Top 5 Boats to Take on the Ocean

Pristine white beaches and crystal-clear turquoise waters are trademarks of Siesta Key. It’s no wonder visitors are drawn to such beautiful water such through swimming, watersports, and boat rides. For those who enjoy getting directly out on the water, here are the top five boats you can take out near our gulfside Siesta Key rentals

Crystal-clear turquoise waters are trademarks of Siesta Key. Here are the top five boats you can take directly out on the pristine island water.


There’s nothing better than being out on the water with a gentle breeze in the air. Those who enjoy sailing will find Siesta Key the perfect place to either rent a boat or book a charter. Charters provide numerous options for groups and families, including two, three, and four-hour charters at sunrise or sunset with the additional possibility of spotting dolphins or other marine wildlife. For longer tours, those interested in learning to sail may earn a sailing certificate. 

The local Habour Towne Yacht Club provides a great opportunity to connect with fellow sailors. For charters, Key Sailing is the #1 Sailing Charter in Sarasota. 

Fishing Boats

While it is entirely possible to fish close to shore on the Old Siesta Key Fishing Pier, for those looking to get right in the water, there are many fishing boats available for rent. CB’s Saltwater Outfitters is one of the best options for Siesta Key boat rentals.  Their boats are for fishing in the bay only, but in the bay alone, there are many species of fish to catch. There’s gag grouper, red snapper, snook, tarpon, tripletail, yellowtail snapper, and speckled trout among others. 

CB’s Saltwater Outfitters offers both half-day and full-day rentals. Half-day rentals may cost between $159 and $279 and full-day rentals from $269 to $389. Some fishing boats for rent include 17’ Carolina Skiff Center Console, which seats two to three people and includes 70 HP Suzuki four-stroke and a bimini top for shade. For larger groups, the 23’ NauticStar Deck Boat seats a maximum of eight with a powerful 150 HP Suzuki Four Stroke Outboard. 

A day out fishing in the Gulf is sure to make many priceless memories and is almost certainly guaranteed a great catch!

If you or someone in your family enjoys watersports or would like to learn, Siesta Key is the perfect place.

Speed Boats

Adrenaline seekers will enjoy racing across the bay in powerful motorboats. While it is always important to be cautious of wildlife and other boaters, there’s a certain thrill that comes from powerful engines and high speeds. CB’s Saltwater Outfitters offers numerous speed boats, some of which, such as the 23’NauticStar Deck Boat, may double as fishing boats when moving at lower speeds. The 23’ 150 HP Nautic Star Deck Boat is their most powerful boat with the 140 HP 27’ Berkshire Pontoon Boat coming in a close second.

Pontoon Boats

For larger tours, families, or groups, pontoon boats are the best option. Pontoon boats are wide and flat; rely on floats to remain buoyant. The 27’ Berkshire Pontoon Boat seats up to 14 people and includes comfortable seating, a bimini top for shade, and lots of room to walk around. The 24’ Berkshire Pontoon Boat holds up to 10 with similar amenities. A pontoon is your best option for sightseeing or wildlife watching with a big family or with a group of friends.

Watersports Boats

If you or someone in your family enjoys watersports or would like to learn, Siesta Key is the perfect place. Boat rentals that are appropriate for cruising or fishing are great for parasailing, wakeboarding, and waterskiing, and there are plenty of locations on the island to find rentals and instructors. If you don’t want to drive the boat, it’s easy to rent a boat with a captain to assist you. Siesta Key Watersports is particularly known for its great parasailing.  

Siesta Key Rentals

Can’t wait to get out on the water? With Siesta Key beachfront rentals, you’ll have private access to beach. There are also condo rentals in Siesta Key, or if you’re looking for a more permanent property, Siesta Key condos for sale. Our friendly and professional staff with assist you in finding the perfect vacation, seasonal, or retirement property.

Contact Us

Peppertree Bay Association
6056 Midnight Pass Road
Sarasota, Florida USA 34242

T 941.349.7777
F 941.346.0371


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