Discover Florida by navigating the Intracoastal

Intracoastal waterway

Intracoastal waterway mix

The Floridian Peninsula is so splendorous and exotic that it seems there are several Floridas in the Florida State. The Intracoastal Waterway is something you should not miss: you can travel from Maryland to Miami while enjoying an immensity of different landscapes.

What do you have to know before going to the Intracoastal?

Do I have to pay a toll road?
No, Inttracoastal is toll-free.

Who uses the Intracoastal frequently?
Intracoastal is generally used by light commercial boats and pleasure crafts.

Who supervises the Intracoastal?
The construction, maintenance and surveillance are provided by the US Army Corps of Engineers.


You should be careful with bridges along the Intracoastal. For instance, the minimum overhead for fixed bridges is 56 feet high at Julia Tuttle Causeway in Miami. In case of sailing in stormy or windy weather, you should be especially careful when passing bridges and closed curves. In case of a bridge opening, you have to wait until it has fully opened, if not you will be in infraction and will be fined accordingly.


Speed limits have been selected for comfortable sailing for the crafts that navigate the water way, also some areas are marked as “no wake” zones. There are signs that indicate speed limits throughout the route of the Intracoastal.

A simple and Attractive Route for Sailing the Intracoastal

Fort Lauderdale => Deerfield Beach

If you are from Fort Lauderdale or its vicinity, nothing is better to change the panorama a bit than a pleasant boat trip through the Intracoastal to Deerfield Beach. This route is taken by hundreds of Fort Lauderdale residents every weekend. Why? Because it is a short trip, and the landscape varies along the journey.

One of the best ways to do this is to start either from Deerfield Beach or Fort Lauderdale through the Intracoastal, and return from the sea taking either Boca Raton or Fort Lauderdale inlets.

If you are interested in taking this route you can also chose to spend one night in either Deerfield Beach or Fort Lauderdale before heading home. If you are going to Deerfield Beach, you must check this great Deerfield Beach Hotel to spend the night by yourself or with your family, the Carriage House Resort Motel, which is qualified as best value by Trip Advisor for Deerfield Beach Hotels. You can stay alone or with your family, and it is just a few steps away from the beach.

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