Boat Rentals near me? Options in South Florida

At Gulfstream Boat Club, we often get asked, “What boat rental options do I have near me?” Even though you may have lived in South Florida for years, you might not be familiar with just how spectacular an area it is for fishing, cruising, and boating. A GBC day-long boat rental, with one of our licensed, experienced captains at the helm, is a great way to rediscover your own backyard.

Visiting South Florida? Here’s a little tip for Technology aficionados. Pull your phone and ask Siri: “Boat rentals near me” or you can save some time and visit Gulfstream Boat Club where we can show you three convenient locations for boat rentals on the Intracoastal, in Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, and Hypoluxo (near Palm Beach). Nearby are a variety of experiences to be enjoyed on a boat. It depends on your idea of a perfect day on the water: active, angling, eating, swimming, sightseeing… Give us a call at 561.865.7797 and we’ll get you started!

Here are four ideas for day-long boat rentals near me and you in Palm Beach County:

Dockside Restaurant:

Nothing gets your hunger going like being out in the fresh air! Our stretch of the Intracoastal offers a wealth of dockside restaurants to explore. From Deck 84 in Delray Beach to the Old Key Lime House in Lantana, depending on the size of your party, your guests, and your tastes, a GBC captain can choose a spot to stop on your boat rental. Here’s our list of our Top 10 Dockside Restaurants, to whet your appetite!

Boat Rentals near me: Lantana
Take a family cruise to a dockside restaurant—they’re headed to Lantana favorite Old Key Lime House!The Boca Raton Inlet

The Boca Raton Inlet:

The Boca Raton Inlet is a scenic spot that is a lovely cruise south of our Delray Beach location. The Inlet is one of the points in Palm Beach County where the Intracoastal meets the Atlantic Ocean. You’ll see lots of other people out enjoying the day: boating, waterskiing, paddleboarding. The Waterstone Resort & Marina is a great place to stop and have a delicious brunch or lunch.

Boat Rentals near me: Boca Raton
A view of the Boca Raton Inlet features the Waterstone Resort and Marina at center right.

Fishing Excursion:

Why own a boat? This is when a boat rental is the only sensible choice. Check out our 20-plus boats here. GBC boats are expertly maintained, and we provide all the fishing equipment you’ll need. Our captains know the best places to fish. Whether you’re just taking the kids out to introduce them to the fun of fishing, or looking for a deep-water adventure, we have a plan for you. Pull Google Maps and try: “Boat Rentals near me” We are probably around the corner.

Fishing Boat Rentals near me
Wahoo! Schedule a boat rental and catch your own dinner!

Peanut Island:

This historic spot in the heart of the Lake Worth Lagoon, which can only be accessed by boat, makes for a fun day-long boat rental, especially if you have guests young and old. There are some nice swimming beaches, and a lot of visitors snorkel or fish as well. Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy during your visit, or enjoy a delivery from a floating food and bait barge! They gather nearby, and provide a truly unique South Florida experience.

So when you ask, “What can I do with boat rentals near me?” there’s not just one answer. There’s still time to book a Memorial Day outing that will delight your visitors, family, and friends. Boating is our passion; make it yours. Call us at 561.865.7797 to schedule your boat rental today!

Unique Mother’s Day gift ideas: GBC Style

Gulfstream Boat Club has a variety of Mother’s Day gift ideas for you.

Flowers last a week. Memories last a lifetime.

Mother’s Day gift ideas
On May 13 we celebrate mothers at Gulfstream Boat Club!

South Florida fathers, you can relax! Gulfstream Boat Club has a variety of Mother’s Day gift ideas for you. Mother’s Day 2018 is fast approaching on Sunday, May 13.

Have you planned something memorable for Mother’s Day? We are not only a boat club, but we’re pretty good event planners as well! Let GBC help you plan a memorable day that the whole family will enjoy. GBC has the fastest-growing fleet of cruising and fishing boats in South Florida. Our reputation for excellent service and safety is second to none. Whether you are planning a sunset cruise, ocean fishing, or a family outing on the Intracoastal, GBC makes it incredibly simple and easy.

Here are five great Mother’s Day gift ideas from GBC for the most important boat lover in your life:

Boat Club Membership:

Does your wife love fishing? But is she sick of owning a boat, with all of the hassles that boat ownership brings? Mother’s Day brings new members to GBC every year. We have a variety of memberships to suit every need and budget. Why own a boat when GBC gives you access to an entire fleet?

