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What Do I Need to Rent a Boat in Miami?

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You probably know what you’ll need to rent a car if you are headed to Miami, but the chances are that you might not be as sure of what you’ll need if you want to rent a boat. As boating is one of the things that Miami is famous for worldwide it’s certainly something a lot of people do, and the good news is that the requirements to rent a boat in Miami are not as difficult to meet as you might think. Here’s a look at some of the basics:

  1. To rent a boat in Miami You must be at least 18 years old.  So you will need ID to prove that you are. That is a legal requirement, the owners of some charter boats may impose a higher age limit to rent their boat, that’s their personal decision.
  2. If you are under 22 years old, you’ll need to pass the Florida Boater’s Education exam. This is a low-cost class (usually around $25) and can be completed online. It’s actually a good idea for anyone, no matter how old to take it if they are renting a boat for the first time as it offers some invaluable information.
  3. You’ll need government issued ID (driver’s license, no driver ID, passport etc.)
  4. A major credit card. No matter whether you rent your boat online or offline almost every owner makes a credit card a requirement. The investment they make in their boats is a significant one and they prefer a little extra security when renting it out.
  5. An open mind. Boating in Miami means many different things to different people. It offers the chance to sightsee, party, fish, enjoy watersports and much more. Come down with an open mind and you’ll quickly find a boating trip in Miami can be almost anything you want it to be.
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How much does it cost to rent a yacht for a party?

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  • How much does it cost to rent a yacht for a party? 

    • The average cost to rent a yacht for a party in Miami vary from $1000 to $3000 per 4 hours. For example, you can rent this 40′ cruiser at just $720 per 4 hours or this gorgeous 86′ Azimut at $4600 for 4 hours. Both yachts take up to 12 guests.

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  • How many guests can a yacht charter take?

    • The majority of yacht charters can take up to 12-13 guests. For a larger party you will have to consider renting a bigger vessel that specializes in holding big events. Such yachts will offer catering services and entertainment as well. This selection of party boat rentals will give you an idea of what these vessels look like. 
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  • How to plan a yacht party?

    • A formal cocktail party with appetizers or a light dinner requires a bigger yacht, so you would want to rent a yacht over 40 feet. You will need a kitchen with a proper fridge to store and serve drinks and food. And more space to move around. A fun gathering with friends on the contrary might be taking place on the cockpit all the time! You would want to swim and sun bath and play with the water toys! So a pick a yacht that fits the budget: anything from a 21′ Yamaha, a 24′ Pontoon to a 37′ Sea Ray might work. 
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  • Boat party food and drinks ideas 

    • Many yacht charters come with some great food and beverage service options. From basic picnic supplies (maybe a stop at a sandbar to eat would be fun) to elegant canapés and drink service to full sit-down meals. Most yacht charters will allow you to bring your own food and beverages or order from your favorite restaurants. Rent a yacht with catering services
  • What are the best places to party on a boat?

    • Maybe you don’t want to go too far and just want to hit one of the popular party spots like a Nixon or Haulover sandbar in Miami. Or maybe you want to offer your party guests a bit of a sightseeing trip as well. Maybe you like the idea of heading to a quiet beach at the Monument island and partying there? These options and more are usually available, but they will affect the overall price as one routes might take more time than the others.  
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      Once you have answered these questions you can begin a better search for the perfect party boat rental. And if you rent via BOAT.ME you can always reach out and ask one of our boat rental experts for help and advice as well.

A yacht party might sound like something reserved for the rich and famous but, as more and more people are discovering, that’s not the case at all. Often the cost of renting a yacht for a party, here in Miami anyway, is comparable to that of renting a land-based venue like a hotel banquet room or nightclub back room.

Miami Yacht Charters at the Boat Show Week 2018

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The world knows that Miami is one of the boat capitals of the world and that Miami yacht charters are a fabulous way to enjoy the amazing waters around the city and beyond.

In February however, boats take on even more importance. The Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show will be docking docks in the Magic City from February 15-19, 2018, at the iconic Miami Marine Stadium Park and Basin. But that’s not all.

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The newly rebranded Miami Yacht Show – formerly known as the Yachts Miami Beach show and now in its 30th year will be staged – complete with floating docks – along Collins Avenue across from the legendary Fontainebleau and Eden Roc hotels at the same time, February 15th – 19, 2018.

