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March 11, 2019

4:35 am

Top 3 Places to See a Manatee in Miami

If you are looking to spot the majestic manatee this winter, see out top three viewing locations in Miami below

It’s that time of year when Florida’s most endearing snowbirds make the trek to Miami, flocking to warmer waters to escape the winter chill. Manatees, or “sea cows” as they’re affectionately called by us locals, congregate in the warm waters of South Florida’s power plant discharge canals and many of the state’s crystal clear springs farther north when the water temperatures drop below 68 degrees. Although they are massive in size, manatees have very little body fat, so they can often be found huddling together for refuge in warmer waters during manatee season (November 15-March 31).

Here are a few local spots where you can catch a glimpse of these majestic sea mammals in Miami before they head north for the summer, along with some road-trip worthy destination in Palm Beach.

Black Point Marina, Miami

Manatees traverse Miami’s extensive canal system during the winter months. A popular spot for them is the area from Black Point Park & Marina near Biscayne National Park to Biscayne Bay. Manatees typically poke their whiskery snouts out of the water every 2 to 5 minutes, but can stay submerged for as long as 20 minutes, so be sure to pack your patience.

Biscayne Bay

This is a treasure of a natural area for people who are interested in seeing protected, clean areas that have an abundance of mangroves, diverse fish, birds and manatees, in their natural environment. A half mile to 1.5 mile walking distance from the entrance of the park you can regularly see manatees swimming, playing around, blowing bubbles, and enjoying the warm waters. There is a short walking trail and plenty of space to paddleboard, kayak or canoe and explore.

Manatee Lagoon – Florida Power & Light Eco-Discovery Center, West Palm Beach

Power plants are a hot spot for manatees, so its no surprise the warm-water outflows of Florida Power & Light Company’s (FPL) Riviera Beach Next Generation Clean Energy Center is an ideal location for manatee watching. For the most ideal viewing opportunities, visit when cooler temperatures continue over a period of two to three days with minimal cloud cover. If you can’t make it to the lagoon, be sure to check out their Manatee Cam live stream. (Open Tuesday-Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)


February 6, 2019

3:36 am

2019 Miami International Boat Show

2019 Miami International Boat Show

What you need to know about the Miami Boat Show

The Miami International Boat Show runs from February 14 through 18 at the Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin, Virginia Key. Explore more than 3,000 boats and 2,000 exhibitors showcasing the latest and greatest in marine technology, gear, and accessories.

The Miami Boat Show takes place in two locations; the Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin and Miamarina at Bayside. At Miamarina at Bayside is the Strictly Sail Boat Show. You do not want to miss this incredible event. There is truly something for every boating lifestyle and budget.

Ticket Info

Premier Day (Thursday): $40 Adult (age 13+): $25 Two-day pass (Friday–Monday, February 12–15): $45 Five-day pass: $100 Children (12 & younger): FREE with a paid adult admission.

Getting to the Event

There is limited parking near the event site and only one road in and out. It is strongly recommended to take an UBER or the free water taxi or shuttle bus to the event. You can access both from the American Airlines Arena and Bayfront Park.

For more details, visit the Boat Show Website at http://www.miamiboatshow.com/. 


November 26, 2018

11:53 pm

Miami Outboard Club Holiday Boat Parade

Miami Outboard Club Holiday Boat Parade

Celebrate the start to the holidays season with the 21’st annual Miami Outboard Club Holiday Boat Parade

Happy Holidays from everyone at North Beach Marina. To kick off the holiday season, you will not want to miss The 21st Annual Miami Outboard Club Holiday Boat Parade that will take place on Saturday, December 15, 2018. This family-friendly event will showcase more than 100 boats decked out in lights, decorations, and music. The boat parade begins at 7:00 pm and can be viewed from the Bayfront Park where there will be Food Vendors, Bounce House, DJ, and Firework Show at 9:00 pm.

Get more details, click here…


August 28, 2018

1:44 am

Top Lobster Catching Equipment

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Top Lobster Catching Equipment

See our list of lobster catching gear for the Florida Spinney Lobster Season

The 2018 Florida Lobster Season started off with much success for local divers in Miami with plenty of lobster for everyone. Personally, we limited out in the first few hours of mini-season opening and most recently scored 11 bugs off the beach in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea using our Airline hookah system.

With the first few dives under our belt for the season, we noticed some of our gear breaking down and in need of replacement. Now that it’s time to purchase new lobstering equipment we want to share with you our list of top lobster catching gear for 2018.

Low Volume Dive Mask

Dive Fins

Kevlar Dive Gloves

Lobster Bag

Lobster Snare

Lobster Tickle Stick

Lobster Net

 Lobster Guage

Lobster Deveiner Tool

Third Lung


July 23, 2018

10:53 pm

6 Tips for the 2018 Lobster Season

6 Tips for the 2018 Lobster Season

Your guide to Lobster Season in Miami

North Beach Marina welcomes the 2018-19 Lobster Season with the start of the Mini-Season on Wednesday, July 25th at 12:01 AM and ends at midnight on Thursday, July 26th. The regular 8-month lobster season will start on August 6th and runs through March 31, 2019. Before you head out on the water review our tips below to ensure a safe and successful hunt!

1. SAFETY FIRST

There is always a risk associated with scuba diving, especially during the lobster mini-season. With thousands of recreational boaters on the water at one time, make sure to have your dive flag visible at all times and close to your dive location. Also, stay close to your boat and other divers, and always keep your eyes and ears open. Also, as tempting, as is it may seem to reach into a hole or under coral to grab a bug, do not. You can get stuck or injured by an unknown creature lurking below.

2. KNOW YOUR LIMITS

During the mini-season, recreational divers and snorkelers can take a maximum of twelve lobsters per person per day in Broward and Miami Dade Counties except for Biscayne National Park. In the primary season, one can take a maximum of 6 lobsters per person per day.

See the official Lobster Season rules

3. SIZE MATTERS

It is important to remember the body of the lobster excluding the tail should be larger than 3″, measured in the water.  One should carry a measuring device at all times. Possession limits are strictly enforced on and off the water.

4. BUY A “LICENSE” OR GET FINED

You must have a recreational saltwater fishing license and a spiny lobster permit to participate in Lobster Season. To acquire these items, one can easily pick them up from a local Publix Supermarket or online at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com.

5. PURCHASE THE CORRECT EQUIPMENT

There is nothing more frustrating then malfunctioning equipment during a dive. From a leaking mask to a broken regulator, make sure to have your gear tested and prepped for this season.

6. SCHEDULE YOU BOAT LAUNCH IN ADVANCE

The Lobster mini-season is one of the busiest days of the year at our Marina. Be sure to schedule your boat launches in advance to avoid longer than usual wait times. Call us at (305) 758-8888.