6 Legal Places to Jet Ski in Massachusetts Worth Riding

Jet Ski Riding Areas Massachusetts

When most people think of Massachusetts, they don’t necessarily think of places to go jet ski riding. But you know what? There are several spots that the locals have kept quiet about for years.

But yet, here we are. JetSkiAdvice is about to spill the beans, so you can go exploring with your PWC this weekend! Even if you’re not from Boston itself, you’re sure to find some great spots where you can ride for most of the year. Let’s begin.

These places are where you can ride a jet ski in Massachusetts:

1. Webster Lake

Webster Lake is the perfect place for beginners. If you’ve just bought a PWC, head here on a weekday to avoid the crowds and the swell. There is a great boat ramp at Memorial Beach, though an entrance fee may be charged. This is also a great spot for weekend camping as well as tow sports.

2. Dorchester Bay

Boston Harbor is the best recommendation for complete freedom. Where you can (for the most part) leave the speed limits and restrictions behind, if only for a few hours of joy. Head for the Morrissey Blvd boat ramp or the Brooks St boat ramp as an alternative.

3. Nantucket Sound

A slightly quieter alternative is Nantucket Sound. This area is popular with sailors and the waterway is relatively calm despite some swell. The best recommended boat ramp is Saquatucket Harbor Ramp #684 which you’ll find off Route 28, otherwise known as Main Street with parking costing $10.

4. Sesuit Harbor

Sesuit Harbor in Dennis becomes quite busier on weekends but during the week it’s a beautiful and quiet area. If you’ve just bought your jet ski and are keen to head for the ocean, then this makes for the perfect training ground! Take it easy going out the channel and you can park on either the east or western sides, with prices cheaper on the eastern side…especially on a weekday!

5. Providence River

While not the best places to explore on a jet ski, the Providence River allows you to really take in the sights and sounds of Providence city. You’ll need to prepare for this trip as it’s a decent haul down the interstate from Boston, with numerous boat ramps to choose from. Be mindful of other marine traffic and speed restrictions.

6. Lake Congomond

Lake Congomond is a small yet stable body of water that’s popular with jet ski riders and water skiers alike. Congomond Lakes North boat ramp has several lanes which comes in especially helpful on weekends where there can be a line up. Once you’re tired from a day of riding, be sure to cast a line as the fishing opportunities here are plentiful!

In Summary

There we have it! 6 great spots to ride in MA with a couple you probably didn’t know about. Plan ahead with a full tank of gas, plus enough food and water for your day on the water.

Have you found any other great riding areas? Drop me a line as I’d be keen to update to list.

Miami Jet Ski Rental: How To Get Riding For $70!

Miami Jet Ski Rentals

Did you know that jet ski hire has become super affordable? This is due to COVID-19 and fewer tourists on the beaches of Miami.

So whether you’re a local or visiting from interstate, I’ve done a lot of the groundwork here to find you the most affordable options for hiring a jet ski or going on a tour.

Just keep in mind that the machines you’ll hire are typically underpowered. While they can take 2 people, it’s going to be a slow ride and nothing like riding a full-sized performance-orientated PWC.

Miami Jet Ski Hire Shops

You certainly can hire a jet ski for less than 70 buckaroos. Problem is though…this will be a 30-minute ride and you’re back to the dock. Just when you’re really about to open the throttle…BAM! You’ll be told that the time is up.

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It’s for this reason that I really recommend that you get yourself a decent rental for at least an hour, if not two. This is going to cost you $150 to $300 but well worth it, and the first time you go I recommend going with a tour guide.

Here are the most popular places to hire jet skis in Miami:

1. BJM Jetski Rentals

One of the most popular places to hire a jet ski is BJM. Their reviews are pretty high and the prices are pretty affordable. It’s where I’d be going if it’s my first time out there.

2. Miami Beach Jet Ski Rentals

Another great spot to go to is these guys. I’ve heard great things and their prices are quite reasonable. They’re right on the beach so you can jump in for a swim afterwards!

