If you plan to visit Miami, renting a boat is definitely something to consider. Here are the top 10 reasons why you should rent a boat in Miami:
Key Largo to Key West
Currently, there is surprisingly no ferry service going from Key Largo to Key West. Most continue to make the journey via car, which takes around 2 hours. You can also sail this journey if you rent a boat in Florida, which would make you one of the lucky few that get to experience the trip this way.
A straight journey from Key Largo to the very western tip is around 100 miles and would take you at least half a day, depending on the waters.
Marathon is a little over half way on the journey from Key Largo to Key West. The city of Marathon has perhaps the best boating activities around. In particular, there is an appetite for deep-sea and reef fishing. The turquoise waters makes it extremely popular with jet-ski tours, which is as novel as it is exciting.
Docking a boat here should be easy (which is of course important when you rent a boat in Miami), and you will be welcomed with waterfront restaurants and extraordinary views. Most notably, it is home to the Dolphin Research Center and Aquarium Encounters. You will have the opportunity to feed exotic fish and even interact with dolphins.
Once you hit Key West, there is an impressively large amount of things to do for such a small area. The Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge is just one of them, where you can learn about the crocodiles habitat as well as explore many beautiful gardens.
A little over 100km east of West Palm Beach is West Grand Bahama (Freeport). The time it would take varies, but you may be expected to sail for 12 to 15 hours depending on the winds and waters.
If the goal of this trip is a luxury, then well done, you’ve made it once you arrive. When you rent a boat in Florida, travelling to the West Grand Bahama is an incredible adventure. It has all of the cocktails, beaches and water activities that you would expect, but a very different culture to Miami. Docking your boat and venturing to the shops and local restaurants will give a new sparkle to your already-incredible trip.