Overview – Florida
To many, boating in Florida is Miami, Fort Lauderdale and the Keys and certainly chartering a motorboat to visit here is a special way to enjoy the area. Easily navigate the upbeat intracoastal waterways and Atlantic coastlines of Fort Lauderdale and Miami with a powered yacht. Take in the Art Deco architecture of South Beach strip on Ocean Drive and visit museums, restaurants, and clubs all close by. You can also let the wind be your guide for a cruise along the Florida Keys in a sailing catamaran or monohull. Spend the afternoon snorkeling in the reef, then head in for food and be spoiled for choice.
For those who want to experience something different, visit the other side of the state with its quiet waters, secluded anchorages, islands and miles of sugar-white beaches. Yacht Charter companies offer not only bareboats for charter in the area, but also courses for newcomers and those wanting to refresh their sailing skills. Fort Myers is the heart of the 200 mile cruising stretch that runs from Flamingo in the south to the metropolitan boating area of Tampa and St. Petersburg. Cruise to the resort islands of Sanibel and Captiva with their beautiful, shell-strewn beaches; go south to the silent Everglades or the 10,000 Islands; go north and then east into the heart of Florida along the Okeechobee Waterway, a winding canal lined by sawgrass and citrus groves that ends up in Stuart on the east coast.
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Events & Activities – Florida
Here’s a preview of a few things you can expect on your Florida yacht charter with Virgin Island Sailing®:
- For cuisine you will be spoiled for choice. From world class restaurants to island bars, Florida offers a variety of places to eat and have fun.
- It’s called the Sunshine State for a reason. Sunny skies and mild temperatures make for perfect sailing any day with gulfside sunsets you’ll never forget.
- Pick your beach. Revel in the upbeat shores of Ft Lauderdale and Miami or relax the day away on the gulf sands of St Petersburg or Sanibel. Better yet, head for the seclusion of the keys or stop anywhere in between.
A Few of the Best Places to Visit in Florida:
- Key West. Visit the most southern point in the continental US and make sure to stop at one of the many beaches or snorkel spots along the way. While in Key West, check out the residence of Ernest Hemingway and take in the sunset celebrations of Mallory Square.
- Miami. Famous for its atmosphere and people, Miami and South Beach are some of the most iconic locations in the US. Admire the Art Deco architecture and visit museums, restaurants, and clubs all close by.
- Sanibel Island. Home to beautiful shell-strewn beaches and beautiful sunsets, Sanibel and Captiva Island are gems of Florida’s west coast. Head inland to stroll past shops and restaurants along the island’s main thoroughfare, Periwinkle Way.
Weather & Seasons – Florida
The temperatures of Florida’s coasts and islands are regulated by the sea breeze and water. So while the summer months will be fairly warm, it is nothing like the inland parts of the state. It also coincides with the region’s wet season and hurricane season, making planning a vacation tricky for this time of year.
Late fall to spring tends to have the most pleasant weather and points to why February is the peak of tourist season. Winter temperatures usually do not drop below the 60’s and spring water temperatures are cool enough to be refreshing.
|Temp Max (°F )||Temp Min (°F )||Avg. Water Temp (°F )||Avg. Rainfall (in)||Avg. Wind Speed (kts)|
|January||74||64||71||2||NE 10-15 |
|February||76||66||71||2||E/NE 10-15 |
|March||78||68||73||2||E/SE 10-15 |
|April||81||72||78||2||E/SE 10-15 |
|May||85||76||81||4||E/SE 10-15 |
|June||88||79||83||6||SE 5-15 |
|July||89||80||86||4||SE 5-15 |
|August||89||80||87||5||SE 5-15 |
|September||88||79||86||7||E/SE 5-15 |
|October||85||76||83||5||E/NE 10-15 |
|November||80||72||79||2||NE 10-15 |
|December||76||67||75||2||NE 15-20 |
Travel Info – Florida
If you are starting your yacht charter journey in Key West, depending on where you are coming from, you may be able to find direct flights to Key West International Airport, but there are plenty of connecting flights from Atlanta and Miami as well. The marina is just a 10 minute drive from the airport.
A Miami or Fort Lauderdale charter starting point will have you flying into their respective international airports from which it will be no more than a 30 minute drive to the marina.
Tampa International Airport would be the easiest airport at which to arrive if your charter starts in St. Petersburg. A quick 25 minute drive on the highway will take you to downtown St. Petersburg where the marina is located.
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