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Best Spots to Take Rented Yacht in Miami

As the yachting capital of the world, Miami and its surroundings are pretty much perfect for hitting the water. Great weather, beautiful surroundings and plenty of nooks and crannies to explore make Miami something special for yachting enthusiasts. Realistically, Miami lends it best to free exploration, though we’ve decided to highlight a few of the best spots to take a yacht in and around the city. These spots are specifically aimed at visitors renting a yacht, so both time and ease of access have been taken into account here. Essentially, these are the can’t-miss experiences of Miami and around.

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Fort Lauderdale

Let’s start with the obvious: the beautiful stretch off the coast of Fort Lauderdale. Fort Lauderdale’s reputation as a Mecca for yachting is well and truly deserved, with stunning clear water and the allure of the Caribbean always tugging at the mind of the adventurer. Just a few miles off shore, you’ll find the Gulf Stream brings in blue-water anglers, while the smattering of coral reefs just beg for your attention. On top of this, the Greater Fort Lauderdale region boasts over 300 miles of inland waterways, making its moniker “The Venice of America” well deserved. The best time of year to visit is in November, when the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show draws thousands of yachting enthusiasts from across the globe.

 

Miami River District

If you prefer the high life to the high seas, then you’d better hit up the Miami River District. Easily navigable by yacht, this area offers some of Miami’s best restaurants, alongside shopping and bars. If you’re hungry, don’t miss Sea Spice, which is arguably Florida’s best seafood restaurant. On top of this, the entire district is known as a haven for the rich and famous, so there’s a good chance you’ll run into a celebrity or two.

 

Haulover Sandbar

If you really want to get decadent, then don’t miss the Haulover Sandbar. Located just near the Haulover Marina, yachting enthusiasts flock here on weekends to soak up the sun and enjoy a day on the water. It’s perfect for the whole family, with kayaks and other water toys up for hire. On Saturdays and Sundays the floating restaurants are out in force, dishing up surprisingly good grub and delivering it straight to your yacht.

 

Florida Keys

For the budding adventurer, Florida Keys is unmissable. This string of Caribbean islands is somewhat further afield than the other destinations listed here, and can be found around 120 miles off the southern-most tip of Florida. The islands just scream to be explored, and offer great fishing. If you’re a scuba diver, then you better plan some extra time here. The real explorers could even push out further, and head all the way to the Bahamas.

 

Tampa Bay

Closer to home, Tampa Bay has a serious reputation to uphold. As the largest estuary anywhere in Florida, this little slice of paradise is a magnet for yachts. One of the highlights of the area is Egmont Key, where you can explore the ruins of an impressive 19th Century Fort Dade. The fort played a key role in the Spanish-American War, and makes for a great half day excursion. Another good option is the nearby Caladesi Island, a national park replete with docking facilities. Finally, if you’ve worked up an appetite, head over to St. Petersburg, where you can find a good mix of upmarket and casual dining.

Things to do in South Beach in August 2017

It’s hot, it’s humid, and there’s no doubt summer is well and truly in full force in Miami. This August, Miami is heating up with great food, music and cultural events – with something for everyone. So, check out our list of the top things to do in and around South Beach this August.

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Miami Spice

Do you love eating well, but have eyes that bulge at the sight of those prices on Miami’s menus nowadays? Luckily, from August 1 to September 30, restaurants across Miami will be participating in Miami Spice, a city-wide promotion offering dishes from award winning chefs at incredibly cheap prices. During the promotion, you can score a three course lunch for just $23. Dinner rates are $39. There’s no sign up, no membership fees or anything – just arrive at a participating restaurant with an appetite.

Slava’s Snow Show

If you need some entertainment for the whole family, then look no further than Slava’s Snow Show. Until August 6, Slava’s theater will be impressing Miami with its trademark mix of dreamlike fairy tail performances, mixed with tragedy and comedy. It’s pretty incredible stuff, and will have you laughing and crying. Tickets and more information here.

City of Miami Jerry Garcia Day

On August 2, Wynwood Yard will celebrate the birthday of Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia with a tribute concert. If you’re in for some serious psychedelia, then the show starts at 8pm, and will feature two sets from tribute band Unlimited Devotion. Entry is free.

Bluegrass Jam

On August 7, the South Florida Bluegrass Association will hold a a free bluegrass festival and acoustic jam session at Greynolds Park. Some of the best local bluegrass bands will be strumming it out from 12:30 to 5pm. Although the concert itself is free, park admission is $7 per car.

