Delray Beach and Boynton Beach are full of the holiday spirit in December—and a TON of traffic. You’ll have a lot more fun at their family events if you know all the insider details. Gulfstream Boat Club has all the important road/bridge closure, trolley service, and parking information you’ll need for these fun events, courtesy of The City of Delray Beach!
Holiday Boat Parade
The annual Holiday Boat Parade will set sail on Friday, December 8. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., decorated vessels will proceed from the Lantana Bridge to the C15 canal, just south of Delray Beach.
Between 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m., vehicular and pedestrian traffic will be restricted over the George Bush Boulevard, Atlantic Avenue and Linton Boulevard bridges at various times while the boat parade travels south.
Trolley Service – From 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., the Downtown Roundabout will provide free, transit service along Atlantic Avenue between the Tri-Rail Station on South Congress Avenue to NE/SE 7th Avenue. NO SERVICE will be provided east of the Intracoastal Waterway during this time. Normal service will resume once bridge closures are no longer in effect.
Please expect delays in trolley service due to anticipated traffic. For more information, call the City of Delray Beach Parks and Recreation at (561) 243-7000 ext. 5100.
The City of Delray Beach is proud to sponsor the Delray Beach Holiday Parade on Saturday, December 9. In celebration of this year’s theme “Holidays in Candyland,” more than 70 entries are expected to participate. Santa will even make a special visit and ride on a fire truck with Delray Beach Fire Rescue. At 6 p.m., the parade will proceed down Atlantic Avenue from the Intracoastal Waterway Bridge to NW/SW 5th Avenue.
During the parade, the following road/bridge closures, paid parking facilities and modified trolley service will be in effect:
Road Closures – From 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., Atlantic Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic from Ocean Blvd/A1A to NW/SW 8th Avenue. Roads will reopen to vehicular traffic as the parade completes that section of the route. Other sections of Atlantic Avenue will reopen right after the parade.
Additionally, northbound and southbound US1 Federal Highway (NE/SE 5th & 6th Avenues) at the intersection of Atlantic Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic for the duration of the parade.
Detour Routes – Motorists are advised to use the following alternate routes during road closures: For eastbound/westbound travel, use George Bush Blvd or Linton Blvd. For northbound/southbound travel, use Ocean Blvd/SR A1A or Congress Avenue.
Motorists traveling in the downtown core area are advised that the following detour routes will be in effect during road closures: Eastbound traffic will be rerouted to either NW/NE 2nd Street or SW/SE 2nd Street. Westbound traffic will be rerouted to NW/NE 2nd Street.
Bridge Closure – The Atlantic Avenue bridge will be closed to boat trafficbetween 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Trolley Service – While road closures are in effect (2 p.m. to 10 p.m.), the Downtown Roundabout will provide free transit service along Atlantic Avenue between the Tri-Rail Station on South Congress Avenue and NW/SW 8th Avenue. Normal service will resume after roadways reopen. Please expect delays due to additional traffic generated by this event.
A $5 fee per vehicle, paid upon entry, will be in effect at the following locations beginning at 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 9:
Robert Federspiel Parking Garage – 22 SE 1st Avenue
Old School Square Parking Garage – 95 NE 1st Avenue
The north parking lot of City Hall – 100 NW 1st Avenue
South County Courthouse Parking Garage – 65 SW 2nd Avenue
Parking attendants accept cash only, upon entry, and will monitor the parking facilities until the posted closing times.
Boating is our passion; make it yours. We’re a small business proud to be based out of the great city of Delray Beach, Florida. If you’re interested in becoming a member of Gulfstream Boat Club, give us a call at 561.865.7797!
Children’s life jackets are a must in terms of boat safety.
There’s also a lot more that Gulfstream Boat Club offers to keep your family safe on a boating trip or fishing cruise.
Every new GBC member receives a free boating orientation. We’ll show you how to operate a boat, the features of each model, and of course where the adults and children’s life jackets are located. We require that children under the age of six wear a life jacket, and we strongly recommend it for older children and adults while on board, or when waterskiing, tubing, or doing other water sports.
Gulfstream Boat Club prides itself on keeping our boats expertly maintained and safe; and for you as a member, it’s one of the top benefits. Why own a boat?
