Florida Yacht Charter Guide

Florida’s “sunshine state” provides an alternative cruising ground for those looking for a cosmopolitan charter.

Famed for its year-round balmy temperatures, there is much more to the  “Sunshine State” of Florida than Mickey and Minnie. The stunning coastline boasts long stretches of sandy beaches, world-class golf courses and elegant palm-lined boulevards that are home to an array of restaurants and bars. The large peninsula is a great place to berth your yacht and step ashore to explore the chic cities of Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach before cruising to the Florida Keys for a cosmopolitan charter with an island feel.

From gazing at epic sunsets in laidback Key West to relaxing on Miami’s uber-cool South Beach to riding an airboat through the wild Everglades, the “Sunshine State,” Florida offers many attractions both aboard and ashore for anyone looking for a cosmopolitan yacht charter.  Well known in yachting circles for the chain of 42 islands known as the Florida Keys, the coastline is famous for its long sandy beaches, world-class golf courses and the cosmopolitan cities of Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach. The latter provides an impressive array of galleries, entertainment and nightlife. At the same time, the Florida Keys are a haven for sailing, diving and sun-worshippers with their balmy waters and warm breezes.

A great way to spend a week on the water is to begin in Palm Beach, easing into the charter with a gentle cruise south, passing Delray Beach and Boca Raton, stepping ashore to Fort Lauderdale, before hitting Miami and on to the easy-paced Florida Keys. Extend your charter by heading back up the Florida Keys, discovering new anchorages and revisiting old favorites.

Location Highlights

  • Snorkel and fish in the waters around Bache Shoal, Elliot Key
  • Explore pastel-colored Art Deco buildings, Miami
  • Cool off on deck with a Rum Runner punch in Windley Key
  • Dive the replica of Christ of the Abyss in the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
  • Dine on local conch at Key West Bight
  • Drive inland to the Everglades National Park
  • Watch street performers as the sun sets on Mallory Square
  • Take a self-guided “Duval pub crawl” on Duval Street
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