: ARE YOU FISHING FOR NEW KAYAK SPOTS? We all agree that fishing is fun and highly relaxing, like Kayaking. Summertime is fast approaching. Get your kayak and fishing gear ready, here are some great spots to go for a good time and even better kayak fishing. Located in the northern-most city in Palm Beach County, Jupiter brings you Loxahatchee River. Try not to get lost in the beautiful scenery it offers, (or perhaps do try). The slow flowing river makes it a perfect destination for laid-back fishing. The river remains one of the waters with wild ecosystems. It offers a mixture of fresh and saltwater fishes that allows catching different species of fish. You can get lucky and catch largemouth bass, common snook, and more!  Florida is dubbed as the fishing capital of the world. Visiting Lake Okeechobee is something that you would need on your kayak bucket list, hands down. The river covers an enormous space of 730 square miles. It...
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Tips For Planning A Family Fishing Trip

Tips For Planning A Family Fishing Trip

Thinking of a family fishing trip but don’t know where to start? Whether you are traveling long distance or skipping down the road, planning a fishing trip as a family can be stressful. Here are some tips to help ease the stress and ensure you have a REEly great experience! LocationLocation can play a huge factor in planning any trip as a family. Doing your research on the general area will be helpful in many ways. Is there lodging? If you plan to camp out  is there easy access to restrooms? Kids seem to always want what is not already available to them so if a trip to a convenient store is necessary it would be really great to be able to get to one quickly. Finding the perfect location can be difficult to meet everyone’s needs, but it is possible with a little planning ahead! Organization The key component to a successful trip for anyone is organization. Making sure that you have everything...
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5 Waterfront Restaurants Around Bradenton

5 Waterfront Restaurants Around Bradenton

Is there anything better than enjoying a wonderful meal outside near the water? There are numerous restaurants in the Bradenton area with delicious bites and beautiful water views. Here are some of our local favorites: Riviera Dunes Dockside Social Bar and Grill 102 Riviera Dunes Way, Palmetto; 941-304-3689; rivieradunesdockside.com Of course we have to start with our closest outdoor eatery, the Riviera Dunes Dockside Social Bar and Grill! Overlooking our marina, the restaurant offers ample patio seating and an outdoor bar. Enjoy live music and daily happy hour specials as well as brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 - 3PM.  Caddy’s801 Riverside Drive E., Bradenton; 941-708-3777; caddys.com Caddy’s in Bradenton is a tropical paradise perfect for the whole family. Enjoy lawn games, beach volleyball courts, firepits, and live music. The menu features beachy American eats and there’s truly something for everyone. Those craving seafood can enjoy the Grouper Reuben or Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna. They also have various salads, burgers, and delicious shareable appetizers. Riverhouse...
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Tips For Naming Your Boat

Tips For Naming Your Boat

Choosing your boat’s name is a right of passage. According to boating folklore, it’s bad luck to change a boat’s name, so it’s important to take your time in choosing the right moniker. The name should be classic, memorable, and show your personality. Here are some tips for naming your vessel. Keep it simple When naming your boat, we recommend keeping it short and simple. One to three words works best, in our opinion. The name should be short enough to fit on the transom and easy to understand if said over the VHF radio. We also recommend avoiding choosing a name that’s so obscure that not many people would understand it, like a private joke.  Be Traditional Traditionally, many people have chosen to name their boats after important women in their lives, but you can consider naming yours after anyone you love. If you want to be less obvious, consider using the middle name of your spouse or children. Try a pun There’s nothing better...
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Cortez Fishing Festival Returns February 19-20

Cortez Fishing Festival Returns February 19-20

The Cortez Fishing Festival will be returning for its 40th annual event this weekend, February 19-20. The festival is held in the small fishing village of Cortez and aims to celebrate the region’s history and those who work hard to supply fresh local seafood. Tickets are $5 per person and children 12 and under may attend for free. The event was first held in 1981 as a 1-day festival and drew 500 people to celebrate Florida’s commercial seafood industry. The festival has since grown into a 2-day event and hosts nearly 20,000 people each year. Walking around Cortez is like stepping back in time and visitors can enjoy the charm of the small cottages and friendly locals. Organized by the Florida Institute of Saltwater Heritage (FISH), the festival will include live music, arts and crafts, seafood, and much more throughout the weekend. The University of Florida is hosting educational “dock talks” and the public is welcome to explore local fishing boats and...
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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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