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 on a Florida yacht charter, 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.
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.
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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.