We've explored the best boating of the West Coast, now it's time to discuss the best boating on the East Coast. Whether you want to escape civilization or live the high life, the East Coast has it all.
Offering an abundance of beaches, bays, and islands, Newport, Rhode Island is a hub for vacationers, outdoorsmen, and locals alike. At Narragansett Bay, described as the sparkling, geographic, jewel of Rhode Island, you can choose from a variety of boating activities like sailing, boating, fishing, kayaking, cruising, swimming, and seal watching. Those are just a few of the choices. After spending the day on the water, you can settle into one of the historical villages that surround the bay and contemplate your next activity. Additionally, nature offers yet another outlet for energy and if you are not too tired after a day on the water, Newport’s nightlife awaits.
“The Vineyard” is 100 square miles of an island located off the southern coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. While it may seem small for an island, this affluent, summer destination packs a punch and offers various activities from beach lounging, an art-house cinema, various film festivals, and fine dining in the evening. It's excellent for fishing charters, canoeing, kayaking, and sailing too. The year-round population is quaint at 15,000 but booms in the summer to more than 100,000 so you will be in good company.
Westhampton offers a quiet and secluded atmosphere that caters to rest and relaxation at a manageable, two-hour train ride from Manhattan. If you choose to rent a seaside bungalow, an abundance of surf clubs, sailing schools, beaches, and seafood will keep you occupied for the duration of your stay. Rent a pontoon in Westhampton or go out on a paddleboard rental. Water sports such as jet-skiing, parasailing, and windsurfing will break up your beach days while crabbing, fishing, and yachting are potential day-long retreats.
Located on the Chesapeake Bay, Annapolis is a boater's dream with 253 marinas and harbors, nearby state parks, and an extensive list of activities that includes sailing, watersports, swimming, hiking, crabbing, fishing, boat racing, boating clubs, shows, and social events on the Chesapeake Bay. Annapolis boasts 400 miles of coastline, the perfect playground for any boater with or without their family in tow.
Boating and water-centered activities are considered a way of life in Charleston, South Carolina. With an abundance of inlets, harbors, and marinas that offer serene sights, boaters in Charleston will never get bored. Visiting Charleston for a bachelor or bachelorette party? Book a yacht charter with a captain to enjoy your time cruising and partying on the water. Speedboat rentals, kayak rentals, fishing trips, and more are just the beginning of fun things to do on the water in Charleston.
Some call it the Venice of America and they would be right in that Fort Lauderdale, Florida boasts over 300 miles of inland waterways. However, Venetian romance can be lost in the shuffle of daily life in Fort Lauderdale. The Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, the largest of its kind in the world, draws massive crowds of boating enthusiasts. Fort Lauderdale is the perfect destination for a yacht charter to the Bahamas or a jet ski rental for fun flying through the waves. Fishing and kayaking are also popular activities to enjoy here. Whether you are visiting for the long haul or just passing through, Fort Lauderdale will not lead you wrong.
Geographically Tampa is Florida’s largest estuary and with that title comes great mystique. While Tampa is hopping with shopping and sightseeing by day and bars by night, it is the exploration of the keys that is the true gem of Tampa Bay. If you are on a boat a whole new world awaits in hidden bays, rivers, and ruins. Rent a pontoon, a jet ski, speedboat, or charter a yacht in Tampa for an unforgettable day out on the water. Take over an island of your own in Tampa Bay and escape the bustle of the city for a day.
The Florida Keys offer year-round scuba diving, sailing, fishing, and relaxation. The majestic Keys stretch more than 125 miles along the coast of Florida, beginning at Biscayne National Park in the north and tapering off in Key West in the southwest. Each key is unique and offers a different activity sure to entice the leisurely vacationer. Key West is home to Margaritaville (yes, inspiration to Jimmy Buffet’s catchy song), world-class scuba diving, blissful beaches, and some even say the best sunset in the US.
Located on the Gulf of Mexico, Sarasota, Florida offers beautiful weather and placid water ideal for a relaxing ride. The region is known for the world’s largest manatee population and at certain times of the year, you are sure to see one floating alongside your boat. Speedboat rentals, yacht charters, kayaking, and fishing are all popular activities to enjoy as a visitor in Sarasota. If you must escape the serene sights that Mother Nature offers, there is fine dining, plenty of full-service docks, shopping centers, and yacht clubs just off the shore. If you choose to vacation in Sarasota you won’t be disappointed.
No matter your boating needs, be it fishing, sailing, water sports, kayaking, canoeing, or fishing, the East Coast has it all. If you are new to the industry, it doesn’t take long to embrace boating as a way of life. If you are a seasoned sailor, then it is never too late to explore. So go ahead, book your boating vacation, rent your preferred boat on GetMyBoat.com today, and start making waves! Download the GetMyBoat app for boat rentals on-the-go.