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Best Cities for Boaters & Yachting in South Florida

Tuesday, March 22, 2022   /   by LuxNovo Blog

Best Cities for Boaters & Yachting in South Florida

If you are a boating and yachting aficionado in search of the next property to buy, look no further than Florida. The Sunshine State consistently ranks first for number of boats sold, facilities for boaters, and standards of living. 

With over $1.5 billion worth of annual retail sales of powerboats and yachts and more registered boats than any other states, Florida confirms itself as the boating capital of the world.

And, thanks to its 1,500 miles of coastline, 3,000 inland waterways, perfect climate, yachting services and facilities, and a thriving boating community, the state truly lives up to its reputation! 

If you are looking for dream boating and yachting properties in South Florida to relocate to in 2022, check out the most sought-after on-water hotspots below. 

Fort Lauderdale

If Florida is internationally considered to be the boating capital of the world, the reason can be found in Fort Lauderdale. Located on the southeastern coast between Pompano Beach and Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale is known for its boating canals, easy access to waterways, and breathtaking properties overlooking the ocean.

Aside from state-of-the art boating and yachting facilities, Fort Lauderdale provides endless entertainment opportunities. On the Strip - or the promenade that runs alongside the ocean - you’ll find a myriad of upscale restaurants, boutiques, and bars. 

At a short stroll away, you’ll find parks, including the famous Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, and museums, such as the NSU Art Museum and the Museum of Discovery and Science.

Once a year, the whole city comes to life and pays homage to its boating heritage with the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, which attracts over 1,200 exhibitors, puts on display over 700 boats, and gives the chance to boating and yachting aficionados to immerse in the exclusive Superyacht Village atmosphere. 

Hillsboro Beach & Lighthouse Point

With a population of just over 1,800 people, Hillsboro Beach is far more quaint and idyllic than Fort Lauderdale or Miami. Thanks to a crime rate well below the national average, the long sandy beaches overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, and exclusive facilities, the Town is an undiscussed paradise for boaters and yachting enthusiasts looking for a more peaceful, relaxing lifestyle. 

What makes this coastal town a boating and yachting hotspot is also the exclusive Hillsboro Club dock, which spans for over 520 feet on the Hillsboro Inlet and provides nearly 300 feet of boat dockage. 

At the southern end of the Inlet, you’ll find the Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse, which names the surrounding residential area, dominated by water canals, access to waterways, and premium properties

Palm Beach Gardens

Located at the heart of Palm Beach County and 12 miles North of West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens is one of the wealthiest and most exclusive boating destinations in the state. 

Crossed by a myriad of canals, lakes, and waterways, nearly 5% of Palm Beach Gardens’ total land area is water, and the city has always been known for its lush gardens and thriving vegetation.

Palm Beach Gardens has been named the best city to live in Florida in 2019 and continues to consistently rank within the top three places for boaters and yachting aficionados looking to relocate in Florida. Some of the reasons for this include:

  • Over 12 award-winning golf courses
  • Exclusive school districts and higher education facilities
  • Several upscale bars, restaurants, and leisure facilities
  • Easy access to canals and waterway
  • Ocean-front, exclusive properties


Nestled between the north end of the Miami metropolitan area and the stunning Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Jupiter is an up and coming location for boaters looking to escape the hectic city life. 

Residence of celebrities such as Burt Reynolds, Celine Dion, Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods, Jupiter is home to just over 60,000 people. While still small, the city is up and coming, packed with entertainment opportunities, and offering luxury amenities.

When compared to other seaside locations in Florida, Jupiter consistently ranks as one of the wealthiest, safest, and most exclusive locations in the Sunshine State. 

If you have decided to buy a luxury property in Jupiter, you can enjoy a little corner of ocean-front paradise in the place that has been awarded as one of the best places to live in Florida and the happiest seaside town in the state!

Boca Raton 

Known for its world-renowned parks, beaches, and stunning seafront, Boca Raton is one of the most exciting and dynamic places to live in Florida for boaters and yachting enthusiasts. Home to over 94,000 people, Boca Raton is also the residence of international celebrities, including singer Jon Bon Jovi and golfer Greg Norman.

One of the unique features of Boca Raton is that the city effortlessly combines exclusive residential areas, upscale boutiques and restaurants, and natural areas such as the 

James A. Rutherford Park.

Explore the Best Spots in the World's Boating Capital at South Florida Home Finders

Above we have explored some of the best locations in the Sunshine State to relocate to if you love boating and yachting. However, southern Florida, with its access to the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and the Florida Keys, is dotted with endless locations for boaters. Find your dream home at South Florida Home Finders.

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