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Gulf Coast Cruising Guide:
Top Marinas in South FL

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Summer Gulf Coast Cruising Guide: South Florida 

It’s that time of year again, warm weather and constant sunshine, the perfect combination for cruising. Florida’s Gulf Coast is a great place to start your cruising venture. Featuring over 550 nautical miles from Destin all the way down to the Keys, you’re bound to fall in love with Florida’s Gulf Coast waterways and top marinas along the way. Below we’ve outlined the top hot spots and marinas along South Florida’s Gulf Coast for you to enjoy while on your venture. These marinas will compliment your cruising experience with excitement, fun, and entertainment.


Captiva/Sanibel, Florida:  South Seas Marina

Captiva & Sanibel are well known for their stunning beaches, sunsets, and shelling.  Sanibel and Captiva are the largest in a chain of barrier islands that offer access to the Gulf of Mexico for some serious offshore angling and open throttle cruising. Cruise through Redfish Pass to reach the marina at South Seas Island Resort on Captiva. South Seas Marina is the area’s top marina with world-class resort amenities available to marina guests. South Seas Resort also spans 330 acres and covers the northern half of the island, taking up 2.5 miles of Captiva’s total 4-mile length. So if you’re looking to see the entire island, you’ll be staying in the right place.


Naples, Florida: Naples City Dock

Tin City is “the soul of old Florida in the heart of Naples waterfront”. Built in the 1920s, Tin City was the hub of economic development and transport due to the Seaboard Airline Railroad. Today, the same tin structures hold all of the history and memories of old Naples. With fun souvenir and toy shops, ice cream and fudge shops, Tin City is sure to excite the youngsters.

Whether you are in the mood for seafood, a great cocktail or something hearty, the Bayfront is a great place to spend your evening dining with a view. Third Street South is a great destination to spend the day walking the shops and enjoying a mix between local boutiques and your favorite brands. Naples City Dock welcomes newcomers to dock for the weekend and explore the luxurious town of Naples, FL. With 84 slips on floating docks and the ability to accommodate 30-60 foot vessels. It is also the home slips for Galati Yacht Sales – Naples


Marco Island: Esplanade Marina

Located at the tip of Florida’s paradise coast is Marco Island, a beachfront utopia. Offering world-class golf courses, endless shopping, and dining options. Not to mention, Marco Island is located close to the famous Everglades National Park. Marco Island is also well known in archaeological circles as an important center of early American civilization, based on priceless artifacts recovered there dating back to the Calusa Indians. With easy access to the Gulf, Marco Island is the perfect pit-stop on your summer cruising expedition. For your docking needs, The Esplanade Marina offers the southwest Florida boating lifestyle in a first-class facility. Esplanade Marina is a nautical paradise with dockside eats, abundant wildlife and plenty of shops and activities.


Key West Florida: A&B Marina

Key West Florida is a place everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime. The keys have something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for an eventful night scene, awesome fishing experience, history fix, or relaxing voyage, Key West has it all. Some of the most noteworthy attractions in the keys are snorkeling, deer spotting at the National Key Deer Refuge, and hand feeding the Tarpon at Robbie’s. When you ready to experience the fun inland, A&B Marina is located in the heart of downtown Key West, in the middle of all of the great attractions. With accommodations for vessels up to 200 feet in length. Also,  while docked at the marina you will be able to enjoy exquisite dining options along Harbour Walk.


Gulf Coast Yacht Specialists

This wraps up our summer cruising guide along South Florida’s Gulf Coast. Be sure to check out all of these hot spots along the coast including those in North Florida and Mid-West Florida. If you are looking for a vessel, let the team at Galati Yacht Sales help you out. Whether you’re looking for a pre-owned or new cruising yacht, sportfishing yacht, or custom yacht our specialized team can help you find the perfect vessel for you. All while providing you world class customer service. View our list of featured yachts available for sale.