Fort Lauderdale, the Yachting Capital of the World

Fort Lauderdale is famous for its beaches, cruises, and great shopping, but what may not be as well known is that Fort Lauderdale is the "Yachting Capital of the World". Greater Fort Lauderdale boasts over 300+ miles of inland waterways and has over 50,000 yachts registered in the city, It is easy to see how Fort Lauderdale gets that title, factor in the nearly 3,000 hours of sunlight plus the world's largest boat show on water. The Fort Lauderdale Internaional Boat Show showcases everything boat and every variety of boats on the market.. The boats range from runabouts, sportfishing, high performance boats, sailboats, catamarans, yachts, mega/super yachts, and even kayaks, canoes, and inflatables.  The Fort Lauderdale Boat Show  is just one way of seeing these fun crafts up close, another is to be on the canals of the "Venice of America" as Fort Lauderdale is also known, and you never know what you may see as you walk along the Riverwalk of downtown. 

 

 Sunset over a Ft Lauderdale Marina

Sunset over a Ft Lauderdale Marina

The ocean and waterways of Fort Lauderdale are not just a playground for the rich and famous, but can be enjoyed by anybody. The limits are only of your imagination and budget.

 Boats on the New River come in all shapes and sizes

Boats on the New River come in all shapes and sizes

Fort Lauderdale boasts of 165 miles of waterways inside city limits. This includes 7 miles of pristine beaches on the Atlantic Ocean. These canals and inlets allow you to experience the water as you want to see them, from kayaks and small pleasure crafts to sailboats, fishing boats, and yachts, the water is there for you to experience.

 Yacht on the New River

Yacht on the New River

Fort Lauderdale has always been a hub of the yachting world, for several reasons. The Bahamas, with 700+ islands to explore, is not far from the Fort Lauderdlae area marinas, and with the Caribbean a short sail away, it is easy to see why boating enthusiasts drop anchor here. It also makes getting yachts serviced and maintained a lot easier and cost efficient by having large dedicated service fleets capable of maintaining and outfitting these beautiful ships. The unique residences here in Fort Lauderdale, with deep "no fixed bridges" canals nestled into quiet neighborhoods, means you can park you 100" yacht outside your residence and get heading towards a sun-drenched islands quickly.

 

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Sailboats are another great way of enjoying the waterways in and around Fort Lauderdale, and even trips to the Keys. Fishing more your style? The fishing here cannot be beat, from fishing in Lake Okeechobee, the mangroves that dot the landscapes, or more adventurous fishing out in the ocean, the fish are always biting!

 

 

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Sometimes the hardest decision to make is "do I want to go sit at the bar or do I want to go boating?", fret no more! Jump aboard the Cruisin Tiki  and enjoy best of both.

So next time you are in Fort Lauderdale on a holiday, a cruise, or a local, grab a boat and start enjoying this beautiful gem of a boating town,