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The Intracoastal Waterway in Flagler County - A Special Gem!

Van Snider
Van Snider

I’ve had the pleasure of living in three states and one foreign country as a result of job opportunities as well as two years of military active duty. Boating has been a part of my lifestyle and I have boated primarily in Ohio, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Canada and the Bahamas. This is the second time my wife and I have lived in Florida. The first time my family and I resided for sixteen years in the city of Plantation which is in Broward County west of Fort Lauderdale. I mention this because I have had a variety of power-boating, skiing, sailing, and scuba diving experiences. My wife and I both agree that boating on the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) in Flagler County is a unique, peaceful, and pleasing experience.

As most Florida residents know, it is not unusual to have family and friends who live in the North stop to visit. We are no exception. Don’t get me wrong, we love those visits as long as they are not too lengthy. Those visits usually include a boat ride either north toward Marineland or south toward Ormond Beach on the ICW from the Palm Coast Parkway/Hammock Dunes Bridge. Every person that we have taken on our boat have been amazed at the beauty and serenity of the experience and have also found cruising on the ICW to be a treasure worth experiencing. If you don’t own a boat, don’t worry. Tropical Kayaks at the Palm Coast Marina offers kayak, paddle board, water bike and electric boat rentals. Visit for details. Ripple Effect Ecotours located at Marineland Municipal Marina offers kayaking and boat tours. Visit Whether you like to fish or just take a boat ride, local Charter Captains offer both.  Yes, even a ICW cruise in Hammock Dunes Resorts’ 117’ Sundance Yacht is an option worth your consideration. Details are at

Even with over 5,000 registered watercraft in Flagler County, we are amazed how few boats are operated at one time, especially on weekdays. Activity does increase during weekends and great weather days. This is a treat compared to the high intensity of boating in other regions in Florida and other states.

If you are visiting our community, we encourage you to see what boating is like in Palm Coast and the Flagler Beaches. We have a special gem, but we’ll share it with you.