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Things to Know About Hiring a Boat in Tampa

Being the largest estuary of Florida, Tampa Bay has more splendid boating areas than any other place in the state. There are more than 60 public access boat ramps in the Tampa Bay area which make getting on the water very easy. The Tampa-St. Petersburg area as well as the Gulf of Mexico, Tampa Bay, and Caladesi Island are ideal destinations for all types of boaters. There are plenty of sailing, powerboating, and on-the-water experiences to choose from.

If a fishing adventure is on the cards, why not go for a deep-sea expedition on a chartered boat? Located on the Gulf of Mexico, Tampa Bay offers boating and fishing opportunities throughout the year. Your fishing captain and crew can take you to the best spots for reeling in snook, redfish, trout and many more. Charters include all bait, tackle, fishing licenses, and gear.

There are also luxurious yacht rides available for a laidback experience of the city. Drink in the beauty of the surroundings while enjoying a fine dining experience on a day cruise. Your experienced captain can take you to the best cruising spots around Tampa in a yacht of your choice. Choose from motor yachts, pontoons, and monohull sailboats to enjoy your day (or week!) out on the water.

If you’re looking for something more active, check out your paddle sport hire options or jet ski hires. Hop on a stand-up paddleboard and navigate the bay channels or let a canoe take you through a 16,000-acre wilderness park. Observing local wildlife around the bay is also a popular activity among paddlers.

There's no shortage of boating fun to be had in the Gulf of Mexico surrounding Tampa Bay, but the real gems are the hidden bays and rivers. There are many boating opportunities available to explore the back channels. Take your pick from hiring a boat and cruising out to Egmont Key or anchoring up near the Beer Can Island or Shell Key. Tampa is close to Anna Maria Island and Sarasota, which caters to the many needs of the cruisers.

When you are here, don’t forget to check out the nearby hot spots like St. Petersburg, Ruskin, and Gulf City on Tampa Bay, and Gulfport, Tierra Verde, Madeira BeachTreasure Island, West Bradenton, Terra Ceia, PalmettoSarasota, and Bradenton, which are also on the Gulf.

For adrenaline seekers, there are many water sports and high-speed options to try in Tampa Bay. Hire out a jet ski for a day of flying over the waves. Scuba diving is another great choice for Tampa. Spend a day snorkeling or diving and admiring the marine life of this area.

Boating Events in Tampa

The Tampa Boat Show takes place every autumn at the Tampa Convention Center. It features hundreds of boats for sale, marine exhibitors, activities for kids and much more.

A big regatta that takes place in Tampa is the Tampa Mayor's Cup rowing regatta. It's an exciting rowing event that is fun for many competitors, with great prizes and fun events.

Other Things To Do

While on land in Tampa, there are many things you can do to enjoy the city. Talk a walking tour around downtown or explore different state parks in this area for a day.

For a day of relaxing, you can hang out on one of the many beaches. Honeymoon Island State Park, Sunset Beach, and Madeira Beach are just a few to get you started. Soak up the sun on the white sand and enjoy a day swimming in the gorgeous gulf waters.

For museum lovers, there are a few spots to check out in Tampa, including Tampa Museum of Art and the Museum of Science and Industry. The Florida Aquarium and Busch Gardens are great spots to visit if you have kids.

There are lots of golf courses around Tampa for golf enthusiasts. A few of the best include Pebble Creek, Emerald Greens Golf Resort, and Picnic Island State Park.

Marinas in Tampa

The Marinas in Tampa will have all the amenities for your boating needs. A few of the top ones to check out on your trip include Tampa Harbour, Marjorie Park Marina, and Jean Street Shipyard. These marinas are full-service for any boat maintenance you may need, including fuel. There are nearby restaurants and bars to stop in to have a meal, and the marinas provide a beautiful view of the harbor.

About Tampa

Famously known as the Big Guava, Tampa is home to more than 165 parks and an immense stretch of beach within the city limits. The surrounding suburbs add another 70,000 acres of beautiful beaches. Whether you are planning for an exhilarating adventure or a relaxing experience, Tampa has it all.

The best time of year to visit Tampa is between September and December. These months have good weather and more reasonable prices for accommodation. May through August is very busy, with high prices, uncomfortable humidity, and crowded beaches. The summer months also are risky due to hurricane season and there is heavier rainfall.

The easiest way to get to Tampa is to take a flight directly to the Tampa International Airport. The St. Petersburg/Clearwater airport is also nearby, in case it is more economical to fly there. To get around Tampa, there is public transportation on buses, but driving is the easiest and most convenient method.

GetMyBoat customer reviews for boat rentals in Tampa.

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    Travis
    ⭐️ 24' HURRICANE DECK BOAT 225HP - SD2400 DUAL CONSOLE MODEL (ST. PETERSBURG) *INSURANCE INCLUDED*

    Josh was awesome. He made initial contact with me soon after I made my reservation, as the date got closer he told me where to meet him and provided me with great directions to the marina. The morning of my reservation there was a rain shower that came through and set me behind by about 30-45 mins, Josh reviewed the boat and all equipment with me and then told me to extend my day to make up for the rain delay. He provided me with a very detailed review of the area and pointed out some good places to visit on the charts. My family and I had a great time and we highly recomend Josh to anyone. We will definitely contact him again next time were in the area and in need of a good boat.

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    Allen
    21ft Maxum Bowrider In Pass A Grille

    Chris was awesome & so was his boat! Couldn't have been a better experience. Highly recommend booking your day on the water with Chris & his boat! The boat drives great, the sound system is awesome & its the perfect setup for comfortably entertaining & socializing on the water as theres plenty of cushioned seats & cupholders & storage for everyone on board!

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    Kianne
    2018 Yamaha 19ft Jetboat! Tubing Now Available!

    Matthew was the perfect host. Excellent communication with quick responses. The boat was exactly as described and in perfect working order. He was very knowledgeable about the different sites and history of the waterway. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and will definitely be using him again in the future. If you are considering Matthew, you won't go wrong with him as a choice!

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    Bridget
    ⭐️ 24' HURRICANE DECK BOAT 225HP - SD237 DUAL CONSOLE MODEL (ST. PETERSBURG) *INSURANCE INCLUDED*

    We had a fun time celebrating our son’s 21st Birthday! Josh was great communicating throughout the entire process. Boat was ready and in the water when we arrived, instructions, map, and local suggestions were given and we were off for the day, it could not have gone any smoother. Would highly recommend for anyone looking to rent a boat for the day.

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    Tierney
    2018 Yamaha 19ft Jetboat! Tubing Now Available!

    Seamless booking. Matthew was punctual, the boat was spotless, He was knowledgeable, and went out of his way to be sure my girls got the best experience they possibly could. I 100% recommend

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    Stuart
    ⭐️ 24' HURRICANE DECK BOAT 225HP - SD2400 DUAL CONSOLE MODEL (ST. PETERSBURG) *INSURANCE INCLUDED*

    Working with Josh for a boat rental was the easiest I've ever experienced. He was on time and the boat was in excellent working condition. Josh made our great day on the Bay perfect!