All of us want to pamper the most important woman in our lives on Mother’s Day. Why not use your boat as a fun and creative platform to show her just how special she is?
Here are five great ideas to make her Mother’s Day on the water one she’ll remember forever.
1. An elegant picnic in the park
Florida's Intracoastal Waterway is dotted with plenty of boat-accessible state parks perfect for picnics, hiking, birdwatching, kayaking, or just enjoying the shade.
Consider Sebastian Inlet State Park, Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, John D. MacArthur Beach State Park, and Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park as possible staging areas for an elegant picnic.
Think and plan beyond the usual hot-dogs-and-potato-chips paper plate special.
Get together with the kids and pack an elegant picnic brunch with all her favorite foods. Include flowers, music, candles, a tablecloth, cloth napkins, and fancy tableware if that's what she's into – everything to make it festive and special.
Make sure she won’t have to lift a finger. That part is very important to Moms!
2. A relaxing day at the sandbar
If you always spend your boating days at the same anchorage, why not mix it up a little and visit a sandbar you’ve never visited before? Spend the day swimming, snorkeling, or just relaxing with a cold drink and a great book.
Located in north Miami-Dade, The Haulover Sandbar attracts lively crowds most weekends, and is a great place for people watching and enjoying the party atmosphere.
Just west of the Burt Reynolds Park and boat ramp, not far from the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse, the west side of Loxahatchee River Sandbar offers a family-oriented atmosphere, while the east end provides more of a party atmosphere.
The Stuart Sandbar just east of the convergence of the St. Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon offers some great fishing and snorkelling nearby in an area known as “Sailfish Flats.”
Fort Pierce Sandbar is right across the channel from great beach bars and restaurants and features good fishing and snorkelling in the seagrass meadows and nearby reef. Stan Blum Boat Ramp is close by.
3. A special dockside brunch
Of the many dock-and-dine restaurants along the Intracoastal Waterway, these are some great choices with a special Mother’s Day Brunch menu.
THE RUSTY PELICAN, at 3201 Rickenbacker Causeway on Key Biscayne, offers eclectic American cuisine and some of the freshest local seafood around, along with hand-crafted cocktails and elegant service along with a breathtaking view of the Miami Skyline. Call (305) 361-3818 for reservations.
SEASPICE, on the Miami River at 422 NW N River Drive has fast become a hot spot to see and be seen. Another spot with impressive views of the Miami skyline, Seaspice features an extensive avant-garde menu including caviar, stone crabs, and oysters, along with steaks and pasta, premium spirits, and craft cocktails. You really can't go wrong with this one. Make reservations at (305)-440-4200.
In Ft. Lauderdale:
KALUZ features both an elegant dining room and a beautiful casual patio bar to watch the yachts come and go. Watch your meal being prepared in its display kitchen while enjoying one of over 130 featured wines. Kaluz is located at 3300 E Commercial Blvd., just south of the bridge. Call (954) 772-2209 for reservations.
15th Street Fisheries, inside Lauderdale Marina, is an iconic, award-winning family favorite for fresh seafood. If you haven’t fed the giant tarpon from the dock, you’re missing lots of fun. Make reservations by calling (954) 763-2777.
SHOOTERS is a laid-back spot along the Intracoastal at 3033 NE 32nd Avenue, just south of the Oakland Park Blvd. Bridge. Showcasing fast service, amazing desserts, and an extensive selection of teas, Shooters is also a great spot for live music in a casual, friendly atmosphere. Call (954) 566-2855 to make reservations.
The OLD KEY LIME HOUSE RESTAURANT, at 300 East Ocean Avenue just west of the Lantana Bridge, is the oldest waterfront restaurant in Florida, housed in an 1889 former pioneer home. It’s a charming, laid-back reminder of the Florida Keys with its delightful “Margaritaville” ambience and decorated with marine artifacts and souvenirs from the University of Florida. Call (561) 582-1889 to reserve a table.
The SQUARE GROUPER is the kind of beach bar everybody looks for and seldom finds. Order a frosty beer and burger, and watch the moonrise as you wiggle your toes in the sand. On the south side of Jupiter Inlet, at 1111 Love St, you can make reservations by calling (561) 406-6417.
4. A romantic dinner cruise with a champagne toast and all the trimmings
Whether you cook dinner in advance or bring all the fixings to cook aboard, or hire a caterer to meet you with a “to go” dinner at the dock, there’s nothing quite as romantic as an evening cruise along the South Florida coast. Starlight, city lights, and the warmth of a South Florida May evening all combine to make a special celebration all the more romantic.
Top off the evening with a champagne toast, a chocolate truffle or two, and a leisurely cruise back to the dock with quiet music along the way.
5. A weekend getaway
If you’ve got the time and the space, a weekend getaway for Mother’s Day is one of the best reasons to use your boat.
You can be in Isla Morada, Marathon, Key Largo, or Key west in a matter of just a few hours. Drop the hook and enjoy the peace and quiet – or dinghy ashore to a local bar or restaurant. Some of our favorites are the Island Fish Company, Herbies, and Castaways in Marathon; Snooks, Sharkeys, or Snappers in Key Largo; and the A & B Lobster House or Seaside Café at the Mansion in Key West.
And with Bimini just a short 52 nautical miles from Ft. Lauderdale, plan a long weekend to cruise over on Friday, enjoy Saturday and Sunday on the island, and cruise back home on Monday. Tie up at Brown’s Marina or Weech’s Dock, and use it as your base while you explore the island. Take long walks along the beach, rent a golf cart to explore Bailey and Alice Towns, or enjoy some conch salad straight from the sea. And don’t forget the great fishing, diving, and snorkeling you can enjoy in this little slice of heaven.
May is one of the best times of year in South Florida to enjoy your boat, with its warm days and relatively cool nights. And Mother’s Day is one of the best reasons to get out there and celebrate. Happy Mother’s Day!
We’d love to help you with any information that makes your boating easier and more enjoyable. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us over the phone, or in person, at the InterMarine location nearest you.