• Brunch at a Dockside Restaurant:

We can organize a cruise to a dockside restaurant for Mother’s Day brunch. Many of the restaurants along the Intracoastal, like Deck 84 in Delray Beach, Two Georges in Boynton Beach, and Seasons 52 in Palm Beach Gardens have special menus or events planned that day, and arriving by boat is the best.

• GBC Gift Certificate:

A gift certificate in any denomination will put a smile on Mom’s face: Cover a captain, fuel, a half-day rental, or more.

Why own a boat? A GBC membership makes a great gift for that special fisherwoman in your life!

• GBC Fishing Charter or Boat Cruise:

Catch your own Mother’s Day dinner! One of our licensed captains can plan a memorable excursion for you, Mom, and family and friends. We can also organize a cruise to Peanut Island or the Boca Inlet. Snap some photos of the day that you’ll keep for a lifetime. Book early, as this weekend fills up quickly.

• GBC Merchandise:

Hats and long- and short-sleeved Ts in two colors are available, and they sell out fast! Call 561.865.7797 to reserve yours now.

And here’s one bonus brilliant idea for you:

One of our members sends out her family on a GBC cruise on Mother’s Day—without her! For a mom, silence is golden, and so is a little “me” time. So book a boat trip for you and the kids, and book a massage for your wife. It’s a win-win!

Any questions about Mother’s Day gifts or Gulfstream Boat Club membership? We’re open seven days a week; call us at 561.865.7797 anytime. And Happy Mother’s Day from GBC!

Best Seafood in West Palm Beach

GBC’s Guide to the Best Seafood in West Palm Beach

There are many perks to being a member of our Palm Beach boat club: a top-notch fleet of well maintained, high-performance boats; licensed captains who are also safety experts and seasoned fishermen; three convenient locations; priority access with our reservation system and custom mobile app; and fishing and snorkeling equipment. But did you know that GBC is also your best source for local restaurant and the best seafood in west palm beach?

Need recommendations? We love to eat!

Best Seafood in West Palm Beach
You won’t find a better raw bar than at City Oyster on Delray’s Atlantic Avenue.

With our elite boat club membership of Palm Beach County residents, snowbirds, and high-end visitors, we are up to date on great places to eat, old and new. And because we are often planning special events for first dates, couples, anniversaries, and birthdays, we often get asked about the best seafood in west palm beach.

You may have read our posts on dockside restaurants or our favorite spots to grab a picnic for your boat cruise. But below is our list of places to enjoy the freshest, most delicious seafood in Delray, Boynton Beach, Lantana, and Palm Beach. Our boat club is extremely well located for hungry, discerning diners!

Beast Seafood in Delray Beach

50 Ocean: One of the Best Seafood places in Delray Beach
50 Ocean’s private dining room is perfect for boat club member special occasions.

50 Ocean:

If you are looking for a room with a view while you enjoy a special dinner, lunch, or brunch, 50 Ocean, right across from the beach in Delray, is a great restaurant for you. It’s within walking distance of the Seagate and Marriott, both frequent hotel choices of our part-time Palm Beach boat club members. 50 Ocean advertises a “luxurious setting, spectacular view, and the finest food,” and all of those descriptions are spot-on. Try a handcrafted cocktail with specialties like a double-stuffed lobster roll, pan-seared scallops, or coconut grouper.

Website: http://www.50ocean.com/

Best Seafood in West Palm Beach (Delray)
J&J is one of Delray Beach’s oldest and best seafood restaurants.

J&J Seafood Bar and Grill:

Located right on Atlantic Avenue, this well established, lively restaurant offers just-out-of-the-ocean fresh seafood, hand-cut beef fillets, scrumptious soups, and perfectly shucked oysters—and plenty of options for land lovers and vegetarians.

Website: http://www.jjseafooddelray.com/

City Oyster and Sushi Bar:

Continuing west on Atlantic, City Oyster has a full sushi bar and a rotating selection of fresh oysters from the East and West Coast. Their on-site bakery provides all of their desserts, pies, bread, crackers and pasta. And their extensive wine list is recognized by Wine Spectator as one of the premier wine selections in the country. Boat club members love this place for large parties!

