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May 16, 2019

2:09 am

Sea Turtle Season Tips Miami

Sea Turtle nesting season in Miami occurs between April 1st and October 31st

Where to See Sea Turtles in Miami

Sea Turtle season in Miami starts earlier than most places in Florida and runs from April 1 to October 31st to account for the arrival of the leatherback-turtle nesting.

It is important to protect the safety of sea turtles and their hatchlings. According to sunny.org, “nearly 90% of sea turtle nesting in the U.S. occurs in Florida. From March through October the turtles return to their home beaches to nest, and only one in 1000 hatchlings will survive to live past 2 years. Florida laws protect all sea turtles. It is illegal to touch the sea turtles, hatchlings or their nests. Be sure to stay mind the pink ribbons along the beaches that mark of the nesting areas. If you want to experience this incredible phenomenon in person, we have some handy tips below to ensure the safety of these fragile animals while having a great time.

Types of Florida Sea Turtles

There are five species of sea turtles:

  1. Kemp’s Ridley (Rarest sea turtle in the world, can be found in Mexico, Texas, Southwest Florida)
  2. Hawksbill (Critically Endangered, common the Florida Keys)
  3. Leatherback (Common in South Florida; largest sea turtle, can grow up to 1,300 lbs)
  4. Green (Common in Puerto Rico, Mexico, Hawaii)
  5. Loggerhead turtles (Common in Southwest Florida)

Safety Tips for Viewing Sea Turtles

  • Never Touch the Turtles: Never disturb or disrupt the path of a sea turtle, and NEVER pick up hatchlings.
  • Lights Out: If you live on the beach, turn off outdoor lights at night when not needed.
  • No Camera Flash: Don’t take pictures of sea turtles with a flash. Take pics without a flash, and leave only footprints.
  • Clean Up Trash: Nesting turtles and hatchling can get trapped or confused by beach trash. Be sure to clean up when you leave.  
  • Turn on on the Red…Flash Light that is: with “turtle safe flashlights”– like red lights that emit a very narrow stream of visible light. Or shield your flashlight with paper or tape so the strong light does not disorient turtles.

Where Can I see Sea Turtles in Florida?

There are many parks in Florida that offer nighttime sea turtle walks in June and July. You can see them anytime too with by walking the beach at night along Miami and Fort Lauderdale. However, if you want to see a Florida sea turtle in action it will take some careful planning. As you can wait up to 3+ hours, and sometimes never see one at all. Here are some places to see the magical turtles:

  • Along Miami Beach
  • Along Fort Lauderdale Beach
  • Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park
  • Sebastian Inlet State Park Fishing Museum
  • Barrier Island Sanctuary
  • Sea Turtle Preservation Society
  • John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

For more information contact us at 305-758-8888, or click here…


March 11, 2019

4:35 am

Top 3 Places to See a Manatee in Miami

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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

Everything you need to know about the Miami Boat Show to have a great time

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