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Miami, Florida is one of the top travel destinations in the United States, offering year-round sunshine, stunning beaches, a dynamic food and nightlife scene, and endless entertainment options. It’s surrounded by water, sandbars, and islands, making it one of the best places in the world to rent a boat or yacht.
As one of the hottest tourist destinations in the world, Miami has earned its reputation as Florida’s most famous vacation city. For boaters in particular, the Miami-Dade area offers fantastic boating locations for all sorts of water activities, from boat parties at iconic sandbars to relaxing private cruises in quiet waters.
So if you’re a boater — or a soon-to-be-boater — looking for a beautiful and tropical locale that has something for everyone to enjoy, Miami should be on your short list for your next destination.
And if you’ve never rented a boat before but want to learn how to experience the on-the-water life in Miami, this guide can help you plan every step of your day.
The average rental duration for GetMyBoat bookings in Miami — perfect for a long and leisurely cruise around the shore.
March to August rentals account for 70% of all GetMyBoat trips in Miami, though the weather allows for year-round boating.
It’s year-round! The consistently warm temperatures and ample sunshine make it possible to rent a boat at virtually any time of year. Hurricane season runs from June to November, but unless you see a hurricane in the forecast, chances are that it’s still a good time to rent a boat.
There’s never a bad time, really. You can hit one of the big events like Art Basel, Ultra, Art Deco Weekend, or Jazz Festival to feel the excitement of the crowds, or just choose a long weekend to sit on a boat and enjoy the Miami lifestyle.
We like going between March and May, when you’ll get both warm temperatures and off-peak rates. And since the summer can be very hot and humid, be prepared to spend time in the water if you’re visiting between June and September.
In a word: perfect. The water temperature is always comfortably warm, in a consistent range between 71ºF–79ºF (or 22ºC–26ºC), with July typically being the warmest month for the water.
Ocean water temp.87 °F
WindESE 16.80 f/sec
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Miami has many different types of boats to rent. Everything from pontoons to luxury motor yachts, sailing catamarans, fishing boats, and jet skis are available to rent for enjoying Miami on the water.
Here’s more information on the average prices for different types of boat rentals in Miami and what you can expect to pay for boating experiences.
A yacht is a larger sailing or power vessel that can be used for racing or pleasure cruising. Yacht rentals are the most popular choice for boating in Miami.
A flattish boat that relies on two floats for buoyancy. Pontoons are great for casual cruising, sandbar stops, swimming off the sides and for groups partying in Miami. It can be a really budget-friendly boating option.
A houseboat is a boat that has been designed to have all the comforts of home - including bedrooms, bathrooms, a kitchen and living area.
A wake boat (sometimes called a ski boat) is a style of powerboat that is most often used for enjoying water sports like wakeboarding, waterskiing, wakesurfing, kneeboarding, and more.
A sailboat is a vessel with sails that relies on wind power and/or sometimes also has a backup motor. Sailboats come in a huge variety of styles and sizes.
A catamaran can be power or sail-powered and is a vessel with two parallel hulls. Catamarans get their stability from the wide beam across the hulls. Catamarans are great party boats and for staying overnight on the water in Miami.
A fishing boat is any vessel that is designed for fishing. They can have flat bottoms for inshore angling or be large charter boats used for deep-sea fishing.
A fast and fun way to explore the local waters, jet skis (or PwC, personal watercraft) come in single-, two-, and even three-seat styles and can be used for all kinds of water sports and tours.
Miami has so much to offer — where to even begin planning your itinerary when you’re in town? Here’s a start. We’ve pulled some of our favorite local spots for every aspect of a Miami getaway, like boat-up restaurants to experience the “dock & dine” lifestyle and waterfront accommodations where you can set sail from, and boat right back up to, the hotel grounds. And that’s to say nothing of all the amazing boating destinations, spread all throughout the surrounding waters.
Trendy upscale restaurant serving hand-crafted cocktails, American cuisine and fresh seafood. Breathtaking waterfront views with the Miami skyline in the distance. The perfect happy hour spot after a long day of work or meeting up with friends.
Monty’s Raw Bar is a fun, upbeat environment serving fresh seafood, island dishes, and great drinks for you to enjoy in waterfront tiki huts. Great happy hour deals, live music, and their famous raw bar boat. This iconic restaurant has been featured in movies like Miami Vice, Marley & Me, and Burn Notice.
Casablanca is an upscale eatery and fish market situated on the Miami River with incredible views of downtown. Their slogan is “fresh from our boats to your table.” Pull up on your boat and enjoy a variety of local and international seafood dishes.
Chef Rainer Becker brings a taste of Modern Japanese cuisine to downtown Miami. Indulge in popular dishes like black cod dumplings and beef tenderloin spiced with red chili while overlooking the Miami River. Choose from over 80 imported sake options as well Japanese beers and cocktails.
