Holly Bluff Marina
St. Johns River, Fla.
For houseboaters finding their way to Florida this season, don't miss the opportunity to mosey across the lazy waters of the St Johns River. Winding through 310 miles, St. Johns River is one of the few U.S. waterways that travels in a northerly direction. If you find yourself entranced by the beauty that is St Johns, dock your houseboat at Holly Bluff Marina, located in DeLand, Fla. Holly Bluff offers upwards of 40 houseboat slips at $8 per foot, per month. If you don't own a houseboat, Holly Bluff has 10 timeshare-leased houseboats and five for rent to the general public. If getting to Holly Bluff puts a bit of wear and tear on your houseboat, take it to Holly Bluff's travel lift for a quick set of repairs. For any power issues, Holly Bluff also deals Volvo and Westerbeke generators and offers a gasoline fuel dock if you need to fill up.
Once you've set sail on the meandering river, be sure to take a camera and snap lasting memories that the scenic St Johns River provides. Pace yourself lazily downstream and watch the powerful, ancient alligator gracefully wind through the still, glassy waters. Feeling a little intimidated? Maybe you would prefer to share a picture with a bumbling manatee. Either way, St Johns offers a beautiful myriad of wild flora and fauna. Even if you've traveled every mile of St Johns, every trip will reward you with something new and awe-inspiring to reflect nostalgically on for years to come. Letting yourself meander peacefully with the river will provide peace and relaxation only the immortal waters of St Johns can offer.