Boating without owning is easier than you think. Thanks to some new options created recently, it’s never been better to enjoy all the benefits of owning a boat without the hassles. Here’s how to do it.
RENT A BOAT
The most obvious way to enjoy boating without owning is to simply rent a boat. Nowadays, there are boat rental companies located almost everywhere. Renting a boat is the quickest and least costly way to spend the day on the water. All that’s required is food, drinks, and maybe some water floats and you’re set.
HERE’S A GREAT PLACE TO ENJOY A BOAT RENTAL
Kings Landing is one of the most beautiful places to visit. Located near Orlando, you can rent a kayak explore “Old Florida”.
Kings Landing is a paddlesport rental operation that is located on Rock Springs Run. Kings Landing rents canoes and kayaks, and also allows people to launch their own craft. Only non-motorized vessels are allowed on the river. They include kayaks, canoes and standup paddle boards. Rental rates range from $49 to $69 and self launches cost $10. Also, parking is free and along the road outside the entrance.
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With school soon to be out, many parents will wonder what are the best Florida summer activities for kids? Take it from me, these will not disappoint.
BRING A CAST NET TO THE BEACH
One of the best things I ever did for my kids when they were young was brought a cast net to the beach. I can’t overemphasize how beneficial this was for them. The endless fun they had catching fish, learning about the ocean, and socializing with other kids was priceless. Also, as they got older it became a wonderful way for my wife and me to catch up on some relaxation without having to pay a babysitter.
In my experience, these are the 10 most scenic coastal drives in Florida. If you like water and nature, these 10 drives are for you.
COASTAL DRIVES DEFINED
I define “coastal drives” as long stretches of road where you can see lots of open ocean, estuaries or bays. Coastal drives tend to include an unspoiled, natural components, and they often also include lots of tropical foliage. Finally, they don’t have to be long roads, although most are. Some roads can be traveled in minutes and others in hours or days.
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#1 OVERSEAS HIGHWAY, THE FLORIDA KEYS
Due to population growth, finding good waterfront restaurants for boaters is becoming harder to do in Florida. These are the best ones to visit by boat.
CABBAGE KEY, CHARLOTTE HARBOR
Without a doubt, one of the best waterfront restaurants for boaters is Cabbage Key. Located on its own island in Charlotte Harbor, Cabbage Key is the quintessential “Old Florida” bar/restaurant and, supposedly, was the inspiration for Jimmy Buffett’s “Cheeseburger in Paradise”. While you’re eating your cheeseburger, don’t forget to wash it down with their legendary “Cabbage Creeper”. Yum!