Website: https://www.cityoysterdelray.com/

Beast Seafood in Boynton Beach

Sushi Simon:

Located in an unassuming strip mall, Sushi Simon is some of the freshest, most outstanding sushi you will ever eat. The fish is fresh, the selection wide and experimental, and the vibe local and intimate. This one is sure to impress your foodie date. It’s one of Palm Beach’s best kept secrets, so boat club members, keep this one to yourself!

Website: http://restaurantwebexpert.com/SushiSimon/

Beast Seafood in Lantana

The Station House Restaurant:

The Station House is an old-school Palm Beach lobster and steak joint, and they do both well. Whole Maine lobsters and delicious filet mignon have always made for a great date; why mess with it? Reservations recommended.

Website: https://thestationhouse.com/

Beast Seafood in Palm beach

PB Catch: one of the best Best Seafood places WPB
PB Catch is an elegant choice for a big night in Palm Beach.

PB Catch:

An elegant place to enjoy the best seafood in West Palm Beach and a fresh towering raw bar. PB Catch sources the highest quality oysters, clams, shrimp and fish, and prizes sustainability. Order from the freestanding raw bar or select a whole fish entrée with creative sides from the menu.

Website: https://www.pbcatch.com/

Imoto one of the Best Seafood places in West Palm Beach
Imoto has the freshest sushi and sashimi—give it a try!

Imoto:

Sister restaurant to the popular Buccan, Imoto expands Chef Clay Conley’s small plates, big flavor concept with Japanese and Asian cuisine. Fresh sushi and sashimi, unique dumplings, and tempura and inventive wood fired selections are all made with the best ingredients found locally and around the world.

Website: https://www.imotopalmbeach.com/

Palm Beach is home both to the area’s finest boat club, and also some of the area’s finest seafood restaurants. A GBC boat cruise followed by a great dinner sounds like the perfect special occasion, doesn’t it? Call us at 561.865.7797 to book your big night today!

Yellowfin Tuna Fishing Season in South Florida

If it’s April, it’s time to talk about yellowfin tuna fishing in South Florida. The season begins in mid April. Wild-caught Atlantic yellowfin tuna is not only delicious and rewarding to fish for, but it’s a smart seafood choice because it is sustainably managed and responsibly harvested under U.S. regulations.

Where to go Yellowfin Tuna Fishing in Florida?

Are you interested in a yellowfin tuna fishing charter with Gulfstream Boat Club? We would be thrilled to arrange it for you through our partner business, Boatsetter. Boatsetter is an amazing national network of rental boats, and its hub is in South Florida. Call or email us to find out about how to plan an amazing fishing trip—from which you’ll return with a boatload of tuna.

Book a deepsea fishing adventure for yellowfin tuna through GBC!

About the yellowfin Tuna…

Yellowfin Tuna Appearance:

  • Yellowfin tuna are torpedo-shaped.
  • They are metallic dark blue on the back and upper sides, and change from yellow to silver on the belly.
  • True to their name, their dorsal and anal fins and finlets are bright yellow.
  • Yellowfin tuna can be distinguished from other tunas by their long, bright yellow dorsal fin and a yellow strip down the side. They are also more slender than bluefin tuna.

Yellowfin Tuna Behavior and Diet:

  • Yellowfin tuna grow fairly fast, up to 400 pounds, and have a somewhat short life span of about 7 years.
  • Most yellowfin tuna are able to reproduce when they reach age 2 or 3.
  • Females spawn about once every 3 days during the spawning season. They produce an average of 1 million to 4 million eggs each time they spawn.
  • Yellowfin tuna feed near the top of the food chain on fish, squid, and crustaceans.
  • They are prey for top predators such as sharks and large fish.

How to Catch Yellowfin Tuna?

