The Best Boat Rentals in Sarasota, Florida.

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Best Sarasota Boat Rentals

With access to both the ocean and the Manatee River, Sarasota is an ideal vacation spot for boaters. There are plenty of rental options in the area, or you can enjoy easy access to the local bodies of water with your vessel. The boating conditions of Sarasota are usually pleasant with navigable waters that are ideal for cruising or pleasant afternoons spent fishing with your loved ones. Rent a motor yacht and spend hours cruising around, stopping at stunning beaches or jumping out for a swim. Soak up the sun from the deck of your boat rental and explore Siesta Key and Lido Key, or the Sarasota Bay. Traveling with a big group? Check out options for pontoon rentals so you’ll have plenty of space on your boat for everyone.

Siesta Key is one of Sarasota’s most popular locales, though there are many more lovely ones to visit. One activity that boaters will particularly enjoy is kayaking, with the option of taking one out on your own or of participating in a guided tour that will teach you more about this unique area and its abundant wildlife. Kayaking is a great way to get some exercise during your travels, the perfect rental of choice for fitness enthusiasts. Other paddlesport rentals you can try include stand-up paddleboarding, rowboat rentals, and canoeing. Get an upper body workout while you enjoy your vacation!

Other enjoyable water activities include boogie boarding, skimboarding, snorkeling, jet skiing, and even parasailing. You can book any water experience you’d like in Sarasota through GetMyBoat. Watersports are the perfect way to fulfill your needs for an adrenaline rush while you’re visiting Sarasota.

A fun experience to have from Sarasota is a fishing charter. Deep-sea sportfishing is a favorite activity in all of Florida, and Sarasota is no exception. Head out on a charter with your captain, who will provide the bait and gear, and take you to the best fishing spots around this part of Florida. If you’ve never experienced sports fishing before, definitely make time for an excursion while you’re staying in Sarasota.

Boating Events Near Sarasota

A significant boating event in Sarasota is the Sarasota PowerBoat Grand Prix. There are exciting boat races, car shows, live entertainment, and lots of activities for families and kids to enjoy. It takes place over the course of a week, and the whole city comes alive with visitors and locals getting out to enjoy all the beauty and fun Sarasota has to offer.

Other Things To Do

While on land, there’s plenty of things to see and do to keep you entertained while in Sarasota. Make time to visit Siesta Beach and Lido Key. The white sand beaches of Sarasota are some of the best in the entire world, and there are so many activities, restaurants, and other things to enjoy on and near these beaches.

If you’re interested in the history of Sarasota, be sure to check out the John and Mable Ringling Museum, to learn about the history of the Ringling Brothers Circus and its influence on Florida.

Marinas in Sarasota

There are lots of marinas in Sarasota you can check out during your stay. Some of the best include Siesta Key Marina, Hidden Harbor Marina, Bird Key Yacht Club, and MarineMax Sarasota. The marinas are great places to take a walk while in Sarasota. Have a stroll and admire all the beautiful boats moored in their berths or cruising in and out of port. There are lots of great restaurants nearby to stop in and enjoy a meal and a drink with a beautiful view of the Gulf.

About Sarasota

Known for its laid-back beach town vibe, Sarasota is located on the southwestern coast of Florida. It is famous for its cultural institutes and gorgeous fine-sand beaches that line the coast and its barrier islands. Boaters love to travel here for the balmy weather and calm waters, and you can avoid the crowds that flock to Sarasota during Spring Break and the summer months by planning your trip for early spring or autumn.

The city of Sarasota contains some of the most expensive properties in the state, boat dock usually included. Just north of the town is the Greater Tampa Bay area, a boating and sailing paradise. Sarasota is away from the Tampa Bay commercial vessels, so pleasure boating is a delight on Sarasota Bay and around Longboat Key.

To get to Sarasota, you can take a flight directly to the Sarasota airport or a nearby airport like Tampa or Fort Myers. Sarasota is easily accessible by car and major highways, so if you’re driving, you won’t have any problems. To get around Sarasota, it’s best to have a car rental to see more of the city and surrounding areas.

Sarasota Boat Rental FAQs

How much does it cost to rent a boat in Sarasota?

Boat rentals in Sarasota cost between $65/hour for a budget powerboat and can go up in price to $2,000/day for a luxury sportfishing charter.

How is the fishing in Sarasota?

Fishing is a great activity to try in Sarasota. Fishing charters and fishing boat rentals cost between $200 and $2000 per day, with lots of different options depending on the fishing experience you’re looking for in Sarasota.

GetMyBoat customer reviews for boat rentals in Sarasota.

  1. MN
    Mark
    Center Console Hybrid in Sarasota Bradenton

    Brian's boat was great for the week I rented it. I did a lot of bay fishing along with gulf runs and his boat was great. The only disappointment was on me as I did not equip myself with a net large enough for the fish offshore as I lost a monster Cobia boatside after a 2 hr fight with it. Overall my rental exp was an A+ with Brian and his boat.

  2. JN
    James
    Open Cruiser in Sarasota/Bradenton

    Great boat for a family or friends trip. The canopy kept us nice and shaded when needed. Brian was knowledgeable about the local water ways and gave a few helpful tips. I recommend this boat to anyone trying to have great time.

  3. SA
    Sven
    Beautiful/ Comfortable Pontoon for cruising Sarasota Bay

    Rodrigo was a great host. Super quick response to booking and all questions. Boat was flawless and ran perfectly. We saw tons of fish including 3 small hammerhead sharks and a pod of five dolphins that played a few yards away from us. Highlight of our trip! Will rent again!

  4. MM
    Mark
    Open Cruiser in Sarasota/Bradenton

    A fantastic experience & I highly recommend working with Brian. The boat we took out for the day was absolutely perfect for a family adventure. Brian was easy to communicate with, prompt and fun to meet. Nothing but positive comments from my family. We will certainly be back in the months to come. Mark

  5. BV
    Barry
    26' Sea Ray Deck Boat with swimming platform and head!

    We had a great time and the weather was perfect. Captain Ryan did a nice job taking us to many cool locations. We saw dolphins right next to the boat and picked up several sand dollars with our feet. Great experience. I highly recommend.

  6. NG
    Nicole
    Open Cruiser in Sarasota/Bradenton

    Brian was amazing. He communicated throughout the process and was attentive when we met. I highly recommend him and his boat to anyone. It was the best boating experience I have had.