It may be easier to rent a boat, rather than tow your own down to explore the waters of the Florida Keys

Now days you can rent a boat of any size at the many boat rentals in the Florida Keys. I remember the boats that were for rent in the past were for the most part scary. You would look at them and wonder if they were seaworthy and would they possibly make it back to the dock? Lately I’ve seen some brand new upscale boats for rent at the different marinas and boat rentals around here. Here’s a list of the places to rent a boat in the Florida Keys. I’ll start with the Upper Keys and work my way down to Key West.

UPPER KEYS - KEY LARGO-ISLAMORADA-UPPER MATECUMBE KEY

* A1A WATERSPORTS, MM 82.5, oceanside, 82749 Overseas Hwy., Islamorada, it’s in the Days Inn, 305-664-8182. They offer center console, deck, pontoon boats, waverunners and kayaks for rent. www.a1awatersportsfun.com

* AAAA ALL BOAT RENTALS, MM 98, oceanside, 97951 Overseas Hwy., Key Largo, 305-852-2025 or 800-350-6572. They offer Dusky, Chris Craft, Parker and other premium boats for rent. www.milemarker97.com

Sandbar boat rentals

* BUMP AND JUMP BOAT RENTALS, 81197 Overseas Hwy., Islamorada, 305-664-5005, and MM 100 at Holiday Inn in Key Largo. They rent Angler boats from 18 - 26', all have full electronics. Free local delivery. www.keysboatrental.com

* CRISTAL CLEAR WATERSPORTS, Key Largo, Islamorada and Marathon, 305-453-0101 or 800-226-0415. They rent 17' to 25' center console power boats. www.cristalclearwatersports.com

* HAV-A-BLAST WATERSPORTS, 87000 Overseas Hwy., Isamorada 305-852-5633

* HOLIDAY ISLE BOAT RENTALS, 84001 Overseas Hwy., Islamorada, 305-664-9425.

* HOUSEBOAT VACATIONS OF THE FLORIDA KEYS, 85944 Overseas Hwy., Islamorada, 305-664-4009.

* ISLAMORADA BOAT RENTALS, 84001 Overseas Hwy., Windley Key, 305-664-3456

* ISLAMORADAWATERSPORTSCOMPANY.COM has two locations where you can rent a boat, 83000 Overseas Hwy., Islamorada, at Whale Harbor Marina, 305-664-2463 and Coconut Cove Resort behind Theater of the Sea, 305-664-4055. They offer skiffs, CC, and Pontoon boats, they have new four stroke engines. www.iwcwatersports.com

Personal Watercraft * KEY LARGO RESORT BOAT RENTALS, 99750 Overseas Hwy., Key Largo, 305-451-2241

* KEY LARGO WATER SPORTS, 104100 Overseas Hwy., Key Largo, 305-453-4848.

* KEYS BOAT RENTALS, 107900 Overseas Hwy., Key Largo, 305-453-4565

* RENTAL BOAT COMPANY, 79851 Overseas Hwy., Upper Matecumbe Key, 305-664-0091

* ROBBIE’S RENT-A-BOAT, MM 77.5 bayside, Islamorada, 305-664-9814. They offer 18' to 23' open fisherman, family deck boats and back country skiffs. www.robbies.com

* SPLASH WATERSPORTS RENTALS, 84341 State Road 4-A, Windley Key, 305-664-8892

* WATERMARK MARINAS of SNAKE CREEK, 84501 Overseas Hwy., Islamorada, 3052-664-3380. www.watermarkmarina.com

MIDDLE KEYS - MARATHON AND GRASSY KEY

* SILVER PALM MARINE, 59073 Overseas Hwy, Grassy Key, 305-509-7273 office, 305-394-5777 cell. We are actually a boat and kayak rental with a bait/tackle/ship store. We are out of Grassy Key Marina. We have fishing boats, pontoon and kayaks. We rent the kayaks by the hour/ 1/2 day/daily and weekly. Boat rentals are half day/daily and weekly. We will deliver in free in Marathon and outside with a fee. We offer frozen bait, tackle, snorkeling equipment and a variety of otheritems in our ship store. We are located just north of the Dolphin Research Center, MM59.

