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Location, location, location. That refrain often is heard in reference to business and real estate. It also applies to those who enjoy boating and being on the water, and there’s plenty of water available to navigate for Palm Beach County residents.
The Atlantic Ocean is Palm Beach County’s front doorstep, providing 45 miles of shoreline with access for every size of boat from four inlets and the Gulf Stream only 3 miles offshore. There’s nothing like the scent of salt air on a balmy afternoon.
A short distance inland stretches the Intracoastal Waterway, which includes numerous marinas scattered along its route. There is also several restaurants along the way that provide docking space for boaters looking for a bite to eat or relaxing over cocktails.
Lake Okeechobee, the second-largest freshwater lake entirely within the United States that encompasses 488.,000 acres, forms part of the county’s western border and is renowned for its largemouth bass fishing. A handful of other smaller inland lakes also provide boating opportunities, the largest being 540-acre Lake Mangonia.
The Palm Beach Yacht Club is a world-class marina located in the heart of the county in West Palm Beach and is a short distance from the Palm Beach-Lake Worth Inlet. The marina is open to the public on a first-come-first-serve basis and can accommodate yachts up to 150 feet, as well as sport fishing boats and sailing vessels.
Loggerhead Marina has five facilities in the county from Jupiter to Lantana, with wet and/or dry storage available.
Those who enjoy boating, but don’t own or care to own a vessel, can join the Palm Beach Boat Club, which offers a variety of membership plans and has a fleet of boats ranging from luxury motor yachts to center-console fishing boats and cabin cruisers.