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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.

  1. SB
    Stephen
    Beautiful Deck Boat with ample seating perfect for a family to lounge, fish, swim and tube all day right on Anna Maria Island. Insurance Included

    Meghan rented my family and I her boat with only two days notice. Despite launching fifteen minutes late, she still let us use the full four hours we paid for. She responded immediately and the price was beyond reasonable. Five star experience. We will definitely be back!

  2. RD
    Roy
    MUST SEE!!! BEST PRICES GUARANTEED!! Brand New 21ft Yamaha !! Family Fun Boat in Tampa Bay!

    Adrian was a great captain. We all had fun and it was a wonderful experience. We were a little worried at first because we were not good swimmers but he made us so comfortable and we trusted him to keep us safe. He made sure we were happy and gave us choices to explore the area. We saw a lot of dolphins and it was a perfect day to be out. Thank you, Adrian for a great day!!!

  3. TS
    Tammy
    Gorgeous Bowrider for groups of up to 10! Enjoy Anna Maria in style. Perfect for exploring the area and hanging at a sandbar!

    We are new to the area (and to living near the ocean) so knew we for sure that we wanted a boat with a captain. We were celebrating my husband’s 51st birthday (because 50 was a bummer year-thanks Covid). Martin took us to some beautiful spots and we had a great day (even though the water was a little choppy). We’d definitely book with them again.

  4. EM
    Evelyn
    MUST SEE!!! BEST PRICES GUARANTEED!! Brand New 21ft Yamaha !! Family Fun Boat in Tampa Bay!

    Shout out to Adrian for 8 hours of fun and laughter. He provided us with an amazing boat experience. The boat was very clean and sanitized. We loved that he took us island hopping and gave my husband the thrill of driving a boat for his birthday. I would highly recommend his boat services to everyone.

  5. MF
    Marko
    MUST SEE!!! BEST PRICES GUARANTEED!! Brand New 21ft Yamaha !! Family Fun Boat in Tampa Bay!

    Adrian was great to deal with. I had an issue on my trip that i wasn't going to be able to make it on time to pick up the boat, he was super cool about it and worked with my schedule. Boat was in great shape, clean easy to captain and FUN!! Definitely will book with him again!

  6. IK
    Iryna
    BRAND NEW 2020 Bayliner Deck Boat in Tarpon Springs, Clearwater, and Tampa, FL

    We had a wonderful experience with Rory and his boat. The boat is super clean, has blue tooth speaker, very comfortably fits 6 adults, more than 6 would be a little tighter but still doable. Rory was very good about communicating location and exact time and even suggested an app we can use to know the waters around us. We had tube and wakeboard for us to use. Overall it was a great experience.