* ADVENTURE WATERSPORT RENTALS, 7196 Overseas Hwy., Marathon, 305-289-0715

* BIG TIME BOAT RENTALS, 11499 Overseas Hwy., Marathon, 305-289-0199. They offer fully equipped kayaks, open fisherman and bay boats. Rod and reel rentals as well as guides and charters are also available.www.bigtimeboatrentals.com

Marina and boat rental

* CAPTAIN PIP’S MARINA AND HIDEAWAY, MM 47.5, bayside, ½ east of the 7-mile bridge, 1410 Overseas Hwy., Marathon, 305-743-4403 or 800-707-1692, they have boats from 18' to 24' for rent. www.captainpips.com

* FISH N’ FUN BOAT RENTALS, Marathon, 305-743-2275 or 800-471-3440, they lease power boats from 19' to 25'. www.fishnfunrentals.com

* FLORIDA KEYS BAREBOAT CHARTER CO, Marathon, 305-743-0090. You can rent a boat that's power or sail

* JEFF’S BOAT RENTALS, 12650 Overseas Hwy., Marathon, 305-743-9992

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* JERRY’S WATERSPORTS & RENTALS has two locations where you can rent a boat, 4590 Overseas Hwy., MM 49.5, Marathon, 305-743-7298 and 1688 Overseas Hwy., MM 48, Marathon, 305-743-7298. They rent power boats, pontoon boats and waverunners. www.jerryscharters.com

* R & R WATERSPORTS, 13201 Overseas Hwy., Marathon, 305-743-9385

LOWER KEYS - BIG PINE-CUDJOE-SUGARLOAF KEY

* BLUEWATER BOAT RENTALS, 1791 Bogie Dr. Big Pine Key, 305-872-0409

* CUDJOE BOAT RENTALS, 477 Drost Dr., Cudjoe Key, 305-745-2357. They have boats from 17' to 24' for rent

* DOLPHIN MARINA, MM 28.5 Little Torch Key, 305-872-2685. They rent Angler center console boats from 20' to 22', and have a full bait and tackle shop. www.dolphinmarina.net

* LOOE KEY BOAT RENTALS, MM 25, Summerland Key, next to the Chevron, 305-744-3366

boat rental KEY WEST AND STOCK ISLAND

* BOAT RENTALS of KEY WEST, 617 Front St. Key West, 305-294-2628. They rent pontoon, center console, deck boats and more, from 16' to 21'. www.boatrentalsofkeywest.com

* Florida Keys Boat Rentals, 201 Margaret Street, Key West, 305-295-2628. They rent all kinds of boats from 12' to 25'. www.boatrentalskw.com

* GARRISON BIGHT MARINA, 711 Eisenhower Dr., Key West, 305-294-3093. They rent power boats with Yamaha Engines from 15' to 22'. www.garrisonbightmarina.net

* KEY WEST WATERSPORTS, at the Wyndham Casa Marina Inn, Key West, 305-294-2192. The rent Jet-Ski, Hobie Cats and you can parasail

* KEY WEST WATER TOURS, 5106 US Hwy. 1, Stock Island, 305-294-6790

* KEY WEST ELECTRIC BOAT RENTALS, 202 William St., Key West, 305-292-0092. What fun to rent a boat that's electric.

* OLD TOWN TOURS, 1111 Eaton St., Key West, 305-297-7000

* PARADISE BOAT RENTALS, 5950 Peninsula Ave., at Oceanside Marina, Stock Island, 305-293-0110. They rent deck boats up to 8 passengers.

* PARADISE WATER SPORTS, 5001 US Hwy. 1 Key West, 305-296-6060

* REEF EXPRESS, 201 Elizabeth St. Key West, 305-294-7755

* SPENCER’S BOAT YARD, 701 Palm Ave., Key West, 305-296-8826. They rent boats for fishing and diving, they supply fish and dive charts and fishing equipment with the boat rental.

* SUNSET WATER SPORTS, 5710 US Hwy. 1, Stock Island, 305-294-5500

With all these places to rent a boat there’s no excuse to stay on land for all of your Florida Keys Vacation.



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