14 Boating Experiences You Must try

Boats of all shapes and sizes are welcoming you aboard for a trip of a lifetime

Seeing The Palm Beaches from a boat should be a part of every bucket list. With 47 miles of Atlantic Ocean beaches, access to the Intracoastal Waterway and Lake Worth Lagoon, Loxahatchee River, and Lake Okeechobee -there is 125 miles or waterways here. No matter what part of the county you find yourself in, it’s easy to find a boating experience that’s right for you, whether it’s on a quiet river or a busy inlet. Boat excursions come in all types and sizes -- some have a captain, while others are do-it-yourself. There’s a boat standing by for your adventure on the water, and here are just a few vendors to pick from:

Adventure Watersports – Riviera Beach, Fla.


One of Adventure Watersports’ most popular offerings is their private charter service, where one price will get you cruising the waterways on a well-appointed 27-foot Sea Ray Sundeck. What you do on the trip is up to you: go bar-hopping, watch the sunset, take a swim or give the kids an afternoon of thrilling watersports like tubing or wakeboarding. A sunset cruise option offers a placid cruise to watch a colorful sunset.

Black Dog Sport Fishing Charters – Jupiter, Fla.

 

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If you’re a serious angler, then you might want a charter focused on finding and bringing home the big catch. Black Dog Charters offers twice daily trips out of the Jupiter Inlet. Their experts will take you to all the best fishing spots and give you the best chance to experience Gulf Stream fishing at its best. 

Blue Heron Fishing - Riviera Beach and Jupiter, Fla.


Any discussion about boating in The Palm Beaches will eventually cover deep-sea fishing in the Gulf Stream. The fishing there is legendary, with kingfish, snapper, grouper and many more being caught by first-time fishermen. Blue Heron Fishing has been on these waters since the 1950s and they know where to find the fish. Their fleet of large vessels is updated and modern, and one price gets you everything you need to fish, including a salt water fishing license. But if you’re not up for an ocean voyage, they also offer a seasonal tour of the Intracoastal Waterway that includes Jupiter Inlet, Jupiter Island and much more.

Delray Yacht Cruises – Delray Beach, Fla.


Cruising the calm waters of the Intracoastal Waterway can be a soothing, scenic and memorable experience. Head in any direction and you’re sure to see some of the most exclusive homes in the area, surrounded by water and natural beauty. Delray Yacht Cruises offers a perfect tour for seeing these sights aboard either the 105-foot Lady Atlantic or the 90-foot Lady Delray. The tour is two-hours long, and will either head south toward beautiful Boca Raton or north towards the exclusive community of Manalapan. They offer specialty cruises around holidays, with brunch cruises planned for Easter, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.

DivaDuck – West Palm Beach, Fla.

 

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This experience is so unique that part of the time it’s a boat, and the other time it’s a road-going tour bus! The Palm Beach Duck Tour starts the trip chugging along the roads of West Palm Beach and then takes a turn into the blue waters of the Intracoastal Waterway. Riders are sure to have a fun and entertaining tour both in and out of the water.

Entertainer Charters – Lake Park, Fla.
An incredible way to hold an important event is onboard a beautiful yacht. The 61-ft luxury motor yacht “The Entertainer” is ready to handle your event, from an intimate dinner cruise, to a wedding or corporate meeting with groups up to 40 passengers. The Entertainer is capable of buffets or sit-down dinners, all with an amazing view of the Intracoastal Waterway. Charters are customized to your needs, and can be half- or full-day excursions.

Flying Fish Watersports – Boca Raton, Fla.


A very wide selection of watercraft is waiting for you at Flying Fish Watersports. Rent a fun and comfortable hurricane deck boat by the hour, or set up a fishing charter with a local captain. Also available is a sunset cruise on a catamaran, or you can grab a wave runner to tour the Intracoastal.

Lacuna Tours – Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

If you want to leave the piloting to someone else, but still have the privacy of a customized cruise, then Lacuna Tours can help. Just climb on board the hurricane deck boat that seats eight passengers and you will have your own captain who will customize your tour experience. Go tubing, stop for a picnic, or settle back for a fun tour of the beautiful Intracoastal Waterway.
 

Lots of Yachts|Lots of Spots – West Palm Beach, Fla.


Sometimes you’re just going to need a bigger boat. That’s where Lots Of Yachts|Lots of Spots can help. They can get you in touch with yachts that can handle nearly any crowd, up to 400 guests. Need something a touch smaller? No worries, there’s a wide array of local motor and sailing yachts sized to handle your needs. No matter the group or the event, Lots of Yachts|Lots of Spots can connect you to the ship you need.
 
Majestic Princess Cruises – Riviera Beach, Fla.


The beautiful silhouette of The Majestic Princess can be spotted navigating the waters near downtown West Palm Beach, Palm Beach and Peanut Island. The ship offers a wide array of public tours, including a sightseeing lunch cruise and gourmet sunset dinner cruises. Of course, the Majestic Princess is ready to take on your personal needs. How about a wedding in sight of Palm Beach’s finest homes and the glittering skyline of West Palm Beach? If you can dream it, the Majestic Princess will get you there.

Manatee Queen – Jupiter, Fla.
The crystal blue waters of the Jupiter Inlet are home to The Manatee Queen, a 50-foot pontoon boat ready to take you up the Intracoastal Waterway along Jupiter and Jupiter Island. The Manatee Queen promises a shady and comfortable narrated tour as you pass by lush tropical scenes and some of the most beautiful homes in all of Florida. A sunset/evening cruise is also available, offering a relaxed and entertaining night on the water.

Pontiki – Jupiter, Fla.


Take an open-air Tiki bar, set it afloat on the Intracoastal Waterway and you’ll have the Pontiki party barge. Launching from Guanabana’s in Jupiter, this floating shindig is perfect for family gatherings, weddings or birthday parties. Sit back, enjoy the music and have a relaxing drink while you cruise the tropical waterways!

Slim’s Fish Camp – Belle Glade, Fla.


Boating and fishing for bass on Lake Okeechobee is a thrilling experience. The lake is huge, covering 730 square miles and its placid beauty is unforgettable. Fishing these waters requires some good local know-how, and that’s where the folks at Slim’s Fish Camp can help you out. They can get you outfitted and direct you to one of several local guides that know exactly where the fish large-mouth bass are biting. Seeing the big lake and landing a fighting bass should be a part of any visit to The Palm Beaches.

Visit Palm Beach Catamaran Cruises – West Palm Beach, Fla.
The beautiful 50-foot catamaran Hakuna Matata offers a host of different trips and excursions, most of which run on a daily basis. With a name that means “No Worries” in Swahili, the ship promises an enjoyable time will be had by all. Take your pick of a Happy Hour Sightseeing Cruise, a Snorkel Excursion, or a Sunset cruise where you’re encouraged to bring your own food and beverages for a custom picnic. The Hakuna Matata is also available for private charter, and makes a wonderful place for family gatherings, company outings or a memorable birthday bash. 

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