The USA is one of the most diverse superyacht destinations in the world showcasing an array of spectacular sights from big blue-bird skies and majestic snow-capped mountains to charming picturesque harbors and historic colonial towns. Further south, vsiitors can also experience a warmer more vibrant atmosphere that belies its Caribbean and Latin heritage, interwoven with the alluring glamor of 5-star resorts and megayacht marinas. Whatever your desires, endless potential abounds for a superyacht rental vacation in this magical country.
Bounded by vast oceans and seas: from the Arctic, Pacific and Atlantic oceans to the balmy Caribbean Sea, the USA is notable for its wildly diverse landscape. From the first pilgrim settlers who landed at Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts in 1620 to the present day, the USA has been transformed to become one of the most economically developed nations in the world. However, the draw card for yacht charters undoubtedly lies in its rich cultural history and the amazingly varied cruising grounds on offer.
USA YACHT BOOKING GUIDE:
- USA: At a Glance
- Where to Rent a Yacht in the USA
- Types of Rental Yachts in the USA
- How Much Does it Cost to Rent a Yacht in the USA?
- Where Should I Begin My Yacht Charter in the USA?
- When is the Best Time to Visit America by Yacht?
- Marinas for Yacht Charters in America
- Anchorages for Yacht Rentals in the USA
- Airports in the USA
- Booking Advice from the Experts
- Local Insight
- Most Popular Superyacht Hotspots in the USA:
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- Diverse topography
From huge glaciers, vast lakes, deep canyons, giant forests, craggy coastlines and miles upon miles of glittering golden beaches, this country has it all.
- Rich maritime history
America’s historic East Coast has deep connections with its sailing past; from the first settlers who founded the whaling and boat building communities to the glamorous yacht clubs and summer jazz festivals we know today, and it is widely acknowledged as the birthplace of yachting.
- Wide variety of marinas and anchorages
USA is eminently a yacht charter destination with a strong yacht infrastructure that caters to the thousands of vessels traversing its vast coastline and myriad islands each year.
- National Parks and UNESCO World Heritage sites
This country boasts an incredible collection of national parks and world heritage sites unrivaled anywhere in the world.
- Popular neighboring destinations
USA enjoys close proximity to Canada on its West Coast, as well as the Bahamas and the Caribbean in the south east, offering bountiful stunning additional cruising grounds from which to start or finish your yacht charter.
With a supreme raft of destinations to choose from, you may not be sure where to head to on your USA yacht charter. To make it a little bit easier, we have compiled a list of some of the best places to visit:
Pacific Northwest (San Juans & Anacortes, Desolation Sound, Sunshine Coast, Alaska)
Best for: visual drama, glaciers, majestic mountains, salmon fishing, diverse wildlife, endless miles of tranquil cruising, stunning anchorages, dramatic sunsets
California (San Francisco, Newport Beach, San Diego, Baja California)
Best for: year-round cruising, natural harbors, whale watching, national parks, Hollywood heritage, characterful islands, iconic landmarks, laid-back beaches
New England (Maine, Newport, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, Cape Cod, New York)
Best for: lighthouses, rocky coastline, lobster fishing, sailing yachts, colonial heritage, legendary summer festivals, charming architecture, art galleries, walking tours, vibrant autumn foliage
Florida (Daytona Beach, Miami, Fort Lauderdale)
Best for: everglades, fishing, snorkelling, water sports, scuba diving schools, secluded anchorages, excellent marina facilities, miles of pristine beaches, Hollywood royalty, luxury resorts, celebrated nightlife, short distance to the stunning Abacos Islands
Florida Keys (Key Largo, Key West, Bimini Islands)
Best for: coral reefs, spectacular scuba diving and snorkelling, kayaking, eco-tours, dolphin watching, island hopping, fishing, gateway to the Bahamas
Neighbouring Regions (Bahamas and Caribbean)
Best for: white-sand beaches, turquoise waters, marine parks, coral reefs, an abundance of marine life, stunning anchorages, water sports, pastel-hued villages, excellent dining, vibrant clubs and bars
As an enduring and highly popular yacht charter destination, there will always be a varied selection of charter yachts to choose from. If you are unsure of the type of yacht that would best suit your needs, there are a few things you should consider first:
With their ability to cover vast distances over a short period, as well as offering comfortable and generous accommodation, not to mention a much wider variety of onboard facilities and water toys, a motor yacht charter could prove the perfect choice for your vacation. From high-performance open yachts, perfect for zipping around waterways and harbors, to larger displacements vessels offering luxurious cruising at a slightly more relaxed pace, the choices are endless.