Lido Restaurant & Bayside Grill offers a variety of expertly grilled, fried, and chilled dishes of locally sourced ingredients and seasonal produce. Lido provides an inclusive dining experience with vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free choices. Don't miss out on high tide happy hour every Monday - Thursday from 4 - 6PM.
Located on the Miami River, this is the only hotel in the area that provides private dockside assistance upon arrival. Dockside services include deep water slips that accommodate vessels up to 900 feet, electric hook-ups, pump-out, 24-hour staff & security, and docking for restaurant and spa guests. And it’s nearby popular spots like Key Biscayne, Miami Beach, and Coconut Grove.
A premier luxury resort located on Fisher Island that is only accessible via boat or ferry. Elegant 1-3 bedroom suites with ocean rooms, perfect for families or large groups traveling to Miami. Be sure to take advantage of the great amenities - world class spa, swimming pools, deep water marina, private beach, island shopping, and more!
A one-stop shop for all of your boating needs. Stop for a bite to eat at one of the on-site waterfront restaurants, escape the heat with a dip in the pool, or visit the ship store and stock up on your boat day essentials. Conveniently located near the Art Deco District — just a few steps away from shopping, world-renowned restaurants and nightlife.
Both a full-service and “Do-It-Yourself” boatyard and repair facility, located on the historic Miami River. Popular services include bottom painting, hull painting, detailing, fiberglass & gelcoat repairs, and engine repairs. Due to the sheltered upstream location of Hurricane Cove, boat owners can safely store their boats here during poor weather conditions.
Sea Isle is a full-service marina located in Downtown Miami’s Arts & Entertainment District with convenient access to the Intracoastal Waterway. It’s conveniently located within walking distance of shopping, restaurants, and entertainment options.
Easy access to the Intracoastal Waterway and the open ocean from Pelican Harbor Marina. Marina amenities include a fish cleaning area, freshwater hookups, fueling station, restroom & showers, and wet slips. Just 400-yards offshore is Pelican Island, a beautiful nature preserve and bird sanctuary that has covered picnic shelters, grills, picnic tables, and a sand volleyball court.
A free launch site for boats and kayaks located on the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay. 45 parking spaces are available at this location. Parking spaces for regular vehicles are $2per hour with no time limit, and the parking rate for trucks/trailers is $10/day with a limit of 72 hours.
A top-rated marina located in Crandon Park, close to prime fishing spots and artificial reefs. Well maintained marina with a friendly and knowledgeable staff who will help you with any of your boating needs. Marina amenities include restrooms, fuel dock, and fish cleaning area. Incredible spot for watching the sunset and enjoying the cool ocean breeze.
Island-hopping is one of the top things to do in Miami! Check out The Picnic Islands - a small group of uninhabited islands in Biscayne Bay where boaters go to relax at the sandbar and white-sand beaches. The islands are easily accessible by boat or jet ski. You will have a perfect view of the Miami skyline while you soak up the Florida sun and take a dip in the clear water.
A manufactured island situated in the turquoise waters of Biscayne Bay. Star Island is home to gorgeous waterfront homes and architectural wonders. The island attracts big-name celebrities and athletes as residents such as Madonna, Lenny Kravitz, Sylvester Stallone, Will Smith, and Shaquille O’Neal. The island is accessible by taking Bridge Road, which is right off the MacArthur Causeway. We recommend taking a boat tour where our captain circles the island so you can get a glimpse of the lifestyle of the rich and famous.
Flagler Monument Island is an unoccupied artificial island located in South Beach that is frequented by boaters, jet skiers, and kayakers. A 110 foot tall obelisk monument sits on the island and was created to honor the Miami pioneer, Henry M. Flagler. Trees and vegetation cover the island, so you can stop to take a relaxing stroll along the shoreline. Be sure to add this as a stop during your boat rental or tour so you can explore the island and see the monument in real life.
A boat trip in Miami isn’t complete without stopping at a local sandbar. Haulover Sandbar is a popular Miami boating spot beloved by locals and visitors alike. The sandbar is only accessible by boat, jet ski, or kayak. The sandbar is home to floating vendors that serve up food like burgers, ceviche salad, ice cream, snacks, and more. They can even deliver your food to you on the water. Drop anchor and float in the water as you enjoy the sunshine or party with other nearby boaters.
This spot, part of “Three Island Paradise,” was once a hotspot for the rich and famous. Nowadays, it enjoys a quieter, more residential atmosphere, but with several excellent restaurants worth checking out, including Shuckers Waterfront and CJ Cafe. And, it’s boating distance from Biscayne Bay, South Beach, and Pelican Island, a 10-acre bird sanctuary and nature preserve. Here, you can enjoy a respite from the hectic city and take advantage of the picnic areas, barbecue grills, and sand volleyball courts.
Considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, this is the perfect stop if you want to get a sampling of all that Miami has to offer: nightclubs, restaurants, shops, and much more. Along the beach lies the Art Deco Historic District, which is a must-see for architecture aficionados. In addition to Art Deco buildings, you can also spot classic examples of both Mediterranean and Streamline Moderne architecture around the island.
Another picturesque barrier island, and a popular place for Miami natives and visitors alike to go when they want to escape the crowds and relax by the water. Check out the restored carousel, miniature train, playground picnic areas, and events like the Virginia Key Grassroots Festival. Keep your eyes peeled for marine life, including manatees, when boating in this area. Hobie Beach in Virginia Key is the only beach in the Miami area that allows dogs to run free.
Coconut Grove is a true example of Floridian culture. Just south of the city of Miami, this town is a charming place to visit during your boating adventures in Biscayne Bay. It’s a popular gathering place for the younger set without the reputation of being solely a party town. The world-renowned CocoWalk — a one-stop dining and entertainment destination — is reason enough for a visit, and the Barnacle Historic State Park and Vizcaya Museum and Gardens are both just a short jaunt from the bayside.
A sprawling island with plenty to explore. On the northern end is Crandon Park, which boasts the most popular beach on the island. Guide your boat into Crandon Park Marina to take advantage of the park amenities — beach volleyball, kayak rentals, self-guided nature tours, eco-adventure tours, and cabana shelters to picnic under. Jump off your boat in Key Biscayne, and you can enjoy a quaint, quiet beach, paved bike paths, fishing along the seawall, and two al fresco restaurants that offer up delectable Cuban and seafood cuisine.
Miami has some great fishing locations that can be enjoyed by boat. Book a fishing charter for a deep-sea fishing excursion, with a professional captain and fishing guide to bring you to spots where the fish are biting. Fishing is best from late fall through the spring in Miami, but you can fish here year-round. Choose from independent fishing boat rentals or book a full-service fishing charter. Make sure you have the correct fishing licenses before you take your rod and reel on the water.
Check out our complete guide to fishing in Miami for detailed information on the fish you might catch, laws and licensing, fishing charters, and more.
If you don’t have any boating experience, or aren’t familiar with the waterways of the city, a captained charter might be what you want. Finding a yacht rental or other kind of boat charter with professional Miami captains will not only make sure everyone is safe on board, but they can also bring you to the secret spots only the locals know about.
From the coral reefs of Biscayne Bay to the meandering marshes of the Everglades, you will find plenty of waterways to explore during your boating vacation in Miami. Sightseeing on the water is a special way to see this waterfront city. Marvel at the skyscrapers of Downtown, cruise to quiet islands, or party at the sandbar.
Are you visiting Miami for a special occasion? Make the party planning easy and book a party boat for an unforgettable celebration. A captained boat charter makes a Miami Booze Cruise much safer - so hire a professional to keep your group safe while having a ton of fun on the water.
Heading to Miami to celebrate with the guys? A boat charter for a bachelor party in Miami is one of the best activities to enjoy. Fill up your cooler with drinks, connect with a local captain, and enjoy hours of cruising in the sun. A captained boat charter is the best way to have the time of your life and provide an unforgettable trip to Miami for the groom. Every best man can appreciate the ease of booking an activity everyone will love. - use GetMyBoat to keep your trip planning as stress-free as possible.
Planning a final “sail before the veil” with your favorite group of women? Any maid of honor can appreciate having a personal yacht captain available to help finalize all the details of the perfect boat party day. Put on your matching swimsuits, pack your towels, sunscreen, and sunglasses, and celebrate cruising and stopping at islands and sandbars around Miami for photoshoots and bachelorette party fun. A bachelorette party is one of the best reasons to rent a boat in Miami.
Planning to say “I Do” in Miami? Why not enjoy your special day on a boat? Miami is a great destination for a wedding onboard a boat or yacht. A boat wedding in Miami provides stunning views and a unique venue for celebrating your special day. Miami has so many different yachts and boats to choose from for a wedding, you’re guaranteed to find a style of boat that will suit you and your guest’s needs. Check out our guide to planning a boat wedding for more ideas and information.
Miami is the ultimate destination for a milestone birthday celebration. If you’re coming up on your 30th or 40th birthday and want to party with your favorite people in South Florida, a boat rental in Miami for a day is a must. Bring your cake and balloons onboard (check with the captain first for any restrictions on decorations) and ring in a new year of your life on the water.
A note: if you’re renting a boat through GetMyBoat, please contact the boat owner before utilizing any of the following services. They may have a preferred provider or the services may be covered through insurance or within your rental agreement.
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