Therefore, if you love beautiful boats – as well as fabulous food and drink and stellar entertainment – then Miami is certainly the place to head this coming President’s Day weekend.

What’s in store for you if you do? Here’s a look to whet your appetite for some Miami nautical fun even further:

The Miami International Boat Show

Sponsored by Progressive Insurance, GM Marine Technology, Miller Lite and a slew of other big names this show offers sailors, boaters and dreamers thee chance to explore over 1,400 new boats, yachts, sailboats, catamarans and to peruse thousands more boating accessories.

Highlights of the show include crewed demonstrations of some of the most extraordinary boats from all over the world, the chance to take some basic boating lessons, shop for some amazing gadgets and if you like to eat, the dockside dining options are huge in number.

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This year that is especially true as in addition to several sit-down restaurants some of the city’s best known and best loved food trucks will be in attendance and there will be some very innovative – and tasty – pop up food stands dotted around the site as well.

Entrance to the show is very affordable – just $25 for the day – and there is a great mix of boaters – from the highly experienced to the landlubbers who want to become boaters and everyone in between, so the conversation is always lively, informative and entertaining.

The Miami Yacht Show

This show is all about the best that the yachting world has to offer. Over 500 yachts will be moored up during the show along Collins Avenue, ranging from ultra-high end super yachts to more affordable options designed for those just entering the yachting world (with pricing ranging, were you in the market to buy, from $250,000 to $30 million!)

There will also be many classes and seminars available that are designed to educate, entertain and inform boaters of all kinds and skill levels, and some excellent dining options – include some excellent dockside dining opportunities featuring the best locally caught seafood – available as well.

Entrance for the day to the Miami Yacht Show also costs $25 here and the show encompasses the stretch of Collins Avenue from 41st Street to 54th Street. Alternately you could choose to enjoy a VIP experience that will give you access to all of those really stunning super yachts.

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As Miami residents and boat aficionados we love to attend both shows and can highly recommend that you do as well, should you get the chance.

We also have another suggestion; while you are here in Miami checking out the boat shows why not turn the trip into something really special by taking advantage of one of our Miami yacht charters?

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Great examples of many of the models you will see at the boat shows make up the offerings available for charter at BOAT.ME. Did you fall in love with a particular boat while at the show but know you are going to have to save for a few years before you could ever consider buying one? Check out our easy to search rental listings, as the chances are you might find something similar there. Then you can plan your very own ‘boat show’ to round of your fabulous trip. 

And remember that VIP trip idea being floated at the shows?  Why not enjoy your own? Want to enjoy champagne and Michelin Star class food on board a yacht fit for a supermodel? We can help. Did you love all the cool water toys on display? Many of our rentals do come equipped with some of the best of them, letting you ‘play’ with them all day.

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There are lots of amazing sights, sounds and experiences to take in in Miami at any time, but the upcoming ‘boat week’ offers you even more than usual. This event only happens once a year, so don’t miss out. Make your plans, buy your show tickets and book your Miami yacht rental now!

Skip the Winter with a Miami Yacht Charter

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Winter in the Northeast and the other colder parts of the US is OK. There are, in fact, lots of good things about it. Brisk walks under chilly, but bright skies. Hot chocolate in front of big roaring fireplaces. Hearty stews and warming soups and the simple joy of a snowball fight.

There are however, plenty of downsides too. Cars that won’t start because they’re too cold. Slushy snow and ice that makes it hard to walk, let alone drive. Snow shoveling. A house full of cabin crazy folks who want to go outside but don’t because, well, they don’t want to freeze to death, so they all stay in and fight and argue instead.  Yes, winter can be OK, but most people do wish that they could go back to the beach, if only for a day.

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It’s for these reasons and more that Florida winter vacations are so very popular, especially with the Northern folks. Here in Florida, Santa makes his rounds in his board shorts and if you want to eat Christmas lunch on the beachfront while topping up your tan you can.

There’s a way out!

Many of those who head south for a winter vacation in Miami choose to stay at one of the city’s admittedly fine hotels. And that’s great, but there is an alternative, or perhaps an extra to consider, when planning a Miami winter vacation.

