Ponce Inlet - A Boater's Paradise
With over 70% of the total area comprised of water, it should come as no surprise that boat enthusiasts, state and nationwide, look to Ponce Inlet as a mecca of waterfront living. With Ponce Inlet nestled between the Central Florida oceanfront and the sprawling intracoastal waterway, the city offers one of the best opportunities to live on the water or as close to it as possible - all the time. From small beach bungalows to massive oceanfront homes and condos, the Ponce Inlet real estate market thrives off its resident’s penchant for the water. An array of local seafood restaurants and marinas cater to these boat lovers and there are numerous areas to dock or store your boat. The fishing in the area is fantastic, yielding many state records as well as being host to the largest local fishing tournament. If you haven’t started to get the idea that Ponce Inlet is an ideal place for boaters, let’s set sail and explore in depth why calling Ponce Inlet home is, by and large, the best boating location in Central Florida.
Homes and Condos with access: The number of home and condo options with direct water access for your marine equipment is immense. There are homes small to large with almost limitless amenities available for those that desire boat access in their backyard. There are several condominium properties that have boat slips for your convenience or you can peruse the Ponce Inlet riverfront for available estate homes with private docks.
Marina: In Ponce Inlet there is an array of marina options from high-end yacht clubs to do-it-yourself boatyards that make it convenient to get your boat on the water and begin the fun. Below I will outline a few of these great opportunities that make Ponce Inlet truly a boater’s best friend.
Sea Love Boat Works - Boasting the largest lift capacity in Central Florida (70 ton travelift up to 23’ beam), Sea Love Boat Works has everything you need for life on the water. They offer an array of services at reasonable prices and are less than a half mile from the Inlet.
Lighthouse Boatyard & Marina - The largest do-it-yourself boatyard in the area, Lighthouse provides many other great services and has fully-insured contractors available onsite.
Adventure Yacht Harbor - Located in a tree-lined quiet residential neighborhood on the Halifax River, Aventure Yacht Harbor is 100 yards off the ICW and 3 miles north of the Inlet. They can accommodate boats up to 65’ with over 135 slips, both covered and open.
Inlet Harbor Marina - Inlet Harbor has slips with easy access and is the closest full-service marina to the inlet. The have dry storage with 332 slips for boats up to 36’.
Dining: Some of the best local seafood dishes are found in Ponce Inlet restaurants which is no coincidence considering that many of them have their own boat docks where a fresh catch is brought in daily. Sail in for a quick bite or pay a nominal dockage fee for overnight stays. Here a few of these great local businesses that are ready to welcome you by land or sea.
Inlet Harbor - They not only have convenient boat slips in the marina but also a popular restaurant with delicious fresh seafood and lots of fun.
Down the Hatch - Great seafood and fine steak are a staple of this local gem with historic roots back to the original fishing village on which Ponce Inlet was founded.
Lighthouse Landing - Enjoy the gorgeous views beneath the historic lighthouse and sample the delicious fresh seafood options as well as a fully-stocked bar. They have 7 boat slips just a few feet away for the convenience of docking and dining.
Fishing areas and charters: Because of the great location – access to the Gulf Stream, several shoreline reefs, and great shore fishing spots – both experienced and novice anglers will be thrilled by the chance at catching Blue Marlin, sailfish, dolphin, wahoo, tuna, and the tough-to-catch Jack Crevalle. I don’t know any of the “secret spots” around here(I promise), but that’s the fun and convenience of living in Ponce Inlet: quick and easy access to daily boating leisure. The fishing is so good that every May the area plays host to the Greater Daytona Beach Striking Fish Tournament. There are also several nice larger-boat and private fishing charters available in Ponce Inlet.
Port Orange Causeway Park / Below Dunlawton Bridge: This is a popular ramp with a decent amount of parking that offers deep enough access for boats of almost any size. Between Lighthouse Restaurant and Critter Fleet charter fishing: This ramp can be slightly more shallow especially at low-tide and is not recommended for boats larger than 25 feet. Also, the parking area here fills up quickly on weekends and other peak times so get there early.
North Causeway: west of the bridge; Boat Yard St.,New Smyrna Beach. This location is the furthest away from Ponce Inlet homes but provides another option on busy days. There are 3 ramps here and it can also get quite busy during peak season or hours.
Disappearing Island: If you enjoy boating the ICW by Ponce Inlet, Disappearing Island is a great local hangout. Disappearing Island is located north of the Coast Guard station in an area where the receding tides create a sandbar. Local boaters look forward to spending their time hanging out with both new and longtime nautical pals. Boat parking is plentiful here. There is a canal back on the west side of the island that protects boats from the waves which is normally where the larger boats park. Some boaters choose to park slightly off shore while others choose to beach their smaller boats right up on the island. Visitors bring chairs, grills, tables and coolers on to the island to really make a day of it. Many boaters set up games like horseshoes, bolo golf, and bean bag toss and are usually friendly and inviting to others. This is a truly fun experience; a gem of Daytona Beach area living, that you can’t miss.
Let us find the perfect home for you so you can say bon voyage to your old life and begin a new adventure on the water in beautiful Ponce Inlet. Call us today.