Places to Visit by Boat in Florida

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Boating is the most fun way to get around in Florida. The state has 2,300 miles of tidal shorelines and 4,500 islands that are larger than 10 acres to visit by boat. Let’s weigh anchor and sail off to the Florida´s sunset.

By: Claudia Repsold

Cayo Costa State Park

Cayo Costa Island

Cayo Costa State Park is a preserved island, west of North Fort Meyers on the Gulf of Mexico. The rumors are wrong. The best shelling beach in the U.S. is not Captiva or Sanibel, the barrier islands on the south end of Cayo Costa. The park is open daily from 8 a.m. to sunset with plenty of recreational activities. Take advantage of 14 boat slips to camp on the water or trek inland to the primitive campground.

Fort Jefferson

Fort Jefferson Florida

Isolated by the Gulf of Mexico, 68 nautical miles west of Key West is located the Garden Key. The island is the site of the Fort Jefferson, a massive but unfinished coastal fortress built to protect American ships. It is the largest masonry structure in America. The Garden Key, is part of seven islands that make up Dry Tortugas National Park.  You can snorkel, fish or bird-watch on the Fort’s grounds. Boat anchorage is OK in a designated area from dusk-to-dawn.

Egmont Key

Egmont Island Key West

Located at Tampa Bay, the state’s largest estuary, Egmont Key has a unique natural and cultural history. From the moment you dock, you’re already looking at steeped history as the lighthouse is over 150 years old. Each side of the northern tip of the key features a different 19th century fort. No matter which part of the island you’re on, large turtles make their way around you.  They’re gopher tortoises so they’re shy and non-threatening.

Caladesi Island

Caladesi Island State Park

As one of the few completely natural islands along Florida ´s Gulf Coast, Caladesi ´s white sand beaches were rated as America ´s Best Beach few years ago. On pristine Caladesi, quiet paths leads along the dunes, palms stand against the warm coastal breezes, and shore birds and sea turtles live without interference from people. Gopher tortoises burrow behind the dunes and water laps against beaches sprinkled with scallops and sand dollars. Furthermore, the park has a marina with electric and water hookups.

Claudia Repsold

Claudia Repsold is the Editor-in-Chief of Brazil & USA Biz. She is a Brazilian international  award-winning journalist with twenty years of experience in editing, research, coordination,    production and reporting news on Brazil and U.S.

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  1. Florida is the best place in the world to have a boat, the waterway are fantastic specially in the summer time that is not too crowed.

  2. This Caladesi Island is a wonderful spot for everyone who want to spend an entire day away from the crowded beaches just relaxing or hiking along the nature trail. This is a secluded place that the boat lovers love to go. Thanks for reminding me to go there this summer.

  3. Cayo Costa State Park it is a beautiful park, great for a day trip. It has a preserve of how the island was like, while many other islands in Florida that have been developed.

  4. Hello there. I discovered your website by way of Google whilst searching for boat related topic. Do you know if any of those places have a dock fee?

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