Miami Seaplane Base, Great Location for Seaplanes and Adventures!


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When they say location is everything, they must be talking about Miami Seaplane Base. Located on Watson Island, it’s just minutes from South Beach and within walking distance of the Miami Cruise Ship Terminal. There should be a sign there that reads, “The adventure starts here!”

Over the last few years Miami Seaplane Base has been looking toward expanding and renovating their facility. Nacho Vega of Nautilus Enterprises, bought the property from Chalk’s after they stopped operating in 2007. He has a 30 year lease with plans that include expanding the size, building a new hangar and terminal, and providing food and beverage options. Already well known for its great location and proximity to all things exciting in Miami, this refurbishment will further establish Miami Seaplane Base as a top seaplane facility in the U.S.

You can take a Cape Air seaplane from Miami Seaplane Base (which is also an international port of call) to the Florida Keys, Captiva, or Sanibel, as well as Bimini, Harbour Island, Andros or any of the other lovely islands of the Bahamas. Whether you’re fishing, golfing, or just relaxing, starting from Miami Seaplane Base means you’re just a hop, skip and a puddle jump from your favorite beaches, resorts, or fishing lodges.

Miami Seaplane Base was established in 1926 by Arthur “Pappy” Chalk. He started Chalk’s Flying Service in 1917, operating from a beach on Biscayne Bay. Later he moved the operation to Watson Island. Chalk’s claimed to be the oldest continuously operating flight service. In the beginning they offered scheduled flight service using flying boats and amphibious aircraft, going to destinations throughout Florida and the Bahamas. After the events of September 11th 2001 many aircraft companies had to adapt to increased security and flight guidelines. As a result, Chalk’s relocated to Fort Lauderdale International Airport. In 2007 they closed up shop, but the Miami Seaplane Base is open for business and servicing several seaplane operators on a regular basis, including Cape Air.

If you’re interested in booking your next adventure out of Miami Seaplane Base, call us at 800-468-8639 or email us at

Happy travels,

Cape Air – Providing Seaplane Service and Adventures since 1980

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