Between the iconic river that weaves through the city and the vast expanse of Lake Michigan, Chicago is a wonderful destination to spend time on the water. If you’re visiting the Windy City during the summer and looking to experience boating, you can choose from stunning architecture tours, amazing sailing trips, yacht charters, boats for water sports, and so much more.
How does that song go again? Key Largo, Montego, baby why don’t we go… Ok, sorry if now you have The Beach Boys stuck in your head. It will be worth it though, we promise. While Kokomo is not a real place, Key Largo certainly is, and it’s a top destination in Florida for a boat rental.
A favorite part of Florida’s Emerald Coast, Destin is the place to rent a boat and get out on the water. Cruise through calm, clear waters that will give you the feeling of being in the Caribbean, stop at white sandy beaches or visit a waterfront restaurant on your boat. Destin is also regarded as an affordable vacation destination, and the prices on boat rentals reflect that. You’ll be able to find a pontoon, yacht, jet ski, or other watercraft for exploring without spending all your budget on a boat day.
Lake Tahoe is one of the best boating lakes in the United States and possibly the world. During the summer months, this gem of the Sierra Nevada’s comes alive with visitors looking to soak up the sunshine and cruise through the crystal clear waters.
A sprawling reservoir of the Colorado River just west of Austin, Texas, Lake Travis was formed in the 1940s with the construction of the Mansfield Dam. It quickly became a vital water source for the city of Austin — and now, it has become the go-to spot for boat parties (especially for the city’s many, many bachelor parties and bachelorette parties), as well as weekend water sports, fishing, and general relaxing. No wonder it’s one of the most well-regarded and popular water destinations in all of Texas.
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.
Despite the name, Marathon, Florida is a place to go boating, not running. Leave your gym shoes and workout clothes at home — pack your boat shoes, swimsuit, and fishing gear instead! This lesser-known gem of the Florida Keys offers world-class fishing in a small neighborhood community, and here are GetMyBoat’s top picks for enjoying all the best of the boat life in Marathon.
GetMyBoat helps you find boat rentals from local owners and captains of all kinds of boats, from relaxing on a pontoon to racing on a jet ski to cruising on a super yacht! And whichever you choose, you can find a rental for you to drive yourself, or book a boat charter with a professional captain who can take care of the driving and help you plan your perfect day.
Jet skis (aka personal watercraft, or PwC) are one of the more adrenaline-boosting ways to enjoy the water. They’re also amazingly simple to operate, so nearly anyone one can enjoy the fast and fun thrill of a jet ski day. Jet skis can be enjoyed just about anywhere, too, from oceans to rivers to lakes — anywhere you can find motorized boats, you can enjoy on a jet ski.
Fishing is a sport as old as time, and popular for good reason: it’s easy for any age, it’s relaxing, and it provides an excellent opportunity to get out on the water and enjoy nature in a new way. And while fishing from a riverbank or off a dock is all well and good, a boat day is even better.
While sailing onto the open ocean in a yacht was once an activity reserved for the rich and famous, yachting has grown in popularity for regular people over the past decade, thanks to more affordable, flexible, and easier-to-book rentals and charters. These days, you don’t need to own a yacht of your own (or have a rich friend with one).