Four Cities that Suit the Boating Lifestyle

Whether it be a lake, river, ocean or bay, the U.S. is filled with destinations that perfectly suit the boating lifestyle. From the Pacific Ocean to the Chesapeake Bay, Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean, we’ve picked a few of our favorite places to set sail, drop anchor and reel in the big one.

4 Great Boating Cities for Travelers to Visit

San Diego, California
They say it never rains in southern California. Whether that’s true or not, mid-70s and sunny skies make San Diego a year-round boating destination. Waterways include the Pacific Ocean, San Diego Bay and the San Diego River. Stow the bikes and hiking shoes and sail out to Catalina Island, or head to Mission Bay for on-water picnics and watersports fun. Explore the surf shops, restaurants and beach bars that line the boardwalk at Mission Bay. Watersports excursions and sightseeing tours take boaters past Coronado Island and the downtown San Diego skyline.

Annapolis, Maryland
Home to the National Sailing Hall of Fame and the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis is known for its sailing scene. Sail around the harbor or head out into the Chesapeake Bay, which just happens to be the largest estuary in the U.S. Book a boat tour where you can learn about naval history and see sites such as the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Thomas Shoal Lighthouse. Take a water taxi through Annapolis Harbor, Spa Creek and Back Creek, or reel in rockfish, sea trout and flounder. Annapolis hosted the first in-water sailboat show in 1970 and continues to operate premier boat shows to this day. If you’re in the market to buy or just want to daydream, there is a spring and fall sailboat show as well as an October power boat show.

Tampa, Florida
From the urban shores of Tampa Bay to the emerald expanse of the Gulf of Mexico, Florida’s west coast is a dream destination for those seeking the boating lifestyle. Pull up to white sand beaches, check out waterfront restaurants or take off on an offshore fishing adventure. The Courtney Campbell Causeway crosses over Tampa Bay and connects to the Gulf of Mexico at Clearwater Beach. Along the way, there are boat ramps, beaches, nature trails and a thriving estuary with mangroves and marine animals.

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
You can’t go very far in Fort Lauderdale without seeing a boat or two. With sunny skies, palm-tree lined beaches and one of the world’s largest annual in-water boat shows, Fort Lauderdale is truly a boater’s city. The city has become known as the “Venice of America” because of its miles of canals and waterways that wander about the city. Take a sightseeing tour aboard a water taxi, cruise along the New River or rent a cruiser for a day of watersports, diving and snorkeling in the Atlantic Ocean. The Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) is a great area to explore and view high-end homes, mega yachts and the scenic landscapes of the south Florida area.


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