5 Top Sailing Excursions in South Florida 

South Florida - Sailing - Boat
South Florida - Sailing - Boat

If you’re a lover of boats and sailing and planning a vacation to South Florida, you already know you’re in for miles of white sandy beaches and emerald-green waters, and great theme parks. But, despite the beach and the parks, there is something more for ocean lovers.  

Boat tours offer a great chance to create some incredible memories. There are various types and purveyors of sailboat tours in South Florida. Finding the right one can be hard.  

It’s important to note though that some of these boats are sailboats, and some are actually catamarans. Sailboats have only one hull whereas a catamaran has two and the ride can be somewhat smoother.   So, let’s unpack the Top 5 Boat Excursions in the Florida Panhandle. 

#1 South Florida Boat Tours 

Open from 8 AM to 10 PM daily, South Florida Boat Tours features a Scenic tour of Miami’s expensive homes on Star Island. At some points, you’ll be able to disembark, swim and enjoy food from waterfront restaurants. 

Prices range from $65 dollars all the way up to $2,575 for private group charters. Cruises can be Bay Cruises, Adventure Sunset Cruises, and more.  

#2 Tropical Sailing 

Serving both Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Tropical Sailing offers numerous catamaran cruises lasting from two and a half to three and a half hours. Cruises include group cruises, group tours, guided tours, land tours, private cruises, private tours, a two-hour Sunset Cruise, and more.  

Open from 9 AM to 9 PM daily, Tropical Sailing is located on Seabreeze Blvd at Dock B in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  

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#3 A Day on the Water 

Located on Mandarin Isle in Fort Lauderdale, A Day on the Water offers sailing, snorkeling, and sunset cruises – to name a few. A Day on the Water cruise begins and ends two miles from Fort Lauderdale Beach.  

The cruise takes you down the Fort Lauderdale New River and then through Downtown past millionaires’ row and Port Everglades. Cruises cost between $150 to $600. They run between 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM and 2:30 PM to 6:30 PM 7 days a week.  

South Florida - Sailing - Boat

#4 Key Sailing 

Considered Sarasota’s #1 Sailing Charter, Key Sailing offers an exciting and personable sailing experience with an award-winning and experienced captain. Located at 2 Marina Plaza in Sarasota Florida, Key Sailing features group tours, private cruises, day cruises, and more – on an actual sailboat.  

Key Sailing also offers two refrigerators, ice, cups, plastic plates, silverware, and a fold-out table attached to the helm station in the shade. Call for hours. 

#5 Dolphin Landings Charter Boat Center 

Located on Gulf Blvd in St. Petersburg, Florida, Dolphin Landings Charter Boat Center boasts group cruises, guided tours, land tours, private cruises, private tours, ash Scattering, bat Mitzvahs, and more. 


  • Friday  8 AM–6 PM 
  • Saturday 8 AM–6 PM 
  • Sunday 11 AM–6 PM 
  • Monday  8 AM–6 PM 
  • Tuesday 8 AM–6 PM 
  • Wednesday 8 AM–6 PM 
  • Thursday 8 AM–6 PM 

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