The Ultimate Guide to Water Sports in The Palm Beaches

When you’re vacationing between the Atlantic Ocean and Lake Okeechobee, the largest freshwater lake in the southeastern United States, spending time in or on the water is a must.

The Ultimate Guide to Water Sports in The Palm Beaches Slideshow

Kayaks at John D. MacArthur State Park

Miss Blue Heron boat tour

Jupiter Outdoor Center

No matter whether you're a nautical sea dog or more of a landlubber, The Palm Beaches offer a "boatload" of water sports and activities for all skill levels.

Not sure where to begin? Start here!

Dive or Snorkel Colorful Reefs Filled with Marine Life

Because of its proximity to the warm Gulf Stream ocean current, The Palm Beaches offer excellent conditions for diving and snorkeling on its numerous artificial reefs. From six to nearly 300 feet deep, there’s another world to explore underwater in The Palm Beaches.

Jupiter Dive Center – Jupiter, FL

At Jupiter Dive Center, explore the fantastic coral reefs, ridges and wrecks. Daily scuba diving charters are offered year-round.

Keylypso of The Palm Beaches - Lake Park, FL
Snorkel an Atlantic Ocean reef or around Peanut Island with Keylypso. On the Ocean Reef charter, guides point out turtles, rays, tropical fish and coral formations, and you might even spot dolphins or manatees on your way out. The Peanut Island trip lets you snorkel in waist-deep water around the man-made island, which is also perfect for relaxing and soaking up the sun.


Pura Vida Divers – Singer Island, FL

This full-service PADI IDC dive shop offers air and Nitrox fills, beginner- and professional-level instruction, daily scuba and private charters, equipment sales, service and rentals.

Visit Palm Beach – West Palm Beach / Riviera Beach, FL

A premier provider of recreational water activities in South Florida, Visit Palm Beach offers daily catamaran sightseeing, sunset and specialty sailing cruises, parasailing, jet skis, kayaks, paddleboards, snorkeling, Peanut Island adventures, biking, history and nature tours, and more.

Catch a Ride or Catch a Fish

Cruise the Intracoastal Waterway, Lake Worth Lagoon or sail out into the Atlantic Ocean. Whether it’s a rented vessel or a chartered boat with a captain, you can sail, tour or fish the local waterways of The Palm Beaches.

Blue Heron Fleet LLC – Jupiter / Riviera Beach, FL

Experience excellent fishing year-round from two locations – Jupiter and Riviera Beach. Half-day excursions depart twice daily and include bait, fishing license, rod, reel and tackle.

Delray Yacht Cruises – Delray Beach, FL

Experience the calm waters of the Intracoastal Waterway aboard the Lady Atlantic or Lady Delray while enjoying a beverage or snack on a two-hour narrated tour past some of the area’s most beautiful mansions.

Lacuna Tours – Jupiter, FL

Escape on a luxury boat tour and enjoy sightseeing, fishing, beaches, snorkeling and eco-tours on the Intracoastal Waterway. Each cruise is private with drink and snack selections included.

Majestic Princess Cruises – Riviera Beach, FL

Cruise on luxurious yachts and take in the panoramic Florida Intracoastal Waterway of West Palm Beach for brunch, lunch, dinner, sightseeing, holidays and special events.

Palm Breeze Charters, Inc. – Boca Raton, FL

Head out to sea on a catamaran sailing yacht or offshore race boat to indulge in a day, sunset, snorkeling or swimming cruise. Peanut Island beach activities and parties, kayak tours, luxury motor yacht charters, sailing regattas, seaplanes and wave runners are also available.

Start Paddling

Grab a canoe, kayak or paddleboard to explore The Palm Beaches’ eco-gems.

Blueline Surf & Paddle Company – Jupiter, FL

A one-of-a-kind surf boutique for the modern waterman, Blueline specializes in anything water, including body surfing, stand-up paddleboarding and surfing.

Canoe Outfitters of Florida, Inc. – Jupiter, FL

Located on Florida’s only “National Wild and Scenic River,” the Loxahatchee River. Paddle a canoe or kayak down a cypress-lined waterway, past heron, egrets, turtles, deer and all manner of birds and four-legged wildlife. Self-guided and guided trips are also available.

John D. MacArthur Beach State Park – North Palm Beach, FL

Oar around the estuary or travel under Burnt Bridge into Lake Worth Lagoon and visit Munyon Island – an outlying part of the park with a rich history. Depending on the season, see manatees, dolphins, mullet, snook, rays and abundant birdlife. Munyon Island is best visited when the tide is high, enabling navigation of its scenic interior waterways.

Jupiter Outdoor Center – Jupiter, FL

Jupiter Outdoor Center offers kayak and paddleboard rentals, guided eco-tours, lessons, memberships, and a variety of camps and youth programs. Kayak with sea turtles in the Loxahatchee Aquatic Preserve, see birds on the islands, or paddle with manatees in the Indian River Lagoon, the most bio-diverse estuary in the country.

Kayak Lake Worth - Lake Worth, FL
Get up close to manatees, rays, sea birds and more as you paddle through the mangroves with Kayak Lake Worth. Kayak and paddleboard eco-tours are available, or you can rent equipment for a self-guided trip. It's a unique way to get to know the area.

Singer Island Outdoor Center – Riviera Beach, FL

Explore Singer Island, Peanut Island and Lake Worth Lagoon from this watersport hub, located at Phil Foster Park at the base of the Blue Heron Bridge. Kayaks and paddleboard rentals are available, as well as guided snorkeling tours of the surrounding water’s abundant sea life.