Did you know that preventable injuries are the #1 cause of death of kids in the United States? Children’s life jackets are no joke. Here are some other boating safety tips to ensure a safe cruise from Safe Kids Worldwide, a nonprofit organization working to help families and communities keep kids safe from injuries.
Boating Safety Tips
Wear a Life Jacket
• Always have your younger children wear a life jacket while on boats, during water sports, or even on the dock. And make sure the life jacket fits snugly by having the child make a “touchdown” signal by raising both arms straight up. If the life jacket hits a child’s chin or ears, it may be too big or the straps may be too loose.
• According to the U.S. Coast Guard’s Office of Boating Safety, babies should not travel on a boat — including rowboats, kayaks, motorboats, and sailboats — until they are at the appropriate weight to wear an approved personal flotation device (PFD); and no, car seats don’t count.
Keep Little Kids Warm
• Even if it’s a warm, sunny day when you take off on your South Florida cruise, the weather can change quickly.
• And infants and young kids are at a higher risk for hypothermia. If your children seem cold or are shivering, wrap them tightly in a dry blanket or towel.
Teach Your Kids Basic Boating Rules
The basic boat rules should be followed by everyone. Children need to be taught to keep their hands and feet inside the boat at all times, and not run in or around the boat.
Better Safe than Sorry
• A large portion of boating accidents involve alcohol consumption. To protect your safety and loved ones around you, hire a GBC captain if you’re thinking of drinking on the boat. We’re happy to be your designated driver!
• All GBC captains have CPR training. If you’re thinking of taking out a boat without a captain, it’s great to have someone on board who has had CPR training as well. Local hospitals, fire departments and recreation departments offer CPR training.
• All drivers of a GBC boat must be 25 years of age. Florida law states that no one under the age of 14 may operate a personal watercraft at any time. If your teens would like to fish or cruise without you (gasp!), we’ll provide a fun and responsible captain to safely drive the boat. Oh, and Children’s life jackets are free!
Have you been a GBC member for a while, and would like a refresher course on our boats and boat safety? Or would you like a family member or two to have one as well? Just give us a call at GBC at 561.865.7797 to schedule!
By popular demand: Gulfstream Boat Share Club Corporate Memberships!
This level of membership is a terrific opportunity for local South Florida business partners, co-workers, even friends. We offer three flexible plans for an ultimate Boat Share Club experience.
Sharing a Corporate Membership with a colleague or two is a cost-effective way to enjoy GBC boats and excursions. And it’s a new way to entertain clients, family, bosses, visitors…Take a break from the chain restaurant or conference room meeting and combine business and pleasure!
GBC’s fleet includes more than 20 boats, ranging from 21 to 35 feet in length. We offer center console, dual console, and deck boats. Whether you are interested in cruising, fishing, or waterskiing, we have a boat experience for everyone and the right boat for you.
GBC has a top-notch staff of licensed captains, and our boats are kept to the highest safety and maintenance standards. All new members receive a free detailed orientation session on our boats, boat safety and operation, and more. We have four convenient locations in Delray Beach, Palm Beach, Boynton Beach, and Lake Worth.
Gulfstream Boat Club offers three Corporate Membership plans:
100 Hours: A package of 100 hours on the water, and two years in which to use them.
Six Months Unlimited: Enjoy up to 250 hours on the water.
Annual Unlimited: Twelve months and up to 350 hours of boat usage.
Memberships include access to fishing gear, wakeboards, waterskis, and snorkel gear. Only one boat per day per membership.
Boating is our passion; make it yours. Call GBC today at 561.865.7797 for more information on how to become a GBC Corporate Member!
Sponsored by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, this organization encourages anglers to take part in Saltwater Angler Recognition programs such as its Grand Slams, Life List, and Saltwater Reel Big Fish. Their mission is to recognize fishing skills and encourage both young and old to target multiple species of fish, not just the most common ones. Learn more below.
Have fun while doing right by Florida’s fish and natural environment: that is the message of Catch a Florida Memory’s four goals:
Encourage anglers to target a diversity of species
Expand fishing experience for seasoned anglers
Cultivate an interest in saltwater fishing
Strengthen marine fisheries conservation ethics
Whatever your interests, Catch a Florida Memory has a program for you. Submit a photo of you with your catch, and you’ll gain well-won recognition, even prizes, for doing so! You’re encouraged to release catches alive. These programs include:
The Saltwater Fish Life List
Enter this challenge to catch at least 10 of Florida’s 71 different species of saltwater fish. Catch 10, 30, 50, or the whole list, and you’ll win recognition and a prize!
