A mixture of palm trees and booming sun make this a perfect boating destination. With over 3000 hours of sunshine a year you are guaranteed to return with a tan. Enjoy a relaxing boat ride down New River to see the city in a way most tourists do not. Afterwards, go for an evening meal at one of the many intercoastal bars or restaurants. No matter what you do on the water, it is sure to be a fun-filled adventure.
Dania Beach is one of the top destinations to learn the ropes for surfing. It is perfect because South Florida has a safe flat-water area with little waves and lots of beach parking and showers. You can anchor your boat and take advantage of the warm weather and the little waves to go surfing. The local pier is open 24 hours 7 days a week with plenty of snacks, bait, and entertainment.
If you have a desire to satisfy your waterfront dining then Fort Lauderdale delivers in spades. The city offers a fantastic selection of restaurants to choose from that will be sending you on your way with an experience you will not soon forget. There are more than 40 on the water restaurants that cater to the needs of boaters. Just make sure to call in the day before as dock space becomes hard to come by when the season picks up.
Since paddleboarding became the most popular water sport in the world, where better to enjoy this beginner alternative to surfing than on the Stranahan River. You get to enjoy not only the feel of the warm water but also the view of the nice real estate along the riverside. A perfect starting point for paddleboarding would be the Harbor Beach Plaza. Along the way, you will get to see the historic Stranahan House which is the oldest surviving structure in Broward County and if you really want to go to the Apostolic Lighthouse just continue past the Bahia Mar Yacht Center and Tarpon Bend. All in all paddleboarding either from shore or from your boat is a really nice idea.
Some of the best shark fishing anywhere on the eastern seaboard of the United States can be found here. You can set out off the coast about half a mile or two to catch a large variety of sharks. Even though the best time of the year to catch sharks is from February to August, you can still fish for sharks all year round. Some of the real monsters are found along Pompano Beach from 300lb Black Tips to 12ft Hammerheads. Shark fishing is absolutely thrilling but needs some degree of expertise to be done safely. Take precautions, go with someone who has experience and who is familiar with all the equipment and you will have yourself a wonderful experience.
So you have a thing for scuba diving and snorkeling or you are interested in learning. Fort Lauderdale has an abundance of dive shops that offer premium services like the Lauderdale Diver on 17th street. They sell equipment and lessons for diving that will make the experience exciting and refreshing for newbies. Another diving shop in Fort Lauderdale worthy of mention is Dixie Divers on Deerfield beach. You could also join the Gold Coast Scuba divers, they welcome all types of divers, from beginners all the way to instructors.