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The better side of Miami

If you have never tried it, I urge you to check out the better side of Miami by getting on the water.

With the Atlantic Ocean, Biscayne Bay and the Intracoastal Waterway in our backyards, there are plenty of opportunities for fun on the water in Miami.

If you own a boat, you obviously know how nice it is to get out on the water and have fun or just decompress. For the rest of us, there are several different ways you can enjoy being on the water.

One of the cheapest ways to enjoy being on the water is to take a quick tourist cruise from Bayside Market Place. There are several tour boats that will take you one a 1-2 hour tour around some of the Islands of Miami Beach for approx. $20 per person.

If you have some experience driving a boat, you can rent one for a half or full day, which gives you enough time to explore the area and even plan a stop on one of the nicer Islands in the vicinity of Miami and Miami Beach, called Boca Chita.

Boca Chita is approx. a 30-45 minute boat ride from Miami or Miami Beach and is well maintained with a little beach (kid friendly), picknick tables and full bathroom facilities. You can dock in the Marina and there’s even a lighthouse that is sometimes open for you to explore .

Boca chita has a bit of a “remote island” feel to it, yet you are close to everything Miami has to offer. As a matter of fact, on a clear day you can see the Miami downtown skyline from there.

There are several options for boat rentals. One of them is Club Nautico which has locations in Miami Beach (right inside the Miami Beach Marina on 300 Alton Rd) and on Key Biscayne.

If you are living in Miami and would like to enjoy a boating lifestyle with the hassles and high expenses of owning a boat, there is another option, called Freedom Boat Club. This club charges you an initiation fee and a small monthly fee, which will then allow full use of their boat fleet (approx. 10 boats located on Virginia Key at the Rickenbacker Marina). Disclosure: I am not affiliated with Freedom Boat Club, however I am a member and huge advocate of their business model as I believe it is truly the cheapest and most effortless way to enjoy boating on a regular basis.

One great thing about getting out on the water is that you never know what you will be experiencing. Here’s a little video that I took in no name harbor (on Key Biscayne) one day….