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.
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.
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.