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Whether you’re planning to rent a boat or you’re bringing your own, Naples has a variety of boat launches throughout the area. Some of our vacation rental homes also come equipped with docks.

  • Naples Bay Resort
  • Port of the Islands Resort & Marina,
  • Bayfront Inn 5th Ave.
  • Parkway Motel & Marina
  • Boat House Motel
  • Rod & Gun Lodge

Boating was a pastime of Naples’ first residents and it remains a favorite activity for Neapolitans and visitors to today. If you plan on driving to the City on the Gulf for your next vacation, we’d love to help you find a vacation rental home with a dock and boat launch so you can explore Naples Bay, the Gulf of Mexico and the chain of islands south of Naples and Marco Island. There’s nothing better than packing up a delicious lunch and stopping at a sandbar and admiring the beautiful emerald-turquoise water all around you.

If you didn’t bring a boat, you can rent one. Here are some fantastic places to rent a boat in Naples for your next vacation to paradise.

Naples, Florida Boat Rentals

Naples Bay Resort Boat Rentals

Pure Naples Boat Rental

Extreme Family Fun Spot

Port-O-Call Marina Boat Rentals

You can also explore paradise on the Naples Princess. The elegant yacht provides dining and dancing under the stars. It’s a great family outing or romantic date night. It’s a favorite for locals, too!

If you want to go on a kayaking adventure, we recommend the Paradise Coast Blueway. It’s a system of GPS-marked paddling trails. You can explore these trails for your entire vacation and discover something new each time. Plan a trip deep into the Ten Thousand Islands or explore Marco Island and Everglades City.

Another great place to explore and discover Southwest Florida’s natural beauty is Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. It features thousands of acres of an unspoiled mangrove estuary.

Other popular boating and paddling destinations in Naples include the Cocohatchee and Gordon Rivers.

If you’re interested in a beach day and you’re up for a bit of a boat ride, we recommend visiting Keewaydin Island. The uninhabited island offers more privacy than the typical public Naples beach. This is also a favorite local hangout.

Try a Truly Florida Boat Tour

One of the most “Florida” things you can do is go on an airboat. Out of all the Southwest Florida cities in which we have vacation rentals, Naples is the furthest South and the closest to the Everglades. The Everglades are a beloved staple of Florida and it’s a wonderful snapshot into Old Florida.

In places like the Everglades, airboats are the preferred way to cruise around as the water is too shallow for a standard propeller engine boat. Airboats are equipped with a flat bottom and move around with the help of a large, caged propeller on the back of the boat.

Where Can I Take an Air Boat Tour in Naples?

You may need to make a bit of a drive to get to these tour locations. From Downtown Naples, the Everglades are about a 45-minute to an hour drive.

Everglades Excursions

Corey Billie’s Airboat Rides

Capt. Mitch’s Airboat Tours

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