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Taking advantage of the fact that a Miami yacht charter is easily and readily available – and often at a price that is far less extravagant than you might have imagined – allows you to take your Miami winter adventuring to a whole new level, as it opens up so many more opportunities. Like what, we hear you ask. How about any one – or all – of these, just for starters.

A Day Trip to Bimini with Miami Yacht Charter 

Located just 50 miles east of Miami by sea, the three islands that make up the District of Bimini – North Bimini, South Bimini, and East Bimini – offer the kinds of simple summer pleasures that any still thawing out vacationer will enjoy immensely. Stunning sandy beaches, world class fishing – Bimini is not known as the Fishing Capital of the Bahamas for nothing – amazing yet affordable dining and that is just the beginning. It’s a history buff’s paradise too and legend says that it is in Bimini that Juan Ponce de León found his Fountain of Youth, and so if you want to spend an afternoon looking for it, why not?

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A Cruise Around the Keys

The Florida Keys are unique in so many ways and there really isn’t a single one of them that should be skipped over if you can help it. Florida Keys boat rental affords you the chance to cruise the Keys in style, skipping the crowded public ferries and boat tours in favor of an experience that is far more sophisticated and satisfying.

From enjoying some REAL Key Lime Pie to meeting Ernest Hemingway’s famous six-toed cats to exploring some of the most beautiful waterways and beaches in the world the Florida Keys really do offer something for everyone and it’s all better when experienced with a private, luxury yacht at your disposal.

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Stage Your Own Mini Bahamas Cruise

Ever wanted to go on a cruise around the Bahamas, but aren’t too keen on the idea of a standard cruise ship? The crowds, enforced itineraries and endless generic buffets aren’t for everyone, especially if all you really want is to experience the Bahamas while also getting away from it all, including overly energetic kids and slightly dodgy cabaret acts.

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A Miami yacht charter offers you the opportunity to stage your own, perfect for you, cruise around the Bahamas. You don’t actually have to do the hard work of sailing (unless you want to) as you can hire an experienced captain to do ‘the driving’ for you. By the same token although almost every yacht charter in Miami does come equipped with a great galley you don’t have to use it, you can bring along a great chef to do the cooking while you just enjoy the fruits of their labor in style.

Just try it, trust us!

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Whatever you can think of, there is probably a Miami yacht charter option available to meet your needs and provide you with the winter vacation of your dreams. Just take a look at BOAT.ME has to offer! From sporty catamarans to luxury yachts that even the swankiest celebrities would approve of there’s something to suit any taste and almost any budget. So why not consider skipping the ice and snow this winter and enjoying some Florida sun instead? Even if you only stay for a few days it will make all those cold winter months to come so much more bearable, we promise!

Dream Yachts and Luxury Yacht Rental 

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The Most Outstanding Yachts Ever Built

Megayachts, superyachts, luxury yachts. You’ve seen them in hip-hop videos and documentaries about the rich and famous. These elite vessels are the cream of the crop when it comes to boating luxury. You already know they are quite expensive and even a few of them run into the billions of dollars to buy outright. A yacht rental is the best decision to enjoy all the fabulous offerings of a megayacht without having to spend a steep seven figures or more.

Take a look at the luxury yacht charters BOAT.ME has to offer and get inspired by the most beautiful yachts ever created in this atricle!

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Philip Starck’s Sailing Yacht A

The Sailing Yacht A, designed by legendary artist Philip Starck, is a $450-million-dollar luxury vessel built for Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko. The 400-foot yacht is one of Starck’s most famous, keeping company with The Venus, a minimalist megayacht he designed specifically for Steve Jobs.

The Motor Yacht A has eight decks that include three swimming pools, a disco, and a helipad for that quick afternoon trip out to sea. 2,500 square feet of master bedroom await a peaceful slumber after a night of dancing. Mirrored surfaces line the boat’s interior while much of the furniture and adornments are made of French crystal.

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Zaha Hadid’s Unique Circle Yacht Family

Teaming up with Blohm+Voss, a German shipbuilding firm, Hadid designed a futuristic superyacht prototype, one to eventually guide the creation of several other yachts based on his design. The JAZZ yacht is the first of such maritime offspring. Hadid wanted to design a yacht endowed with a natural, organic appearance that meshes with the ocean as well as maintaining a functionality that was integrated seamlessly with the design. Just imagine booking a yacht charter like this.

