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.
Sailboat rentals are a bit harder to find, so the ones that either rent them solo or captained are marked by a *.
Destin Vacation Boat Rental, Destin *
Shields Marina, St. Marks
The St. Marks River and the Gulf are 20 miles south of Tallahassee
St. Augustine Sailing, St. Augustine *
You can sail on your own or take a Captain with you.
Beachside Sailing, Merritt Island *
Protected lagoon waters make for some great sailing.
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.
Let's Go Sailing Today, Miami *
Captained sailing adventures on beautiful Biscayne Bay.
A1A Water Sports & Boat Rentals, Islamorada
Conveniently located for exploring the keys.
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.