If you prefer a more adventurous style of cruising, then a sail yacht charter could be just the ticket. New England on America's East Coast is a renowned sailing mecca, where you can enjoy far-reaching views of the Appalachian mountains as you cruise this stretch of glorious rugged coastline.
There promises to be plenty of favorable winds wherever your destination and a sailing yacht charter is a superb way to experience all the wonder this beautiful country has to offer.
With spacious accommodation and shorter drafts enabling access to shallow waters, catamarans can also prove a great choice for yacht charters, especially if you wish to incorporate the exquisite shallow turquoise waters of the Bahamas into your itinerary.
With the wide variety of yachts available for charter across the country, there should be something to suit every type of budget. The average prices for motor and sailing yacht charters in the USA are as follows;
|Average Length||Average low Season*||Average high Season*|
|25m - 30m||$50,587||$50,587|
|30m - 40m||$76,337||$80,007|
|40m - 50m||$167,011||$174,375|
|50m - 60m||$310,118||$317,500|
|60m - 70m||$570,701||$716,174|
|80m - 90m||$1,044,944||1,044,944|
* All prices are quoted per week plus expenses.
|Average Length||Average low Season*||Average high Season*|
|30m - 40m||$36,714||$45,000|
|40m - 50m||$65,000||$76,871|
* All prices are quoted per week plus expenses.
The possibilities of where to start your USA yacht charter are endless, so the answer really depends on your chosen destination. Whether you are looking to cruise around the warm blue waters of Florida and the Bahamas, or prefer the majestic scenery and incredible wildlife of Alaska, there is a destination to suit everyone's taste and desires around this spectacular country.
For Florida yacht charters on the southeast coast, Miami is great place to kick start your charter, where you will find plenty of international transport links, plus well-equipped superyacht marinas and luxury resorts in which to indulge yourself. Relax with a heavenly massage or take advantage of the many fine-dining options available before heading south to explore the exquisite Florida Keys. Nassau is another fantastic option for those wishing to include the beautiful cruising grounds of the Bahamas in their itinerary.
For East Coast charters, the quintessential all-American yachting ports of Newport, Rhode Island and Maine further north are fantastic jumping-off points for New England yacht charters, offering picture-perfect bays, charming clapboard houses, boutique art galleries and chic yacht clubs.
Sag Harbor to Nantucket (6 days)
On the country's West Coast, San Francisco provides an ideal place to start your yacht vacation, with a number of international airports serving the region and reliable shuttle and fast-speed train services delivering you straight to the harbor. Don't forget to include a trip to downtown San Francisco where you can explore its fascinating curving streets and hidden alleys. Head north to visit Napa Valley's famous wineries or south to explore this region's stunning golden-fringed coastline, including the eternally glamorous Los Angeles, San Diego and Baja California.
Up in the Pacific Northwest region, the San Juan and Gulf Islands are incredibly popular for yacht rental vacations where the pace of life is slower. This stunning archipelago of 450 or so islands offers relaxed and tranquil cruising, with short hops between islands. Accessible by road, Anacortes is the ideal jumping-off point for your superyacht rental around this exquisite region. Head south to the breathtaking Desolation Sound; world-class cruising grounds bursting with diverse wildlife from humpback whales to the emblematic Bald eagle.
For more information and advice on your preferred charter destination and itinerary, please speak with your yacht charter broker.
As part of the third largest continent in the world, the best time to visit during your superyacht vacation will naturally depend on your destination;
- Pacific Northwest – peak cruising times are during the months of June-September, however, the shoulder months of May and early October are also worth considering, offering a less crowded chartering experience, especially around the San Juans, and the weather is still usually quite settled.
- West Coast – for yacht rentals around San Francisco, Napa Valley, California and Baja California further south, the best time to visit is around May through to November, although these destinations can be enjoyed all year round.
- Florida – the optimum times to visit the Sunshine State will be from November through to April, which are the driest months where temperatures rarely dip below 20 degrees in winter. You should note that Christmas and New Year are peak times and can get busy, so if you are looking to rent a yacht over this period we recommend booking early. Ideally, ensure your yacht charter is booked no later than late spring/early summer to avoid the hurricane season from July-October.