Whether deepsea fishing for yellowfin tuna, or other types of fish, it is good to keep in mind these ten tips, courtesy of Boatsetter:

  1. Check out the reefs and wrecks. The small fish that live among shipwrecks and natural and artificial reefs are prime targets for big fish. This is your chance to nab a big fish in its own hunting grounds.
    2. When fishing for yellowfin tuna, keep an eye out for dolphins. The two often travel together.
    3. If you notice seagulls or other birds flying around a certain area, there could be a school of small fish that they are trying to turn into dinner. In turn, there could be large fish on the prowl for the smaller ones.
    4. Use fast-trolling lures to catch fast fish like tuna.
    5. Anchor the boat and drop bait down into the reef to catch fish such as grouper or snapper.
    6. If you’re bottom fishing, use lures like large heavy-duty jigs to get the bait down deep into the water.
    7. Use natural or artificial bait to troll around a tower or buoy to get the attention of fish.
    8. A fish finder, GPS or nautical map can come in handy on deep sea fishing trips. Most sport fishing boats come fully equipped with all of the latest navigational gear and equipment.
    9. If you’re prone to motion sickness or have never been out on a deepsea fishing boat, it is a good idea to take some type of medication beforehand. If you do start to feel queasy, it is best to stay up on deck in the fresh air and watch the horizon. Don’t go below deck thinking you can sit or lie down. Trust us on this one.
    10. Finally, take an expert with you. No one, especially an inexperienced boater, should ever be out alone.

Considering a deepsea fishing experience in South Florida? Skip the overcrowded tourist boat and book a private fishing boat with captain through Gulfstream Boat Club’s partner business, Boatsetter. Give us a call at 561.865.7797 to find out more!

Florida Boat Rentals: Why to Choose GBC?

Looking for a Florida Boat Rentals place?
GBC is South Florida’s top choice for boat rentals!

Florida Boat Rentals: GBC gives you all the answers

You’re in Palm Beach County and eyeing the serene Intracoastal, and considering a boat rental. You’re just one phone call away from a fun fishing charter, sunset cruise, or family adventure. Gulfstream Boat Club offers more than 20 high-end boats, as well as complimentary fishing and snorkel gear. But why is GBC  the best florida boat rentals choice for you?

A simple internet search will pull up several “boat rentals” in South Florida. But here’s why GBC is the top boat club in the area. Besides our fleet of expertly maintained boats, multiple locations, and highly trained staff, here are a few other considerations that make us so popular:

Are there any Rental Boat Licenses and Regulations?

All of GBC’s captains are not only fully licensed, but know South Florida’s Intracoastal waters and Atlantic Ocean better than anyone. Each state has different age and license requirements for boaters. Boat rental operators and charter captains are required to have a valid boat license, which is regulated by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). This license allows operators to carry anywhere from 4 to more than 11 customers on board a boat, depending on which charter boat license they carry.

Unless you have gotten prior approval, on a special occasion such as July 4 or the Holiday Boat Parade, GBC’s boats must be returned by 6PM for your safety and that of your passengers. Pets are allowed, but we recommend adequate safety precautions for their comfort.

GBC captains are fully licensed and know where the fish are hiding!

What’s in the Boat Rental Contract?

GBC’s contract spells out every agreement, rule and eventuality of a boat rental: Condition, Damage, Rental Term, Fines/Permits, Deposits, Use of Boat, and more. Normal wear and tear is expected, but if you come back with a damaged propeller or a ripped captain seat, you’re likely going to have to pay for the damage. If you would like a copy of our boat rental contract sent to you in advance, please give us a call at 561.865.7797.

Experience the Intracoastal on a cruise to Lake Boca with friends!

Is Safety Equipment Provided with every Rental?

GBC has all safety equipment on board, and can provide life jackets of various sizes for your all your florida boat rentals. Your captain will give you an orientation and safety lesson, so you will know exactly where it’s all stored and how to operate it. He’ll also provide you with detailed maps of the waters.

Can I rent a boat via Phone?

Now that you understand why Gulfstream Boat Club is the premier club for South Florida Boat Rentals, give us a call to become a member or try a boat rental for yourself. We take care of all the details so you can experience the fun of boating. Boating is our passion; make it yours. Call us at 561.865.7797 today!

Beyond the Palm Beach Boat Club

Suggested activities for Palm Beach Boat Club Members and family.

You’re a member of Gulfstream Boat Club with friends and family visiting Palm Beach County. You’ll spend a glorious day—or two—on a GBC fishing excursion or sunset cruise. But what are some other activities around Palm Beach that boat club members enjoy?
Here are a few activities and pastimes around the Palm Beach area to keep your house guests busy and happy! Some of these sights are old favorites, but there are always new attractions every season, so read on for a variety of fun ideas.
Lake Trail in Palm Beach Florida.
See Palm Beach from a different perspective: walk the Lake Trail.