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The Hedonists

Art of Kinetik’s Hedonist yacht line contains vessels with sleek and streamlined designs and a master perfectionist leading the composition and arrangement behind the scenes. This perfectionist is Boris Ivanovic and his yachts have been called floating pieces of art by those in and out of the boating world.

The Hedonist open-top and hard-top models carry some of the cleanest and slickest aesthetics in the yachting world. A solid mahogany hull and Rolls Royce water jets give a smooth and quiet ride even at 40 knots. The pilot’s chair that’s been called an ergonomic masterpiece took nine months to design and engineer.

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The Dubai

Originally commissioned by the Prince of Brunei 20 years ago, it was the leader of Dubai who acquired this epic megayacht and decided to design himself its illustrious interior. A spiral staircase built with glass steps changes colors as the light from the top deck weaves in and out of the vessel. Multiple Jacuzzis and a massive hand-tiled swimming pool are just some of the luxuries aboard the Dubai. Previously the largest yacht in the world, it had to step down as number one when the massive Azzam megayacht was built.

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The History Supreme

With a $4.5 billion-dollar price tag, the History Supreme is the most expensive yacht in the world. Stuart Hughes, a luxury designer from the UK that has an infamous past working with jewelry, spent more than three years completing the gold-plated luxury vessel, and it was quickly purchased by an anonymous Malaysian businessman.

The History Supreme contains a statue built from Tyrannosaurus Rex bones, a 24-carat gold Aquavista Panoramic Wall Aquarium lining the master bedroom, and walls made of meteoric stone. Topped off with an 18.5-carat diamond plated bottle of premium-quality liquor, this yacht is nothing less than pure extravagance.

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Subtler Alternatives

The enjoyment of experiencing luxury yachts is something that shouldn’t be missed, and with a luxury yacht charter, you get 100% of the experience at a fraction of the cost of actually buying or leasing one. Of course, you don’t have to spend a few hours or a weekend on a flashy, extravagant yacht if that’s not quite your style.

Yacht manufacturers like VanDutch could be more up your alley, keeping up with superb quality but focusing more on functionality and simplicity. With all the essentials met, VanDutch yachts still seamlessly implement cutting-edge technology, creating a perfect blend of comfort and accessibility.

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Sunseeker’s line of yachts spans a large range of speedy vessels, from 155-feet behemoths to the San Remo, a 50-foot sporty watercraft that incorporates contemporary stylings with classic roots. Their line of Predator yachts range various lengths and combine speed with entertainment containing hard-top roofs that are fully retractable and even a BBQ setup right on board.

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The many tiers of options available regarding luxury, functionality, and affordability make a yacht rental one with limitless possibilities and also one of the most exciting boat rentals. Some have movie theaters, bowling alleys, and Michelin star chefs, while others are built more for a relaxing getaway. The great aspect of a yacht rental is your whole buffet of boating options available to you at whatever price point you’d like

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Miami, particularly, has a large yacht culture, especially with luxury yachts, and finding an exciting yacht charter for you, your friends, and your family is not a difficult one to come by. Whether it’s only for a few hours in the afternoon or a full weekend getaway, a yacht rental Miami could be just the escape you’ve been looking for.

Top 5 Destinations for West Florida Boat Rental

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One of the key factors for an unforgettable journey to West Florida is boat rental experience in every city you visit. It might not be the first thing that comes to mind while planning a vacation, however boat rental is the only way  to explore some of the amazing waterways that are such an integral part of the area. No matter which West Florida city you intend to head to – or perhaps already live in – renting a boat allows you to take control of your own trip and explore and experience some of the best that the unique cities of West Florida offer. Just what is that? Let’s take a brief look.

Boat rental Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay is a vibrant, lively city that really does revolve around the water that surrounds it and boat rental Tampa Bay will allow you to enjoy the best of the what’s on offer in and around the Tampa Bay area.

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For those who enjoy shopping and dining out – and who doesn’t? – both downtown Tampa Bay and nearby St Petersburg offer the finest in dining and shopping both at the waterside and just steps from the public docks.

