Florida Yacht Charter
Florida Yacht Charter
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the superyacht capital of the U.S., gets the lion’s share of attention from most charter yacht clients – often serving merely as the jumping-off point for a Bahamas itinerary. But the truth is, much of the Sunshine State’s 1,197 miles of coastline is ideal for yachting.
Florida’s many theme parks have made it a year-round family destination; its warm weather and ubiquitous golf courses draw “snowbirds” during the winter months, and its beach towns are magnets for college students on Spring Break. But most yachting enthusiasts come to Florida for its abundant natural resources. Offshore fishing, in particular, is immensely popular here. But it’s the state’s many barrier islands and cays (there are approximately 4,500 over 10 acres in size) that draw most yachtsmen simply for their beauty.
South Florida is a great choice for a yacht charter due to its tropical climate. To start with, the expansive Everglades National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is well worth a visit. Alligators abound there, along with a huge variety of shore birds. Access is easy from the southern Gulf Coast, or you can travel by car to a park entrance from Fort Lauderdale or Miami.
Miami has been described as a city where “beautiful beaches meet beautiful bodies.” South Beach with its strip of art deco hotels and outdoor dining spots, has long been a supermodels’ hangout. Another must-see is the downtown area with its soaring skyscrapers and vibrant nightlife. A gateway city to Central and South America, Miami moves to a Latin beat that influences its culture and cuisine.
Heading south on your Florida yachting vacation, the mangrove-lined Florida Keys provide a quiet contrast to Miami’s hustle and bustle. Fishing, snorkeling, and scuba diving are the chief pastimes here, along with rest and relaxation. Not far off Key Largo lies John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, where buoys mark the best dive sites. In the middle Keys, you might stop at Hawk’s Cay Resort & Marina, where you can swim with Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. Farther down the island chain, a night spent tied up at Little Palm Island Resort & Spa might make you swear you’ve woken up in Polynesia.
Key West, known as the “Conch Republic,” is a party town. Duvall Street is much like Bourbon Street in New Orleans – lined with nightclubs, eateries and shops, and home to a seemingly endless parade of revelers by night. Each evening, scores of people also converge on Mallory Square to watch as the blazing ball of the sun sinks slowly into the sea. Key West is also full of fascinating history. You can visit Sloppy Joe’s bar, where the Hemingway look-alike contest is held each year, and see the famous author’s home on Whitehead Street, now inhabited by dozens of six-toed cats. Some pieces of the treasure from the sunken 17th century Spanish galleon Nuestra Senora de Atocha can be seen and even purchased at Mel Fischer’s Maritime Museum. If you have more time, a cruise to the Dry Tortugas National Park and Fort Jefferson offers more history, as well as great snorkeling.
Florida Yachts for Charter