Miami is our favorite place to keep our personal vessels for one reason, proximity to the Bahamas. Located directly west of Bimini the journey is a mere 50 miles from the well marked channel through the historical community known as Stiltsville. When the weather permits a fast and comfortable trip we have crossed over for lunch, a swim and back at the office before closing. Every once and a while the Gulfstream lays completely down and taking a jetski across is as dramatic as ridding a motorcycle down US1 through the keys.
Apart from proximity Miami has lots of decent dockage and a few places to visit or eat on the water. I say only decent because high demand has marina owners holding all the cards.
Boat Friendly Restaurants:
This place gets busy in the evenings and it is not uncommon to have several luxury yachts side tied. They also use the seawall on the opposite side of the river and shuttle customers back and forth. They do not allow reservations for dockage and it works on a first come, first serve basis.
Garcia’s Seafood Grill & Casablanca Seafood Bar and Grill $$
Good docks and helpful staff make for easy in and out. We have been able to tie up an 86 footer here with a little wiggle room however it is better suited for 65 footers and under.
American Social $$
The docks are just a concrete seawall with pieces of metal pocking out. Tie up with care and get your biggest fenders out. Better suited for center consoles than yachts but in a pinch a 100 footer could easily fit. If arriving by tender be aware that the ladders are mostly in disrepair, head up river a few hundred feet and you should be able to find safer steps up onto the seawall.