12/08/16
Cruising Florida’s Palm Beach Region

The Palm Beach region is the gateway to southern Florida and is renowned as a cruising boater’s paradise. This fascinating and lively area is home to miles of scenic waterways, gorgeous beaches, world-class golf courses, luxurious mansions and more. It’s the kind of place where you could spot a celebrity and a rare marine creature all in one afternoon.

The Palm Beach area is located on Florida’s Atlantic coast along the Intracoastal Waterway, which runs from New England down to the Florida Keys. This area of the waterway features great views of impressive homes and huge yachts. However, heavy boat traffic along with sections of slow cruising speeds and restricted bridges may at times require boaters to exercise patience.

stellaAs a hotspot for cruising, the Palm Beach region has a tremendous amount of marine services available to visiting boaters. When traveling to the area, be sure to stop by Stella Marine [www.bobstellamarine.com; 561-345-3998), a Crownline dealer right by the Intracoastal Waterway in Palm Beach Gardens.

Boaters can find slips of up to 250 feet at the Palm Harbor Marina (www.palmharbor-marina.com/; 800-435-8051), a world-class marina with exceptional facilities. Loggerhead Marina (www.loggerheadpbg.com/; 888-LOGGER2) in Palm Beach Gardens is located between the Jupiter Inlet and the Lake Worth-Palm Beach Inlet. It has public access for vessels up to 120 feet, WiFi, concierge service and more. Riviera Beach City Marina (www.rivierabeachmarina.com/; 561-842-7806) has 140 slips for boats up to 120 feet, direct access to both the Atlantic Ocean and Intracoastal Waterway and fuel, and it’s just minutes from the Lake Worth-Palm Beach Inlet. Boaters can also find a great anchorage at Peanut Island, across from Lake Worth Inlet. The island is a great place for a picnic when the tide is low.

Whether you’re looking to go fishing, do some shopping, relax on a beach, have family fun or enjoy some nightlife, the Palm Beach area has no shortage of options for visitors. This region of Florida has 47 miles of gorgeous beaches. It is also home to some of the best golf courses in the country, and shoppers love the area for its trendy boutiques, upscale malls and outlets. There’s also a wide variety of excellent restaurants nearby, from upscale, world-class restaurants to family-friendly eateries and local watering holes.

Visiting anglers can go deep-sea fishing in the Atlantic or bass fishing in nearby Lake Okeechobee. Lake Worth Lagoon, a saltwater lake, also offers plenty of fishing opportunities. Visitors can rent kayaks or stand-up paddleboards and explore the area’s 125 miles of scenic, winding waterways. Thanks to its clear waters and diverse marine life, the region is also popular among divers and snorkelers. There’s even an 800-foot long underwater Intracoastal Waterway trail that runs along an artificial reef in Phil Foster Park.

To learn more about visiting Florida’s Palm Beach area, visit www.thepalmbeaches.com.

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