Matheson Hammock Marina is the perfect place to set sail for a day on the water
From Miami Beach to South Miami, head to an area marina to charter a fishing boat, hop aboard a tour, become the captain of your own boat, dive the undersea realm or learn to sail. Each marina has its own unique offerings, and many are near beautiful beaches, hiking trails and other recreational activities for a perfect day with Mother Nature. Check out these marinas to get your planning started.
Dinner Key Marina in Coconut Grove
An iconic part of Coconut Grove’s landscape, Dinner Key Marina is Miami’s largest wet slip marina and an ideal place to book a fishing or sailing charter. Not only can you find many kinds of watersports to try out, from party yachts to sailing lessons, but it is also right in the heart of the best dining, shopping and entertainment that Coconut Grove has to offer. Once you are back on land, walk over to Grove Bay Grill located directly on Dinner Key Marina to grab a bite and beer. This spot is the perfect place to get a true taste of Florida’s casual atmosphere that only tiki bars and No Wake zones can give. Or you walk a little further north and enjoy the water views over a dockside happy hour with $1 oysters at Monty’s Raw Bar.
Miamarina at Bayside in Downtown
In the heart of Downtown Miami with 130 slips, Miamarina at Bayside is the embarkation point for a number of boat tours and charters. With Bayside Marketplace overlooking the marina, you have quick access to many popular stores, shops, restaurants, and cafes. Stop by one of the waterfront restaurants like the Largo Bar & Grill or the world famous Hard Rock Café for a classic Miami mojito or a quick bite. After you secure some grub, jump on the Island Queen for a fun 90-minute boat tour through million dollar mansions to top off your day.
Miami Beach Marina in South Beach
At the southern tip of South Beach, Miami Beach Marina boasts 400 slips with everything from fishing charters to dive boats excursions. After your day of adventuring on the water why not treat yourself to dinner at Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse or Monty’s Sunset’s fresh raw bar – both right on the Marina. It’s also a short walk to Joe’s Stone Crab Restaurant for some world-renowned South Beach seafood or Smith & Wollensky steakhouse for stunning views of Fisher Island and cruise ships setting sail to the Atlantic.
Matheson Hammock Marina in Coral Gables
Matheson Hammock Marina at Matheson Hammock Park in Coral Gables is one of the most popular and unique spots to enjoy an afternoon in Miami. There’s an onsite sailing school, hiking trails throughout the hammock, and a man-made atoll beach. It’s also a popular site for kiteboarding. With great access to Biscayne Bay, it’s the perfect place to set sail for a day on the water.
Crandon Marina and Marine Stadium Marina on Key Biscayne
Another short ride away is Crandon Marina located on Key Biscayne. This marina has an active dive boat operation with Diver’s Paradise within striking distance to both artificial and natural reefs. It’s also a great spot for fishing charters or simply strolling the docks at sunset for beautiful views of the bay and the city skyline. Stop by the Rusty Pelican on your way off Key Biscayne for some delicious seafood and more amazing Biscayne Bay views.
Marine Stadium Marina is located on beautiful Virginia Key and one of South Florida's largest full-service dry storage facilities. Both Rickenbacker Marina and Marine Stadium Marina have recently been ok'ed for major redevelopment to not only update and enhance these facilities, but also the Miami Marine Stadium as well. The 2018 SuperStock USA Championship Grand Prix will be the first major race at historic Miami Marine Stadium since the venue closed in 1992.
Herbert Hoover Marina at Homestead Bayfront Park
Herbert Hoover Marina at Homestead Bayfront Park is located in South Miami at the gateway to the Florida Keys, Biscayne National Park and Everglades National Park. For the naturalist or outdoors lover, it’s an ideal site to embark to the coral reefs and marine sanctuaries for snorkeling, diving and birding.
Black Point Marina in Homestead
Down in Homestead, Black Point Marina is a favorite amongst locals, offering a boat launch ramp and the Ocean Grill restaurant overlooking the water and serving up tasty seafood dishes from raw oysters to steamed mussels and delicious Ahi Tuna sandwiches that are seared to perfection. It’s also a great recreation spot with kayak and canoe rentals, nature trails, picnic pavilions and a bait and tackle shop.
Bill Bird Marina in Sunny Isles Beach
Situated in Haulover Park directly on the Intracoastal, Bill Bird Marina is a prime location to explore Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. The area is famous for flying kites, which you can rent from an onsite vendor. There are also plenty of deep sea fishing boat charters to choose from or simply relax and soak up the sun at Haulover Beach, directly across A1A.
Pelican Harbour Marina in North Bay Village
Located on a causeway midway between Miami Shores and Miami Beach, Pelican Harbour Marina is a popular launch site for Miami boaters in North Bay Village. With easy access to the Intracoastal Waterway, Haulover Inlet and Government Cut, it’s the perfect place to plan a fun day on the water. Take an adventurous iPaddle night kayak or paddleboard tour or just rent one of your own and explore the beautiful mix of urban living intertwined with nature in the heart of North Miami.
Located on the 10-acre Pelican Island, this marina is also a natural preserve and bird sanctuary featuring barbecue pits, picnic tables and sand volleyball courts. Pelican Harbor Seabird Station was founded in 1980 for the purpose of caring for injured brown pelicans and has grown into an internationally recognized center for seabird rehabilitation. It’s open to visitors daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and a great way to spend the day with the kids. Parking and admission are free, although donations are gratefully accepted.
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