Cruise along the Intracoastal:

A GBC cruise up the Intracoastal is sure to please guests of any age. Without a doubt, an activity our Palm Beach Boat Club members can indulge the family with. But, there are plenty of other attractions in Palm Beach that boat enthusiasts would enjoy:

Manatee Lagoon:

Manatee Lagoon is a new, FREE Palm Beach County educational attraction with a dedicated area for viewing manatees up close. The 16,000-square-foot center features engaging, hands-on exhibits for visitors to learn all about these endangered and unique creatures as well as the natural wonders of the surrounding Lake Worth Lagoon. On cold winter days, the facility’s observation deck is the ideal spot to view manatee herds basking in the warm-water outflows from Florida Power & Light Company’s adjacent Riviera Beach Next Generation Clean Energy Center. You can’t dock a boat there, but it is a short drive from GBC’s two Boynton Beach locations.

Lake Trail:

The Lake Trail is a walking and biking path that runs along the island of Palm Beach’s western side. With Palm Beach homes and mansions on one side, and views of boats on the water on the other, it’s one of the most scenic spots in Florida. The Lake Trail is about five and half miles long, and is a great introduction to the unique homes, roads, and attractions of Palm Beach. Here’s a good guide.
The Henry Morrison Flagler Museum is a 75-room Gilded Age mansion in Palm Beach.

Museums:

Not only does the Palm Beach area feature art galleries and public art works, but there are several museums as well. If your visitors got a little sunburned on the boat, or the weather’s not seaworthy, they might enjoy these indoor attractions:

Henry Morrison Flagler Museum:

The Henry Morrison Flagler Museum is a palace-like home designed and built by the man who brought Palm Beach to life, a businessman and oil tycoon. The white marble steps, towering columns, and opulent decor are reminiscent of a European palace. “Whitehall” was a wedding gift to Flagler’s third bride, Mary Lily Kenan. Tours of the home are available several times a day.

The Norton Museum:

Located in West Palm Beach, the Norton Museum of Art was founded in 1941 by Ralph Hubbard Norton and his wife, Elizabeth Calhoun Norton. The Nortons were actively interested in fine arts and developed a sizable collection of paintings and sculpture. The Museum Collection consists of approximately 7,000 works of art concentrated in the following departments: European, American, Chinese, Contemporary, and Photography.

Society of the Four Arts:

Back on the island of Palm Beach, the Society of the Four Arts (Art, Music, Drama, Literature) is one of the area’s most unique cultural destinations. Check their list of events or walk in the Botanical or Sculpture Gardens. There’s even a Children’s Library.
The Royal Poinciana Plaza is the hottest shopping and dining destination in Palm Beach this season.

Shopping and Restaurants around Palm Beach:

Palm Beach Boat club members will be happy to know that the shopping and restaurant options in the Palm Beach area just get more and more plentiful and exciting.
Of course there is historic Worth Avenue, where luxury shops and high-end restaurants line the street and “vias.” City Place in West Palm offers casual shopping, a movie theater, and restaurants.
And don’t miss two new attractions this season: the massive Restoration Hardware with its popular restaurant, RH Rooftop; and the newly revitalized Royal Poinciana Plaza, which is just buzzing with activity in its shops, restaurants, and other attractions seven days a week.
Boating will always be our favorite way to spend a day in Palm Beach. But if you can’t live by boat club alone, visit some of the area’s endlessly changing on-land attractions!
Need our advice on how to entertain visitors to Palm Beach County? Give us a call at 561.865.7797 to learn more!

5 Fishing Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day

5 Fishing Date Ideas

Best Date Ideas… On the Water.

Looking for some Date Ideas? The weather is perfect in South Florida right now; so how about a unique and unforgettable fishing date for Valentine’s Day? Forget a stuffy restaurant or a dark movie theater. Fishing dates allow you to share your love of the water with your partner, and show them Delray Beach from a new perspective. Plus, you get to show off your fishing smarts!
According to a survey of the one-third of couples who have never been fishing or boating on a date, sixty percent of women and fifty percent of men would be interested in giving it a try. So let’s get this party started.
Need some help coming up with fishing date ideas? Gulfstream Boat Club has put our own Intracoastal spin on some tips from TakeMeFishing.org; and we’ve even got an indoor suggestion if the weather’s not great!

