Boating in Florida: The Best Places to Get on the Water

See a new side of Florida via our thousands of miles of lakes, rivers and coastal waters.

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Take in the sunset along the southern tip of Florida.

Florida Keys

From Biscayne National Park to Key West, 125 miles to the southwest, the Florida Keys chain has more opportunities for boaters than any other place on Earth. Key Largo, with its countless reefs and shipwrecks, is the best place to drop your anchor.

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Bet you never knew Tampa Bay was hiding this boater’s dream?

Egmont Key

Tampa Bay, the state’s largest estuary, is a favorite anchorage for its restaurants and hotels. But the hidden treasure is Egmont Key, at the mouth of the bay. Explore an old fort, picnic on the beach or hook a tarpon in the pass.

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Destin, Florida

Float over the jewel-toned waters for a few hours and then recharge your batteries on the Emerald coast—known as one of Florida’s best stretch of beaches. Karl Kyhl via Flickr

Emerald Coast

The Emerald Coast has some of the best deep-sea fishing. Destin bills itself as the “world’s luckiest fishing village.” Summer brings red snapper season.

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A local couple puts the original African Queen back on the water in Key Largo.

Take a Boat Ride in Key Largo Gary Bogdon

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