12/10/04 The APS Holiday Boat parade lights up the water at Tempe Town Lake Saturday, Dec. 11, 2004. About 40 boats were in the parade.  (David Kadlubowski The Arizona Republic)

Top 10 Lighted Boat Parades to Check Out This Holiday Season

This year, we got to thinking… why walk in a holiday parade, when you can boat in one? Whether you want to participate, or just soak in the festivities, we’ve rounded up our list of this year’s top Ten Holiday Boat Parades, so no matter where you live, we’ve got you covered. 10. St. Petersburg, FL 27th Annual Holiday Boat Parade  Organized and presented by the Rotary Club of St. Petersburg, proceeds from the Illuminated Boat Parade will support Rotary House, a collaboration between the 5  Rotary Clubs in St. Petersburg and The Free Clinic to provide transitional housing for homeless families in St. Petersburg. So be sure…

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South Padre Island, TX

South Padre Island offers the chance to experience sea turtles, a dolphin research center, and their infamous Sea Life Nature Center. Wildlife makes this vacation spot popular, while still hosting a variety of water sports like kiteboarding, water-skiing, banana boats, various boat tours, and chartered fishing excursions. To truly benefit this island, get away from the crowds, rent a boat and chart a course to a secluded beach for a picnic on the sand. View the full Destination Guide

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Sarasota, FL

Peacefully lying a few miles south of Tampa, Sarasota now acts as the gateway to miles of luxurious sandy beaches. Pull your boat up onto the less populated Lido Beach away from the crowds of Siesta Beach to ensure a calmer day with access to shallow waters and the possibility of going shelling. Sarasota Bay is large and vast, offering many boat tours and cruises, while also being a hot-spot for the keen fisherman! View the full Destination Guide

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Seattle, WA

Nestled perfectly between Lake Washington and the Puget Sound, Seattle has a virtually infinite number experiences for every kind of boater. The islands and inlets along the sound provide an enormous amount of stunning destinations by sail or by power. The Lake is home to summer events, water sports, flawless sailing, and raftups. You could spend every day out on the water and never run out of things to do. The wildlife and scenery are mind blowing with Mount Rainier looming above. Not to mention the culture, food, and events will never leave you wanting. Whether you’re looking to sail alongside orcas or dock up for some world…

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Top 5 Photo Tips For An Awesome Listing

Photo Tips Photos are the first things a prospective renter looks at when considering a rental, and as listings with great photos receive more bookings, we thought we’d give you a few tips on how to make your boat stand out. You may be tempted to cut corners, but the extra time spent photographing your boat will be time well spent, and will also help anyone renting your boat picture themselves on your boat having an amazing experience. Did you know? Listings with more than five photos get 10x the amount of bookings and photos of the boat in the water get 4x the views as boats on a trailer. Don’t…

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San Diego, CA

San Diego is a world class destination for boaters of all breeds. The strong warm breezes provide phenomenal sailing conditions, and the sheltered bays are amazing places to cruise the by the skyline, or even dock up for a drink and a bite. Boating along the gorgeous coastline, you can spot marine wildlife that will blow your mind, watch the sunset over the Pacific and find some of the best sport fishing in the country. Whether you stay inside the protected bays or head off the coast for a bigger adventure, you’ll find yourself addicted to the natural beauty of this place. America’s southwestern most boating destination will…

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South Florida Bucket List

Cape Ramano Fort Myers On the southern tip of Marco Island at Cape Romano are a set of mysterious dome structures slowly sinking into the sea. Originally a unique construction project, the domes served as a house, but over time the shoreline has been eroded and the buildings find themselves slowly submitting themselves to Mother Nature. Cape Romano also provides fantastic opportunities to go shelling. Explore and find those unique shells to take home and show off. A perfect day out and fun for all. Nixon Sandar Miami Nixon’s cove sandbar just south of Miami is a perfect spot to party on a yacht. Just grab your shades,…

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New York, NY

Where to begin… The combination of stunning natural beauty, an abundance of activity, and the sheer variety of possibilities. Whether you want to be part of the scene or escape to enjoy peace and isolation, the New York waters are calling. Home to every kind of boating adventure from sailing by the Manhattan skyline, to bass fishing off Long Island, watching fireworks from the Great South Bay, exploring up the Hudson River, raft ups by the beach, you name it, it’s here. An Empire State of Boating. View the full Destination Guide

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Boston, MA

The greatest thing about boating in the Boston area is how much this coastline has to offer. The sheer number of destinations that await you are staggering. From Martha’s Vineyard to Gloucester, coastal Massachusetts is a world renowned mecca for boaters of all kinds. The history, islands, towns, harbors, fishing, and sailing all ensure infinite possibilities. People have been boating here for centuries, and when you’re out on the New England waters you’ll know why. Here are a few of our favorites just to give you a taste of what this area has to offer. View the full Destination Guide

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