Aventura Boating & Watersports

By Lori Kahn | May 4, 2018
Fishing charters are a great activity in Aventura
Fishing charters are a great option in Aventura

Aventura, with its eastern border along the Intracoastal Waterway and the nearby Haulover inlet to the Atlantic Ocean to the south, is a prime area for boating and watersports in Miami. Whether you want to cruise the bay on a power boat or enjoy a bit more physically active kayaking adventure through a canopy of mangroves, this is one special area where you can have it all just minutes away.

Let Somebody Else Do the Driving

Aventura is a water lover’s paradise. With the bay and ocean both close at hand, you can have almost any kind of water adventure you choose. One of those choices is to let somebody else do the navigating and charter a boat while you visit Miami. From skiffs to sailboats to mega yachts, charter options are unlimited. Look into Y Charter or Aventura Charters to pick you up in Aventura for a day or evening out on the Atlantic.

Miami is also an incredible area for deep sea fishing and Aventura is close to a hub of marinas full of fishing charters that call this north side of Miami home. Look for a full day or half day fishing charter with Sea Cross Sport Fishing or Reel Adventure Charters, then get your lines in the water, your fighting belt on and get ready for some action on the Atlantic.

Also in Aventura, Turnberry Isle Marina & Yacht Club’s marina is home to a plethora of luxury yachts and is the gateway to Dumfoundling Bay, the northernmost part of Miami’s beautiful Biscayne Bay. If you are embarking for a water-bound journey from this marina, you might want to make a stop at Turnberry Isle Resort while you are there. Enjoy a round of golf at one of the two 18-hole championship golf courses, luxuriate in their 25,000-square-foot spa, âme, or dine in one of their two signature restaurants: Bourbon Steak or the Coursair Kitchen and Bar. Luxury is the status quo at this impressive resort.

Chart Your Own Course

If you really want to experience this area like a local, you will need to rent a boat or kayak for the day and set your own course. Just a bit south of Aventura, you will find a few local island gems that you can only reach by way of the water, so the first order of business is to find a way to get there. Depending on your idea of fun, you will want to rent either a motorboat or a kayak, canoe or paddle board – all easy to find in this area of Miami.

Check out Ar Boat Rentals, Miami Party Boat Rentals, Boat Rentals of Miami or My Miami Boat Rental if you want to enjoy more of a party vibe with somebody else at the helm. If you want to get a little more active yourself, then head over to BG Oleta River Outdoor Center at Oleta Park or Sunny Isles Beach Water Sports for a kayak or paddle board to get you out on the water under your own steam.

A Tale of Three Islands

Aventura is just north of Oleta River State Park, Florida’s largest urban park at just over 1,000 acres. For a small $6 entrance fee, you’ll find a peaceful river estuary amongst a tangle of tidal mangroves where you can kayak, canoe, standup paddle board or simply enjoy the beach on a protected cove. Here is also a great starting point for an island – and sandbar –hopping adventure that isn’t in any Miami tourist guide.

Haulover Sandbar

You might want to start your adventure with a trip to the Haulover Sandbar. An island of sorts when the tide is low, this family-friendly Miami sandbar is filled with chill vibes, boatful of music and a lot of floating locals. If it’s summer, there is a good chance you’ll see some playful dolphins as you make your way over. Like the rest of those on the water, they are just out for a little fun.

If you didn’t happen to bring a cooler or lunch, don’t worry, there are boats out there that sell water, drinks and all kinds of food from ceviche to burgers. There is even a kayak delivery service that will bring in hotdogs to the hapless hungry among you.

Most people come by boat, so come early to get a nice shallow spot and bring the kids, dogs and maybe even the friends you met at the hotel bar last night. It’s a fun time in the sun where you can even enjoy a fun water park-like slide and trampoline attraction since Tarzan Boat Miami close by.

Little Sandspur Island

Slightly more than an acre in size, the island of Little Sandspur sits right in the center of Biscayne Bay. This is the little brother to the slightly northeastern Big Sandspur, and about a one-and-a-half-mile trek from Oleta Park.

Here you can bring the kids and the dogs and enjoy a little play or relaxing time away from the crowds. All in all, it’s a quieter haven that doesn’t typically have the same crowd as its northerly neighbors. Well worth a kayak or SUP trip over for a few hours – or perhaps the whole day, if you are so inclined.

Big Sandspur Island (Beer Can Island)

Big Sandspur – or as the local’s typically call it, Beer Can Island – has been a hidden gem from the landlocked for ages. It has cleaned up its act for the most part. You won’t find a lot of trash anymore on its sandy shores, but it’s still a bit rough around the edges with occasional broken glass waiting for the unwary.

You also won’t find facilities here, so don’t expect picnic benches or bathrooms. Come prepared with water and snacks or you’ll need to head out to the sandbar to stave of the afternoon munchies. If you do bring food, expect to become best friends with the native raccoons who act like playful (and hungry) pups on this 15-acre island.

The largest of islands in Biscayne Bay, visitors enjoy its easy access by boat and fun-for-the-whole-family atmosphere. The interior of the island is a bit too thick to penetrate, so you will want to leave that to your new furry bandit friends and stick to the beachfront, for the most part.

If you are feeling really adventurous, you can even pitch a tent and stay the night – bonfires and s’mores optional. It’s easy to get to on a thirty-minute paddle to the island – but you will want to take your time and enjoy the abundant surrounding wildlife. From dolphins to manatees to the vast array of water birds, there is something new to discover with each island trip.

You would never know these beautiful little treasures were the spoil islands from dredging projects of years gone by. Now, they are thriving ecosystems with abundant life and native greenery. From the nesting platforms for ospreys to hidden “paths” to the overgrown interiors, you will find hidden gems at every turn.

Just be sure to take back everything you brought out to the islands with you, except the memories and images of this exceptional experience. You’ll want to leave these islands a little better than you found them for the next time you come to visit.

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