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Your Guide to a Perfect Sarasota Boating Day

If you’re like us, you want to be outside—preferably near or in the water—but without all the traffic. So we’ve planned your perfect weekend itinerary…and best of all, you can start from your own dock. Here are our pro tips.

Pack your swimming gear, sunscreen, and snacks.

Or, if you don’t feel like cooking, plan to make a stop at one of our area’s fantastic dockside dining spots. Here’s our guide, from Anna Maria Island down to Venice.

Make a stop at a sandbar for some fun in the sun.

Crack open a cold beverage, crank up the tunes and take a dip—or just enjoy the sunshine (with plenty of SPF, of course). Here are some of our favorite spots to drop anchor.

Keep your eyes peeled for marine life.

In Southwest Florida, you’ll spot sea turtles, dolphins, manatees, roseate spoonbills, stingrays, pelicans, seahorses, all kinds of fish, sharks and more. Keep track of how many you see (but take care not to feed them—and remember, we’re all sharing the water).

Speaking of fish…

Whether you’re an amateur fisher or a seasoned pro, there’s lots to love about fishing our waters. Almost year-round, you’ll find whiting, flounder, Jack Crevalle, redfish, snook, pompano, sea trout, permit, houndfish, ladyfish, Spanish mackerel and bluefish. Don’t forget your rods and reels—or your fishing permit.

Feeling adventurous?

Consider a longer excursion. One of our favorite overnight destinations is Useppa Island, and our crew is happy to help you plan a trip.  Read a little more about the history of the island—and its wonderful Old Florida vibes—here.

Take a moment to take it all in before heading home.

The turquoise water, the candy-colored sunsets, the cool sea breeze…we really do live in paradise. Breathe it all in—and then remember you can do it all again tomorrow.

In the market for a new boat? Check out our 2022 Grady-White inventory (but hurry—they’re selling quickly!) or our pre-owned inventory. Don’t own your own boat yet, or want to try before you commit? We have the best rental program in the area by the day, week or month. Check out our inventory and reserve your boat today.