Boating and Sailing in Miami Beach

Boating and Sailing in Miami Beach
Boating, whether on sailboats, powerboats, luxury yachts, Wave Runners, or Windsurfers, is a passion in greater Miami. The Intracoastal Waterway, wide and sheltered Biscayne Bay, and the Atlantic Ocean provide ample opportunities for fun aboard all types of watercraft.
The best windsurfing spots are on the north side of the Rickenbacker Causeway at Virginia Key Beach or to the south at, go figure, Windsurfer Beach. Kitesurfing adds another level to the water-sports craze. The shallow waters off the parking lot in Matheson Hammock Park are like catnip for local kiteboarders. They also blast off from 87th Street in Miami Beach at North Shore Open Space Park.

Haulover Marine Center. It may be low on glamour, but this marina, with a bait-and-tackle shop and a 24-hour marine gas station, is high on service. 15000 Collins Ave., north of Bal Harbour, Miami Beach, FL, 33154. 305/945-3934.

Miami Beach Marina. Near the Art Deco District there is plenty to entice sailors and landlubbers alike: restaurants, charters, boat rentals, a complete marine-hardware store, a dive shop, excursion vendors, a large grocery store, a fuel dock, concierge services, and 400 slips accommodating vessels of up to 250 feet. There's also a U.S. Customs clearing station and a charter service, Florida Yacht Charters. Picnic tables along the docks make this marina especially visitor-friendly. MacArthur Causeway, 300 Alton Rd., Miami Beach, FL, 33139. 305/673-6000.

Bayshore Landing Marina. This bustling marina is home to a lively seafood restaurant that's good for viewing the nautical eye candy. 2560 S. Bayshore Dr., Coconut Grove, Miami, FL, 33133. 305/854-7997.

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