A boat trip to the nearby Egmont Key is a must for those whose tastes run to the sporty, as there you’ll find some of the best fishing and snorkeling opportunities, along with some amazing beaches, anywhere in Florida. And making use of boat rental Tampa Bay to visit the legendary village of Cortez offers the opportunity to savor and enjoy what is truly the best seafood to be found anywhere on the Gulf.

Naples Florida boat rentals

Naples is often considered to be a very upscale, swanky destination, filled with high end shops and many Michelin starred restaurants. While this is certainly very true, there is more to Naples than that. It is also a great – and affordable – destination for beach aficionados and Naples, Florida boat rentals offer the chance to enjoy one of the most beautiful spectacles of all; dolphin watching. 

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Fort Myers boat rental

Fort Myers boat rental will give you access to all the things that make this city so very special; gorgeous sandy beaches, world class fishing opportunities, island hopping, dockside dining and so much more. It is also a great destination for history buffs, as it is home to some of the most spectacular old winter estates in Florida, including those of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, both of which are now open to the public as fascinating to explore museums.

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Sarasota boat rentals

Elegant and sedate, the city of Sarasota boasts plenty to please every taste, but what should not be missed are the Keys that surround it, and that is where Sarasota boat rentals come in. From the brilliant beachfront on the Long Boat Key’s “Beer Can Island” that offers the best in pure relaxation to the Siesta Key Beach, which is currently considered the best in country to all the lively activities offered on Lido Key’s City Island there really is something for everyone and having easy access to a boat will allow you to see it all.


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Boat rentals Destin Florida

The emerald waters around Destin, Florida are often referred to as ‘the world’s luckiest fishing spots’, and so for a fisherman – or woman – a trip to Destin and a choosing from among the boat rentals Destin Florida has to offer is practically a must. The waters are home to a huge variety of fish – everything from tuna and tarpon to marlin and amberjack and, of course, Destin’s famous sharks – and any day of fishing is sure to be a productive and exciting one for anglers.

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When discussing West Florida boat rentals, it is important to note that they can offer far more than access to great sightseeing or a convenient way to reach a far-off beach. Naples, Florida boat rentals – and all of the options in the other fabulous Florida cities we’ve mentioned here – are perfect for parties, family reunions, even weddings, especially as when you choose your boat rental you can also choose to hire a world class DJ or entertainer to come along for the ride or opt for Michelin Star caliber catering to provided on-board!

Five Big Miami Boat Rentals Myths Debunked

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You don’t have to be in Miami for too long to begin to understand the huge role the water plays in the day to day ‘life’ of the city and the surrounding area. Where there is open water there are always going to be boats and so Miami boat rentals are often at – or near – the top of a visitor’s to do list when they visit our unique and truly vibrant city.

There are, however, several persistent myths that keep others from truly enjoying all that the water around Miami have to offer. In the interest of trying to help ensure that anyone has the best possible experience when visiting – or even living in- the Magic City, we thought we’d take the time to look at some of the most common Miami boat rental myths and offer a little information about the realities behind them.

Myth #1: Miami Boat Rentals are Too Expensive

This is a biggie. There are those who do not ever even inquire about renting a boat – although they’d love to – because they have heard that doing so is hugely expensive and not something the ‘average’ person can afford to do.

That however, could not be further from the truth. Ask yourself for a second, how much would you expect to spend on a great meal while on vacation? Around $40 per person sounds pretty reasonable, right? Well, that’s about what it will cost to rent a boat with too. The rates are a little higher for the flashier options – but not anywhere near as high as you might imagine – and a day out on the water anywhere around Miami offers so much more than even a really great meal.

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Myth #2: You Must Follow a Preplanned Route

There are, quite literally – hundreds of miles of waterway around Miami and there is something to suit every taste and we agree, it would suck if you were limited in where you could head by someone else’s idea of a great itinerary. When you rent with you can pick and choose where you go and what you do. You can hire a captain to help guide and advise you, but they’ll never force you to go anywhere, it’s your trip, you get to decide.

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Myth #3: You Have to Book a Miami Boat Rentals Months in Advance

Booking months in advance is perhaps advisable, especially if you are the kind of person who always likes to have a good plan, but it is not a must, at least if you work with Thanks to our extensive number of different Miami boat rental options there are almost always some fabulous last-minute deals available, even if your vacation has already begun and it’s only know you have realized how great it might be to explore our fair city by sea as well as by land.


