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Our pick: Cedar Key, Florida

Cedar Key, Florida
Cedar Key, Florida

But despite its out-of-the-way, end-of-the-road status, Cedar Key does draw its share of visitors. Bird-watchers flock to one of the oldest bird and wildlife refuges in the U.S., and those in the know come here for what has to be one of the most impressive can't-miss-restaurants-to-people ratios in the country.

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Top 10 Boating States

Top boating states, ranked by total economic value in 2012, including popular destinations for on-water getaways from DiscoverBoating.com

#1
Florida
#2
California
#3
Michigan
#4
Texas
#5
New York
#6
Minnesota
#7
Wisconsin
#8
North Carolina
#9
Illinois
#10
South Carolina

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St. Michaels, MD

St. Michaels, MD

St. Michaels has 1,200 year-round inhabitants, but in the summertime the tiny burg on Maryland’s eastern shore literally explodes with seasonal residents and guests who come for crabs, quaint cottages and the call of the Chesapeake.

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Abaco Islands, Bahamas

Abaco Islands, Bahamas

You can go a million miles away by simply traveling east from Florida’s bustling coastal ports about 250 miles. That’s where you’ll find the Abaco island chain, a 130-mile arc of Bahamas Out Islands.

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Jekyll Island

Jekyll Island

In the late 1800s, a group of northern millionaires, among them the Rockefellers, Vanderbilts, Goulds, Astors, Morgans and Goodyears...

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Sarasota, FL

Sarasota, FL

Away from the commercial marine traffic and urban bustle of Florida’s Tampa Bay is the easygoing amble of Sarasota, just a few nautical miles south along the state’s central west coast.

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Morehead City, NC

Morehead City, NC

While many people think of North Carolina as a mountainous retreat, there are many jewels to discover east of the Great Smokies. The coast of North Carolina is a treasure trove of diving and big game fishing opportunities.

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Plymouth, MA

Plymouth, MA

There is no doubt that the area’s rich colonial heritage is worth checking out for history-buff boaters visiting Massachusetts’ Boston South Shore.

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