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What to know about renting a boat in St Petersburg
There's a variety of boat rental options in St Petersburg, offering everything from yachts to jetskis. St. Pete's is in Pinellas County, which has more registered boats than any other county in Florida. the calm waters and great weather during most of the year making it the perfect spot for special events and family vacations.
Boating is one of the best ways to discover the city of St. Petersburg. Caladesi Island is a fantastic state park to access by boat where you can see dolphins and comb the beach for beautiful shells. Egmont Key is a great spot for snorkeling, with calm and clear waters, perfect for young or novice snorkelers. There’s a huge variety of sea life, from tiny fish to dolphins swimming in these waters.
Boca Ciega Bay is a great destination for nature lovers in St. Petersburg. There are miles of sandy beaches, protected wildlife areas, mangroves, and oyster beds to explore by boat, either motorized or man-powered. It’s also a great spot to go fishing and snorkeling. Try a fishing charter if you want a full day on a boat reeling in great catches. It’s also an excellent destination for avid bird watchers.
Eastward from St. Petersburg is Tampa Bay, which is a fantastic location to explore by boat. There are tons of marinas and spots to anchor in order to explore a bit more, including Coffee Pot Bayou and Riviera Bay.
Beachfront restaurants are a great choice for boaters looking to take a break and get a bite to eat, and there’s no shortage in St. Pete’s Beach.
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Boating Events in St Petersburg
In September, the Clearwater Super Boat National Championship is a boat racing event that is sure to get everyone excited. Boats zip by at nearly 200 mph and you can watch it from shore or from your own boat parked outside the course. It’s a great, 3-day family event. In addition to the adrenaline-charged races, there is a boat parade, food vendors and live entertainment.
In the winter months, the Saint Petersburg Power and Sail Boat show is an interesting event for visitors and locals. It hosts a display of thousands of boats, marine seminars and youth fishing clinics.
Other Things To Do in St Petersburg
If you’re looking for a rainy day activity off the water, check out The Dali Museum to see the artwork of Salvador Dali and learn about his life and career. It has the largest collection of Dali paintings outside of Spain. If you’re not into museums, Saint Petersburg check out the Free Fall and American Stage theaters for a performance. You can explore nature reserve areas and the historical section of the city by foot or Segway.
Another land activity that will be a vacation highlight is horseback riding on the beach. C Ponies Beach Rides, Cypress Breeze Beach Horseback riding and Beach Horseback are all great choices for this experience. Downtown Saint Petersburg is teeming with bars and restaurants, art museums, great shopping and vibrant nightlife.
Marinas in St Petersburg
There are tons of marinas located around the peninsula of Saint Petersburg, with thousands of boats to choose from. A few of the most popular marinas are Harborage Marina, the St. Petersburg Municipal Marina, O’Neill’s Marina, Marina Bay of St. Pete’s Beach and many more. The harbors give access to the intracoastal waterways, the Gulf of Mexico and fantastic beaches that comprise the city of Saint Petersburg. Many are connected to hotels and resorts, making it even easier for vacationers to find the perfect boat rental.
About Saint Petersburg
Saint Petersburg is the 5th largest city in Florida. It's located on the peninsula between Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. It’s a relaxed but vibrant place to visit on vacation, providing the atmosphere of the Caribbean. It’s one of the sunniest places in the world, with a record of the most consecutive days of sunshine (768) recorded from 1967-1969. While noted for hosting a large population of retirees, it’s becoming a more youthful city due to its relatively low cost of living, growing art scene, and favorable climate. It’s commonly known by locals and visitors as St. Pete’s Beach
The best time to visit Saint Petersburg is between March and May. The temperature during this time falls between 65-87℉ with only 1-3 inches of rain on average. During this part of the year, a wide range of events take over the city, making hotels and other bookings more expensive. It’s worth the extra money to visit in the springtime, especially if you catch the beautiful purple Jacaranda trees as they bloom. The summer months bring sweltering temperatures, heavy rainfall and hurricane season. The winter months are also considerably colder.
While onshore, be sure to check out some of the incredible events that go on in Saint Petersburg. In the spring, the top events include the Firestone Grand Prix, the PGA Tour Valspar Championship and the Tampa Bay Blues Festival. In the fall, check out the John’s Pass Seafood festival and the Clearwater Jazz Holiday festival.
St Petersburg Boat Rental FAQs
How much does it cost to rent a boat in St Petersburg?
A boat rental in St Petersburg starts at $59 an hour for a small center console and can go up to $1,500 an hour for a larger more luxurious motor yacht rental.
What is there to do in St Petersburg in 2 days?
Renting a boat is a great way to spend a short visit to St. Petersburg, Florida. Pontoon boat rentals, deck boats, motor yachts, and fishing boats are available and a great choice of activity when visiting St. Petersburg. You can explore the Intracoastal Waterway or the open waters of the gulf.
What fish are biting in St Petersburg?
On a fishing boat or fishing charter from St. Petersburg, you can expect to catch trout, snook, tarpon, redfish, Spanish mackerel, and kingfish. Tarpon are considered to be the local “trophy” fish of this area of Florida.
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GetMyBoat customer reviews for boat rentals in Saint Petersburg.
Josh was awesome. He made initial contact with me soon after I made my reservation, as the date got closer he told me where to meet him and provided me with great directions to the marina. The morning of my reservation there was a rain shower that came through and set me behind by about 30-45 mins, Josh reviewed the boat and all equipment with me and then told me to extend my day to make up for the rain delay. He provided me with a very detailed review of the area and pointed out some good places to visit on the charts. My family and I had a great time and we highly recomend Josh to anyone. We will definitely contact him again next time were in the area and in need of a good boat.
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Great location in Tampa/Rocky Point area. Easy access to Old Tampa Bay. Boat was as advertized. Owner's assistant was very responsive & helpful. My wife & I enjoyed a half daytime cruise w/o captain. If looking in Rocky Point, call Chandler.
Chris was awesome & so was his boat! Couldn't have been a better experience. Highly recommend booking your day on the water with Chris & his boat! The boat drives great, the sound system is awesome & its the perfect setup for comfortably entertaining & socializing on the water as theres plenty of cushioned seats & cupholders & storage for everyone on board!
My family and I had so much fun on captain Jeff’s boat. I have a lot of experience with boats. Was a little nervous about it not having enough power. That was wrong. Three adults and two kids, towed a tube. More than enough power. Wifey punched me in the arm to slow down. 😎 really had a good time. Check out Anclote key state park. Anchor on the sandbar and relax under the awning on this cool mako 17. Fun fun fun. Watch the sun. It will get you. Sunblock up, turn the radio on and drift away to jimmy buffet. Definitely going again soon. Thanks Jeff
Excellent all-around experience. Jeff was very responsive to our questions and facilitated an incredible day. Perfect vessel to take up to Three Rooker Island and Caladesi. 10/10 would recommend. Will definitely do this again when we come back!
Matthew was the perfect host. Excellent communication with quick responses. The boat was exactly as described and in perfect working order. He was very knowledgeable about the different sites and history of the waterway. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and will definitely be using him again in the future. If you are considering Matthew, you won't go wrong with him as a choice!