 1. Fishing Cruise Date Idea

Let GBC help you plan a day trip to Boca or Jupiter, or closer to home in Delray Beach, Palm Beach, or Boynton Beach. How about a cruise from our Delray Beach location to one of the fishing spots around the Boynton Inlet? We can help out with providing a bottle of champagne, ice, or ideas on where to grab a delicious picnic lunch. If you’re in the mood for someone else to do the work, take the boat to a dockside restaurant like Deck 84, Old Key Lime House, or Seasons 52. (For our full list of fave dockside restaurants, click here!)

2. Take a fishing lesson together.

Our captains are all expert licensed fishermen, and a couples lesson is a great way to have some laughs and learn a new skill. With their knowledge of Palm Beach County’s best fishing spots, your captain will do his best to assure that you don’t come home empty handed.

3. Enjoy a fun day trip to Miami.

The Miami International Boat Show takes place over Valentine’s Day weekend at the Miami Marine Stadium Park and Basin (February 15 through February 19). Lots of GBC’s boat manufacturers have their latest models on display.

4. Fish Cooking Date.

Weather’s not cooperating? How about a fish cooking date? With classes like Sushi 101 and Great Seafood at Home, Publix’s Aprons Cooking School in Boca is a great place to start! They’ve got frequent classes seven days a week, and the chefs make it lively, informative, and delicious. A great Date Idea

5. Gulfstream Boat Club Gift Certificate.

If you like any of these Date ideas but you’re not sure what to plan or when to plan it, how about a Gulfstream Boat Club gift certificate as the ultimate out-of-the-box Valentine’s Day gift? Our gift certificates are available in any denomination, and can used at our Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, and South Palm Beach locations.

To us, there’s no better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than on the water, with your loved one holding one hand and a fishing rod in the other. Learn more about fishing dates at Gulfstream Boat Club at 561.865.7797.

Guide to Boating with Dogs: Part One

GBC'S GUIDE TO BOATING WITH DOGS

Boating with Dogs: Planning for a Dog-Friendly Boat Cruise

Boating with dogs is one of our favorite activities. If you’ve got a canine member of the family, we’re sure you’ve been tempted to bring him along on your weekend boat cruise! We welcome dogs at GBC. Dogs love to be included in the family outings, and most are not afraid of the water and are natural swimmers.

But boating with dogs takes a little planning and forethought. The weather in South Florida can be hot and unpredictable, and much as you would take precautions for children aboard, Gulfstream Boat Club can recommend certain steps you can take to make your dog’s time aboard safe, comfortable, and successful.

There are some steps you can take to prepare your dog for a day on the boat.

Here are six tips for preparing to successfully spend the day with your dog on a boat:

  1. Buy a dog life preserver. Though most South Florida dogs are strong swimmers, and used to the water, once out at sea you could encounter currents, rough weather, or waves. Your dog could fatigue quickly if he falls overboard. It’s also easier with a life preserver to get hold of him and pull him aboard should he fall off the boat; grabbing his collar is never a good idea. Most pet stores, pet retail websites, and Amazon offer dog life preservers of every size and price point. Choose a bright color so it’s easier to spot in the water. Take the life preserver for a trial run; make sure it’s comfortable and fits well, and that he’s used to it before the big day. If you need suggestions on which to buy, give us a call at GBC.
  1. Make sure your dog has ID! Many dogs have an ID microchip implanted, which is helpful if you are separated for any reason. His collar ID tag probably has your phone number, but you might even want to add a second land-based phone number as well, just in case.
  1. Have a plan if your dog goes overboard. A life preserver is part one of this action plan; but you’ll also want to think about what steps to take: cut the engine, call him to the ladder; have a DDW (Designated Doggie Watcher) who is always keeping an eye on his whereabouts once at sea. Notice which areas of the boat get slippery. Again, you can practice boating with dogs before your next boat cruise in a pool. Have him swim to you or to the ladder.
  1. Visit the boat with your pet prior to your trip. Stop by Marina Delray before your next GBC boat cruise with your dog and we’d be happy to let him walk around the boat while it’s docked. We can even turn it on, so he gets used to the engine vibration and noise. Letting your dog get acquainted with the boat and the marina before going out on the water is a great idea, and will make him more comfortable when the big day comes. Make sure there’s enough room in the shade for him to sit comfortably.
  1. Hydrate your dog. If you’re going to be out boating in the sun all day, make sure your dog has had plenty to drink before coming aboard—and pack plenty more for the trip. Dogs get overheated easily. You may even want to purchase a no-spill dog bowl to bring on board. A sports bottle can also be handy for squirting water into his mouth.
  1. Consider packing a few extra supplies for his comfort. Does your dog get motion sickness? If so, consult your veterinarian about medication. Purchase a few dog first-aid supplies as well; here is a handy checklist for your kit.

