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freedom_towermbWhether it is from the deck of a 50-foot luxury yacht out for a pleasure cruise on Biscayne Bay or astride a rented wave runner, Miami looks magnificent from the water. Opportunities to experience this privileged vantage abound, with multitudes of marinas and waterfront concessions offering visitors dozens of different ways to experience the calm, tranquil waters of Biscayne Bay and the ocean beyond.

If you have a passion for fishing, Haulover Beach Marina, home to the largest charter/drift fishing fleet in South Florida is probably on your vacation agenda. Nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and Intracoastal Waterway in Sunny Isles Beach, the 180- acre Haulover Beach Park also houses a popular kite rental concession, bicycle rentals, a 9-hole golf course and tennis courts, with an underground walkway leading directly to world-renowned Haulover Beach. Those who want to pilot their own course through the waters will find plenty of choices at Miami's many marinas that dot the coastal landscape. Here, knowledgeable old salts are quick to advise where the breezes are blowing and the fish are hiding. Black Point Marina in Homestead provides access to Biscayne National Park's treasure trove of wildlife, while Dinner Key Marina in Coconut Grove and the idyllic Matheson Hammock in Coral Gables have popular cityside access and amenities.

Want instant gratification? Rent a motorboat for a few hours and zip around Biscayne Bay, exploring uninhabited islands and communing with local wildlife, including dolphins, sea turtles and sea birds. Looking for a more long-term commitment? Stop by the Miami Beach Marina and charter a sailboat, complete with captain and provisions if you prefer, and set course for the Florida Keys or Bahamas. A very special community is served by Shake-A-Leg Miami, South Florida's only adaptive sailing program. Adults and youths with disabilities and at-risk youth, enjoy sailing programs, while events like the World Blind Sailing Championships event bring international attention to this important non-profit organization. Information Provided by Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau

Local Information: One of the main challenges around Miami are the "Motor Boat Exclusion Zones" around anything that looks remotely like a beach, so there are VERY few places to beach your boat and get in the water. The few places there are, get insanely packed on weekends making it a less than desirable experience:. By SoFla David

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