Myth #4: Boat Parties are a Celebrity Thing

Do celebrities like to party on fancy yachts? You bet they do. Keep an eye out and chances are that you might spot one or two during your own trip to Miami. But you don’t have to be famous – or rich – to enjoy a little partying at sea.

From bachelor and bachelorette parties, engagement parties, and corporate outings to little kids’ birthday parties and graduation celebrations at we’ve seen – and helped arrange – every kind of boat party imaginable. In addition to helping you choose just the right Miami boat rental option we can also help arrange decorations, catering and for all kinds of world-class onboard entertainment and at prices you don’t have to be a megastar to afford (you just might look like one in those great Instagram pictures your friends back home will marvel at though.)

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Myth #5: Renting a Boat is Not a Thing That Locals Do

Living in Miami does often mean that, at some point – buying a boat might be on your agenda, but boats aren’t cheap to buy, so it’s one of those luxury purchases that may be years in the making. But why wait until you can afford your own boat to enjoy some special moments on the water with your family and friends? Or to get out there and finally learn how to fish and take on some great Miami sportfishing? Or just enjoy a bit of a change from lying on the beach watching everyone else’s’ boats go by and wishing it were you?

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Miami boat rentals with is easy, will only cost you about the same as a good night out on the town on land and yet offers so much more. Whether you are just visiting Miami or if it’s the place you call home the sea is calling you for all kinds of reasons and it would be a shame to miss out just because of a few silly myths and misconceptions that we hope now you understand were wrong all along!

Pontoon Boat Rental – Affordable And Fun

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If you’re looking to have an exciting and enjoyable boating experience but worry about going overboard (pun intended) shelling out a ton of money just to make it happen, you might consider a Pontoon boat rental, one of the most spacious types of boats available for rent. Their flat builds, wide-open floor plans, and customization options allow maximum deck space for your party or get-together. Grab your friends, have everyone chip in, and you have an inexpensive, fun and festive night out on the water.

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What Exactly Is a Pontoon Boat?

A pontoon boat looks like a mini-barge, floating on buoyant tubes called “pontoons.” It can be considered a floating room, flat and spacious, its arrangement best suited for social gatherings. For a mix of boating and social interaction, a pontoon boat can host a plethora of people and its strong stability on the water means no liquid spilling out of your drink or getting caught off guard by a small wave and tripping onto the floor, embarrassing yourself.

They have wide-open floor plans and are built for maximum space, whether it’s for seating, standing, hosting a portable wet bar, or storage. Although pontoon boats used to be considered slow and just simply “floaters,” many pontoon boats these days have massive engines and can travel just as fast as other boats much smaller.

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Go out to the club and pay a massive cover, continuing to pay for over-priced watered down drinks. Sound like a good time? Think quantity will save you money? Get bottle service and prepare to be stood corrected. Go to a bar and still end up with a giant tab. You and your friends might even get stuck with someone glued to the jukebox blasting Journey on repeat and it’s only 9pm.


Would you rather plan a fun get-together at your apartment? You better hope your neighbors next to you, above you, and below you like the same music you do and don’t have to wake up early. A pontoon boat is your personal party on the water, a “party barge,” if you will. You have the intimacy of a private gathering with enough space to avoid everyone banging into each other, enough space for comfort.

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Because of pontoon boats’ flat design, more space is available on deck, creating a great atmosphere for parties, get-togethers, just plain hanging out, or getting some much needed quality family time. Overhangs or full enclosure tops can extend your outings to times of the year where the weather is less than ideal. Prices will also be less during these times, another factor you might consider when renting.

Budget Boating

Renting a pontoon boat is the best choice for boating on the cheap. Hook up a Spotify playlist, skip the Don Perignon, and you will still have as much fun as you would otherwise, if not more so, at a fraction of the price. The large amount of deck space available means you can invite all your friends and then some. If everyone wants to chip in for the price of the boat rental, it can cost close to nothing. Boating can be expensive, but with pontoon boat rental, it doesn’t have to be.

