All You Need To Know About Miami's Marinas

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By: Melina Martinez-Echeverria

From Miami Beach to Homestead, head to an area marina to charter a fishing boat, hop aboard a tour, captain your own boat, dive undersea 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 of outdoor play.

Check out these marinas to get your planning started.

Bill Bird Marina in Sunny Isles Beach

Situated in Haulover Park directly on the Intracoastal Waterway, 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, as well as boat rentals. 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 between Miami Shores Village and Miami Beach, Pelican Harbor 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 for 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 Miami.

Located on 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 to care for injured brown pelicans and has grown into an internationally recognized center for seabird rehabilitation. It’s a great place for kids, plus guided tours are available for various group sizes.

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, restaurants and cafés. Stop by one of the waterfront restaurants like the world-famous Hard Rock Café for a classic Miami mojito or a quick bite. After you secure some grub, head over to Island Queen Cruises for a fun 90-minute boat tour past million-dollar mansions.

Miami Beach Marina in South Beach

At the southern tip of South Beach, Miami Beach Marina boasts 400 slips and everything from fishing charters to dive boat excursions. After your day on the water, treat yourself to dinner at Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse or Monty’s Sunset fresh raw bar – both located right at 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 heading out 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 is an onsite sailing training school, hiking trails through nature and a man-made atoll beach. It’s also a popular site for kiteboarding. With easy access to Biscayne Bay, Matheson Hammock Marina is a great place to set sail for a day on the water.

Dinner Key Marina in Coconut Grove

An iconic part of Coconut Grove’s landscape, Dinner Key Marina is Florida’s largest wet slip marina, having been rebuilt after suffering extensive damage during Hurricane Irma in 2017. The new-and-improved, multi-million-dollar facility is a great place to charter a fishing boat or grab a bite to eat at Monty’s Raw Bar, offering fresh seafood you can enjoy with gorgeous views. Dinner Key Marina also offers modern berthing accommodations in a park-like setting for transient, long-term and commercial dockage.

Crandon Marina on Key Biscayne

Crandon Marina on Key Biscayne 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 city skyline. Stop by the Rusty Pelican on your way off Key Biscayne for some delicious seafood and more amazing bay views.

Marine Stadium Marina on Key Biscayne

Marine Stadium Marina is located on beautiful Virginia Key at one of Miami’s largest full-service dry storage facilities. Both Marine Stadium and Rickenbacker Marina are planning major redevelopments to not only update and enhance these facilities, but also Miami Marine Stadium as well.

Black Point Marina in Homestead

Black Point Marina is a favorite among locals and is also the largest public marina in Miami, offering a boat launch ramp and Black Point Ocean Grill overlooking the water. This celebrated restaurant serves up tasty seafood from raw oysters to steamed mussels, plus delicious ahi tuna steak sandwiches that are grilled to perfection. It’s also a great recreation spot with kayak and canoe rentals, nature trails, picnic pavilions and a bait-and-tackle shop.

Herbert Hoover Marina at Homestead Bayfront Park

Herbert Hoover Marina at Homestead Bayfront Park is in South Miami-Dade at the gateway to the Florida Keys, Biscayne National Park and Everglades National Park. For the naturalist or outdoor lover, it’s an ideal site to embark to coral reefs and marine sanctuaries for snorkeling, diving and birding.

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