Northwest Florida offers enough unique and varied boating experiences to appeal to all types of water enthusiasts. The Gulf of Mexico; Choctawhatchee and St. Joseph Bay; the Intracoastal Waterway; and numerous other inlets, tributaries and rivers are a boater's dream. Boat, canoe, kayak and Jet Ski rentals, deep-sea fishing and sailboat charters, sightseeing cruises and other activities can be found around almost every corner. Have your own boat? The Port St. Joe Marina and Baypoint Marina offer top-notch amenities, facilities and services. Feel like taking in the sights? Take a river cruise in the "strange and mysterious" waters of Wakulla River, where scenes from Creature from the Black Lagoon were filmed.

For fishing enthusiasts, seasonal migrations of king, trout, blue, Spanish mackerel, cobia and tarpon add to the popularity of local fishing in the Gulf. From late May to October, sport fishing for blue and white marlin, sailfish, yellowfin tuna, dolphin fish and wahoo top the fishing calendar. There are dozens of deep-sea charter boats that will take you to deep water and let you test your fishing skills. Inland, you'll find redfish, trout, sweet bay scallops and other species among the bays, bayous and inlets throughout the region. Professional Orvis-endorsed guides offer half- and full-day guided expeditions in the area's "short water" spots.