If you don't own a boat but still yearn to get out on the water, a boat rental may be the way to go. I have owned boats of all kinds from my childhood until very recently.
Although I miss the boats and being out on the water, I don't miss the slip and storage fees, or the maintenance time and expense involved in owning a boat.
If boat rentals sound good to you, this is a start on listing rental places in the eight geographical regions of Florida and the Florida Keys.
Most of these places will rent you a boat by the full day, half day, or several days. The size of the boat can depend on how many people you plan to take with you. No matter your level of experience, they will show you safety items and how to use them.
Sailing fans will find that sailboat rentals are a bit harder to find, so the ones that either rent them solo or captained are marked by an asterisk (*).
Links are provided to the rental operation so you can make your reservations online if you choose.
Destin Vacation Boat Rental, Destin *
Shields Marina, St. Marks
The St. Marks River and the Gulf are 20 miles south of Tallahassee
Bluewater Adventures, St. Augustine
Plenty of protected salt water and ocean at the Ancient City.
Schooner Freedom, St. Augustine *
Captained tours of local waters on large schooner. You can help sail.
Beachside Sailing, Merritt Island *
Protected lagoon waters make for some great sailing.
Florida Boat Rentals, Vero Beach
The Indian River Lagoon is a great boating area.
Honest Johns Fish Camp, Melbourne Beach
Protected waters of Mullet Creek and Indian River Lagoon. The have 14 foot motor boats, gheenoes, kayaks, and more with reasonable rates.
Catboat Adventures, Mount Dora
You captain your own two person power catamaran on a guided tour.
Lake Fairview Marina, Orlando *
Rent and sail a boat on this small lake in north Orlando.
Mount Dora Boating Center & Marina, Mount Dora
Perfect location for exploring Lake Dora and the Harris Chain.
The Castaways on the River, Astor
Explore the St Johns River south of Lake George
Tampa Bay Boat & Jet Ski Rentals, Tampa
Tampa bay is huge with lots of places you can explore.
Park Shore Marina & Boat Rentals, Naples
Located on protected waters behind the barrier island on the Gulf.
Boat Rental Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale
Venice of America,hundreds of miles of canals to explore.
Sailo Boat Rentals, Miami and Fort Lauderdale
Wide variety of yachts for rent to explore these waters.
Fort Lauderdale Water Taxi,
5 Boarding Locations. You can go to a specific destination or ride all day on the rivers and canals of Fort Lauderale.
Let's Go Sailing Today, Miami *
Captained sailing adventures on beautiful Biscayne Bay.
Miami Water Taxi, Miami
One way or all day passes for 6 different destinations in Miami, Miami Beach, and South Beach.
A1A Water Sports & Boat Rentals, Islamorada
Conveniently located for exploring the keys.
Vacation Boat Rentals, Marathon, Islamorada, Key West, Big Pine Key. Rent Carolina Skiff and other fishing and pleasure boats.
Many fish camps not listed on this web page have boats to rent for fishing or for fun. Learn all about them here:
There are also several boat clubs that allow you to use a wide variety of boats. These clubs require a membership and their boats are not generally available to the public.
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