Water Activities  



By: Shayne Benowitz

Where to go to soak up a day of fun in the sun.

Surrounded by Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, Miami is a boater’s paradise and that’s evident by the wealth of marinas in the city. 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 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.

Dinner Key Marina in Coconut Grove

An iconic part of Coconut Grove’s landscape, Dinner Key Marina is Miami’s largest wet slip marina at 582 berths with an additional 225 moorings just offshore. It’s the ideal place to book a fishing or sailing charter, or simply enjoy the views over a dockside meal 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, it’s a hub of activity in the city center.

Miami Beach Marina in South Beach

At the southern tip of South Beach, Miami Beach Marina boasts 400 slips with everything from luxury yacht charters to dive boat excursions. With Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse and Monty’s Raw Bar onsite, it’s also a short walk to 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 manmade 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 on Key Biscayne

Located on Key Biscayne, Crandon Marina boasts a dive boat operation and is striking distance to both artificial and natural reefs. It’s also a great spot for fishing charters or to simply stroll the docks at sunset for beautiful views of the bay and the downtown skyline.

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. 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 plenty of deep sea fishing boat charters to choose from or simply relax at nearby Haulover Beach.

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. Located on the 10-acre Pelican Island, it’s a natural preserve and bird sanctuary featuring barbecue pits, picnic tables and sand volleyball courts.

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