Ahoy, there! Boating in Sarasota has never been more popular. Even if you’re a committed land lover, it has been impossible to miss the huge number of watercraft crowding our bays, passes and inlets over the past year. Credit the Covid-19 pandemic, which has made spending a safe day on a boat with your friends and family even more attractive than it was before. We’ve compiled a number of fun adventures for boating experts and beginners alike to help you explore and enjoy our incredible waters. So snap on your life jacket and gun the engine. Let’s go boating.

In This Feature:

Five Great Boating Adventures

Take to the seas with these recreational day trips and overnight excursions.

03/05/2021 By Cooper Levey-Baker

The Best Dockside Dining in Sarasota

Where to tie up for a great meal while you’re out on the water.

03/05/2021 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Pat Ball Is Keeping Sarasota’s Rich Tradition of Boat Building Alive

Ball reflects on his lifelong friendship with legendary local boat maker George Luzier.

03/05/2021 By Kay Kipling

Why One Sarasota Couple Decided to Live on Their Boat—For Good

“We said, ‘We’re not going to do this when we’re 80. If we’re going to do it, let’s do it.'"

03/05/2021 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Sarasota Boat Clubs Are Booming

Membership in boat-sharing clubs is soaring thanks to Covid-19.

03/05/2021 Photography by Allison Forsyth