Jun 01, 2024

Options for Embarking on a Term Yacht Charter in Miami

Day Charters

Term Charters (Multi-Day)

Miami to Bimini

Miami to the Bahamas

Miami to the Florida Keys

Miami to Cuba

Thinking about chartering a yacht in Miami?

Then you're in the right place. There are many types of charters available in Miami. Read on to find out how to make the most of your yacht charter experience.

Single Day

Yacht Charter in Miami

Whether you are celebrating an anniversary, hosting a bachelor/bachelorette party or simply wanting to relax and unplug along the Biscayne Bay waters, a day yacht charter in Miami will be a memorable experience for you and your travel companions.

Miami offers two types of day charters: a half day (4 hours) and a full day (8 hours).

A half-day charter is perfect for those who wish to host an elegant gathering or entertain clients. A full-day charter is recommended for those who wish to spend the day on the water with family and friends enjoying a nice sunset, dropping anchor at one of the sandbars or docking up next to waterside restaurants for a meal.


Term Charters

A day yacht charter in Miami will always be a luxurious and pleasurable experience. But the true allure of chartering in Miami is the city’s proximity to the Bahamas, the Florida Keys and Cuba. On a term charter you will be able to explore beyond Miami’s coastline, sail to hidden beaches and take full advantage of the yacht’s amazing water toys.

Miami Term Charters to Bimini

Just a few hours from Miami by water, Bimini is ideal for a weekend getaway. Despite being only 7 miles long, the islands are a haven for divers and snorkelers looking to get up close to dolphins, underwater shipwrecks and more.

Along with being known for its laid-back lifestyle, white sandy beaches and nature trails, Bimini also possesses a rich culture and history. Bimini is home to many landmarks accessible only by boat, such as Bimini Road, an underwater rock formation believed to be hundreds of years old.

Bimini is also home to world-famous myths, such as Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth. Legends talk about a fountain that supposedly restores the youth of anyone who drinks or bathes in its waters. This “fountain” is a pool that locals refer to as the Healing Hole. It pushes out cool, fresh water during outgoing tides and is well worth a visit.

Adding to Bimini’s mystical aura is its famous “ghost ship,” the SS Sapona shipwreck. If you are up to the adventure, snorkel in and around the ship among the hundreds of tropical fish species it harbors.

Bimini’s reputation for spectacular sport fishing stems from the fact that it sits on the edge of a warm stream of tropical current that rushes from the Gulf Stream north past the Bahamas. The stream acts as a belt in which over 50 record-setting fish have been caught.

If natural beauty and local culture were not enough, you cannot go to Bimini without experiencing the local delicacy — the conch salad. Once you savor the white, tasty conch meat over a plate of fresh veggies, hot peppers, and citrus, you will understand why this is perhaps the most quintessential dish in the Bahamas. Head over to Stuart’s Conch Stand or Joe’s Conch Shack to taste this Bahamian delight.

Whether you choose to explore Bimini on your own, with family and friends, or as a couple, you will want to stop by Resorts World Bimini to try your luck at the casino or simply drop anchor and tender into their beach club. Either way, you will leave Bimini wanting more.

Miami Term Charters to the Bahamas

Home to 700 islands and cays, the Bahamas has no shortage of tropical waters and secluded beaches. Aside from the Bimini trip, the usual travel time from Miami to Nassau or the Exumas is around 8 or 9 hours. This time easily flies by as you socialize with your guests, enjoy a chef-cooked meal, or lounge aboard your private yacht.

With a longer travel time to and from the Bahamas, we highly recommend that you charter a yacht in Miami for at least a week so you can fully enjoy your time and appreciate all this natural paradise has to offer.

Each island in the Bahamas is unique, with its own set of attractions and qualities. It is virtually impossible to explore all the islands in a week, so we have put together recommendations on some of the islands we believe you should not miss.
Your YachtLife charter specialist will be able to assist in planning your bespoke Bahamas itinerary, so the below should be considered inspiration. Additionally, we have created a 7-day Bahamas itinerary available here.

New Providence

New Providence is home to Nassau, the capital and largest city of the Bahamas. Nassau is one of the most popular destinations in the Bahamas due to its highly developed tourist infrastructure and international airport.

