Top 5 boating destinations in the US for the summer

Stef Zisovska
 
One of the joys of sailing is the freedom to find a quiet bay or an inlet to drop anchor

When you think of boating it doesn’t necessarily mean sailing an open ocean and deep blue waters. Sailing is known for its recreational purposes and also as a stress reducer. Fortunately, to have a great sailing voyage in the United States you don’t need to travel far because almost ninety percent of U.S. citizens live close to a navigable body of water. This includes lots of cities that have lakes, rivers or ocean marinas from where you can start sailing your boat and enjoy your sailing trip close to home.

Here we going to present you with some of the best boating destinations that will give you something different to do with your free time.

Marina del Rey, California

Marina del Rey, California

This harbor and its docks can hold up to 6500 yachts and pleasure craft, which makes it a sailor’s paradise. Just 45 minutes from downtown Los Angeles and very close to Santa Monica, Marina del Rey hosts many celebrities’ yachts who like to spend their time here. If you’re not a yacht owner, but you want to feel like a star and sail these waters, then you can rent your sailing boat and have fun with your friends and family.

Newport, Rhode Island

Docks on the Newport Harbor

Newport Harbor was a top yacht racing venue for many years. Boaters from all over the world still visit the area to experience sailing trips unique to this part of the coast. Newport is the most famous boating center in New England. If near, don’t forget to taste the amazing seafood in the restaurants near the harbor.

Lake Havasu, Arizona

London Bridge at Lake Havasu, Arizona

Lake Havasu is a large reservoir in the middle of the Arizona Desert in Mojave County. Sailors from the area love to spend time here and chill on their boats. Thanks to the high temperatures, Lake Havasu is visited throughout the year. It’s a favorite party place of younger folks from the area who like to rent party boats for all kinds of celebrations. So, if you are interested in sailing parties, this is a perfect place for you.

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

View of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, also known as the Venice of America, is another attractive sailing destination thanks to the 300 miles of inland water channels. The 23 miles of beach frontage are home to more than 40,000 boats which makes Fort Lauderdale one of the biggest yacht capitals in the world.

Seattle, Washington

Sailing by the shore in Seattle

Maybe some folks don’t like Seattle because of its reputation for being a rather rainy and gray city, but boaters love it. The stunning landscapes of the Olympic and Cascade Mountains form the backdrop to hundreds of miles of salt water sailing. Many of the residents here actually travel to work by boat. Boating has been a tradition in Seattle for many decades and the city has more boats per capita than any other American city.

So close to home, but offering so much. These boating destinations can help make your sailing dreams come true. Forget about distant and expensive sailing trips because you have it all on your doorstep. Explore your neighborhood and discover the beauties of your local area. But most of all enjoy your sailing!

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