San Diego, California
It might be cliché, but when most people think of San Diego, they envision a place where it's 75 degrees every day and the sun is always shining. With the exception of what locals call the June Gloom, that's a pretty accurate assessment. A boater in San Diego seldom has to plan an outing around the weather forecast.
It's common to find boaters relaxing in Mission Bay, having floating cookouts. Many cruise out to Catalina Island for an afternoon bike ride or an overnight getaway. You can even catch a concert at the downtown San Diego amphitheater.
"To look off to your stern and see Coronado Island, then off to your bow and see the beautiful skyline of San Diego while you're listening to a jazz concert is a very unique opportunity," says Kevin Dammeyer of Marine Max in San Diego. Boaters are treated very well because they're so important to the local economy. The only downside is that it might be a little tricky to find a home directly on the water. Popularity comes with a price.
Scorecard (scale of 1-5)
Waterfront Availability: 3
Ease for Boaters: 5
Strong Boat-Related Business: 5
Number of Good Boating Days: 5