From Fort Lauderdale to Tampa and Key West, practically any direction you turn in Florida you can spot a great place to go sailing. You can go on a dolphin watching cruise, rent a private luxury catamaran, or try your luck in a fishing tournament. Here are our five favorite places to go sailing in Florida.

These Are The Top 5 Florida Destinations For Sailing

1. Pensacola

Pensacola has several sailing companies, such as Jolly Sailing and Lanier Sailing Academy. Jolly Sailing offers dolphin watching cruises, snorkeling tours, dinner cruises, and sunset sailing. If you are more interested in mastering the art of sailing, the Lanier Sailing Academy offers private instruction and classes in basic and advanced coastal cruising.

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2. Fort Lauderdale

Also known as the “Venice of America”, Fort Lauderdale is one of the top places to go boating in Florida. Make sure to attend the annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show! While in Fort Lauderdale, make sure to spend a day fishing since there are over 200 freshwater fish.

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3. Jacksonville

In Jacksonville you can go on a day sailing trip or sunset cruise with up to 12 people with Now and Zen Sailing Charters. The company has luxury 42-foot catamarans available for private charters. You can sail to Pine Island, Cumberland Island, or go down the calm St. Johns River.

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4. Key West

Located in southern Florida, Key West has many private sailing charter companies, such as Key West Sailing Adventure. You can go sailing to private beaches, snorkeling areas, and even islands. If you have your own boat, check out the Conch Harbor Marina.

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5. Tampa

Tampa is one of the most popular spots to go sailing in Florida. Tampa Bay Sailing Tours has daily tours that depart from the RiverWalk, which is located in downtown Tampa. You can go on a half-day sail for three hours, a full day sail for five hours, or a two and a half hour sail at sunset.

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This article was written by Colleen Regan.