Congratulations; now you’re ready to combine your two favorite passions: boating, and spending time with your dog! Gulfstream Boat Club has several more tips for once you’re on board. Stay tuned for Part Two of our “Guide to Boating with Dogs.”

Boating is our passion; make it yours. With four locations in Palm Beach County, and a fleet of 20-plus boats, Gulfstream Boat Club is the premier boat club in South Florida. Ready to get out on the water? Give us a call at 561.856.7797!

GBC’s Top 10 List: “Best Take-out Near Me”

Pack your cooler with homemade treats from Marianne's before your next GBC cruise!
Pack your cooler with homemade treats from Marianne’s before your next GBC cruise!

No need to ask Siri: Here’s GBC’s list of “Best Take-out Near Me”

There is only one thing that we at Gulfstream Boat Club love more than boating and fishing, and that is EATING. And if we can combine our three favorite activities, all the better!

Below is our list of restaurants, bakeries, and best take-out spots that can help you and your party with a packable picnic breakfast, lunch, or dinner for your boat cruise or fishing charter. Many of them are the small businesses that Delray Beach and Palm Beach County are known for (and then, of course, there’s Publix!). When you stop in to order your mouthwatering meal, let them know that GBC sent you!

Best take-out near me: Delray Beach

Subs, acai bowls, wraps: Surf Shack in Delray's got what you are craving.
Subs, acai bowls, wraps: Surf Shack in Delray’s got what you are craving.

Marianne’s Gourmet Shop: A neighborhood favorite since 1998, Marianne’s is within walking distance of our location at Marina Delray. We could not live without it. Call ahead or just stop in to order sandwiches, salads, pastas, and more. They have a large selection of homemade frozen foods—and don’t leave without a few of their famous chocolate chip cookies for your trip.

The French Bakery & Café is located less than a mile from our Delray location, at the corner of George Bush Blvd and Federal Highway. The smells and sights of a traditional French bakery are irresistible. Artisanal breads and pastries, sandwiches, and other treats are homemade fresh every day. Try their gourmet iced teas and delicious raspberry white chocolate croissants (hope it makes it to the boat!).

Surf Shack’s Subs and Smoothies is a GBC captain favorite. It’s south of our location by a few miles, but their healthy smoothies, amazing acai bowls, and famous subs, wraps and sandwiches are worth the trip. Or call ahead and they’ll deliver your order to GBC!

Publix: It’s fast, it’s fresh, and it’s convenient. There’s nothing not delicious about “Pub subs.” Pick up your drinks, salads, and water as well at the location just a few blocks from GBC. And you can order ahead from the deli online.

Best take-out near me: Boynton Beach

Nomad Surf Juice and Coffee truck is the perfect stop before a morning cruise...
Nomad Surf Juice and Coffee truck is the perfect stop before a morning cruise…

Our Boynton Beach location is at the Two Georges Marina, which is adjacent to Two Georges waterfront restaurant. If you don’t have time for lunch or dinner after your boat ride, try these nearby places for takeout to take ON the boat:

Tsunami Subs and Wraps is located at Woolbright Road and Federal Highway. Try your sandwich “Tsunami style”: with onion, lettuce, tomato, vinegar, oil, and special spices.

Seaside Deli and Market is a few miles south from our Boynton Beach location on A1A. It’s a great place to grab anything from breakfast sandwiches to beer before a long and satisfying day on the water.

Nomad Surf Juice & Coffee is new and right next door to Seaside Deli! The area’s favorite surf shop now has a fresh juice truck on the weekends; they’ve got super fresh smoothies, acai bowls, and more.

Best take-out near me: Palm Beach

Del Sol Bakery: Call ahead for a custom order, or just stop by for freshly baked croissants, cookies, and more!
Del Sol Bakery: Call ahead for a custom order, or just stop by for freshly baked croissants, cookies, and more!