- New England – the ideal time to visit this charming location will be from May to September, although shoulder months are a great time to avoid the crowds, especially late September when the foliage on the leaves start to change to reveal the breathtaking canvas of golden hues and rich deep reds this destination is so famous for.
The USA has been a renowned destination for yacht lovers for years, spurring the construction of hundreds of excellent, well-equipped marinas up and down the East and West Coast, and throughout its vast labyrinth of waterways and lakes, which cater to yachts of all shapes and sizes.
We have listed some of our favourite marinas at which to park up and take a breather whilst on your yacht charter, where you are sure to be welcomed with a wide smile and offered lots of helpful advice as you head off to explore your new surroundings.
- North Cove Marina, downtown New York: hosts yachts of up to 53m LOA, with a max draft of 4m.
- Montauk Yacht Club, Hamptons: this exclusive marina is located near the Hamptons, with pools and tennis courts as well as access to Gurney's Resort facilities. It has 232 berths catering to yachts of up to 67m / 220ft.
- Saybrook Point Inn Marina & Spa, Connecticut: a fabulous location with great amenities on the Long Island Sound, comprising 123 berths for yachts up to 70m / 230ft in length.
- Newport: the spiritual home of yachting offers fantastic first-rate marinas including Newport Marina, Bowen’s Wharf, a marina located on the waterfront, accommodating yachts of up to 56m / 185ft and the Newport Yachting Centre in the heart of town, boasting 4,500 feet of dockage for yachts of up to 55m / 180ft. Some further gorgeous marinas and luxury resorts can be found on Goat Island, a small island oasis nestled in Narragansett Bay close to Newport.
- Boston Yacht Haven: located in Boston’s historic quarter of North End, comprising a fully serviced marina, restaurants and boutique hotel, and offers 100 berths for yachts up to 91m / 300ft in length.
- Nantucket Boat Basin: this pretty marina consists of 240 berths that can accommodate yachts of up to 90m / 300ft.
- Dimillos Marina, Portland, Maine: close to the beautiful old-world town and extremely well run. It has 125 berths for yachts up to 75 meters in length.
Florida, Florida Keys and Bahamas
- Palm Harbour Marina, Palm Beach: extremely well-equipped marina, boasting 200 berths that can cater to yachts of up to 76m / 250ft.
- Mia Marina, Miami: centrally located next to some of the finest restaurants in the country, and a popular haunt of the rich and famous.
- Key West: a great stopover for yachts cruising the Keys and the Bahamas. There are several marinas here catering to larger yachts. Key West Marina - offers 37 berths for yachts up to 60m / 200ft, although this marina gets very busy so we recommend booking ahead. Conch Harbour - has 43 berths for yachts up to 60m / 195ft and Stock Island Marina Village boasts an impressive 288 berths catering to yachts of up to 137m / 450ft.
- Hawks Key Resort & Marina, Duck Key: is a delightful family-friendly marina, offering 85 berths for yachts up to 33m / 110ft LOA.
- Ocean Reef Club, Key Largo: this friendly marina boasts 175 berths accommodating yachts up to 53m / 175ft.
- Atlantis, Nassau, Bahamas: a luxurious resort, with Michelin-star dining and luxury spas, and boasting 63 megayacht berths.
- Marina Del Rey, California: the king of all marinas. It’s the largest man-made harbor in North America and has the facilities to go with it.
- Berkeley Marina, California: a vast marina with 1,000 berths and boasting an array of activities in the area, this marina also offers spectacular views of the San Francisco skyline and Golden Gate Bridge.
- Kona Kai Marina, San Diego: located just minutes from San Diego International Airport, this marina is a great jumping-off point for yacht charters around America's stunning west coast. It has 500 berths that can accommodate yachts of up to 76m / 250ft.
- IGY Marina Cabo San Lucas: located right on the very tip of Baja California Sur, this marina boasts 380 berths, with 33 slips catering to superyachts of up to 115m / 375ft.
- Elliott Bay, Seattle: this marina offers wonderful views of the Seattle skyline plus restaurants and hosts year-round events, and is a great place to tie up for itineraries encompassing Desolation Sound and Alaska.
- Salmon Bay Marina: superyacht standard marina with excellent facilities catering to yachts up to 73m / 240ft.
