Every year Snag-A-Slip scopes out the top boating destinations that need to be on your visit list. This year’s destinations are some that may be familiar favorites or bucket list spots. Regardless, these boating destinations have something to offer for boaters of every kind. Snag-A-Slip is here to tell you where to go, what to do, and most importantly, where to dock.
It’s safe to say that the Bahamas are a destination on almost every boater’s wishlist. But why not make it happen in 2023? If you’ve ever been so lucky to cruise the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean, you know it’s worth the trip. The Caribbean archipelago is made up of around 700 islands and islets, and more than 2,000 cays (coral reefs). While only 30 islands are inhabited, each has a unique experience making for a boaters paradise. Many boaters visit Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas. But why stop there? Boating from island to island is the key to enjoying the Islands of Song.
Where to Dock
Palm Cay Marina
Palm Cay Marina is located in Nassau, Bahamas, and makes for the perfect first trip (or first stop) to the Bahamas. This premier marina is a luxurious getaway on the southeastern side of Nassau, the gateway to Exuma. Palm Cay Marina is a full service marina with a 24-hour sea gate, making it one of the most secure places for your stay. With access to a beautiful pool, clubhouse, concierge service, and activities such as snorkeling, kayaking and more, you are sure to never go bored.
Little Farmers Cay Yacht Club and Marina
Just 28 miles off of Nassua is Exuma, where you’ll find Little Farmers Cay Yacht Club and Marina. Although small with just four boat slips, you will never find hospitality quite like this place. Little Farmers Cay combines luxury and simplicity to create a quaint and relaxing experience. The full-service marina can host vessels up to 120 feet and offers incredible views of beaches and ocean.
St. Petersburg, Florida
Many people when they think of boating along Florida’s Gulf Coast they immediately think of Tampa Bay. While Tampa Bay offers great boating and access to the city, just outside of the bay you can find St. Petersburg, Florida. Also known as “St. Pete” by the locals, boaters can find a more relaxing approach to the city. It’s where most of the Tampa city residents go to relax on the beach, go fishing, golfing, and more. St. Pete has a vibrant nightlife, while also offering family-fun such as museums, beaches and parks, and more.
Where to Dock
Fusion Resort Treasure Island
Just slightly north of St. Petersburg is Treasure Island where Fusion Resort is located. This resort style marina has 18 slips that can accommodate vessels up to 71 feet. Upon arrival, boaters will see the stunning resort and outside pool and lounge area. Boaters can enjoy onsite amenities such as the rooftop terrace, oversized spa, and onsite restaurant.
Located on the Chesapeake Bay, is Annapolis, Maryland. This historic town is known for its 18th century brick houses and the domed 1700s Maryland State House. The waterfront grounds also make for the home of the United States Naval Academy. Annapolis has been named as one of America’s prettiest cities and for good reason. The cobblestone streets will lead you to picturesque views of the Chesapeake Bay where you’re bound to see sails and masts of the Sailing Capital of the World.
Where to Dock
Annapolis Town Dock
If you’re looking to be in the heart of historic downtown, Annapolis Town Dock is the place to be. Located on Ego Alley, boaters will tie up alongside the dock and have immediate access to dozens of restaurants, shops, historical sites, and more. Just steps away from the marina, boaters can find Pusser’s, a local favorite, where you can try one of their famous Pusser’s Painkillers.
Port Annapolis Marina
Port Annapolis Marina is a well-maintained gem on the Chesapeake Bay. The resort-like setting has plenty of onsite amenities including a pool, playground, restaurant, and more. The marina has easy access to Annapolis’s downtown area, with buses that run all summer long to and from the property.
Lake Travis, Texas
Located just outside of the up and coming Austin, Texas, is Lake Travis. This reservoir on the Colorado River in central Texas is full of entertainment. An average of 200,000 visitors come to Lake Travis every year and for good reason. From resorts, water parks, distilleries and breweries, golf courses and more, there is no sight of dullness on this inland lake. With Texas having warmer temperatures all year round, Lake Travis is a unique find outside of your average boating destination.
Where to Dock
Northshore Marina at The Hollows
Northshore Marina at The Hollows is an award winning facility with 196 boat slips with a 1,600 square foot shipstore with everything you could possibly need. Amenities include a hospitality deck with a full kitchen, a picnic area, fuel pumps, and more. With picturesque sunsets and sunrises you’ll never grow tired of the views.
Hurst Harbor Marina
Hurst Harbor Marina is a family-oriented marina on the vacation hotspot of Lake Travis. Enjoy a picnic while taking in the views or take your dog for a walk around the property. Whether you’re looking for a place to relax after a long day of boating or are in need of boat maintenance, Hurst Harbor is a gem on Lake Travis.