Del Sol Bakery: This new family-owned bakery is just a two-minute drive from GBC’s location at the Palm Beach Yacht Center. The menu changes daily, but you’ll always find something to like: ham and cheese croissants, fresh breads, and salted caramel brownies are some of our favorites.

Best take-out near me: Lake Worth

Lilo's in Lake Worth: tacos so delicious, they'll probably be gone before you're dockside...
Lilo’s in Lake Worth: tacos so delicious, they’ll probably be gone before you’re dockside…

Lilo’s Street Food and Bar: With locations and Lake Worth and Delray Beach, try Lilo’s “montaditos,” like tapas-sized sandwiches filled with lobster salad, goat cheese, and fig jam, or seared steak. Fresh chips and guacamole will definitely hit the spot once you’re cruising.

Tacos al Carbon: Well, maybe they’re not the best picnic food, but tasty tacos are surprisingly hard to find in South Florida, so order up some from the restaurant itself or for delivery from the Lake Worth Delivery Dudes!

Gulfstream Boat Club: we’re experts not only on Palm Beach County fishing and boating, but eating as well. Give us a call at 561.865.7797 and we’ll help get you started with all three!

Have a Blast this July 4: Fireworks in Palm Beach County

No one does July 4 better than Palm Beach County. And many of the area’s fireworks displays are viewable by boat. This year July 4 falls on a Tuesday, so many of the area’s activities take place the weekend beforehand.

Take a look at our list of boat-friendly fireworks and parties from Boca to West Palm Beach, then book a boat at the Gulfstream Boat Club location that works for you. Pack a picnic and some cold drinks and let the celebration begin!

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Delray Beach

The City of Delray Beach has activities planned all day on Tuesday, July 4; don’t miss a second! Located beachfront at Atlantic Avenue, this annual event will feature live music beginning at 5:30pm. The sand sculpting contest is from 8am-noon (don’t forget to sign up in advance!). Try your hand at Soccer Darts and Mini-Putt (5-9pm), or try your mouth at the BurgerFi Burger and Custard Eating Contests. At 9PM, the fireworks show launches from the north end of the beach.

Check the website for more info on activities, street closures, beach access, and showers and facilities. Want to leave the car at home? Ride your bicycle to the event. Free Bicycle Valet bike racks will be available at no charge and Human Powered Delray staff will watch your bike.

Boats and bridges note: Atlantic Avenue Bridge will be closed to marine traffic from approximately 8pm to 10pm on Monday, July 4 to facilitate holiday celebrations. Boaters are advised to use caution. In addition, George Bush Blvd and Linton Blvd bridges will also be closed to marine traffic.

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Boynton Beach

Boynton Beach’s free Fourth of July activities take place on Saturday, July 1, from 6PM to 10:30PM. Live music, kids’ activities, and a fireworks show at 9PM are just some of the fun festivities planned. Free shuttle service is available from Hester Center, 1901 N. Seacrest Blvd and City Hall 100 E. Boynton Beach Blvd to the site at 2240 N. Federal Highway. Learn more here.

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Lake Worth

Lake Worth’s July 4 Celebration takes place on Tuesday at Bryant Park at the Intracoastal from 11am to 9:30pm. Bands, a water sports show, a car show, a kids’ area and bounce house, and a 9PM fireworks show will draw the crowds. For more information visit their Facebook event page.

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West Palm Beach

More than 100,000 guests are expected to attend 4th on Flagler, West Palm Beach’s popular July 4 activities held from 5PM-10PM. Enjoy classic Americana bites and craft brews while taking in the sounds of live music on three stages of entertainment. There will be a military honor ceremony, larger-than-life versions of games like Human Foosball and bowling, and fun activities for the kids. Check the website for more information. Their 18-minute fireworks display features pyrotechnics synced to music over the Intracoastal.

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Boca Raton

Boca’s Fabulous Fourth celebration takes place on Tuesday, July 4. The party kicks off at Spanish River Athletic Facility at deHoernle Park at 6:30 PM. Free family activities, food for purchase, and a classic rock band. The fireworks display is at 9:00PM.

Only a few boats left in our Delray GBC location for fireworks viewing; call 561.865.7797 to book. Happy Fourth!