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With 47 miles of Atlantic Ocean beaches, access to the Intracoastal Waterway and Lake Worth Lagoon, Loxahatchee River, and Lake Okeechobee -there is 125 miles of waterways in the Palm Beaches. No matter what part of the county you find yourself in, it’s easy to find a boating experience that’s right for you, whether it’s on a quiet river or a busy inlet. Boat excursions come in all types and sizes -- some have a captain, while others are do-it-yourself. Here are a few of the best boat tours and experiences in South Florida.

Lacuna Tours

If you want to leave the piloting to someone else, but still have the privacy of a customized cruise, then Lacuna Tours can help. Just climb on board the hurricane deck boat that seats eight passengers and you will

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This year marks the 38th Annual  Stuart Christmas Boat Parade, which is being held Saturday, December 8.

The Parade will begin at the Jensen Beach Causeway at 6pm and proceed to Sandsprit Park and into the Manatee Pocket where it will end at the Twisted Tuna at around 7:45pm with the announcement of the winners. The judges boat to be sponsored by Chapman School of Seamanship will be located near the Crossroads. The captains meeting will be held on Friday, Dec 6 at 6:00pm at The Twisted Tuna in Port Salerno.

All Stuart mariners are encouraged to decorate their vessels, large or small, and enjoy some good family fun for the holidays. Everyone is invited to enjoy viewing the parade boats at restaurants, parks and other locations along the route. You

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Jupiter, FL is a great place for commercial fishermen and hobbyists alike to cast their reels. In Jupiter, the rule of thumb is: if there’s water, there’s probably something to catch. So, if there are no signs that prohibit the activity, let your hook loose and catch yourself some fish! Here are some popular sports fish that you can try and catch while fishing in Jupiter.

Sailfish

These are powerful predators that are also amongst the fastest in the sea. They have an incredible swimming speed and can achieve as much as 68 mph. People love them because they have a jumping power. Often, individuals go to watch them jump in water almost like dolphins. If you are doing it for fun, this is one that will get your heart racing and your adrenaline pumping.

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You’ll see anglers in Stuart, Florida fishing for anything that swims, from the beaches and dock lights to the Gulf Stream offshore. Known by many as the “Sailfish capital of the world,” Stuart is home to just about every game fish you can think of, including Tarpon, Bonefish, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Tuna—and yes, Sailfish.

Here are a few great fishing charters if you want to explore the waters in Stuart or if you just want to a get a guaranteed catch.

Colossal Catch 2

Valentine Sportfishing Charters

Catch Of The Day

Native Fishing Charters

Wet-n-Wild Sportfishing

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It’s officially manatee season! From November 15th until March 31st, manatees begin moving south for warmer waters as air and water temperatures drop.

When the weather is cold, a majority of manatees can be found gathering in the warm water outflows of Florida Power & Light’s Eco-Discovery Center, Manatee Lagoon.

Manatees are considered one of Florida’s most important marine species whose behavior can alert researchers to the environment and habitat changes that may otherwise go unnoticed in Florida’s waterways.

Aside from their environmental impact, manatees are beloved marine mammals because of their gentle demeanor, their friendly faces, and their tendency to “socialize” with humans. Also known as “sea cows” because they eat grass or “sea

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Save The Date! On Saturday, December 1st, Jupiter’s Harbourside Place is generously hosting a Holiday Boat Parade Watch Party from the roof deck of this luxurious waterfront location.

This exclusive event will run from 6:00PM until 9:00PM, and will include dinner and an open bar, with proceeds benefitting the AustinBlu Foundation.

In case you’re not a Jupiter local, the AustinBlu Foundation is very close to our community’s hearts. The foundation was formed in the wake of a tragedy involving two young boys who were lost at sea on July 24th, 2015. Their love for the ocean reminds Jupiter boaters to take great joy in boating, but to respect the majesty of the sea by taking precautions to prevent this devastating accident from happening again. AustinBlu

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The Florida “cold snap” this weekend has lows in the 60’s rolling through, producing ideal conditions for sailfish cruising through. Kitefish with goggle eyes in 120-250’ of water, and after your first sail, target a tighter area around that depth. A few dolphin are still in the equation off Palm Beach Inlet, but no strong numbers seem to be showing up.

The snapper bite has been solid lately, with large muttons and yellowtail congregating on the reef. Live ballyhoo, sardines, or midsized pinfish work great.

Inshore fishing has slowed down quite a bit, with Snook and redfish becoming finicky to the tide. You’ll have to feel out each spot for what tide works best, and keep a close eye on it once you figure it out.

The Juno Beach pier has been

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If you want to go boating in South Florida, there are some things you’re going to need. The first, of course, is a boating license. According to the FWC: In order to operate a motorboat of ten (10) horsepower or greater, Florida law requires anyone who was born on or after Jan. 1, 1988 to successfully complete an approved boating safety course and obtain a Boating Safety Education Identification Card issued by the FWC.

Alright, so you got your license. There are still some things you need to have on-board your boat before you set sail. In Florida the following minimum boat safety equipment is required on all Class A recreational boats (less than 16 feet in length), canoes and kayaks:

- One Coast Guard-approved Type I, II or III Personal

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There are only a few days to go before the “Rip It” Fort Lauderdale Grand Prix arrives in the city and almost one hundred personal watercraft riders will take to the water close to the B Ocean Resort.

One of the most exciting weekends to hit up Fort Lauderdale, the event runs across the weekend (November 17-18) and marks the end of an exhilarating season for professional and amateur P1 AquaX riders.

Click here for more information. 

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For the 24th year in a row, the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County (MIAPBC) is kicking off the holiday season by hosting the Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade.

From center consoles to pleasure yachts, dozens of South Florida boats will be decking their hulls in colorful lights and cruising through the intracoastal for a spectacular show of holiday spirit. The parade will be led by a Zambelli Fireworks travelling display,  will begin at the north end of Lake Worth Lagoon a 6 pm, and will travel north on the intracoastal to end with a grand finale at the Jupiter Lighthouse around 8pm, courtesy of Jetty’s, Square Grouper, and U-Tiki.

Mo and Sally from KOOL 105.5 will be aboard the Loggerhead Marina Grand Marshal Boat, and the big man

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