Yacht Charter California

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

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

Top things to see and do on California yacht charters

Exploring California’s coastline on a luxury yacht holiday offers many unforgettable experiences.

Newport Beach in Orange County

Start your adventure in the swanky seaside city of Newport Beach, California. Newport Beach is an exceptional spot for beach lovers and surfing enthusiasts in the renowned Orange County. 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.

Visit Los Angeles

On a Los Angeles yacht charter, you can visit the iconic city and stroll along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, explore the vibrant neighborhoods of Venice Beach and Santa Monica, and take a studio tour at Universal Studios or Warner Bros. In San Francisco, ride a cable car through the steep streets, visit Alcatraz Island, and explore the historic Fisherman’s Wharf.

California’s Channel Islands

California’s Channel Islands lie off the coast of Southern California and are easily accessible by yacht. Santa Catalina is the most famous of the eight islands, but all have unique offerings, making them worth visiting. 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.

Southern California – San Diego

Further south during your California yacht charter in San Diego. As one of California’s larger cities, you will find moderate temperatures, sunny beaches, stunning vistas, local wildlife, and much more. When docked or around 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 and plenty of gardens and museums to explore during your California yacht charter.

California yacht charter itinerary

Embark on an unforgettable journey along the stunning California coastline, setting sail from the iconic city of Los Angeles; indulge in the luxurious amenities of your private yacht as you cruise towards the sun-kissed shores of Santa Barbara.

Charterers can immerse themselves in the vibrant culture of this coastal gem before venturing towards the picturesque Channel Islands National Park, where crystal-clear waters and pristine beaches await exploration. Continue southward, marveling at the Central Coast’s rugged cliffs and hidden coves, before arriving at the enchanting Monterey Bay.

Conclude your adventure in the cosmopolitan city of San Francisco, where you can savor world-class cuisine and breathtaking views of the Golden Gate Bridge. With each stop offering a unique blend of natural beauty and coastal charm, a California yacht charter promises an unparalleled experience of indulgence and discovery.

Contact a yacht charter broker in California

Northrop & Johnson is a leading international yacht brokerage with access to California’s best and most luxurious yachts for charter. Our yacht charter brokers boast unparalleled expertise and market intelligence with offices in Newport Beach. We take pride in listening to our client’s needs and crafting exceptional charter itineraries in and around California. Rent a superyacht in Catalina Island or take a trip to Los Angeles on the ultimate California yacht charter vacation. Whether you want to charter a yacht for a luxury vacation or corporate event, contact our yacht brokers in Newport Beach, California, today.

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Charter Highlights California

  • 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
  • Drive along the Pacific Coast Highway and stop at charming coastal towns like Malibu
  • Visit California's Yosemite National Park
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California Yacht Charter FAQs

When is the California yachting season?

The California yachting season typically runs from late spring to early fall, roughly from May to September. During this time, the weather along the California coastline is generally mild and sunny, with calm seas and favorable wind conditions, making it ideal for yachting and exploring the coastal waters.

Where can I berth my yacht in California?

California offers numerous marinas and yacht clubs along its extensive coastline where you can berth your yacht. Some popular locations include:

  1. Marina del Rey: Located near Los Angeles, Marina del Rey is one of the largest man-made small boat harbors in the world, offering a wide range of amenities and services.
  2. Newport Beach: Newport Beach boasts several marinas and yacht clubs, including Newport Harbor Yacht Club and Balboa Yacht Club, providing easy access to the beautiful waters of Newport Bay and the Pacific Ocean.
  3. San Francisco Bay Area: The Bay Area is home to several marinas and harbors, including San Francisco Marina Harbor, South Beach Harbor, and Marina Bay Yacht Harbor in Richmond, providing stunning views of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and access to the Bay’s scenic waters.
  4. Santa Barbara: The Santa Barbara Harbor offers a picturesque setting for yacht berthing, with easy access to the vibrant downtown area and the Channel Islands National Park.
  5. San Diego: San Diego features numerous marinas, including Shelter Island Marina, San Diego Yacht Club, and Harbor Island West Marina, providing access to the city’s vibrant waterfront and nearby attractions.


How much does a California superyacht charter cost?

The cost of a yacht charter in California will depend on several factors, including your yacht choice, length of charter experience, and cruising itinerary. The larger and more prestigious the vessel, the more expensive the yacht rental will be. Expect the entry point for a luxury crewed charter in California with Northrop & Johnson to start at around US$50,000 a week, rising to more than one million for the world’s finest superyachts and mega yachts. If you want to enjoy a luxury yacht charter in California, the team at Northrop & Johnson will be delighted to assist you. Our yacht charter brokers will select your ideal yacht and craft an incredible getaway in California, including arranging reservations at the most exclusive restaurants, beach clubs, and spas. Contact us today, and let us curate your next vacation experience or browse our yacht rentals in California, US.

What amenities can I expect aboard a California yacht rental?

The amenities aboard every California yacht rental will differ depending on your choice of vessel. Typical amenities you can expect aboard a luxury superyacht include:

  • Hot tub
  • Swimming pool
  • Cinema room
  • Spacious salons and deck spaces
  • Professional kitchen
  • Helipad or helicopter hangar with fueling facilities
  • Garage with tenders and water toys
  • Beach Club
  • Fully equipped gym
  • Spa facilities, such as a treatment room, beauty salon, sauna and hammam

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