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!

Intrepid Boats available at GBC

Where to rent Intrepid Boats?

Gulfstream Boat Club prides itself on having the finest fleet of boats available in South Florida, and that’s why we partner with Intrepid Boats so often. Intrepid Boats makes its boats one at a time and to the discerning specifications of its customers. Their boats feature advanced composite construction, which makes them stronger and stiffer, faster and more fuel-efficient, and able to deliver the safest, smoothest, driest ride on the water.

GBC’s 32′ Intrepid is great for fishing or cruising.

With Intrepid Boats’ incomparable fishboat heritage, no fish is safe. Their sports fishing yachts not only are equipped with plenty of innovation and technology, but their unique hull design offers a smooth ride and extraordinary stability to propel you to the fish fast and comfortably. The outboard engines deliver better range for longer offshore fishing trips, with less noise, fumes and vibrations, especially while trolling around the waters of Palm Beach County.

Are Intrepid Boats Safe?

You think Gulfstream Boat Club is a tough customer? Intrepid Boats builds boats for federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, sheriff departments, police departments and departments of natural resources across the country. If their boats are safe, fast, and precise enough for them, they’re good enough for our boat club members!

Why are Intrepid Boats so popular?

Thanks to Intrepid Boats’ distinct stepped hull design, the CG (center of gravity) is positioned perfectly, producing an extraordinarily well-balanced ride. The boat takes off level and actually feels like you’re levitating onto plane. Waves are flattened, at any angle, with very little jolt transmitted. This makes for a smooth, dry ride, no lag and a noise factor that is really not a factor at all. The ride is quiet, allowing for normal conversation with an extra measure of comfort and pleasure for all aboard, which makes their boats perfect for outings with family and friends.

Intrepid Boats offer the smoothest ride possible.

What are some popular Intrepid Boats Sizes?

Currently Gulfstream Boat Club features two 32-foot and one 40-foot Intrepid for the exclusive use of members and renters. Here are the unique features of each:

32′ Intrepid Center Console with Cabin

  • Twin 250HP Yamaha engines
  • Rigged for fishing or cruising
  • Great seating layout and cabin with porto-potty
  • T-top with shade
  • Electronics, Stereo, I-pod input, depth finder
  • Dive door, live well
GBC’s 40′ Intrepid is our most luxurious boat available.

40-Intrepid

  • Triple Mercury Verado 300 engines
  • Incredible boat perfect for luxury cruising, overnight trips, or serious offshore fishing
  • Large cabin with a/c, flat screen tv, kitchenette, queen bed and more
  • Great seating layout, bow cushion, rear bench
  • This is the ultimate boat in the 40-foot class
The 40′ Intrepid features generous seating and is perfect for overnight trips.

Why own a boat? Gulfstream Boat Club not only features the best boats on the water—but we dock, maintain, and outfit them for you, seven days a week! Our customers are happy and satisfied knowing they have their choice of the finest custom crafted boats made by brands like Intrepid, with none of the headaches of boat ownership.

Want to try out an Intrepid Boat for yourself? Give us a call at 561.865.7797 to plan your next boating adventure!

Palm Beach International Boat Show 2018

Our Guide to the Palm Beach International Boat Show 2018

One of the highlights of the spring season as a boat club located in Palm Beach is The Palm Beach International Boat Show 2018, held this year from March 22 to 25. Located in West Palm Beach, this boat show is one of the top five in the country, featuring more than $1.2 billion worth of boats,  yachts, and accessories from the world’s leading marine manufacturers. It is truly an international show.

The Palm Beach International Boat Show is a favorite of GBC members.

Many Gulfstream Boat Club members make a point of attending this Palm Beach event. It includes hundreds of boats from eight-foot inflatables, power boats, fishing boats, center consoles, bow riders, personal watercraft to superyachts over 150 feet. The finest pre-owned yachts, tents full of the latest electronics and accessories, seminars and kids fishing clinics. There are exotic cars, live music and fun for all.

