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Explore these breath-taking boating destinations

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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Cave Run Lake

Cave Run Lake

A lake in the middle of Daniel Boone National Forest doesn't seem like the ideal spring-break destination, but that's what first took me and a half-dozen friends to this clear, hideaway lake. We pitched tents in Twin Knobs Campground, which is run by the park, and launched a handmade boat from a handmade trailer on the nearby ramp.

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Simply Carrabelle

Simply Carrabelle

There are few places in Florida where you can experience solitude on an abandoned beach while watching the sun set over the Gulf. However, a small town on the Forgotten Coast is just the place if you're looking to get away from the crowds, traffic and endless displays of Florida t-shirts.

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Tortola, BVI

Tortola, BVI

Just northeast of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, Tortola and the British Virgin Islands (BVI) are regarded by many as the ultimate cruising ground in the Caribbean—and with good reason.

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Lake Mead

Lake Mead

The desert on the Arizona – Nevada border may be the last place you think of when some says “boating,” but you’d be missing one of America’s premier water destinations.

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Norwalk

Norwalk

Connecticut, Norwalk especially has always been on the vanguard of the oyster industry. Legends exist about foot-long oysters with five-pound meats, growing in beds big enough to restrict navigation.

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Twin Lakes

Twin Lakes

Originally formed by glacial activity, the natural melt-water reservoirs known as Twin Lakes were enlarged to provide water storage — a process that created some 1,700 acres of clean but cold water for recreational boaters to enjoy. It's easy to understand, after a mountainous drive that tests a truck's transmission, why the place is not overrun with boaters.

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