You didn’t come to Miami to stay landlocked. You’re surrounded by sparkling waters on every side. The lap of the waves, the smell of salt air, and more importantly, all the other people clearly having the time of their lives onboard every kind of watercraft imaginable all draw you in. It’s time to jump ship and rent a boat!
Whether you’re yearning for a yacht, jonesing to jet ski, or want to sally forth in a sailboat from the marina, we’ve got you covered. With a captain and crew, or out on your own, take to the sea and have a dreamy day out on the water. From fishing boats to speed boats, party boats to wave runner rentals, sport yachts and bayliners to catamarans and houseboats… Here are some of Miami’s best bets for boat rental.
First off, there are many full-service boat rental companies, offering an array of options to suit every need and every budget. Here are just a few.
Miami Captain Joe
Since 1998, Captain Joe’s personally-owned fleet has been giving delighted customers the individual attention and options they seek, for a price that feels like a local’s steal. From 20 foot cruisers that fit five people, to double decker party boats, with captain or without, you’ll have a super sunny day out on the water in the craft of your choice. Contact Captain Joe’s here for more information about rates and rental.
Miami Beach Boat Rental
Miami Beach Boat Rental is a full-service company with a fleet of sailing craft that can accommodate adventures from snorkeling to speed-boating to sunset cruises. Try a romantic sunset ride from South Beach to Biscayne Bay (perfect for popping the question) for around $300 for a three-hour ride, or take a half-day trip for $500 (capacity up to ten people) that takes you past all the hot spots from celebrity homes to islands like Fisher and Star Island, then drives you out onto the open ocean for a sightseeing venture through Biscayne National Park and beyond. Or try an Ecologist Ride, Adventure Ride, or… the possibilities continue! Find Miami Beach Boat Rental here for more info.
Wanna play skipper? Or prefer to be chauffeured around? Both options are open to you at American WaterSports, providing a stellar array of spectacularly seaworthy craft from Stingrays to Sundancers to pontoon boats and more. If you want a tour, they’ll hook you up with captain and crew, and show you all the sights. If you’d rather pilot your own, they’ll show you all the best routes to enjoy your day on the waves. For more info, visit them here.
Miami Party Boat Rentals
Are you a party animal? Why not be! When you’re ready to rage in Miami, Miami Party Boat Rentals is exactly what the name suggests – the place to break out the bikinis and brews, blast some music and bake in the sun with your besties, dancing the day or night away onboard a party boat. From pontoon boats to fabulous luxury yachts, they’ll take you south all over Biscayne Bay. Or, choose the north route paralleling Ocean Drive and cruise past glimmering sandy beaches and multimillion-dollar homes. For more info, check ‘em out here.
Miami Tours and Water Adventures
This all-purpose water sport outfitter in Miami can hook you up with a jet ski rental, flyboarding adventure, snorkeling, sunset cruises, parasailing, paddle boarding, kayaking, or a boat rental ranging from yachts to small personal watercraft. They can take you on a fabulous tour of Miami Beach and the surrounding area, or let you adventure on your own. Check the site for discounts as well.
Or, Charter Your Own:
Often, the best way to hire a boat in Miami is to go to one of the many boat rental charter websites that act like an aquatic AirBnB clearinghouse, listing privately owned yachts and their crews to charter out for the day, or boats you can rent to take out on your own. We’ve linked some of the best sites to find your perfect watercraft here.
These are just a few of the outfitters and options that can get you out and cruising the waters in Miami. Remember to bring a hat, sunscreen, a windbreaker, and your biggest smile for an unforgettable adventure.