The dates and times of the Palm Beach International Boat Show 2018 are:

March 22 – 25

Thurs. Mar 22:                 Noon – 7pm

Fri.       Mar 23:                 10am – 7pm

Sat.      Mar 24:                 10am – 7pm

Sun.     Mar 25:                 10am – 6pm

Palm Beach International Boat Show 2018 Admission:

Adults: $24

Children, ages 6-15: $14

Children under 6: Free

Purchase tickets here. Tickets also available at the Box Office. All guide dogs or other licensed, working dogs allowed.

Palm Beach International Boat Show 2018 - FAQ
Park at one of the conveniently located lots and walk to the Boat Show entrance.

Palm Beach International Boat Show Parking information:

Follow Boat Show signs for directions to various municipal parking garages and privately operated lots located throughout downtown West Palm Beach. Most are walking distance to the show entrances. For more information on parking options in Downtown West Palm Beach, click here.

Palm Beach International Boat Show 2018 Highlights:

Here are some of the highlights of the show that our Palm Beach boat club members enjoy:

The VIP Experience

Centrally located within the show, the VIP Experience offers access into the show and into the VIP lounge. The lounge offers the luxuries of premium open bar, hors d’oeuvres, concierge service, indoor and outdoor lounge seating and much more!

Frequent Asked questions about the Palm Beach Boat Show 2018
There are more than just boats on display at the Boat Show. It’s fun for the whole family!

Aquazone by Nautical Adventures

Get some fun in the sun with demos all day ranging from Jetpack demos, electric surfboards, paddle boarding, Hobie kayaks and much more!

FREE Kids Fishing Clinics

Presented by Hook the Future, are open to all kids ages 4-16 and feature marine life experts teaching kids basic fishing techniques.

IGFA School of Sportfishing

The IGFA’s highly acclaimed School of Sportfishing will host fourteen seminars on site during the Show with some of South Florida’s best captains instructing participants on techniques that took decades to learn. With specialties both inshore and offshore, the seminars will be a feature of the Palm Beach International Boat Show that no angler will want to miss. All of the seminars are FREE with admission. The Meyer Amphitheatre Field – The IGFA School of Sportfishing Seminars can be found at Booth 746A. IGFA is very pleased to host Tom Paddrik from The Florida Yacht Group this year as one of the featured speakers.

Official Show Merchandise

Marine Artist Steve Diossy is the Official 2018 Merchandise designer and provider for the Palm Beach International Boat Show 2018. Steve Diossy has created brand new fun designs exclusively made for the show. These items will be available for purchase online or at the show.

Take advantage of all that Palm Beach has to offer as a Gulfstream Boat Club member. Treat yourself to a trip to the Palm Beach International Boat Show! Call us at 561.865.7797 for more information.

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!

Guide to Boating with Dogs: Part Two

Dog on a boat? Follow these recommendations for his and your safety.
Bringing your dog out on the boat? Invest in a life jacket for his safety and yours!

Bringing your Dog on a Boat? Follow these recommendations.

Dog on a Boat? For some families, no outing is complete without including the dog—boat cruises included! Dogs are welcome on GBC’s boats, but we have a few suggestions to make your dog’s—and your—outing a success. Our recent article guide about Boating with Dogs offered some tips to prepare your pet for your boat ride. Here we focus on helpful tips for you and your dog while aboard:

1. Keep your dog’s first outing on the water short.

Your dog’s initial boat ride should be brief, so he can adjust to the movement of the water. Sometimes, like people, they can experience seasickness. If so, your vet may be able to prescribe medication.

2. Remember to bring water and sunscreen for Fido.

Short-haired dogs can get sunburned on a boat, so make sure you’ve got sun protection that tried and true, and is not irritating to your dog’s skin. If you consulted Part One of our blog, you’ve already purchased a collapsible water bowl, or brought a bowl from home. And make room for your dog in the shade as well! Select a boat from our fleet that offers generous sun protection—and don’t skip their feet when you apply it, as boat surfaces can be reflective and hot.

3. If you dock the boat and take your dog swimming, remember that it’s difficult for them to get back aboard.

At sea, most canines cannot get back aboard from the water without human help—so if your dog is too heavy for you to assist back on board, you may want to rethink that doggie paddle… A dog in a boat is a safe dog.

