the fun you and your family will have seeing Florida by water!
you are deciding the "when" and "where" of your
next Sunshine State vacation, don't limit your accommodation choices
to chain hotels or five-star resorts. Why not experience an "out-of-the-box"
vacation by renting a houseboat? Navigating the many lakes, rivers
and canals that surround Florida's major cities is a unique way
to experience the state's hidden treasures. Most houseboats come
fully-equipped and are able to sleep up to 10 guests at a price
that's comparable to most hotels and resorts.
Landing Resort & Marina
2317 River Ridge Rd., Deland, FL
Experience the freedom of piloting your own houseboat on the exotic, 310-mile-long
St. Johns River. The luxurious, 58-foot "Camelot" houseboat
sleeps eight to 10 comfortably and features four private staterooms, one-and-a-half
baths, a waterslide and fly bridge. The "Super Chief", a smaller
houseboat at 52 feet, accommodates six to eight guests. All Hontoon rentals
come fully-equipped with microwave, indoor/outdoor carpeting, front and
top deck furniture, gas grill, color TV/VCR and marine radio. Weekly,
mid-week and weekend expeditions are available, with rates that begin
120 Plantation Dr., Tavernier, FL
See Florida's Keys from the comforts of "Myacht," a 43-foot-long
houseboat. The vessel comes fully-equipped with all the amenities of home,
including a refrigerator, stove and sleeper sofa.
For fun, the boat has a waterslide and large outside deck. The Myacht
is able to sleep up to six comfortably.
Accommodating smaller parties is the 30-foot-long "Catamaran Cruiser".
The cruiser features luxurious, fully-equipped lodgings for groups of
four or less.
A three-day minimum rental is required on both houseboats, with prices
ranging from $240-360 per day. Additional rental packages are available.
Cruise Yacht Rentals
P.O. Box 101128, Cape Coral, FL
throughout the barrier islands and Caloosahatchee River in Southwest Florida
aboard the newest houseboat fleet to be offered in the state.
Holiday Cruise has been operating houseboat rentals since 1997 and strives
to provide visitors with the cleanest and most well-maintained boats in
Each rental, able to sleep eight comfortably, is available in either 41-
or 44-foot lengths and features fully-equipped amenities with brand new
A four-day minimum is required, with rental prices starting at $1,400.
Weekly and additional daily rentals are also available.
P.O. Box 280, Suwannee, FL
the Suwannee River aboard a 44-foot-long Suwannee houseboat may well prove
to be one of the most memorable experiences of your life.
Renowned for being one of the most unspoiled rivers in America, the Suwannee
offers natural water springs and an abundance of fish.
Each houseboat, which sleeps up to 10 guests comfortably, includes everything
one would need to live and dine aboard except for the food and the cook
- visitors have to bring their own!
A minimum two-day rental is required with prices starting at $395 (December
through February). Additional day rentals are available.
Adventures (Crystal Cove Marina)
121 Crystal Cove Dr., Palatka, FL
up to 10 guests comfortably, these four, 60-foot-long cruisers are the
ideal way to experience Florida's scenic and majestic St. Johns River.
The professional instructors teach visitors how to maneuver their houseboat
and advise them of river rules and navigation tools to make the vacation
even more enjoyable!
Each boat comes fully-equipped and includes a gas grill, extra cooler
and lounge chairs for soaking up that Florida sunshine.
A two-day minimum rental is required. Prices begin at $1,125 for a "value-season"
vacation from Oct. 1 to Feb. 28.
2280 Hontoon Rd., Deland, FL
back to nature on the St. Johns River aboard these fully-equipped and
spacious rental houseboats, ranging in size from 38 feet to the 53-foot
corporate houseboat and able to accommodate from two to 10. Guests won't
be disappointed with the panoramic views.
Common sights along the river include an intricate display of wildflowers
so bring your camera and capture the beauty of Florida's wild and wonderful
Rates for Friday to Sunday rentals, December through February, begin at
House Boat Adventures (Astor Landing Campground and Marina)
25934 Holmer Dr., Astor, FL
the banks of the St. Johns River, surrounded by the Ocala National Forest
in the quiet community of Astor, visitors can take in the wildlife and
natural surroundings aboard a 35-foot-long vacation houseboat.
Featuring fully-equipped amenities and a large patio area, this is bound
to be a vacation you'll never forget!
Three-day minimum rentals are required from March through November. Rates
begin at $625 for a "weekend getaway."