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Even higher-end pontoon boats can be inexpensive if everyone wants to chip in. Higher-end pontoon boats can have multiple levels, changing rooms, built-in sound systems, high-tech lighting, and even spacious restrooms.

Customize Your Experience

Pontoon boats are built and even retrofitted in a variety of ways. Some have overhangs and enclosures just in case the forecast calls for a slight chance of rain and you want to be on the water, not under it. Some pontoon boats are built for fishing, fully equipped with fishing seats and a fishing station, with all the necessary storage for your fishing equipment.

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Other pontoon boats are multi-level, complete with a small, spiral staircase leading to an upper deck. Atop the second floor, you can host a party with a different vibe than what’s happening on the main deck. Have a bustling main deck? Create a quieter, more atmosphere up on the second floor.

Some people even fit their pontoons with a waterslide starting at the upper level leading straight down to the water. The sky’s the limit. Some have intricate seating arrangements which allow the perfect setup for socializations, while others have extremely minimal seating, leaving more standing room for a more meet-and-greet environment.

Find Your Perfect Pontoon Boat

Aside from renting a giant, pricey yacht, a pontoon boat is the most cost-efficient way to throw a get-together that includes more than just a few people while making your wallet smile. If you’re thinking, “I want to find a pontoon boat rental near me,” visit to find the perfect pontoon boat for your next festivity. The only thing more enjoyable than entertaining on land is entertaining on the water.

Alternative Halloween Ideas: a Ghost Ship Party

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Halloween is fast approaching, and as we all know the spookiest holiday of the year is no longer just for kids, it’s an excuse to throw a petrifying party for all ages.

While the annual block party might be fun – there’s Uncle Mike dressed up as a bat again, what a wag, and Granny’s Graveyard Chili is always good – if you long to do things a little differently this year we have the perfect suggestion – launching your own ghost ship and taking your Halloween celebrations out to sea.

Think that sounds a bit far-fetched? Then think again. All you need is a charter boat, some like-minded party-goers and a little imagination. Here are just a few tips and ideas for putting it all together with ease!

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Finding Your Ghost Ship

While there are all kinds of charter boats available the best choice for a Halloween bash – and for conversion into a great ghost ship for the evening – is the versatile pontoon. Pontoon boats were almost created to be the perfect party venue. They come in a number of different capacities, offer form, style and great function and, perhaps best of all in the minds of many, are one of the most affordable answers to the question which are the best charter boats near me when planning to throw a party at any time of year.

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Creating Your Ghost Ship

Some of the scariest traditional Halloween tales center around a ghost ship. From the legend of the cursed for eternity Flying Dutchman, and the chilling mystery of the Mary Celeste to the terrifying tale of the shimmering spirit ship The Caleuche and many more the idea of ghosts at sea is a very common theme in both myth and literature.

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Creating your own ghost ship can, if we are honest, be as simple and easy or as complicated and time consuming as you like. A simple fog machine can be one of the easiest ways to begin creating a spooky on-board ambiance and the right music can make a big impact as well. Guests should, of course, be costumed for the occasion as they please, but as the ‘captain’ of the ghost ship you may want to add a few extra touches of nautical flair to your creepy costume for best effect. And don’t forget, the ghostly craft that met your needs when answering the question ‘where do I find charter boats near me’ needs a flag to sail under, so you can add your own unique design touch there as well.

Need some theme and decor extra inspiration? Head off to YouTube and search up a few clips from some of the great ghost ship movies including vintage and modern classics like Pirates of the Caribbean, Deathship, Cruise Into Terror and maybe even Titanic.

Feeding Your Creepy Crew

No party, at any time of year, is ever complete without plenty of great food and drink being on hand. Halloween is, perhaps, the best occasion for even the least experienced of cooks to get creative, but bearing in mind that you are headed out to sea, keeping things simple but spooky is probably the best idea.

If you want to cater the party yourself, here are just a few examples of Halloween themed recipes that are easy but effective in terms of looks and taste great too.

Top 5 Things To Do With Your Boat Rental Fort Lauderdale

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Extremely close to Miami, Palm Peach, and only a day trip away from the Florida Keys, Fort Lauderdale is a very enticing and versatile boating destination. Here are the Top 5 Things you can do with your boat rental Fort Lauderdale.

