Explore the Coast Around Fort Myers with Salty Sam’s Boat Rentals

Fort Myers is an enticing playground for boating, fishing, swimming, shelling and kayaking. The subtropical climate means that the waters are warm, and for most of the year the climate is ideal for exploring the area by boat. The diversity of the area offers something for all types of boaters, particularly around Fort Myers Beach, where Salty Sam’s Boat Rentals are based.

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Located on the edge of the Matanzas Pass Preserve in Fort Myers, Salty Sam’s Marina has boats for all types of recreational activities. Voted “Best Marina”, Salty Sam’s Main Street location includes a fully stocked store with a ship-shaped sales counter inside the charming Key West style building. It stocks everything from life jackets and fish identifiers to souvenir gifts and is the nerve center of the boat rental business. The knowledgeable staff can help you find the right boat to suit your needs, and provide local information to help you get the most from your boat rental.

MustDo.com | Explore the Coast Around Fort Myers with Salty Sam's Boat Rentals

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Motor Boats and Pontoon Boats from Salty Sam’s Boat Rentals

Motor boat rentals start from around $129 for a minimum 4½ hour trip, although full day and weekly rentals obviously work out better value.

Pontoon boats are extremely stable due to their flat design, pontoon base. Their shallow draught makes them ideal for exploring estuaries or shelling on sandy atolls without the danger of running aground. These boats offer comfortable seating for 8-14 passengers and even active youngsters are unlikely to destabilize them. There’s plenty of room to stretch out and sunbathe, enjoy a picnic lunch from your cooler, spot birds and manatees and enjoy sightseeing at a relaxed and leisurely pace.

Deck boats are ideal for cruising around Estero Bay Preserve State Park and exploring the gorgeous sandy beaches and offshore islets at Lovers Key State Park. You can even take a trip to Sanibel Island, drop anchor near a deserted sandy atoll and play Robinson Crusoe. Deck boats are a fun family boat for up to 8 passengers. They can be used for fishing, wakeboarding, shelling and exploring the calm waterways around Hurricane Bay.

Fishing enthusiasts will probably prefer a Center Console Boat, powered by outboard motors and offering plenty of deck space. Easy to handle, with space for up to 7, they are equipped with rod holders and everything you need to reel in the catch. Snook, redfish, jacks, cobia and even tarpon inhabit the feeder creeks in the Estero-Bay Matlacha area of Fort Myers, within easy reach of Salty Sam’s Boat Rentals and Marina.

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Explore the Great Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail with Salty Sam’s Kayak Rentals

Those looking for a more relaxed pace will find Salty Sam’s kayaks are ideal for exploring the mangroves, creeks and coastal estuary around Fort Myers Beach. The area is fortunate to have the Great Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail right on the doorstep, offering 190 miles of canoe and kayaking heaven.

Rent a single or double kayak from Salty Sam’s Boat Rentals starting from just $29 for four hours. Leisurely paddling is the best way to explore the calm waters of the Matanzas Pass Preserve, beautiful mangrove estuaries and the scenic Caloosahatchee River with its meandering tributaries. It’s a great way to get a little exercise and get up-close to dolphins, birds and other wildlife.

MustDo.com | Explore the Coast Around Fort Myers with Salty Sam's Boat Rentals

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Nita Ettinger is the co-publisher for Siesta Publications and the Editor in Chief for Must Do Visitor Guides. Must Do Visitor Guides provides Southwest Florida visitor information through printed publications and the website MustDo.com. Must Do Visitor Guides are published bi-annually and are available at no cost in Sarasota, Lee, and Collier County chambers of commerce, visitor information centers, select Southwest Florida hotels, and wherever free publications are found.

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