Just off the main island of New Providence is Paradise Island, with its white sand beaches and world-famous Atlantis resort. Here you can spend the day lounging at Cabbage Beach, exploring the extensive marine life or enjoying yourself at the Aquaventure water park. By night, try your luck at the Atlantis Casino or savor a meal at one of the world-class restaurants on the island.

If you are looking for peace and quiet, sail over to Rose Island for a day among secluded coves and uninhabited beaches. Have your crew set up a picnic lunch on Rose Island and spend the afternoon snorkeling and admiring the sting rays and exotic fishes.

Eleuthera + Harbour Island

Next on our list of places to visit in the Bahamas is Eleuthera and Harbour Island. Spend the day cruising the coast of Eleuthera, admiring its pristine pink sand beaches, endless pineapple fields and exploring the hidden cays and secluded swimming areas. Sail to Surfer’s Beach for big waves, or cruise to the calm, shallow waters of Ten Bay Beach for a peaceful day on the water. Additionally, visit Ocean Hole, an inland swimming spot with tropical fish and sea turtles.

In the afternoon, pay a visit to colorful Dunmore Town, located on Harbour Island, the original capital of The Bahamas and currently the country’s second largest city.

The Exumas

The Exumas are a collection of 100+ private islands and cays and the most popular destination for a yacht charter in the Bahamas. Footprint-free beaches, ultra-exclusive resorts, and islands fit for celebrities make this tropical paradise an absolute gem. In the Exumas, coastlines remain flawless and private homes play host to some of the world’s most famous celebrities and parties.

A few of our favorite destinations in all the Exumas include:

• Staniel Cay: Grab lunch at the Staniel Cay Yacht Club and swim with the nurse sharks

• Big Major Island: This island is famous for its swimming pigs.

• Norman Cay: Snorkel and see Pablo Escobar’s smuggler plane wreck and colorful reefs.

• Thunderball Grotto: This hidden cave is accessible at low tide and was made famous by the eponymous James Bond movie.

The Abaco Islands

The Abaco Islands are a 120-mile-long chain of islands home to small towns and villages. The islands are known for their turquoise waters and warm breezes — a true yachting paradise. Embarking from Palm Beach, the Abacos are a short one- to two-hour cruise and usually the first point of interest for a yacht charter in the Bahamas.

Spend the day diving in the Pelican Cays Land and Sea Park with its underwater caves and colorful coral reefs. You can sail to the northwestern part of the island to go turtle, eagle ray and shark watching at Walker’s Cay National Park.

The Abaco Islands offer more than natural wonders — you will also find championship-level golf courses on Treasure Cay, beautiful towns on Elbow Cays and Green Turtle Cay, and endless nightlife throughout the archipelago.

Miami Term Charters to the Florida Keys

The Florida Keys, just south of Miami, are home to over 40 islands connected by the Overseas Highway.

For many, a Florida Keys vacation involves simply cruising the waters aboard your yacht charter in Miami, with an umbrella drink in hand and a relaxed mindset. For others, it may be diving in unknown waters and exploring shipwrecks and coral reefs or island hopping and savoring the local seafood and art galleries before enjoying the sunset.

With the Florida Keys’ tropical beaches, snorkeling and scuba diving sites, rich history, culture, and national treasures, the islands are truly the perfect place to unplug and leave the rest of the world behind.

The Keys’ five must-visit areas are Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon Key, the Lower Keys and Key West.

Key Largo

Embarking from Miami, Key Largo is the first and largest island of the Florida Keys. It is the most popular destination for private yacht charters embarking from Miami due to its proximity and its variety of marine-related activities.

In Key Largo, known as the scuba diving capital of the world, you will find the world’s largest artificial coral reef, Spanish shipwrecks, clear waters and a perfect year-round climate. Key Largo is also an ideal location for water activities: One can kayak through the mangroves or jet ski along the coast. And no trip to Key Largo is complete without a visit to Pennekamp Park, the most visited snorkel site in the Keys. Pennekamp Park is famous for its underwater statue of Jesus Christ and the surrounding reefs.

Additionally, Key Largo is home to the Ocean Reef Club. This private, invite-only enclave sits on 2,500 lush, tropical acres and is home to millionaires and billionaires. It features two 18-hole golf courses, five-star restaurants, and a world-class spa.