With over 165 miles of navigable inland waterways and commonly known as the yachting capital of the world, the greater Fort Lauderdale area is a boater’s heaven — no wonder it’s referred to as the “Venice of America.

The Intracoastal Waterway

Although it runs all the way from Boston to the southern tip of Florida, it also happens to run straight through the heart of the wonderfully scenic Fort Lauderdale. Boat on the Intercostal Walkway and witness “Millionaire’s Row,” a neighborhood filled with multi-million dollar homes and yachts, as well as gorgeous views all along the way down the water.

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Hit up Las Olas Boulevard for some of the best dining and shopping in the city. From premier, luxury brand clothing shops and charming art galleries to impressive restaurants and vibrant nightlife, Las Olas Boulevard is a great choice as either a daytime or nighttime destination. Both the morning bird as well as the night owl will love stopping at Las Olas —it’s got a little bit of everything for everyone.

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For long-day or multi-day expeditions, the Intracoastal Waterway can also attend to your more adventurous desires. Because of its vast length, it’s only up to you how much you want to see and do. Perhaps boat up to Palm Beach or down to Miami and spend the night. Get an exciting mix of multiple southeast Florida cities that don’t take long at all to travel to by water.

Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park

Formerly known as John U. Lloyd Beach State Park, Dr. Von D. Mizeli-Eula Johnson State Park, just southeast of Fort Lauderdale, hosts two boat ramps with easy access to the ocean via the Port Everglades inlet as well as a multitude of relaxing activities including picnicking, hiking, and bird watching.

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The park stretches a huge 310 acres, all between the Atlantic Ocean and the ICW, the park stretching from the Port Everglades Inlet up north to the Dania Beach Marina to the south. Consider fishing off the coast or parking your boat and going overboard to snorkel, scuba, canoe or kayak. There’s even a 45-minute self-guided nature walk through a subtropical coastal hammock.

Waterway Bar and Restaurant Crawl

The main waterways running through Fort Lauderdale can easily be lined with bars and restaurants depending on your location. Consider a bar and restaurant crawl starting from downtown and then heading up the Intracoastal Walkway, docking whenever you get a little bit of a hankering for some fine food and savory drinks. There are many bars and restaurants that are accessible by boat — much more than you’d think.

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Restaurants like 15th Street Fisheries, a Fort Lauderdale culinary landmark, Waterfront Grill, with sexy views and an intoxicating outdoor vibe, or Chima Steakhouse, if all-you-can-eat Brazilian cuisine strikes your fancy. Head up to one of the sexy rooftop bars at the coast hotels or stop and try some intoxicating Kava at Kavasutra Kava Bar.

Take It Along the Coast

Witness views of the gorgeous coastline, perhaps stopping at the Fort Lauderdale State park and taking a tour of the Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse. Admire the coastal resorts and beaches as you head south towards Hollywood and dock at Miami Beach. Catch some nightlife and possibly spend the night at a chic hotel along the water.

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Consider renting a Catamaran for your Fort Lauderdale expedition. Catamarans have tons of deck space, perfect for bringing along a bunch of friends to city-hop along the coast. Compared to a sailboat, a Catamaran is much steadier of a ride, having two hulls on each side inside of a single hull right down the middle. It means less Merlot in your lap and more in a glass in your hand.

New River Waterway and Riverwalk

Connected to the Intracoastal Waterway, New River runs through downtown Fort Lauderdale next to the Riverwalk and other dockside shops, restaurants and bars. Dock your boat and walk to the museum, then, as the sun slowly sets, find a cozy restaurant to settle up to for the early evening. At night, you might find live bands performing at one of the public festivals right on the water. You’ll also witness gorgeous scenery and homes and possibly a Sunday brunch that includes a live Jazz band.

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Fort Lauderdale has a ton to see and do and it’s only more enjoyable when you get the chance to experience it all by watercraft. From the multitude of inlets to the expansive coastline to many beachside parks, Fort Lauderdale is rife with whichever activities you’d like to experience first and foremost.

Find your perfect boat rental Fort Lauderdale at and experience Fort Lauderdale directly from the same water it’s so well known for. From yachts to catamarans to jet skis to small power boats, has you covered for an affordable boat rental in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.