- Roche Harbor Marina, San Juan Island: this picturesque harbor sits on the northwest side of the island and is a popular stop-off for yachts exploring the beautiful San Juan archipelago. If you're looking for something a little livelier, head to the nearby town of Friday Harbor, which has a marina with 377 berths catering for yachts of up to 45m / 150ft.
If we were to list all the great anchorages around this vast country we would be here all day, so we have condensed this list down to a few of our favorites for you to consider whilst cruising your chosen destination; whether that's in the shadows of the imposing Golden Gate Bridge, or the verdigris waters of Alaska as you watch orcas frolic over the bow, or anchored in the shallow turquoise bath-warm waters of the Bahamas, where you can swim and snorkel straight off the back of the yacht. The choices for spectacular anchorages in America are simply endless.
- Block Island, Rhode Island: just 13 miles from Newport this is a lovely area to drop anchor for anyone cruising the beautiful Long Island Sound, encompassing 17 miles of pale golden beaches and well-preserved Victorian architecture.
- Port Washington, Long Island: situated in Massachusetts Bay, this is a charming anchorage with easy links to New York City, and regularly gets rave reviews.
- Martha’s Vineyard, Edgartown: located on the island's East Coast, hugely popular for its whaling history, smugglers and pirates! Martha's Vineyard is popular for its lovely beaches, boutique art galleries, sailing and laid-back culture, as well as being a well-known retreat for celebrities and politicians.
- Seven Hundred Acre Island, Maine: drop anchor here and head ashore to experience the charming quintessence of this popular New England haunt, where lovely pastel timber homes vie with gilded-age colonial mansions and yacht marinas.
Florida and Florida Keys
- Cayo Costa State Park, Florida: encompassing 9 miles of wild coastline, this is a superb stop for those who wish to explore the park’s trails and get acquainted with the local residents, including alligators, manatees, porpoises and sea turtles.
- Dry Tortugas National Park, Gulf of Mexico: comprising seven islands – named for their lack of freshwater – located 63 miles west of Key West. This sheltered national park also boasts excellent snorkeling areas. Head ashore to Garden Key, the site of Civil War-era Fort Jefferson.
- Dinner Key Anchorage, Coconut Grove, Florida: located on Biscayne Bay, this stunning anchorage is a perfect place to park up before heading down to the Bahamas or the Caribbean.
- Glorietta Bay, San Diego: a lovely anchorage inside the main waterway close to the beautiful Hotel del Coronado, San Diego’s legendary beach resort.
- Newport Beach, San Diego: quiet and scenic.
- Coronados Islands: located 12 miles off the coast of San Diego. This small group of islands has some lovely anchorages around its clear blue waters and boasts some of the best diving on the west coast, where visibility often exceeds 80 feet.
- Channel Islands National Park: a stunning archipelago of 5 islands off the coast of Santa Barbara offering a heady mix of sea caves, kelp forests, scenic hikes and whale watching.
- Monterey Bay, Big Sur: located in a pretty scalloped bay south of Santa Cruz, with a bustling waterfront offering plenty of dining options where you can enjoy freshly caught squid, the local specialty. Don’t miss the Monterey Aquarium, one of the best on the west coast.
- Turtle Bay (Bahia Tortugas), Baja California: a pretty sheltered bay with plenty of anchorages, perfect for yachts heading down to the southern end of Cabo San Lucas.
Pacific Northwest and Alaska
- Gig Harbor, Washington: this charming maritime village near Puget Sound is a great place to anchor up and head ashore to explore its unique history and culture. Don’t miss its legendary Maritime Gig Festival in June.
- Princess Louisa Inlet, British Columbia: often heralded as the “eighth wonder of the world” this area is located up a waterway inside the border of Canada opposite Vancouver Island. This breathtaking spot is famous for its waterfalls and tranquil emerald green mirrored lakes that perfectly reflect the surrounding snow-capped mountains and lush forests.
- Sucia Island Marine State Park, San Juan Islands: known as the “Crown Jewel” of Washington’s San Juan Islands, this beautiful area has an array of exquisite anchorages, offering sheltered coves, lovely beaches and forest trails.
- Emerald Cove, Prince William Sound, Alaska: watch icebergs float by as you picnic on one of the lovely pebble beaches around this sheltered cove. Prince William Sound offers incredible vistas and wonderfully diverse wildlife.
