The Best Boat Hire in Sarasota

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What to know about hiring a boat in Sarasota

With access to both the ocean and the Manatee River, Sarasota is an ideal holiday spot for boaters. There are plenty of hire options in the area, or you can enjoy easy access to the local bodies of water with your vessel. The boating conditions of Sarasota are usually pleasant with navigable waters that are ideal for cruising or pleasant afternoons spent fishing with your loved ones. Hire a motor yacht and spend hours cruising around, stopping at stunning beaches or jumping out for a swim. Soak up the sun from the deck of your boat and see the coastline of Sarasota from a new perspective. Traveling with a big group? Check out options for pontoon hires so you’ll have plenty of space on your boat for everyone.

Siesta Key is one of Sarasota’s most popular locales, though there are many more lovely ones to visit. One activity that boaters will particularly enjoy is kayaking, with the option of hiring one out on your own or of participating in a guided tour that will teach you more about this unique area and its abundant wildlife. Kayaking is a great way to get some exercise during your travels, the perfect hire of choice for fitness enthusiasts. Other paddlesport hires you can try include stand-up paddleboarding, rowboat hires, and canoeing. Get an upper body workout while you enjoy your holiday!

Other enjoyable water activities include boogie boarding, skimboarding, snorkeling, jet skiing, and even parasailing. You can book any water experience you’d like in Sarasota through GetMyBoat. Watersports are the perfect way to fulfill your needs for an adrenaline rush while you’re visiting Sarasota.

A fun experience to have from Sarasota is a fishing charter. Deep sea fishing is a favorite activity in all of Florida, and Sarasota is no exception. Head out on a charter with your captain, who will provide the bait and gear, and take you to the best fishing spots around this part of Florida. If you’ve never experienced sports fishing before, definitely make time for an excursion while you’re staying in Sarasota.

Boating Events Near Sarasota

A significant boating event in Sarasota is the Sarasota PowerBoat Grand Prix. There are exciting boat races, car shows, live entertainment, and lots of activities for families and kids to enjoy. It takes place over the course of a week, and the whole city comes alive with visitors and locals getting out to enjoy all the beauty and fun Sarasota has to offer.

Other Things To Do

While on land, there’s plenty of things to see and do to keep you entertained while in Sarasota. Make time to visit Siesta Beach and Lido Key. The white sand beaches of Sarasota are some of the best in the entire world, and there are so many activities, restaurants, and other things to enjoy on and near these beaches.

If you’re interested in the history of Sarasota, be sure to check out the John and Mable Ringling Museum, to learn about the history of the Ringling Brothers Circus and its influence on Florida.

Marinas in Sarasota

There are lots of marinas in Sarasota you can check out during your stay. Some of the best include Siesta Key Marina, Hidden Harbor Marina, Bird Key Yacht Club, and MarineMax Sarasota. The marinas are great places to take a walk while in Sarasota. Have a stroll and admire all the beautiful boats moored in their berths or cruising in and out of port. There are lots of great restaurants nearby to stop in and enjoy a meal and a drink with a beautiful view of the Gulf.

About Sarasota

Known for its laid-back beach town vibe, Sarasota is located on the southwestern coast of Florida. It is famous for its cultural institutes and gorgeous fine-sand beaches that line the coast and its barrier islands. Boaters love to travel here for the balmy weather and calm waters, and you can avoid the crowds that flock to Sarasota during Spring Break and the summer months by planning your trip for early spring or autumn.

The city of Sarasota contains some of the most expensive properties in the state, boat dock usually included. Just north of the town is the Greater Tampa Bay area, a boating and sailing paradise. Sarasota is away from the Tampa Bay commercial vessels, so pleasure boating is a delight on Sarasota Bay and around Longboat Key.

To get to Sarasota, you can take a flight directly to the Sarasota airport or a nearby airport like Tampa or Fort Myers. Sarasota is easily accessible by car and major highways, so if you’re driving, you won’t have any problems. To get around Sarasota, it’s best to have a car hire to see more of the city and surrounding areas.

GetMyBoat customer reviews for boat rentals in Sarasota.

  1. QJ
    Quill
    Yamaha Jet Ski's in Siesta Key, Florida!

    If I could give more than 5 stars, I would. Arleys was amazing to work with and willing to work with us on a minor hiccup that came up the day before the rental. My family had the time of their lives. I highly recommend Arleys for your Rental needs. He was professional, courteous, and right on time for the drop off and pick up. Thank you Arleys for helping my family make memories that will last a lifetime.

  2. AE
    Aaron
    Gorgeous Starcraft SVX 231 Bowrider for groups up to 10 to cruise Sarasota in style!

    Martin and Meghan were amazing and so was their boat! Meghan gave us some great spots to anchor and hang out on the sandbars, and we were able to swing by a few dockside bars for lunch. We had such a great time with our friends and will surely rent from them again!!

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    Greg
    Yamaha Jet Ski's in Siesta Key, Florida!

    Arleys was on time with delivery of equipment, waiting for me at the boat ramp. Got me out on the water quickly. Equipment was as advertised, my family and I had a great time, would definitely recommend renting from him.

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    Cynthia
    Beautiful / Comfortable 20' Bennington Pontoon for Cruising Sarasota Bay

    Rodrigos boat is perfect for a family day our on the water! He’s a fantastic host! The memories we created will not be forgotten! Our 3 yr did not want to leave and went on the entire evening about her day on The boat! We saw plenty of small fish around the sand bars! Best part of our vacation for sure!

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    Barbara
    26' Sea Ray Deck Boat with swimming platform and head!

    We had a great trip!! Darryl was a great captain. He took us to some great spots and truly helped make our vacation extra fun. The boat was perfect for our group and Scott was very helpful through the whole booking process. Would definitely do this again.

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    Sarah
    Beautiful / Comfortable 20' Bennington Pontoon for Cruising Sarasota Bay

    Rodrigo was great! We were not familiar with the area and he gave us different options on what we could do for the day. He took us to this great little beach where we were able to eat our brunch and have fun in the water. He offered to take us to the sandbars but we ended up having so much fun at the beach that he took us to that we stayed there the whole day. Rodrigo made sure that we were able to play our music and enjoy ourselves on and off the boat. He also made sure that we had a cooler with plenty of ice and really everything we could need. I will definitely be renting with him again and I am excited to show my family a great time on the water when they come to visit from out of state.