California Yacht Charter Guide
Nature lovers, adventure seekers and those seeking relaxation all will fall in love with California during a luxury yacht charter
Those hailing from the Golden State will tell you that the “left coast is the best coast,” and California certainly puts up a good argument to support this catchphrase. The stunning deep-blue Pacific waters not only are teeming with sea life, which is very enticing to fishing enthusiasts, but the Pacific Ocean also laps the beautiful beaches and stunning rocky coastlines that frame California’s coastline. This is why a California luxury yacht charter is perfect for nature lovers, those who enjoy outdoor activities, adventure seekers or charter guests who enjoy relaxing and taking in beautiful sights.
SANTA BARBARA TO SANTA CRUZ
Welcome aboard at Santa Barbara on the mainland. Enjoy a light lunch during a one-to-two-hour cruise to Santa Cruz Island. Anchor at either Prisoners Anchorage or Smuggler’s Cove.
SANTA CRUZ ISLAND TO SANTA ROSA ISLAND
Breakfast on board. Kayak in the Painted Caves – professionally guided tours into one of the largest sea caves in the world. Enjoy a packed picnic lunch.
Cool off by snorkeling in the kelp forests at Scorpion Anchorage and spot Garibaldi, the California state fish or schools of opal eye or bat rays.
3 & 4
Enjoy breakfast while underway. Arrive at Two Harbors, Catalina, for snorkeling and lunch. In the mid-afternoon pull up anchor and cruise toward Avalon, passing the iconic Avalon Casino and Theatre. Moor or anchor at Avalon for the night. Enjoy a sunset golf cart ride (only island transport) to Wrigley Mansion where you will enjoy a celebratory cocktails and unsurpassed views of Avalon harbor and the California coastline.
5 & 6
After breakfast cruise to Newport Beach. Arrive and dock in Newport Beach and enjoy the club amenities at the Balboa Bay Club. Enjoy dinner aboard and a reserved trip to local hot spots for dancing the night away in “The OC.”
Enjoy one last breakfast aboard before disembarking at noon.
The Channel Islands are located off the southern coast of California, perfect for guests flying into San Diego or Los Angeles — be sure to take a day or two to visit these hot spot cities before or after your charter. Incredibly diverse, the Channel Islands offer everything from the famed resort island of Catalina to national parks where you can experience all of nature’s wonders. Visit the picturesque town of Avalon, don a wetsuit and dive below the waterline of the Pacific to experience a kelp forest, head ashore for a hike or simply sit back with a glass of California-produced wine while you cruise, taking in the sights.
Other yachting hot spots to visit along the southern coastline of California include the golden beaches of Newport Beach. Be sure to grab your surfboard and hang ten then head ashore to visit one of the local restaurants famous for their seafood dishes — fish tacos are a must! The famous beaches of Malibu a bit farther north along the California coast also beckon as you cruise. It’s the perfect place to see and be seen.
Heading north, California’s coastline is a sight to behold and once you make your way to San Francisco, you will be enamored by the misty fog rolls that encompass the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. The sunlight plays off the water drops creating views straight from a postcard. Enjoy a front-row seat during a Northern California yacht charter.
San Francisco is steeped in culture and history. The birthplace of the counter culture in the 1960s, the Haight-Ashbury district of the city is one of the most renowned intersections in the world. Hopping on a cable car is the best way to traverse the city’s beautiful rolling hills.
Cruise by Chinatown and stop in the legendary Gump’s San Francisco to fill your shopping desires. Golden Gate Park boasts incredible views and a luxury yacht charter of Northern California would not be complete without a visit to the iconic Fisherman’s Wharf, where you can watch fish fly through the air as they’re sold or enjoy the friendly sea lions that call the pier home play about or bask in the sun.
Off the coast of San Francisco sits The Rock. Once thought to be an impenetrable prison, Alcatraz held federal criminals captive from the days of the Civil War. Now, a bird sanctuary, it is home to the first lighthouse on the West Coast of the States. Millions of visitors step foot here each year to tour the allegedly haunted cells.
Point Reyes National Seashore is a geological masterpiece, sitting just north of San Francisco. Lying on the San Andreas Fault, it is separated from the mainland and is partially submerged under the sea. With the location of beautiful wild coastal beaches framed by stunning cliffs, there are few better places to take in a Pacific Coast sunset.
Although an hour inland, northwest of San Francisco, wine connoisseurs must take the opportunity to visit Napa Valley. This premier travel destination hosts rolling hills covered in vineyards boasting some of the world’s most incredible wineries. With an array of incredible restaurants and vineyards to visit, Napa is the perfect way to end a Northern California yacht charter.
►Visit the beautiful Catalina Island
►Dive the kelp forests
►Visit the Malibu Pier
►Enjoy a wine tasting experience in Northern California
►Cruise the Golden Gate Bridge