The Best Boat Rentals in St Petersburg, Florida
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What to know about renting a boat in St Petersburg
There's a variety of boat rental options in St Petersburg, offering everything from yachts to jetskis. St. Pete's is in Pinellas County, which has more registered boats than any other county in Florida. the calm waters and great weather during most of the year making it the perfect spot for special events and family vacations.
Boating is one of the best ways to discover the city of St. Petersburg. Caladesi Island is a fantastic state park to access by boat where you can see dolphins and comb the beach for beautiful shells. Egmont Key is a great spot for snorkeling, with calm and clear waters, perfect for young or novice snorkelers. There’s a huge variety of sea life, from tiny fish to dolphins swimming in these waters.
Boca Ciega Bay is a great destination for nature lovers in St. Petersburg. There are miles of sandy beaches, protected wildlife areas, mangroves, and oyster beds to explore by boat, either motorized or man-powered. It’s also a great spot to go fishing and snorkeling. Try a fishing charter if you want a full day on a boat reeling in great catches. It’s also an excellent destination for avid bird watchers.
Eastward from St. Petersburg is Tampa Bay, which is a fantastic location to explore by boat. There are tons of marinas and spots to anchor in order to explore a bit more, including Coffee Pot Bayou and Riviera Bay.
Beachfront restaurants are a great choice for boaters looking to take a break and get a bite to eat, and there’s no shortage in St. Pete’s Beach.
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Boating Events in St Petersburg
In September, the Clearwater Super Boat National Championship is a boat racing event that is sure to get everyone excited. Boats zip by at nearly 200 mph and you can watch it from shore or from your own boat parked outside the course. It’s a great, 3-day family event. In addition to the adrenaline-charged races, there is a boat parade, food vendors and live entertainment.
In the winter months, the Saint Petersburg Power and Sail Boat show is an interesting event for visitors and locals. It hosts a display of thousands of boats, marine seminars and youth fishing clinics.
Other Things To Do in St Petersburg
If you’re looking for a rainy day activity off the water, check out The Dali Museum to see the artwork of Salvador Dali and learn about his life and career. It has the largest collection of Dali paintings outside of Spain. If you’re not into museums, Saint Petersburg check out the Free Fall and American Stage theaters for a performance. You can explore nature reserve areas and the historical section of the city by foot or Segway.
Another land activity that will be a vacation highlight is horseback riding on the beach. C Ponies Beach Rides, Cypress Breeze Beach Horseback riding and Beach Horseback are all great choices for this experience. Downtown Saint Petersburg is teeming with bars and restaurants, art museums, great shopping and vibrant nightlife.
Marinas in St Petersburg
There are tons of marinas located around the peninsula of Saint Petersburg, with thousands of boats to choose from. A few of the most popular marinas are Harborage Marina, the St. Petersburg Municipal Marina, O’Neill’s Marina, Marina Bay of St. Pete’s Beach and many more. The harbors give access to the intracoastal waterways, the Gulf of Mexico and fantastic beaches that comprise the city of Saint Petersburg. Many are connected to hotels and resorts, making it even easier for vacationers to find the perfect boat rental.
About Saint Petersburg
Saint Petersburg is the 5th largest city in Florida. It's located on the peninsula between Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. It’s a relaxed but vibrant place to visit on vacation, providing the atmosphere of the Caribbean. It’s one of the sunniest places in the world, with a record of the most consecutive days of sunshine (768) recorded from 1967-1969. While noted for hosting a large population of retirees, it’s becoming a more youthful city due to its relatively low cost of living, growing art scene, and favorable climate. It’s commonly known by locals and visitors as St. Pete’s Beach
The best time to visit Saint Petersburg is between March and May. The temperature during this time falls between 65-87℉ with only 1-3 inches of rain on average. During this part of the year, a wide range of events take over the city, making hotels and other bookings more expensive. It’s worth the extra money to visit in the springtime, especially if you catch the beautiful purple Jacaranda trees as they bloom. The summer months bring sweltering temperatures, heavy rainfall and hurricane season. The winter months are also considerably colder.
While onshore, be sure to check out some of the incredible events that go on in Saint Petersburg. In the spring, the top events include the Firestone Grand Prix, the PGA Tour Valspar Championship and the Tampa Bay Blues Festival. In the fall, check out the John’s Pass Seafood festival and the Clearwater Jazz Holiday festival.
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GetMyBoat customer reviews for boat rentals in Saint Petersburg.
Had a great 4 hour trip with Captain Allen. Two snorkeling spots and some tubing. He was informative about area history as well as helpful/patient with first time water adventurers. Got in the water and showed us where to go/look. Friendly and fun. Boat was beautiful, powerful and comfortable. Would highly recommend for you next boating adventure in the St. Pete area. Will call him next time we come back.
Matt was an awesome Captain. We had good communication all the time. My wife and myself got the boat ride that we expected and more. He was always very courteous, informative and helpful. His boat is pretty much brand new. It is very comfortable and very nice to ride on. The whole ride was nice and very enjoyable. He took us around Clearwater and we went to a couple of small islands where we could get off and do some shelling. We had a very enjoyable moments the whole time. We would do it again. I do recommend Matt and his boat without hesitation.
Matt was incredible. We booked an evening boat ride to celebrate my mother-in-law’s birthday and Matt went above and beyond to make it an evening to remember. His boat is immaculately kept and a true joy to experience. We are already planning our next trip with Matt.
Excellent experience, Mathew was prompt in communication and very warm and courteous in meeting us and guiding us through dos n donts plus handling the boat. He gave us a quick walk of the boat which is plush new and very well maintained. I’d definitely sail again with Mathew !
Booking with Matt was super easy and convenient. He was quick to respond and answer all of our questions. He was a great captain and we enjoyed spending the afternoon relaxing with him. Would definitely rebook next time we are in town.
Matt has a beautiful boat and was so friendly and helpful! He was on time and also very responsive. Our family of 5 has an amazing time and we definitely recommend renting this boat from Matt!