- Inian Islands, Alaska: located south of the popular Glacier Bay, these exceptionally lovely islands are perfect for anchoring. Take the tender and watch the whales feeding on the area's rich sources of plankton. The islands are also teeming with salmon and halibut, perfect for fishing, or watch the region's brown bears as they catch their evening meal.
Your yacht crew and broker will know the most about the best marinas, bays and sheltered coves where you can find suitable docking and anchorage options throughout your charter.
Newport, Rhode Island tends to be the favorite destination to kick start yacht charters in this beautiful region. The closest airport is Providence International, which is only half an hour's drive away. For other destinations in New England, there are countless airports serving this region, including;
- Logan International, Boston – New England's largest and busiest airport, with nonstop flights to destinations across the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, and a domestic hub for Delta and Cape Air and JetBlue.
- Hartford's Bradley International Airport – New England's busiest airport in the south of the region, serving Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts.
- Rhode Island's Green Airport (formerly T.F. Green) – a great alternative airport to Boston Logan.
- Portland International Jetport – Maine's largest airport
Bear in mind that perennial summer favorites such as Cape Cod, Nantucket, and Martha's Vineyard each have their own airports which may prove worthwhile, particularly if you have limited time.
Florida is extremely accessible by air with five international airports serving the area:
- Florida Keys/Marathon International Airport
- Miami International Airport
- Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
- Palm Beach International Airport
- Southwest Florida International Airport
Private jets and other aircrafts are also able to land at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, Boca Raton Airport, Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport and Naples Airport.
For USA intineraries incorprating the Bahamas
The Bahamas archipelago has four major airports with countless smaller airports running services to and from the islands.
- Lynden Pindling International Airport in the capital city Nassau. This is the region's busiest airport with three terminals serving international, charter and domestic flights.
- Rocksound International Airport, South Eleuthera.
- Exuma International Airport, Great Exuma
- Grand Bahama International Airport, Freeport
California boasts literally dozens of commercial airports, here are some of the main ones for yacht charters in this region;
- Los Angeles LAX – the busiest and largest of all California airports, with major international flights from all over the world.
- San Francisco International Airport – California's second busiest airport is located on the edge of the San Fransisco Bay and offers stunning views of the city as you land.
- Oakland International Airport – located only 25 miles from San Francisco, just across the San Francisco Bay, and is served by a wide range of major airlines.
- Sacramento Airport is located about 15 km north of the city and ideal for yacht charters heading to Napa Valley, Lake Tahoe or Yosemite National Park.
- San Jose International Airport – located south of Silicon Valley, this airport offers direct flights to Europe, Asia Canada and Mexico and is perfect for itineraries incorporating San Fransisco, Monterey and Carmel.
- San Diego International Airport - perfect for yacht charters encompassing the San Diego, the Coronados and Baja California.
For yacht charters around the beautiful San Juan Islands, the following international airports offer flights into the region;
- Seattle Tacoma Airport, Washington – the largest and busiest airport serving the region.
- Vancouver Airport – located on Vancouver Island, it is Canada's second-largest airport and serves destinations from across the globe.
- Victoria International Airport – More than 50 flights a day connect Victoria with Vancouver International Airport, Seattle-Tacoma Airport and several other major cities throughout Canada and the US.
- Bellingham International Airport, located 50 miles north of San Juans.
Popular San Juans airports include Anacortes, Fidalgo Island, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island and Orcas Island.
For Alaska-bound flights, many include a stop at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle.
Other airports in Alaska include:
- Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport – located in Alaska's largest city, and serves both international and domestic flights into the region. This is the most popular destination for yacht charters around this stunning location.
- Fairbanks International Airport – also serves flights from across several continents although is not conveniently located close to the water.
- Juneau International Airport – located in Alaska’s capital city in the south of the region, and another popular starting off point for yacht charters.
Flights from Seattle take about two-and-a-half hours to reach Juneau, and three-and-a-half to four hours to Anchorage and Fairbanks.
With its incredibly diverse landscape offering a wide variety of spectacular destinations, the USA remains a hugely popular destination for yacht charters.
As a major yachting hub, there should always be a wide variety of yachts and destinations to choose from, however we do recommend booking your rental yacht well in advance of your trip to secure your perfect yacht on your preferred dates.
This will ensure your yacht broker has plenty of time to tailor an itinerary to suit you and your guests, including any nights you wish to spend in marinas. We recommend booking up to 3 months in advance to give your broker the optimum time to organize everything down to the last detail.
