Thinking about chartering a yacht in Miami?
Then you’re in the right place.
In this section we will detail the types of charters available in Miami to help you make the most of your Miami yacht charter experience.
Single Day Miami Yacht Charter
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 surely be a memorable experience.
Miami offers two types of day charters: a half day (4 hours), and a full day (8 hours).
A half day charter would be perfect for those who wish to host an elegant gathering or entertain clients. While 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 some of the waterside restaurants for a meal.
Term Charters (Multi-day)
A day charter in Miami will always prove to be a luxurious and pleasurable experience. But, the true allure of chartering in Miami is its proximity to The Bahamas, The Florida Keys and even Cuba. On a term charter you will be able to explore beyond Miami’s amazing coastline, sail to hidden beaches and take full advantage of the yacht’s amazing water toys.
Miami Term Charters to Bimini
Located 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 beautiful nature trails, Bimini also possesses a rich culture and history. Bimini is home to many landmarks accessible only by boat. One such example would be Bimini Road, an underwater rock formation that is 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. Presently, it is a pool that locals refer to as the Healing Hole for it pushes out cool, fresh water during outgoing tides. The fountain is well worth a visit, and who knows, maybe you will leave behind a year or two?
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 amongst the hundreds of tropical fish species that it currently harbors.
Bimini is also known as a key destination for sport fishing and is known as the Sport Fishing Capital of the World. In fact, her main marina is named Big Game as a tribute to this title.
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 record size fish have been caught – over 50 record-setting catches have occurred within these waters.
If natural beauty and local culture were not enough, you cannot go to Bimini and not immerse your palate into 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 with family and friends or as a couple, you will want to stop by Resorts World Bimini to try your luck at their casino, or simply drop anchor and tender into their beach club. Either way, you will always leave Bimini wanting more. So sail up to the Big Game Marina and adventure yourself on and around the mystical Caribben islands.
Miami Term Charters to the Bahamas
Home to 700 gorgeous islands and cays, the Bahamas has no shortage of tropical crystal-clear blue waters and secluded beaches to explore. Aside from the short Bimini trip, the usual travel time from Miami to Nassau or the Exumas is around 8-9 hours. This time easily flies by as you socialize with your guests, enjoy a chef-cooked meal, or simply relax and lounge aboard your private yacht.
With a longer travel time to and from The Bahamas, we highly recommend chartering for at least a week so 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 a list of recommendations of some of the islands we believe you should not miss out on.
Please note that your YachtLife charter specialist will be able to assist in planning your bespoke Bahamas itinerary, so the below should be considered inspiration for your Bahamas itinerary. Additionally, we have created a 7-day Bahamas itinerary available here.
New Providence island 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 simply savour 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 amongst secluded coves and sprawling stretches of uninhabited beach. Have your crew set up a picnic lunch on Rose Island and spend the afternoon snorkeling in the turquoise blue waters whilst 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.
With sapphire-blue waters everywhere, The Exumas are an exotic collection of 100+ private islands and cays and the most popular destination in The Bahamas for a yacht charter. Footprint-free beaches, ultra-exclusive resorts, and islands fit for celebrities make this tropical paradise an absolute gem. In the Exumas, nature outnumbers men; 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: famous for its swimming pigs.
- Norman Cay: snorkel and see Pablo Escobar’s smuggler plane wreck and colorful reefs.
- Thunderball Grotto: a hidden cave accessible at low tide and made famous by the eponymous James Bond movie.
The Abaco Islands
The Abaco Islands are home to a 120-mile long chain of islands that feature small towns/villages renowned for their breath-taking turquoise waters and warm breezes – a true yachting paradise. Embarking from Palm Beach, the Abacos are a short 1-2 hour cruise and usually the first point of interest in a Bahamas charter.
Spend the day in the water diving in the Pelican Cays Land or the Sea Park with its underwater caves and colorful coral reefs. Furthermore, 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 simply natural wonders – you will find championship level golf courses on Treasure Cay, beautiful towns on Elbow Cays and Green Turtle Cay, and an endless nightlife throughout the archipelago.
Miami Term Charters to the Florida Keys
The Florida Keys, located just south of Miami, is home to over 40 islands connected by the Overseas Highway.
For many, the dreamy Florida Keys vacation is simply cruising the waters beneath the sun, 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 simply island hopping and savouring the local seafood and art galleries before enjoying a world-famous sunset.
With its tropical beaches, unbelievable snorkeling and scuba diving sites, rich history, culture, and national treasures, the Florida Keys is truly the perfect place to unplug and leave the rest of the world behind.
Its five must-visit areas are: Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon Key, the Lower Keys and Key West.
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 plethora of marine-related activities.
In Key Largo, the 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 watersports as one can kayak through the mangroves or jet ski along the coast. Also, no trip to Key Largo is complete without a visit to Pennekamp Park, the most visited snorkel site in the Keys famous for its underwater Jesus Christ statue and 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 featuring two 18-hole golf courses, 5-star restaurants, and a world-class spa.
Islamorada (also known as Village of Islands) is a short cruise from Miami and Key Largo. Islamorada hosts the largest fishing fleet per square mile in the world, so if you are heading to the Keys and looking for a fishing destination, this is your spot. A fun fact is that it and 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 prominently featured in the series.
Another popular destination in Islamorada is the ever-popular sandbar located just east of the Holiday Isles Marina. The perfect place for having a relaxing day you will remember.
At the heart of the Florida Keys lies Marathon Key. Here you will be able to explore Marathon’s fishing culture, along with enjoying 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. As you cruise from Big Pine Key to Key West, you’ll encounter unique sites, natural attractions and the crystal 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 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 also find local restaurants, dive shops and eco-tour opportunities throughout.
Originally named the Cayo Hueso aka “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 (25,000) and home to many famous celebrities and historical figures (Ernest Hemingway, Harry S. Truman, Robert Frost, Jimmy Buffett, 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 – accommodating tourists from around the world and of all lifestyles.
With one of the warmest climates in the US, you won’t want to skip Key West on your yacht charter vacation.
Miami Term Charters to Cuba
A luxury yacht charter vacation from Miami to Cuba offers something for everyone. From exploring adventurous dive sites, to unwinding on secluded beaches for days on end, Cuba is truly a unique destination and popular among those looking for a vacation off the beaten path.
A typical 7-day charter from Miami to Cuba will bring you and your guests through the Florida Keys and down 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 nature hikes, or cruising the local waters and making use of the yacht’s tender and water toys.
Cuba’s diverse culture, breath-taking scenery, and world-class cuisine makes 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 ranging from the unrivalled collection of Art Deco pieces, 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 untouched beaches, signature rums, and a vibrant nightlife.
Whether it’s exploring the untouched coral reefs and marine life or cruising the water with your favorite water toys, guests are sure to find Cuba a unique destination worthy of a visit.
For further inspiration, here is our suggested itinerary from Miami to Cuba.
We hope this article has provided some helpful information if you are considering a term charter from Miami, along with some key points of interest to explore so you may make the most of your yacht charter experience. We look forward to welcoming you and your guests aboard one of our yachts soon.
How to Charter a Yacht in Miami?
Chartering a private yacht in Miami should be simple and stress-free.
Whether we are working with you to create the perfect itinerary, or you would like water toys or provisions, at YachtLife, we do our absolute best to ensure your yacht charter in Miami will be one to remember.
We spend so much time and 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.
Go onto our website or mobile apps (Android and iOS) and browse browse our hand-selected inventory of yachts to charter in Miami. View photos, specs and pricing, and reserve without having to call a broker.
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