Islamorada (also known as Village of Islands) is a short cruise from Miami and Key Largo. As the sportfishing capital of the world, Islamorada hosts the world’s largest fishing fleet per square mile. So if you are heading to the Keys and looking for a fishing destination, this is your spot. The island was made famous by the Netflix series Bloodline. So if you’re a Bloodline fan, make sure to pay a visit to The Moorings Village, the hotel featured in the series.

Another popular destination in Islamorada is the ever-popular sandbar just east of the Holiday Isles Marina. It is the perfect place for having a relaxing day you will remember.

Marathon Key

At the heart of the Florida Keys lies Marathon Key. Here you will be able to explore the island’s fishing culture. You can enjoy annual seafood festivals and waterside restaurants that harvest fresh fish, lobster, and stone crab claws from the local waters.

What really makes Marathon special is its Marathon City Marina, considered the prize gem for those exploring the keys by yacht.

The Lower Keys

The Seven Mile Bridge marks the entrance to some of the most beautiful scenery this side of the Caribbean Sea. As you cruise from Big Pine Key to Key West, you’ll encounter natural attractions and the blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico.

The Lower Florida Keys include many small islands connected by bridges. Big Pine Key hotels provide a great anchorage point from which to explore the Lower Keys and the rest of the Florida Keys.

Schedule a Big Pine Key snorkeling trip to experience the color and diversity of Florida’s extensive coral reef system. With a variety of coral, a sunken ship, and more than 150 species of fish, Looe Key Marine Sanctuary makes for a diving trip to remember.

Just a few of the many keys between Big Pine Key and Key West include Cudjoe Key, Bahia Honda, Sugarloaf, Boca Chica and Stock Island. You’ll find local restaurants, dive shops and eco-tour opportunities throughout.

Key West

Originally named the Cayo Hueso, or “Key of Bones,” by early Spanish settlers, Key West is the last island in the chain and famously the southernmost point in the continental United States. Key West is also home to the highest number of residents in the Keys — just over 26,000. Many famous celebrities and historical figures have lived on the island, including Ernest Hemingway, Harry S Truman, Robert Frost, Jimmy Buffett and Calvin Klein.

Galleon Resort and Marina is walking distance to the famous Duval Street and Mallory Square, both home to historic tours, excellent dining, and eclectic nightlife to accommodate tourists of all lifestyles from around the world.

With one of the warmest climates in the U.S., you won’t want to skip Key West on your yacht charter vacation.

Miami Term Charters to Cuba

A luxury yacht charter in Miami to visit Cuba offers something for everyone. Whether you’re looking to explore dive sites or unwind on the beach, Cuba is a unique destination and popular among those looking for a vacation off the beaten path.

A typical seven-day charter from Miami to Cuba will bring you and your guests through the Florida Keys to Havana, where you will be able to dock and explore Cuba for three days. We suggest taking daily land excursions to visit historical sites and go on nature hikes, or cruising the local waters and making use of the yacht’s tender and water toys.

Cuba’s culture, scenery, and cuisine make it a complete destination for experiencing the freedom of a private yacht charter.

Beneath the surface of classic cars and cigars, Cuba possesses a number of hidden gems, from the unrivaled collection of Art Deco pieces to the Canarreos Archipelago with its 350 islets to its vibrant and colorful capital, Havana.

With dry winters and hot summers, all who set sail to Cuba are sure to enjoy its beaches, signature rums, and vibrant nightlife.

Whether you are exploring the coral reefs and marine life or cruising the water with your favorite water toys, you are sure to find Cuba a unique destination.

For further inspiration, here is our suggested itinerary from Miami to Cuba.

How to Charter a Yacht in Miami?

A private luxury yacht charter in Miami should be a simple and stress-free experience. Whether we are working with you to create the perfect itinerary or helping you access water toys or provisions, at YachtLife, we do our absolute best to ensure your yacht charter in Miami will be one to remember.

We focus on the smallest details so you can focus on what matters most — enjoying your Miami charter vacation.

If you are looking to charter tomorrow or you are planning your next vacation, YachtLife is here to help you find the perfect yacht for any occasion.

Use our website or mobile apps (Android and iOS) to browse our hand-selected inventory of yachts to charter in Miami. View photos, specs, and pricing, and reserve without having to call a broker.

If you have any questions or need help planning, our team of professional yacht brokers is more than happy to assist in finding the perfect yacht for your vacation.

Contact our team here to charter a yacht in Miami or anywhere in the world you desire.


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