If cruising the coast by water is your idea of the perfect beach vacation, you'll want to check out these three, boat-friendly vacation destinations!

Three Fun Cities to Plan a Boating Vacation

If cruising the coast by water is your idea of the perfect beach vacation, you'll want to check out these three, boat-friendly vacation destinations. From festivals to boat-in restaurants and boat-friendly vacation rentals, these spots have your ticket to fun in the sun all boating season.

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Orange Beach, Alabama

There's no shortage of boat-in restaurants along the back bays and white-sand beaches of Orange Beach, Alabama. Clear, turquoise water welcomes you to beach the boat and spend the day swimming along the banks of Bird Island and Robinson Island. Near the Alabama Point Bridge, you're close to numerous boat-friendly restaurants. Tie up your boat at Tacky Jacks for a bushwacker, a local's concoction made with ice cream, rum and coffee liqueur. Idle down Ole River and dock at the Flora-Bama Yacht Club. Leave the sports coat at home, because this isn't your typical "yacht club." It's an open-air beach dive with some of the most unique culinary creations in Orange Beach. Award-winning Chef Chris Sherrill serves everything from a melt-in-your-mouth ribeye to chargrilled oysters and firecracker calamari. Just under the Alabama Point bridge is Cobalt Restaurant. Cobalt serves up contemporary coastal fare and offers waterfront dining and live music. It’s great for lunch, but even better for dinner when you can watch the charter fishing boats coming back in after a day of reeling it in. On the Alabama Gulf Coast, you’ll find plenty of places to dock your boat with boat-friendly vacation rental offering Orange Beach marinas, boat slips and trailer parking. Check out these boat-friendly listings available now in Orange Beach

Fort Walton Beach, Florida

Every boater has a little pirate in them. If you're asking yourself "why is the rum gone," it may be because the pirates have it all at the Billy Bowlegs Festival in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Held every year since 1953, the event began as a water skiing festival. It's known as one of the country's longest-running pirate festivals. The three-day, family-friendly event is held the first weekend of June each year and hosts thousands of visitors and boats. From parades to live entertainment and a kids' Pirate Play Zone, there's something for the pirate in everyone. Hang your jolly roger at a boat-friendly vacation rental on the bay near Fort Walton Beach or in a nearby Destin, Florida vacation rental.

South Padre Island, Texas

You'll find plenty of places to launch your boat in South Padre Island, Texas. Public boat launches include Fishbones Fishing Pier (956-761-4665), Fisherman's Wharf (956-761-7818), Jim's Pier (956-761-2865) and Sea Ranch Marina (956-761-5493). Located on the coastal tip of Texas, South Padre Island offers 34 miles of beaches, barrier islands and emerald water. South Padre Island is definitely a place you'll want to drop a line to reel in the night's dinner. Fishing is serious business, year round here. Whether you prefer inshore, nearshore or deep sea fishing, get ready to cast off for fun and reel in the big one! Find your boat-friendly rental in nearby Corpus Christi, Texas.

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