Fishing may be taking a back seat to fine restaurants and pulsing nightlife, but Miami fishing charter boat captains are still enjoying steady business. With the Gulf Stream so close, anglers can enjoy catching grouper, tuna, dolphins, kingfish and more.
If you’re going to be in Miami area and want to book a deep-sea fishing experience, your best bet is to visit the area’s top four marinas – Crandon Park, Haulover Beach, Miami Beach and Bayside Marketplace. For an overview of each, keep reading.
Crandon Park Marina
The Crandon Park Marina is considered the prime spot to go for some of the best Miami fishing charter boat companies and captains in the business. The marina is well-known, popular and has a strong reputation. However, thanks to its popularity, the rates can be slightly higher than other marinas and will typically range from $500 for 4 to 5 hours to $700 for an entire day.
The Haulover Beach Park Marina
Head down Collins Avenue in Miami Beach and you’ll find the Haulover Beach Park Marina just steps away from the infamous Haulover Beach nudist beach section. Perhaps its the area’s proximity to the Gulf Stream, but the Haulover Marina is home to the largest drift and charter fleet in South Florida. You can also call ahead at 305-947-3525 for recommendations and fishing updates.
Recommended charter companies at Haulover Beach Park include the Kelley Fleet, Helen C Fishing Charters and Lady Mitchell.
The Miami Beach Marina
The Miami Beach Marina has a much smaller charter fleet and is home to mostly private vessels. However, on-site companies include the Reward Fleet and Sissy Bay Sport Fishing, both known throughout the state for good catches and quality service.
You can find the Miami Beach Marina along the MacArthur Causeway to 300 Alton Road, or by phone at 305-673-6000.
The Bayside Marketplace Marina
The Bayside Marketplace is known for its relaxed vibe and hidden treasures. If you’re tired of the high rates and competition at nearby Haulover Beach and Crandon Park, Bayside Marketplace is the place to go to find new captains, great deals and a friendly experience.