Each time an angler submits a valid application for a Saltwater Life List Fish Club, they will receive a certificate of accomplishment, various prizes, FWC saltwater publications, and will become a member of the corresponding Life List Fish Club. Print your own Life List, and start keeping track of your progress today!
Saltwater Grand Slams
Up for a time-sensitive challenge? Try one of the organization’s Saltwater Grand Slams. Grand Slams challenge anglers to catch three specified fish species in a 24-hour period. The nine Grand Slams include: “Inshore Grand Slam” (red drum, spotted sea trout, flounder) and “Family Grand Slam” (any three fish in the same scientific family, e.g., black grouper, red grouper, gag). See the full list of Grand Slams here. The program includes a “Small Fry Slam” for children age 15 and under.
Saltwater Reel Big Fish
The Saltwater Reel Big Fish program recognizes anglers for extra-large catches of the 30 different saltwater species listed here. Fish must reach or exceed the qualifying length listed for adults (age 16 and older) and youth (under age 16). The catch must be photographed over a qualifying measuring device, as well as in a photo with the angler who is applying for recognition.
FWC encourages responsible angling. Remember proper catch-and-release techniques when fishing. You do not have to be a Florida resident to participate, as long as you are legally fishing in Florida (fishing with a licensed GBC captain qualifies!).
All of Gulfstream Boat Club’s captains are licensed fishermen, and would love to help you started with Catch a Florida Memory from any of our locations in Palm Beach County. Call us at 561.865.7797 to get started!
The best gifts are always experiences, not things.
So, good news! Gulfstream Boat Club has a variety of Father’s Day gift ideas for you. Father’s Day 2017 is fast approaching on Sunday, June 18. Gulfstream Boat Club allows you all the fun of boating and fishing, with none of the hassle—perfect for the busy dad who needs a relaxing nice day off.
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 water skiing trip on the Intracoastal, GBC makes it incredibly simple and easy.
Here are four great Father’s Day gift ideas from GBC for the most important boat lover in your life:
• GBC Membership: Father’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?
• GBC Gift Certificate: A gift certificate in any denomination will put a smile on Dad’s face: Cover a captain, fuel, a half-day rental, or more.
• GBC Fishing Charter: Catch your own Father’s Day dinner! One of our licensed captains can plan a memorable day for you, Dad, and family and friends. Book early, as this weekend fills up quickly. Seriously!
• GBC Merchandise: GBC hats and long-sleeved Ts in two colors are available, and they sell out fast! Call 561.865.7797 to reserve yours now.
Any questions about Father’s Day gift or Gulfstream Boat Club membership? We’re open seven days a week; call us at 561.865.7797 anytime. And Happy Father’s Day from GBC!
SunFest 2017 is one of West Palm Beach’s most popular events every year, and Gulfstream Boat Club members can skip the road traffic and travel there by renting a boat to enjoy this music concert on the waterfront.
Yellowfin tuna season in Bimini, Bahamas is April and May, so it’s just about time to begin planning a Gulfstream Boatclub fishing charter to Bimini from South Florida.
GBC can help you plan the ultimate day or overnight boat rental to this colorful destination.
If you leave for Bimini before the sun rises, you can even troll on the way out, fish all day, and come back by nightfall—it’s better to stay the night and enjoy the fishing, beaches, and all that Bimini offers. Continue reading “Bimini Dreaming”
It’s March in Palm Beach County and that means the Palm Beach International Boat Show is just around the corner.
Held March 23-26, 2017, the 32nd annual show will feature more than $1.2 billion worth of boats, yachts, and accessories from the world’s leading marine manufacturers.
On display will be hundreds of boats, from 8-foot inflatables, power boats, fishing boats, center consoles, bow riders, and personal watercraft, to superyachts over 150 feet.
And it’s a fun outing for the whole family: the show features all sorts of special events, from seminars and kids fishing clinics to exotic cars and live music.
