Did you know that the United States has more than 95,000 miles of coastline? Well, if you didn’t you aren’t alone. Josiane Peluso from the New York area took the time to develop her list of six of the best boating destinations in the United States that you can take advantage of this summer!
1. Newport, Rhode Island
If icy waters don’t scare you, Newport, Rhode Island is packed with nautical history, iconic scenery, and a robust sailing culture; making it one of the best places to visit in the U.S. for budding mariners. According to Josiane Peluso, boat rentals are available throughout the city’s numerous marinas, and the harbor’s nautical-themed restaurants, shops, and hotels will add color to your boating adventures. Throughout the summer, Newport hosts a variety of festivals and events that bring in visitors from around the world, including fishing enthusiasts. Its waters don’t warm up very quickly, though; if you’re looking for a beach adventure, Josiane Peluso recommends you head further south in the early summer months.
2. Annapolis and Baltimore, Maryland
Annapolis is home to the US Naval Academy and its downtown marina offers a variety of boating adventures for all skill levels. Josiane Peluso depicts a visit to the Academy as a walk back in time and a nautical history lesson wrapped up in one. To make things even better it is home to plenty of charming restaurants and small hotels which make a memorable impression on visitors.
Of course, a visit to Baltimore is not complete without a trip to Camden Yards, a tour of the historic Fort McHenry, and a walk around the waterfront. Dubbed Charm City, Baltimore is one coastal destination you don’t want to miss. Cruise ships depart the marina weekly, taking visitors both North and South along the coast, including fall foliage tours in the Autumn months.
3. Charleston, South Carolina
If you are looking for a foodie adventure mixed with coastal charm, Josiane Peluso states Charleston is a can’t miss destination. Combining history, southern hospitality and a waterfront location, the city hosts numerous sailing regattas throughout the year, bringing together boaters from around the world to enjoy this captivating destination.
4. Captiva Island, Florida
There are too many boating destinations in Florida to pick just one “best” spot, but one out-of-the way nautical destination is North Captiva Island, just off the Intracoastal waterway. It’s combination of Caribbean blue waters, sandy beaches, and fantastic fishing spots make it a favorite destination for many Florida boaters.
5. Chicago, Illinois
You might not think of Chicago as a top boating spot in the US, but Josiane Peluso states the city sits on the bank of Lake Michigan and calls more than 10 marinas its own. Surrounded by culture, nightlife, history, and sports; a visit to Chicago’s waterfront is a memorable occasion. The touristy Navy Pier offers a bit of history and is a great spot to hop on one of the city’s historic riverboat tours. Chicago has put a lot of work into greening its waterways and in the summer, you’ll find residents and visitors enjoying the city’s many beaches, marinas, boat regattas, and beach bars.
6. Marina Del Rey, California
If you have sunny California on the mind, don’t miss Marina del Ray, situated a few minutes from downtown Los Angeles and Santa Monica. It’s the largest manmade small-craft harbor in the US, and mixes ultraluxury with down-to-earth charm, home to more than 4,000 boats and yachts. Boat rentals are plentiful, as are sailing lessons, and funky new eateries.