For yacht charters in the Pacific Northwest;
- Desolation Sound is very calm and sheltered so not always a good option for those who like to sail.
- The San Juan islands are slightly protected from rain by the Olympic Mountains, but can still be showery at any time of the year.
- Bring warm clothes for Alaska as temperatures get very chilly, especially near the glaciers.
- Beware of large cruise ships as their wakes can be a nuisance.
- Alaska is not an ideal destination for sailing, as winds are either non-existent or southwesterlies bring uncomfortable seas.
- Some of the most beautiful anchorages around Alaska can be up to 100 ft deep.
For yacht charters on America's southwest coast;
- If you are chartering a foreign-flagged vessel or returning from Mexico, you will be required to stop at Customs on Shelter Island, where they routinely confiscate chicken, eggs, and fruit.
- It's also generally preferable to head south down the US West Coast rather than fight the winds and tides heading north.
For yacht charter itineraries that include the Bahamas
- Insurance and taxes in the Bahamas are 4%.
- Visa issues have been experienced clearing through the Bahamas.
Advice relating to all regions;
- Tips on charters in the US are often expected to be at least 20%.
- Whilst some yachts are legally permitted to charter in the US, others do not meet American fiscal requirements and so are not available for charter whilst in US waters. Please speak with a yacht broker for further advice on specific yachts that can charter in the USA.
Steeped in maritime history, this beautiful region comprises six states: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. Located in America’s Northeast and stretching nearly 3,500 miles from top to bottom, this area has been a drawcard with sailing elites for centuries. Characterized by its craggy coastline, rocky peaks of the Appalachian Mountains, sand dunes, lighthouses, forested mountains and vibrant autumn foliage, New England is the perfect yacht charter destination for those who enjoy sailing, history and culture – where picture-perfect bays and charming portside towns adorned with beautiful architecture abound.
Most New England yacht charters start off in Newport Rhode Island, which enjoys convenient transport links and easy access to the marinas. Often heralded as the birthplace of yachting and home of America’s Cup challenger series, Newport is one of the most popular summer havens in the US, especially for the East Coast’s smartest families, who come to enjoy the gilded mansions, myriad mouthwatering seafood restaurants, glamorous yacht clubs and endless oceanside views that typifies this gloriously rich historic town. Head over to Block Island, known for its laid-back lifestyle, historic lighthouses and the beautiful Black Rock beach, perfectly suited for a hiking expedition.
Martha’s Vineyard is an absolute must for anyone who appreciates powdery beaches, boutique art galleries and quaint wooden plank homes. Anchor at the enchanting island of Cuttyhunk in Vineyard Sound, with its rich history and lovely beaches. Don’t miss Nantucket, located east of Martha’s Vineyard, home to the Whaling Museum where you can discover the island’s intriguing culture and history as a 19th-century global whaling hub. Another famous summer destination is Cape Cod, a rather apt hook-shaped promontory north of Nantucket, and a favorite residence of the Kennedy’s, known for its beautiful beaches and laid-back lifestyle, as well as being the fictional location for Jaws!
And perhaps, no New England yacht charter would be complete without a trip to New York, where you can cruise past its illustrious towering skyline and take in the majestic Statue of Liberty. Stop off at Greenwich village port renowned for its designer shops then head up Long Island Sound with its glorious miles of coastline, entertainment and some of the most expensive real estate in America. Anchor outside the Montauk Yacht Club, The Hamptons' most exclusive sailing hub.
Affectionately known as the Sunshine State, this region is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. Kick things off with a trip to the hedonistic city of Miami, where you may even find yourself moored up alongside Hollywood royalty as you step off your yacht to explore this spectacular location, renowned for its luxury resorts, designer shopping, golden bronzed beaches and exclusive marinas. A visit to South Beach is an absolute must, for all things art, fashion and film. For something a little quieter, head to Biscayne Bay, a national park located south of Miami with beautiful clear aquamarine waters and stunning marine life. For those who appreciate culture, take a stroll through the Art Deco district, and gaze at the exquisite early twentieth century hotels and architecture.
