Miami is a sun-kissed paradise known for its stunning beaches, vibrant nightlife, and luxurious lifestyle. Whether you're a seasoned boat enthusiast, or just love to explore the waters, boating in Miami is an experience you won’t want to miss out on.

From tropical islands to historic landmarks, Miami has an abundance of beauty that can only be truly appreciated when seen from a boat.

Miami Activities

Miami is a fishing mecca, thanks to its diverse ecosystems, including mangroves, coral reefs, and warm, fast-moving currents. These waters support a wide range of inshore and deep-water species, making fishing a year-round sport in Miami.

The Miami International Boat Show, one of the largest boat shows in the world, is held here every February at the Miami Marine Stadium Park and is not to be missed, and Miami Sailing Week which is a week-long sailing regatta that is held every March.

Exploring Miami

With crystal clear waters and stunning panoramic views, Biscayne Bay is the perfect destination for boat enthusiasts. Here you can explore hundreds of small uninhabited islands that are perfect for picnicking, camping, or just hanging out with family and friends. You can also visit the historic Stiltsville, an iconic collection of seven houses built on stilts in the middle of the bay, that has become an iconic landmark for Miami residents. Bird Island and Nixon Sandbar are smaller destinations that offer a unique and relaxed experience.

Steeped in history, the Miami River is a must-visit destination for those who want to explore the heart of the city. The river runs past the oldest landmarks in Miami, including the famous Miami Circle archaeological site. There are plenty of restaurants and bars that line the river and are perfect for a stopover when taking a tour. You can also take a sunset cruise up the Miami River for a chance to see Miami in a whole new light, enjoying the stunning skyline as the sunsets.

Of course it wouldn't be Miami if we didn’t mention South Beach! Known for its stunning beaches and Ocean Drive's iconic Art Deco architecture, South Beach is the epitome of Miami's glamor. You can stroll along the lively promenade, enjoy the beach, or explore the vibrant nightlife.

Little Havana and Wynwood are two vibrant neighborhoods that showcase Miami's diverse cultural scene. Little Havana offers a taste of Cuban culture, with music, art, and delicious cuisine. Wynwood is an art lover's paradise, known for its colorful murals and galleries.

Known as a party hotspot, the Haulover Sandbar is perfect for those looking for a livelier experience. This shallow sandbar is perfect for anchoring your boat and wading in the shallows to enjoy cold drinks, music, and other boating enthusiasts. A great destination for weekends, the Haulover Sandbar can be your perfect chance to meet new people and make new boating friends.

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Located just a few miles south of Miami, Key Biscayne is an idyllic island oasis that is perfect for boating. With clear blue waters and a coral reef, Key Biscayne offers some of the best snorkeling and diving opportunities in the area. You can dock up at the Crandon Marina to enjoy fine dining options or relax on the island's stunning beaches. The serene nature of the island provides a peaceful break from the city, while still enjoying the beautiful waters that South Florida has to offer.

Finally, if you're looking for the big city experience while still on the water, the Intracoastal Waterway is for you. Located between Miami Beach and the mainland, this waterway offers stunning views of the city skyline as well as beautiful mansions and waterfront homes of celebrities. The Intracoastal Waterway is also a great location to do some high-end shopping and dining. Here, you can dock at the famous River Yacht Club to enjoy a sumptuous meal with beautiful views of the water.

Water Access and Hours

Most boat ramps are open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week unless they are at capacity.