The Yachting Capital of the World
Photo by: Fort Lauderdale Boat Show
It is no secret why Florida has the nickname “The Sunshine State”. Each year South Florida sees about 3,000 hours of sun making it the perfect place for boating. The City of Fort Lauderdale, which has over 300 miles of inland waterways and is home to about 50,000 yachts, is known as “The Yachting Capital of the World”.
The city is as much afloat as it is grounded and the whole city is boat oriented. The boating industry in itself employs about 130,000 people in Fort Lauderdale. With the great tropical weather and easy access to the Caribbean, Fort Lauderdale is the perfect place to own a boat. Fort Lauderdale is also home to the two largest cruise ships and the largest international boat show on the planet.
The city attracts boaters, tourists, and fisherman from all over the world on a regular basis. The Gulf Stream runs just a few miles offshore making it an awesome fishing area and the nearby coral reefs are a huge attraction for lots of scuba divers. No matter the size of your boat, Fort Lauderdale has something to offer for everyone.
The fact that Fort Lauderdale has offices for almost every boat manufacturer and charter company in the world, shows why it is called “The Yachting Capital of the World”. Not to mention, Lauderdale’s biggest rival in terms of fishing and boating is easily accessible only about 50 miles off the coast in the Bahamas.