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Where do you want to go this summer?  Boaters know that the wide open sea is theirs for vacationing and stress relief.  So where will you now go for vacation? Here are some suggestions:



  1. Key West


It doesn’t get more laid back than this.  Boaters here have a “don’t worry be happy” attitude, and with the most beautiful sunsets viewed every evening from the southernmost island in the USA mainland, who can blame them?  At Conch Harbor Marina, slips can accommodate boats up to  195 feet. If you want to charter a boat, the Key West Charter Boat Association has the largest fleet in the Florida Keys for relaxation and sport fishing. 



  1. Seattle, Washington


Nature abounds in this beautiful area.  Many piers are surrounded by parks, so there is beauty on land and sea, and family friendly activities. Seattle boasts hundreds of miles of protected waterways, with glorious views of the Cascade and Olympic mountains. The weather may be notoriously rainy, but the popularity of this great boating destination never wanes.


There are more pleasure boats per capita in Seattle than in any other city in the United States.  You know you can’t go wrong for a pleasurable experience when many residents use their boats to commute to work on a daily basis. 



  1. Fort Lauderdale, Florida


There are 23 miles of beaches in this fun destination, and more than 300 miles of waterways.  That means there’s a lot of time to spend on the water, and many places to do it! There are no shortage of activities, including snorkeling, fishing, or diving.  The proximity to Miami and the Bahamas is also an advantage, and many Fort Lauderdale boaters head to those destinations for quick trips.


Fort Lauderdale  has over 40,000 boats based in the city, which is known as the “Yachting Capital of the World.” The Fort Lauderdale Boat Show is among the largest in the world. 



  1. Marina del Rey, California


Visit the largest man made small craft harbor in the USA! The marina is just 45 minutes from Los Angeles and close to Santa Monica. Docks hold over 4,300 boats and yachts.  The area has undergone a renaissance in the last few years, with luxurious developments and celebrity visitors. No worries if you don’t have luxury yacht like many celebrities – you can rent a boat here, hire a charter with a skipper, or learn how to sail.



  1. Newport, Rhode Island


This well-known seaside boating town is one of New England’s prime ports for yachting, sailing, and boat races.  The America’s Cup Race was headquartered here for many years. A global community of boaters come every year to check out the facilities and to experience a quaint New England vacation. Private charters are available, and the seafood restaurants are legendary.


These are just a few suggestions of fabulous ports to visit this summer. A boating vacation is relaxation and the fun of choosing many destinations!

By James Michael

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