It’s not surprising that boat rentals in Miami have soared during COVID-19. It seems that whenever I look out my balcony onto Biscayne Bay I see boaters, kayakers, paddleboaters and water skiers. Especially with not a lot of other things going on, and being on the water can be an easy place for social distancing, all matter of water sports is a great thing to do these days. How about it? Here are seven picks for the best boat rental in Miami, yacht rentals, cruises, and other watersport rentals . Plus, other cool things to do on the water.
By Cole Myers
emerged in recent years, with each company offering unique aquatic adventures. Go for it!
WhitSki Yacht Rentals
WhitSki Yacht Rentals boasts a truly impressive Tripadvisor profile. At the time of writing this article, it is rated #2 of 392 outdoor activities in Miami, was awarded a 2020 Travellers’ Choice award, and now claims a near-perfect score with 331 reviews.
Needless to say, it is a top choice for the best boat rental and yachts in Miami. It offers island adventures and tours for groups, couples, and bachelorettes. Rentals and charters include Regal Yachts and Sport Yachts, and water adventures include celebrity mansion tours, cruises in the Biscayne Bay, and snorkeling at Fowey Rocks.
Sailing Adventures Miami
Sailing Adventures Miami is a similarly esteemed tour company. It is currently ranked #4 of 392 Outdoor Activities in Miami, it was also awarded Tripadvisor’s 2020 Travellers’ Choice award, and boasts a perfect score out of 178 reviews.
Their vessel is Good Karma, a notably comfortable and spacious Beneteau 40 sailboat that their esteemed Captain Jeff commands. 131 of all reviews mention his professional services by name, as reviewers praise their sunset cruises and snorkeling experiences. If boat rental in Miami is among your plans, Sailing Adventures Miami can satisfy your expectations.
For motorboat enthusiasts, SpeedBoat Tours is a company to note. It is currently #9 of 269 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Miami on Tripadvisor, and boasts a near-perfect score out of 511 reviews.
SpeedBoat Tours is a small family-owned and operated business, whose award-winning Miami boat rides have been featured on CNN and other international news outlets. Reviews of their speedboat tours consistently praise their tour guide Michael’s knowledge and demeanor, and the company promises to provide entertaining evenings for groups, families, and solo travelers. If such evenings appeal to you, your search for boat rental in Miami can conclude at SpeedBoat Tours.
Mark the Shark
For extreme fishing enthusiasts, Mark the Shark may be the ideal option. Rated #18 of 269 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Miami on Tripadvisor, owner of the 2020 Travellers’ Choice award, and boasting a near-perfect score out of 540 reviews, he offers a unique alternative to yacht charters.
Apart from yacht rental Miami, the company facilitates fishing trips, dive trips, bay cruises, and weekly trips to the Keys. Deep-sea fishing charters and tours are understandably the company’s main attraction, as Mark the Shark is a world-known record holder for big game catches. Set sail in the Gulf Coast waters on Striker-1, and let Mark offer you an extreme fishing experience like no other.
As far as yacht charters go, Happy Cruises can be another contender for accommodating your plans. It is rated #10 of 269 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Miami on Tripadvisor, and boasts an excellent rating out of 170 reviews.
Their yacht cruises explore Miami Beach, Biscayne Bay and the islands of the Florida Keys, as well as the local waters of Miami. Captain Derek’s 30 years of experience in these waters allow him to provide outstanding services, as many reviewers note. What’s more, their Happy Ours yacht comes with all the luxurious accommodations one needs for an unforgettable experience, including a kayak, floats, and snorkel gear for water sports enthusiasts. If you’re looking for yacht rental in Miami, whether you’re alone, with a group, or with family and loved ones, Happy Cruises may fully satisfy your needs.
Lastly, more of the picks for best boat rental in Miami — Miami Watersports naturally offers a unique option for water sports. Ranked #31 of 269 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Miami on Tripadvisor, while also boasting a 2020 Travellers’ Choice award and an excellent 4.5/5 score out of 542 reviews, it offers a truly unique experience for water sports enthusiasts.
This family-owned business employs English, French, and Spanish speakers to accommodate their customers. Furthermore, their professional teams of rigorously trained experts all have Captain licenses and CPR certifications to ensure maximum safety. Outside of boat rentals, the activities they offer include the following:
- Jet Skiing
Their main location is in Dinner Key Marina, but they also offer a second beach location at Key Biscayne for wind activities. As such, if your search for boat rental in Miami hinges on water sports, Miami Watersports may be just right for you.
And last but certainly not least is a neat service – GetMyBoat, the Airbnb of watercraft. You can rent everything from a blow up dingy to a luxury yacht. Plenty of variety, as in 400 boats/yachts are available here in South Florida. www.getmyboat.com
Note from Karen: Another great option is a birdwatching cruise with Pelican release called Seabirds on the Bay. There are no cruises scheduled as of writing this, but it’s worth checking back later in the year. Read on:
Another cool idea on the water is shark tagging with the world renowned shark research team from the Rosenstiel School of Marine Science at the University of Miami (UMP).