California Yacht Charter Guide

Self-proclaimed beach bums and beach bunnies will swoon over the quintessential golden beaches and palm tree-laden cities of southern California during your California yacht charter.

If you’re looking for a laid-back on-water holiday that provides offers all the sun, sea and sand you can imagine, cruising southern California aboard a luxury yacht is definitely for you. From San Diego to Newport Beach to Catalina island, there’s plenty to do and see.

Start your adventure in the swanky seaside city of Newport Beach, California. Situated in the renowned Orange County, Newport Beach is an exceptional spot for beach lovers and surfing enthusiasts. This haven exudes luxury charm and oceanside sophistication. The marinas are chock-a-block with luxury boats and yachts. Visit the Newport Beach Pier and Balboa Pier, Corona del Mar State Beach and the Wedge – a local surf spot known for its heavy swell.

California’s Channel Islands lie off the coast of Southern California and are easily accessible by yacht. Of the eight islands, Santa Catalina is the most famous, but all have unique offerings making them with the visit. Catalina is home to Two Harbors, a resort town situated in the north of the island. Avalon, located in the south, is home to the stunning Descanso Beach and the chic Catalina Casino, offering a lot to do when visiting.

Further south during your California yacht charter is San Diego. One of California’s larger cities, here you will find moderate temperatures, sunny beaches, stunning vistas, local wildlife and so much more. When docked or around in San Diego, some of the can’t-miss activities include the San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park and the USS Midway, to name a few. San Diego offers ample fine dining and shopping opportunities as well as plenty of gardens and museums to explore during your California yacht charter.

Location Highlights

  • Spend an afternoon surfing then visiting beach bars in Newport Beach
  • Keep your eyes peeled for whales as you cruise the California coastline
  • Spend the day exploring the historic town of Avalon on Catalina Island
  • Zip line Descanso Canyon on Catalina Island
  • Explore San Diego's Balboa Park and visit the zoo
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