Read on for Gulfstream Boat Club’s Insider Guide to the 2017 Palm Beach International Boat Show:
Boat Show Dates/Hours:
Thurs. Mar 23, 12 – 7pm
Fri. Mar 24, 10am – 7pm
Sat. Mar 25, 10am – 7pm
Sun. Mar 26, 10am – 6pm
Children, ages 6-15: $12
Children under 6 Free
Tickets are available at the Box Office (cash only, but ATM’s are nearby). Avoid the crowds and purchase tickets online here.
The Boat Show offers parking at various municipal parking garages and privately operated lots located throughout downtown West Palm Beach. Most are walking distance to one of the two show entrances. Find more information on parking here.
Come by Boat:
Visit The Palm Beach International Boat Show by water in a Gulfstream Boat Club boat rental!
It’s one of the only shows that offers free dockage to guests. The dockage is on the south side of the in-water displays, along Flagler Avenue. *And don’t forget to bring fenders—the docks are metal.
A designated area promoting the cruising lifestyle, offering free boating activities all day.
AquaZone by Nautical Ventures:
Demos all day in a 60-by-30-foot, 40,000-gallon tented pool, ranging from paddleboarding, SUP yoga, Hobie kayaks, hovercraft, life rafts, Lehr propane outboards, Evinrude G-2 outboard, WaveJet self-propelled SUP, VersaDock modular docking systems.
Free Kids’ Fishing Clinics:
Saturday & Sunday, March 25 & 26, 2017
Sessions each day at 12 noon & 2:00 PM
In the Amphitheater Field located between Datura and Evernia Streets inside the show grounds, the Kids’ Fishing Clinics, presented by Hook the Future and The Palm Beach Post, are open to all kids ages 4-16. Hands-on interactive instruction includes:
Casting a Rod & Reel
How to Fight a Fish
Selecting Tackle & Lures
IGFA School of Sports Fishing Seminars:
The International Game Fish Association’s School of Sports Fishing will host seminars with some of South Florida’s best captains, including Tom Paddrik from The Florida Yacht Group.
Located at the Meyer Amphitheatre Field. The seminars are free with admission.
Enhance your visit by downloading this free mobile app. You can easily search for boats and yachts by size range, manufacturer and type, including their location at the show, as well as search vendors of yachting, sailing and marine products including their booth locations.
The app provides an interactive map to help guide users at the events find the general location of amenities and boating exhibits within the show. Seminar details, show announcements, and boating news are regularly updated. Download it here.
The best way to visit the Palm Beach International Boat Show is on a boat from Gulfstream Boat Club.Call GBC at 561.865.7797 to book your boat rental now!
Located at the Boca Inlet, a nice cruise from GBC’s Delray location, Waterstone Resort & Marina offers guests and locals Boca’s only “on-the-water” dining experience.
Choose from two restaurant options: casual poolside dining at Waterstone Rum Bar & Grill; or Boca Landing Restaurant, an upscale “on-the water” dining experience, highlighting prime seafood and crafted cocktails.
Delray Beach’s public dock at 802 NE First Street can accommodate a few smaller boats and is easy walking distance from Atlantic Avenue’s shops and restaurants.
The dock is currently closed due to damage from last year’s king tides, but for the moment, these two restaurants are more than happy to accommodate you and your GBC boat.
Prime Catch is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week and features fresh fish, lobster, seafood, and steak. With a wine cellar of more than 3,000 bottles, you’ll certainly find a wine (or two) with which to toast your fellow boaters!
We’re partial to Two Georges, as GBC’s Boynton location is adjacent to the restaurant. Take a fishing charter out in the morning and return to a fun and relaxing meal at this waterfront restaurant, lounge, and sports bar.
Just over the Blue Heron Bridge that leads to Singer Island, Sailfish Marina is a Florida favorite. On Thursdays, the restaurant attracts crowds along the nearby docks with live music, food, arts and crafts, and a beautiful view.
Leave from GBC’s Lantana location for a cruise up to Jupiter. The Jupiter Inlet Marina offers several slips for parking, and U-Tiki offers delicious food, a sushi menu, and memorable views of the Jupiter Lighthouse.
Boating is our passion. Make it yours. Call Gulfstream Boat Club at 561.865.7797 to schedule a boat; we’ll even make your dining reservation!