Hipmunk Hotels: Boat-Friendly Hotels from Waikoloa to Ocean City

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Full disclosure: This post was written as part of the Hipmunk Hotels project. I am being paid to write this post, but the opinions in it are my own.

You don’t necessarily need a Cadillac to travel in style — boating is a classy (and classic) way to get from A to B. Here are five boating-friendly American cities on the coast where you can drift right to the door of your hotel room, park your watercraft a walk away, or simply enjoy being near the water.

Waikoloa, Hawaii

In the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Hawaii is surrounded by water, and you won’t have any trouble finding a hotel in Waikoloa on the beach. If you don’t want to be separated from water for even a minute, head to the Hilton Waikoloa Village where an extensive network of canals crisscrosses the property. That makes it possible for you to take a boat taxi from one end of the resort, straight to your room. Why walk when you can ride?

South Lake Tahoe, California

Boat-parking at the Lakeside Marina on South Lake Tahoe is a precious commodity, but if you’re one of the lucky few with a slip at the marina, you’ll be right beside several South Lake Tahoe hotels including The Landing Resort & Spa. Voted #1 Boutique Hotel in California in 2015, The Landing does not skimp on luxury. Go straight from the comfort of your boat to the comfort of a suite with a lake view and a fireplace. Indulge at the hotel’s spa on Wax and Wine Wednesday and receive a complimentary glass of wine along with that Brazilian you’ve always wanted.

Gulf Shores, Alabama

Gulf Shores is in tune with boaters, and several Gulf Shores hotels offer convenient boat parking for guests. If you’ve brought your golf clubs with you, head to The Island House Hotel where you can step off your boat and head straight to the links. Golf packages for nine nearby world-class courses are available with guaranteed tee times. The amenities don’t stop there — The Island House Hotel has Gulf-view rooms with private balconies and breakfast cooked to order at the hotel’s Island Grille restaurant.

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Next to the Intercoastal Waterway, the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina has a private marina for guests as well as a boat taxi to take you to restaurants and attractions. Here for the beaches? The hotel also has a complimentary beach shuttle. Many guest rooms in this Fort Lauderdale hotel have a view of the water, so you can watch the yachts go by and enjoy the view on your private balcony.

The Hilton’s location is ideal for visitors, with the Port Everglades cruise port located nearby, as well as Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

Ocean City, Maryland

Ocean City has plenty of opportunities to enjoy the water — boating, fishing, parasailing, jet skiing, and more. If you’ve brought your own boat, head to a marina or boat launch to get in on the action.

There are several boat launches in Ocean City, and the 87th Street boat ramp is convenient because of its close proximity to the Hilton Inn Ocean City. Strangely enough, the 87th Street boat ramp is actually located on 66th Street, but that doesn’t make it any less useful. Plan your hotel in Ocean City around a boat ramp, pier, or marina to get near the water on your next visit.

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