Millions of Americans discovered boating last year, with the “boat for sale” search term hitting its five-year high in May 2020 on Google and boat sales surging as people sought outdoor activities to enjoy while social distancing. This year, new boat owners and long-time enthusiasts can enjoy cruising the sea and docking at luxurious hotels with private marinas on their summer vacation.
The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club in St. Petersburg, Florida
The historic Vinoy Renaissance, nestled along the tranquil Tampa Bay in St. Pete, features its own 74-slip private marina for hotel guests to dock their boats while exploring up-and-coming downtown St. Pete and enjoying the resort’s luxury amenities, which include two outdoor pools, a championship-grade golf course, a day spa, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and tennis courts. Resort guests can also take advantage of some of The Vinoy’s amenities right from their boats, with food delivery from the resort’s vibrant waterfront restaurant Paul’s Landing and “in-room” massages right on the watercraft.
The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village in Cape Coral, Florida
Newly renovated and located in scenic Tarpon Point Marina, The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village provides expansive apartment-style suites for a secluded stay, boasting waterfront views of the Gulf of Mexico, Caloosahatchee River, and San Carlos Bay. With more than 400 miles of navigable canals and waterways surrounding the resort, travelers can dive into the property’s aquatic guest services with access to private fishing charters, kayaking, paddleboarding, and exclusive water taxi services to Fort Myers Beach.
The resort just debuted a $15 million-dollar, comprehensive guestroom-focused renovation that features 308 guestrooms and suites with waterfront views and a refreshed design, inspired by the resort’s stunning natural bodies of water.
Cape Coral is a city known as a “Waterfront Wonderland,” so it was important when creating the design of this renovation that tranquil, waterlike concepts were incorporated.
Botánika Osa Peninsula, Curio Collection by Hilton in Costa Rica
The luxury eco-resort’s deep-water harbor at Crocodile Bay Marina is sheltered from ocean breezes with 150 boat slips for yachts up to 250 feet in length. The marina’s coveted location near Gulfo Dulce serves as a jumping off point for adventures extending from the coast including action-packed, world-class sport fishing. Visitors can also enjoy leisurely moments from a two-story, over-water tiki bar and a marina village with multiple restaurants and shops including an ice cream parlor and bakery. The 106 rainforest residences at Botánika Osa Peninsula will open Winter 2021 in the “most biologically intense place on Earth,” according to National Geographic.
Botánika Osa Peninsula, Curio Collection by Hilton will house a lagoon-style pool, private beach club, nature trails, themed gardens and more, in addition to vast eco-tourism programming from endangered sea turtle conservation to kayaking through mangroves.