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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 registered recreational boats in 2014, including popular destinations for on-water getaways from DiscoverBoating.com

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

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Cedar Key

Cedar Key

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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Indian River, DE

Indian River, DE

“The First State,” as it calls itself because of being “the first state” to ratify the Constitution, is a destination for many of Washington, D.C.'s political pundits as well as politicians. More important, though, is the fact that it's a summer destination for any family with a boat. And because there are so many different kinds of water (oceans, bays and of course inlets), the only debate will be “Where do we go today?”

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Carlsbad, CA

Carlsbad, CA

Turns out, imagination isn't far from reality. In fact, if you leave the growing populace of San Diego proper and head 30 minutes north, you wind up in a place that captures the classic, pre-21st century SoCal scene: Carlsbad. Not to say it's old-school; it's just dominated by beaches and boating instead of industry and commerce.

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Miami, FL

Miami, FL

Few people realize that Miami Beach is, in fact, a barrier island—one of many—that protects mainland Miami from the Atlantic Ocean.

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Moosehead Lake

Moosehead Lake

From the top of 1,800-foot Mount Kineo, which sits on a peninsula jutting into Moosehead Lake, you can see miles upon miles of water. Wilderness frames the lake's estuaries and can be seen stretching deep into Canada.

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Thompson Island

Thompson Island

Boston Harbor Islands National Park, encompasses an area that includes 34 islands surrounding the Greater Boston shoreline. These islands are rich in natural and cultural resources which make wonderful destinations for cruisers from around the world.

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