If you’re looking to fulfill your dream of a simpler life, living aboard your boat on the water, you’ll find a handful of marinas in Florida that will help you make this dream come true. Despite this state's extensive coastline with thousands of marinas, only a small percentage of these welcome live-aboards. Most marinas require standard liability and a security deposit for all long term live-aboards.
Approximately five miles from downtown Jacksonville, you’ll find Seafarers Marina on the Trout River. This marina offers 75 slips, with finger docks, electricity and water available for rent on a live-aboard, overnight, weekly and monthly basis. Amenities include grill area, laundry, shower facilities and internet access in the office during business hours.
Seafarers Marina 455 Trout River Dr. Jacksonville, FL 32208 904-765-8152 seafarersmarina.com
Lighthouse Point Marina
Lighthouse Point Marina is located in the small southern Florida town of Lighthouse Point, minutes from Hillsboro Inlet. The marina has more than 100 slips, able to accommodate vessels up to 80 feet in length. Amenities include laundry facilities, mail room, heated swimming pool, tennis court and ship store. Live-aboards are welcome and dockage is available for rent on an annual or transient basis.
Lighthouse Point Marina 2831 Marina Circle Lighthouse Point, FL 33064 954-941-0227 lhpmarina.com
Royale Palm Yacht Basin
Located in Dania, in south Florida, the Royale Palm Yacht Basin welcomes live- aboarders with slips that can accommodate vessels up to 80 feet in length. Amenities include 30- and 50-amp service, cable TV, laundry facilities, restrooms and showers.
Royale Palm Yacht Basin 629 NE 3rd Street, Dania, FL 33004 954-923-5900 royalepalm.com
You can dock your boat and live aboard at Sombrero Marina in Marathon on Boot Key Harbor, one of the best protected harbours of the Florida Keys. The marina’s slips can accommodate boats up to 85 feet in length and the marina offers amenities, including Wi-Fi, laundry facilities and showers.
Sombrero Marina 35 Sombrero Blvd Marathon, FL 33050 305-743-0000 sombreromarina.com
Marinatown Yacht Harbor
Marinatown Yacht Harbor in Fort Meyers is a live-aboard marina with 135 slips available for rent on an annual, monthly or daily basis. Amenities include 30- to 100-amp electrical connections, swimming pool, bathrooms and laundry facilities.
Marinatown Yacht Harbour 3446 Marinatown Lane North Fort Myers, FL 3390 239-997-2767