3. Just Jet Ski Rentals & Tours

I recommend tours for first-time riders and Just Jet Ski is perfect. The pretty friendly team over there can get you organized and riding in about 10 minutes.

4. Jet Skis in Miami

Interesting name and you’ll get pretty good service here too. You can tell that the owners really know their personal watercraft very well. They’re not my first choice but that doesn’t mean that they’re bad.

Getting Started

It’s pretty easy to get out there and start riding, and no – you won’t need a PWC licence even if you’re from interstate or overseas. Some valid photo ID is all that is necessary.

Keep in mind that there is certain etiquette that you need to abide by such as not capsizing your jet ski or doing 70 miles per hour. Typically the jet ski models they use are recreational-lite which means the GTI90 is the model of choice. Max speed on the waterways is typically 40 knots.

Stay safe out there!

How to Jet Ski from Miami to the Bahamas (2022)

Jet Ski To The Bahamas

It’s the dream of many to ride a jet ski to another country such as the Bahamas. Consider it an international expedition with a jet ski. The best part is that you don’t need to travel far from Miami.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: COVID-19 Restrictions mean that current information changes frequently. What was written 5 minutes ago may not be relevant now. It’s best to refer to government websites and media outlets in both countries before planning.

In normal times, you can easily travel by jet ski from Miami to the Bahamas in a day trip, but it will require some preparation. I’ll show you how (assuming we’re not in a Pandemic) in this detailed guide.

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Let’s jump straight into it!

Preparing Your Jet Ski for The Bahamas

It all really comes in the planning stages. I’d recommend that you do the following:

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  1. Pack your passport! You will need it to get past customs on both ends. Some people forget that it has to have a few months worth of expiry left.
  2. Exchange your US dollars into Bahamian dollar before you leave home. It’s harder to exchange dollars at most places, plus some places aren’t authorized to change money either.
  3. Make sure your jet ski has had a recent service and is fully clean with no leaks. It’s
  4. Check the weather! This can make the difference between fun and frustration.
  5. Fuel up your jet ski to the very top plus check your oil levels too.
  6. Double-check you have everything, including at least 5 litres of fresh drinking water.
  7. Ask a buddy to join you, as riding a jet ski to the Bahamas is lonely to do solo. There are group rides that open to the public leaving Miami every weekend, as long as the weather is great!

It really doesn’t take that much more than a normal day of riding, apart from some additional preparation. The biggest one, of course, is the passport that you’ll need to pack in a dry bag. I know several riders who got their passports wet when riding, so don’t avoid that mistake.

Setting a Route to The Bahamas

There are multiple ways to travel by jet ski from Miami to the Bahamas.

Here are 3 routes that are quite popular:

  1. Fort Lauderdale to Freeport (the longest route)
  2. Miami to Bimini which only takes 1.5 hours by jet ski
  3. Fort Lauderdale to Bimini (quite a popular route)

These are the more popular tourist spots. If you want something a little quieter, then there are numerous spots you can find but you’ll still need to clear customs at either Bimini or Freeport before going to have a picnic or stay overnight.

Returning to the United States

On the return to the United States, expect to be questioned by Customs as to what you were doing away. This is because they are very security-conscious about people doing the wrong thing between countries. You know what I mean.

I would advise that you aim to return long before sunrise. You or someone else might have a mechanical issue on the return which could require towing. Trust me: the extra sunshine hours will come in helpful.

The other issue is that often the boat ramp is busy in the late afternoon. Retrieving a jet ski at nighttime is a riskier process and it’s also not that fun being bitten by insects at the boat ramp.

Summary

Riding a personal watercraft to the Bahamas and back in a day is great fun! You can also combine it with jet ski camping or simply stay at one of the many beach-side huts. Their 24/7 security can mind your jet ski while you’re sleeping, or you can buy a PWC lock or set an alarm system.

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Group riding is so much fun and often there is a support boat to carry extra gas. I do know of several people who have done it solo but it is riskier.

Either way, have fun and stay safe!