Powerboat Racing in Florida: Racing on Thunderboat Row

Experience off-shore powerboat racing in Florida in the Performance Boat Capital of the World By Terry Tomalin Miami - Flying across the water at 100 mph, the white stucco buildings on South Beach looked like a picket fence. “Just don't make any sudden movements with the wheel,” warned my…

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3 Southwest Florida Destinations Best Seen by Boat

By Terry Tomalin September is a great month to cruise Southwest Florida destinations, from Naples down through The 10,000 Islands to the Everglades. Boaters might be intimidated to explore this wild stretch of coastline, but have no fear. There are several high-quality marinas and resorts to…

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Conquering Florida: Airboating in Kissimmee

By VISIT FLORIDA staff Known for his greatness in motocross, Florida native Ricky Carmichael retires his bike for the day to conquer Florida by airboat with Captain Steve's Swamp Buggy Adventures. Captain Steve, a fifth generation Gladesman, personally teaches Ricky the ins and outs of what an…

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Sails Full of Florida: Travis McGee's Busted Flush

By Kris Hundley Fort Lauderdale is home to massive cruise ships topped with five-story waterslides, mega-yachts that could fill a football field and sailboats so big their carbon-fiber masts could snag low-flying planes. There’s little room left for a boat bum like Travis McGee. McGee, as readers…

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Electric Boats in Downtown Tampa

By Dalia Colon We all know what boating is like, right? If you're on a sailboat, you're spending the day ducking under a dangerous swinging metal head-bruiser (the technical term) and taking orders from someone who knows what they're doing. If you're on a motorboat, you're breathing fumes and…

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Duck Hunting, Fishing and Boating on Lake Okeechobee

By Catherine O' Neal VISIT FLORIDA Boating & Fishing Insider Terry Gibson heads to Lake Okeechobee to show you why –in terms of total numbers of water fowl, species diversity and public hunting areas and opportunities– Florida offers some of the best duck hunting in the country. Florida duck…

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How to Do Florida: Your Ultimate Florida Boat

By How to Do Florida How to Do Florida host Chad Crawford and boating experts show you a wide array of Florida boats that are ideal for all Florida boating, such as open water and offshore boating. Go streamlined and simple for a tighter budget. Or deck out the boat you need for some fancier…

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Punta Gorda and Charlotte Harbor Roll Up to One Epic Port Charlotte

By Steve Griffin Maybe Charlotte Harbor is better known than Punta Gorda, the charming city resting on its shores, close to Port Charlotte. But the two are inextricably linked. Of Punta Gorda’s approximately 18.5 square miles, says the U.S. Census Bureau, nearby one-fourth is water. Three major…

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Florida's Holiday Boat Parades - Christmas Boat Parades in FL

By Amy Wimmer Schwarb The same vessels that troll Florida's waters take on blinking lights, animated characters and other holiday decorations during Florida’s holiday boat parades. DawnMarie Capone and her boyfriend live in Boston, where the holiday season brings a chill to the air and ice and…

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Fun on Land and in the Water in St. Lucie County

Fort Pierce, Port St. Lucie and Hutchinson Island offer everything from art walks to wreck diving. On Florida’s East Coast rests an idyllic vacation spot – picture palm trees and pristine beaches – that serves up an array of activities both in and out of the water. In St. Lucie County, visitors…

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