4. If your cruise is a long one, you’ll need a plan for your dog to relieve himself.

If you can train your dog to use puppy pads on a boat, that makes cleaning up a snap. Pack plenty of doggie waste bags and paper towels. If you make stops on land in Lantana, Boynton Beach, Delray, or anywhere along your route, that’s a great time to take the dog for a walk.

5. Don’t let your dog drink from the Intracoastal.

If he’s had ample drinking water on board the boat, he most likely won’t be tempted. The water on the Intracoastal is not safe for people or pets to drink.

6. Use common sense.

With a dog on a boat, basically follow the same safety rules as you would for kids—and then some. Use caution around slick or slippery areas, keep an eye on your dog’s location, and keep him happy with plenty of water, food, and shade.

For many of us in South Florida, pets are a part of our family—so plan to include your dog on your next boat trip! Any questions? Call GBC at 561.865.7797 to help select the best dog-friendly boat for your next outing.

Boat Club FAQs

What is a Boat Club and how does it work?
Whether you’re interested in cruising or fishing or both, this boat club’s for you.

The Boat Club Concept Explained.

The boat club concept is simple and also brilliant. Why own a boat? South Florida’s recent hurricanes gave boat owners even more reasons to sell their motorboats and join Gulfstream Boat Club. No more worries about docking your boat in a storm, expensive repairs, or unused dock rentals. GBC takes care of everything. You just book the boat of your choice and enjoy!

If you are interested in becoming a member of a South Florida boat club, look no further. Based in Delray Beach, Gulfstream Boat Club has the fastest-growing fleet of cruising and fishing boats in the Palm Beach County area and beyond. Our boat family prides itself on excellent service and safety. Whether you are planning a sunset cruise, ocean fishing, or a family waterskiing trip on the Intracoastal, GBC makes it simple and easy.

Any questions about the club, besides “Where do I sign”?

Where are you located?

Gulfstream Boat Club’s main location is on the Intracoastal at Marina Delray in Delray Beach. We also feature two other locations in Boynton Beach: near the popular Two Georges Restaurant, and at Palm Beach Yacht Club. These locations make it easy for our members to travel by boat south to Boca Raton, or as far north as Jupiter, depending on their plans.

What kind of boats do you have?

Our boat club has more than 20 premier cruising and fishing boats, and we’re always adding to the fleet. We have center console, dual console, and deck boats available in several sizes, from such manufacturers as SouthWind, Intrepid, Key West, and Contender. Our boats feature high-power engines, ample shade, stereos, and comfortable seating. For specific information on our fleet, click here.

What services does Gulfstream Boat Club offer?

We are South Florida’s most respected boat club. We have several licensed captains for charters; dream up an excursion and we can make it happen! Some of our most popular services are sunset cruises, fishing charters (fully rigged with gear), wakeboarding and waterskiing lessons, and providing bait and ice and/or catered meals.

Are the boats safe?

Safety is our first priority at Gulfstream Boat Club. Each new member receives a lesson in boat operation and safety. We maintain our boats and equipment to the highest standard. Boating Life jackets are on board in a variety of sizes. Maps and charts are also provided.

What sort of club memberships do you offer?

Gulfstream Boat Club offers a variety of flexible memberships to suit your needs. Purchase an hourly membership in increments of 20, 35, or 50 hours. Annual memberships offer the best value; and we have a six-month membership as well. Every membership includes access to fishing gear, wakeboards, waterskis, and snorkel gear, as well as other perks. See membership details here.

And now, back to our most Frequently Asked Question:

I want to be part of the Boat Club Family, where do I sign?

We thought you’d never ask! Gulfstream Boat Club is open seven days a week. Stop by our Delray Beach location, or give us a call at 561.865.7797 to learn more.

You haven’t experienced the best of South Florida until you’ve been out cruising or fishing on a boat. The best way to get there is to become a Gulfstream Boat Club member. Boating is our passion; make it yours! Contact us at 561.865.7797 today.