Fall is officially here! Here in South Florida, we may not see vibrant fall foliage—but we do have a host of reasons to enjoy the switch of season, especially when it comes to fun on the water. Just read on as we share a few simple ways to celebrate the season ahead.

Enjoy wide-open waterways

Now that some of the summer crowds have cleared, you’re free to explore your favorite waterways, beaches and hidden gem destinations with ease. Kick back and relax as South Florida sees lower humidity and, eventually, cooler temperatures that convey fall is truly in the air.

Explore waterfront farmer’s markets and other activities

Fall in South Florida is defined by beautiful weather and plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy—and fortunately for those who can’t get enough cruising time, many of these activities take place right by the water! For example, the West Palm Beach GreenMarket kicks off on October 5th and runs on Saturdays throughout the season. Located on the city’s vibrant downtown waterfront, the GreenMarket gives you the chance to enjoy fresh baked goods, pick up some fruits and veggies, enjoy live music or stroll around with your four-legged friend all before heading back to the marina.

Later this fall, you can cruise down toward Miami’s Coconut Grove for the annual Pumpkin Patch Festival! On October 26th, this boat-loving community comes alive with rides, delicious fall-time eats, a corn maze, and, of course, plenty of pumpkin picking fun—all easy to pair with an afternoon on the water.

Prepare for boat show season

Boat show season is almost here—in late October, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show ushers in months of boat show fun in Miami, Stuart, Palm Beach and beyond! Now is a great time to think about the events you may want to attend, and to consider your current boat situation: do you have a boat you love? Are you looking for an opportunity to upgrade? (Remember, if you want to sell your boat ahead of an upcoming show, South Florida Yachts is here to help!)

Deck out your ride

Fall is all about cozy, home-y traditions, so why not bring a sense of home on the water? By bringing a warm throw blanket or outdoor-friendly pillows aboard, you can ensure that you and your passengers feel at home and at ease when it comes time for on-board entertaining (especially when the temperatures start to dip during nights on the water!). For a sense of fall ambiance, you can also add outdoor-friendly, battery-powered candles to your deck dining space.

Don’t forget the snacks! Pumpkin granola bars or harvest-flavor trail mix are just a few delicious ways to stay fueled on the water, while keeping mess to a minimum.

Cruise with layers

As you prepare your boat for the fall fun ahead, prepare your wardrobe, too! Fortunately, you probably won’t need a thick hat, coat or boots to enjoy time outdoors in Florida this fall. However, by making a few small changes—such as swapping flip-flops for boat shoes, and dressing in layers for cooler night on the water—you can ensure that you’re prepared for whatever the day may bring.

We hope that these ideas help inspire your fall festivities, on and off the water. From boat shows to browsing for your dream ride, South Florida Yachts is here to help you enjoy the season ahead to the fullest. Just call or visit us today to learn more.

For much of the country, fall marks the end of warm, sunny fishing days on the water—but not here in South Florida! In fact, our waters will soon be filled with “snowbird” fish who want to escape the colder waters they spent the summer in, which means some seriously fun fishing lies ahead.

Just read on as we explore what’s biting this season!


Once the heat of summer has cooled down, September marks the beginning of bonefish season for South Florida. This shimmery fish looks like a diamond in the water, and can often be observed in shallow-water destinations, from Palm Beach down to the flats of Biscayne Bay. Fly fishing is a popular way to land one of these shiny-scaled swimmers, either from the deck of your bay boat or by jumping right into the water!


As we progress further into fall, be on the lookout for whopper cobia. This fast-moving fighter of a fish is a thrill to catch—or even to try to catch. Head offshore for a chance at the formidable cobia, and use a combination of chumming and brightly colored jigs to work up attention underwater.


Did you know that Stuart is the Sailfish Capital of the World? Our waters are filled with opportunities to try for this famous fish, known for its striking, blue dorsal fin and long bill that makes it an instantly recognizable catch. To land a sailfish of your own, be prepared for a fast-paced adventure—sailfish are the world’s quickest fish with top speeds reaching nearly 70 miles per hour! Opt for trolling or kite fishing to attract this prized catch when it’s on the move.


Snapper may not be a “snowbird” like some of its fellow fall catches—South Florida anglers know that this fish, a common fixture of the local scene, can be found winter, spring, summer and fall! Still, catching a big, colorful snapper is a timeless thrill, and a proud photo-op moment to boot. To land a serious snapper, know that the largest fish tend to love live bait. Look for snapper around structure such as reefs, mangroves, wrecks and similar areas.


Known for its slender shape, vivid stripes, and speed in the water, wahoo is another favorite for many anglers. Head offshore to find wahoo where it’s most comfortable going fast, and where you can keep up with the action through trolling with live bait, with squid being one popular option.

You know what’s biting—but do you still need the perfect way to get out on the water and cast your line? If so, we can help! Call or visit South Florida Yachts today to find your dream ride, or sell your boat and pick out an upgrade. We’re here to help make your on-the-water adventures even better, this fall and all year long.