Head south to experience the spectacular Florida Keys, a stunning archipelago of 800 or so islands protected by America’s only living coral reef, dotted like a “jade necklace” south towards the turquoise waters of the Bahamas. Key Largo, situated between the everglades and coral reef, is a bustling retreat from the mainland, offering diving, fishing, and great restaurants. Take a high-speed airboat trip around the Everglades, where you may spot an alligator or crocodile peeking out from the reeds. Don’t miss Key West, where history and tradition meet natural beauty and serenity. Key West is known for its year-round balmy temperatures, palm-lined streets and tropical gardens, as well as for its boutique shops, art galleries and delectable restaurants and cafes. Don’t miss a visit to the American writer Ernest Hemingway’s home, a short hop across from the Key West lighthouse. These islands provide a convenient jumping-off point for itineraries including the Bahamas and the Caribbean.
Starting from Bimini island, just 45 miles south of Miami, and stretching all the way south to Turks and Caicos, Bahamas is an oasis island chain of 700 picturesque islands fringed by powder-white sands and see-through aquamarine waters, bordered by one of the world’s greatest barrier reefs. These glorious islands offer endless miles of relaxed cruising around shallow waters, where marine life surrounds you, tempting you into the clear warm waters to explore its fascinating kaleidoscopic underwater world.
We recommend a stop at the Abacos, a string of sandy keys to the west of Florida, offering a paradisical adventure of a lifetime. Treasure Cay is also home to one of National Geographic's top 10 beaches. Don't miss Fowl Cay for fantastic snorkeling, marine parks and near-perfect beaches. Harbour Island further south boasts fantastic dining options, beaches, as well as a tropical garden. For some amazing snorkeling and diving, head for Pelican Cays National Park, renowned for its spectacular coral and sea life where you will witness giant starfish dotted along the sandy bottom for miles.
Your trip around the Bahamas wouldn't be complete without a trip to the breathtaking Exumas, offering hundreds of exquisite anchorages and also home of the famous swimming pigs.
The Pacific Northwest can be characterised by its sublime mountainous scenery, spectacular wildlife and lush forested islands, so it's hardly surprising that it is one of the most sought-after yacht charter regions in the world.
A hugely popular destination is the San Juans Islands: aptly nicknamed the “Virgin Islands of the North” and located south of the US/Canada border. Here the pace of life is slower, where friendly locals welcome you as you attempt to reconcile yourself with the mesmerizing scenery around you. Favorite areas in the region include the picturesque Orcas Island, the largest of the San Juans, where you can trek the tallest mountain in the archipelago – Mount Constitution – rising skyward for nearly half-a-mile. The 360º views at the top are well worth the effort! Another must-see is the delightful San Juan Island, with its delectable restaurants and bustling markets. Take a stroll through the exquisite Victorian gardens, or discover the island’s fascinating historical site of confrontation between British and American troops in 1859.
Head north to the spectacular Desolation Sound, where intense serene tranquility awaits. This area is considered one of America’s finest cruising grounds, where calm, sheltered waters teem with fish; oyster, clams, prawns, salmon and cod. Enjoy a spot of fishing off the back of the yacht and afterward your chef can prepare your catch for dinner onboard! There are numerous marine parks in the area with plenty of stunning anchorages. Step ashore for a lovely walk in the woods, where you could encounter a herd of elk, soaring eagles or even a grizzly – so don't forget to pack your bear spray!
Sunshine coast & Jervis Inlet is another breathtaking location comprising 13 marine parks offering total seclusion, majestic scenery, stunning anchorages, excellent dining options and fantastic yacht facilities. Don't miss the phenomenal Princess Louisa Inlet and Chatterbox Falls; a scenic granite-walled gorge of cascading waterfalls that has to be seen to be believed. Gibson’s Landing is a quaint seaside village overlooked by the towering mountains where you will find a charming bustling town, art galleries, museums and restaurants, marina and mooring facilities. Further afield, be sure to visit Halfmoon bay, Sargeant Bay and Thormanby Islands, characterized by their tiny coves and blissfully quiet anchorages.
America's largest state, lying on the Arctic Circle separated from its own country by Canada, is well-known for its unparalleled visually dramatic scenes, breaching whales, calving glaciers and majestic mountains, not to mention its undeniably breathtaking dramatic midnight sunsets. Anyone visiting the region will also be able to get up close to some of nature's most magnificent animals, such as humpback whales, orcas, caribou and majestic soaring eagles. There are endless beautiful spots to visit, and wherever you are you will not be disappointed during a yacht charter in Alaska.
