Top 5 Small Boat Adventures in Florida

Where to enjoy small boat cruising adventures in the Sunshine State.

March 5, 2013

Florida has vast areas of coastal and inland waterways, perfect for exploring by small boat. Check out these images from our trip on the Everglades Water Trail, and then click the related links to find out where to enjoy small boat cruising adventures in the Sunshine State.

Gallery: Everglades Water Trail Camping

Bahia Honda
This awesome Florida state park campground offers true camping or the ultimate overnight stay in your boat, the marina offers water and electricity at 19 slips in a protected basin. Full use of the campground showers and other amenities allows boaters to enjoy all the comforts of home without traveling far from the shore. The best part about Bahia Honda-it’s a Florida Keys paradise that enjoys year round warm weather. Visit the state park website here for more information on this awesome boating campground.


Caladesi Island
South Florida isn’t the only hot spot for boat camping fun; the central west coast is a hub of boating activities as well. Located off of the coast of Dunedin, Caladesi Island is an amazing Gulf of Mexico getaway vacation. Boating slips with 30 amp service and water allow complete hookup to your pleasure craft. This deep water marina is home to slips and T-docks, so you’re sure to get your boat in and out of this amazing beach island destination. Visit the Caladesi Island website here for more details on this west coast boating campground.

Cayo Costa
For those who prefer a more secluded boating campsite, Cayo Costa offers guests 14 primitive slips. Nearby restrooms and other campground amenities make this unique and rustic boating campground a one of a kind find on southwest Florida’s coast. This island paradise is only accessible by boat so bring your pleasure craft and enjoy prime beachfront realty with limited access private beaches. Visit the official website here for more details on this great boating campground.

Hontoon Island
If saltwater adventure isn’t your adventure, then this freshwater north Florida boat campground is the place to be. Located in the middle of Florida’s largest river, the amazing St. John’s, Hontoon Island is the ultimate in both seclusion and comfort. Each secluded marina slip is complete with electricity and water with hot showers and other park amenities available on the island. Check out the park website here for all of the details on this fantastic Florida state park.


John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
This south Florida state park is the ultimate in water-based fun. That’s because it is in the water. To be exact, it’s underwater. A full-facility boat marina complete with electricity and water allow boaters to enjoy this underwater reef. Swim with the fish and explore a Spanish shipwreck from the beach or your boat. Find out more about this amazing boating adventure at the official website of John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park.

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