Welcome Yourself to the Jungle

If zoning out with some brain melting psychedelia or some serious bluegrass isn’t quite your thing, then how about some classic rock? On August 8, legends Guns N’ Roses will be blasting their way through Marlins Park. Check it out here.

Gay and Lesbian Walking Tour

The LGBTI community has a long, vibrant and turbulent history in Miami. Learn a bit about this history for yourself on August 13. The tour starts at the Art Deco Welcome Center, 1001 Ocean Drive at 11 am. More details here.

IFE-ILE Afro-Cuban Dance Festival

What better way to enjoy summer than with some spicy Caribbean music and dance? From August 14 to 19, the Miami Salsa Congress will be holding three days of Afro-Cuban dance at the Koubek Center. Workshops are also available for anyone interested in trying their hands (or feet) at anything from the Rumba to some Bata drumming. More details can be found at the official website.

Wynwood Beer Festival

If you’ve worked up a sweat this August, then why not cap off the month with a cold one? On August 26, the Wynwood Beer Festival will bring together more than 40 breweries offering over 150 beers. Entry prices range from $35 to $85. It’s a little expensive, but remember: there’s unlimited free tastings! More information here.

Fishing Derby and Breakfast at Zoo Miami

Finally, do you like fishing? What about the native environment? On August 27, Zoo Miami will host an event aimed at catching invasive fish species. They provide the rods and bait, so all you need to do is rock up with hankering for fish, and an eagerness to help out the environment. There’s even a prize for the family that snags the biggest catch.

Day Tour From South Beach: The Everglades

If you do one tour from Miami, it should be the Everglades. A sprawling stretch of wilderness between the Miami beaches and the Key West coastline, the Everglades is the country’s largest tropical wilderness. It brings in over 1 million visitors each year, which is no surprise given the park is easily one of the top highlights of any trip to Florida.

This network of wetlands and forests is home to one of America’s most fragile ecosystems, replete with the region’s trademark alligators, not to mention an astounding variety of birds and fish. If you’re lucky, you might also catch a glimpse of the elusive Florida panther, of which there are less than 200 left in the wild.

From Miami, it’s fairly easy to organize a day trip to the Everglades. Most tour operators offer full or half day trips, including transport and a guide. Many of the mid range (and up) operators also throw in a meal, usually of local fare. Here are some of the best tour operators, plus at the end there’s a few details on how you can visit the Everglades on your own.

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Gator Park Airboat Tours

Airboats are deeply controversial in Florida. Some people say they’re easily the best way to see the Everglades, while others argue they damage the environment and scare away the animals. Either way, Gator Park Airboat Tours offers good value for money. For $20-$25, you get park entry, an airboat tour and an alligator wrestling show. Alligator wrestling might not sound like everyone’s cup of tea, but it can certainly be quite a show.

Buffalo Tiger’s Airboat Tours

A slightly more expensive option than Gator Park, Buffalo Tiger’s has more of a focus on getting up close and personal with gators. They also have a pretty intriguing on site restaurant, specializing in local, indigenous cuisine. The gator nuggets are highly recommended.

Airboat USA

The most expensive airboat option here, Airboat USA offers private tours of the Everglades. If you want to escape the crowds and have a personalized, deeper Everglades experience, then this is your answer. Their rides are usually over two hours long, and you can expect knowledgeable guides with unparalleled experience with the area.

Everglades Area Tours Guided Kayak Tours

As previously mentioned, airboats are frowned upon my many environmentalists, despite remaining an extremely popular way of seeing the Everglades. For anyone looking for a more peaceful alternative, a kayak tour can provide a much more serene experience. Kayak enthusiasts also say you’ll have a better chance of seeing native animals like dolphins and manatees. Prices are up to $150 per person though.

Clyde Butcher’s Eco-Swamp Walk

If you’d rather get out of the water altogether, you might want to consider a hike. Clyde Butcher’s hiking tours are highly recommended, and take visitors through the heart of the Big Cypress National Preserve. Bring some solid boots – the higher, the better.

DIY

Finally, if you’d rather skip the tour totally, it’s very possible to visit the Everglades on your own. The Everglades National Park is just a stone’s throw from South Beach. To enter, you’ll need to purchase a $25 vehicle pass. Doing it yourself can mean more freedom than taking a tour, but just be aware of the environment, and respect the Everglades.