Glacier Bay is a particular favorite destination for yacht charters, where you can park up and witness thunderous icebergs births, as well as also enjoy skiing, whitewater rafting and spectacular helicopter picnics on top of a glacier.
Try your hand at King Salmon fishing outside of Sitka, fly over the Mendenhall Glacier near Juneau or float through endlessly beautiful Frederick Sound spotting breaching humpback whales. Red Bluff Bay, known for its towering mountains, waterfalls and glistening ice fields, is also home to the region's brown bears who feast on salmon here every August.
Stretching from San Francisco down to Newport Beach, San Diego and into Baja California, this region is best characterized by its endless miles of beautiful beaches and wild rugged shoreline, where you can appreciate its spectacular beauty from the water as you witness breaching whales and dolphins darting across the wake of your yacht as they make their journey towards the warmer waters of Mexico.
Start your yacht charter in San Francisco’s natural vast harbor, and watch the dolphins and sea lions frolic in the surf. Unhampered views of the Golden Gate Bridge are sure to make your charter already feel special. Take the tender ashore to experience the heady bustle of Fisherman’s Wharf, and don’t miss a spine-chilling trip around Alcatraz Prison. We also recommend a trip to Muir Woods, where you can take in the spectacular sight of hundreds of gigantic 1000-year-old redwoods, a truly unmissable event.
Head north to Point Reyes National Seashore Reserve, and enjoy a hike around beautiful wind-swept rocky bluffs and secluded golden beaches. Due east of Point Reyes, you’ll find California’s world-class Napa Valley wine region, where you can spend the day tasting some of the world’s finest wines in the California sun against the stunning backdrop of the hillside vineyards.
Follow the wind and tides down past Santa Cruz and take shelter in the scalloped bay encircling the beautiful town of Monterey, a bustling waterfront offering plenty of dining options where you can enjoy the local specialty of freshly caught squid. Don’t miss the Monterey Aquarium, one of the best on the West Coast.
If you are intending to include the stunning Baja California in your itinerary, where better than to kick things off in the eternally glamorous city of Los Angeles, where convenient transport links, not to mention some of the finest restaurants and bars in America, will prove a great starting point for your yacht charter. Take a stroll along Redondo Beach, Los Angeles’ hidden gem, before heading back to your yacht. Cruise to Newport Beach just off the coast of Los Angeles, the renowned playground for mega yachts and Hollywood royalty. If you’ve booked ahead, moor up at Newport Beach Club, one of the oldest in the US, and take a stroll across the bridge to Balboa Island, where nostalgically charming cottages with white picket fences, saltwater taffy shops and wooden ice-cream parlors abound.
Across the water you’ll find the beautiful Santa Catalina Island, where crystal clear waters make the perfect spot for a picnic, followed by a swim and some snorkeling around the reef, where you will find an abundance of fascinating marine life.
Further south you'll be sure of a warm welcome in San Diego, with gorgeous sandy beaches and a plethora of parkland. Visit Redwood National Park where you can discover the world’s tallest trees. Of course, a trip to San Diego wouldn’t be complete without stops at San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld, where you can get up close and personal with some of their friendly killer whales!
If you have time, cruise down into Baja California, the world’s second-longest peninsula, where you will find yourself transported to a world of wild untamed beauty and romantic sunsets, where condors swoop on thermals high up in vast washed out skies, and nights are spent under a wide canopy of twinkling stars. Simply heaven.
Acadia National Park, Maine: a stunning rocky headland with a rich cultural heritage, featuring some of the highest mountains along the Atlantic Coast.
Everglades National Park, Florida: a unique tropical wilderness with UNESCO Biosphere status, where you can explore its vast network of wetlands and forests.
Universal Orlando Resort, Florida: the ultimate theme park for kids, big and small!
Museum of Modern Art, New York: boasting some of the world's finest collections of contemporary art.
Bunker Hill Monument, Massachusetts: a 221-foot towering obelisk commemorating one of the first major battles between British and Patriot forces in the American Revolutionary War in 1775.
San Diego Zoo, California: located in the beautiful Balboa Park, the zoo boasts over 12,000 animals of more than 650 species and subspecies.
Mendenhall Glacier, Alaska: spectacular 13 miles long glacier located in southeast Alaska, in the Mendenhall Valley.
Lido Key Beach, Florida: exquisite white-sand beach lapped by turquoise waters, located on Barrier Island off the coast of Florida.
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