The Best Florida Towns for Yachting

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Trying to find a good place to yacht in Florida isn’t going to be hard. It’s a tropical paradise full of beautiful vacation spots that you look at while sailing on the high seas.


Honestly, it only took me about a day to find the absolute best places to sail, and to make your life a lot easier, I compiled them all right here, for your convenience. Check them out and let us know if you’ve got any spots that we missed.


Key West


It only makes sense to put Key West on a list for yachting, I mean it’s pretty much a crime to leave it out. You’ve probably heard of Key West, probably in passing, maybe from a movie, but if you haven’t, Key west is the place you wanna go if you’re planning a day yachting. It has beautiful oceans, amazing sunsets/rises, and tons of friendly faces.


The sunsets are said to be a sight you’ll never forget, and the food especially will stay with you for a while as you head out on your adventures. A full stomach full of delicious Key West food and the expectations of perfect sights will get you out on the water with fervor.


The town is full of some pretty amazing stuff as well as nature, a lot of it you can see as your sailing around being a pirate or drinking snazzy margaritas, either way you can appreciate the ocean spray and the wind through your hair as you see the sights surrounding you.


Punta Gorda


Punta Gorda has not been having fun this past few seasons, but there is a reason it’s on the list. A few years back in 2004, Punta Gorda took some pretty heavy hits from Hurricane Charley. It was not a great time for them as a lot of their stuff was damaged, and unusable, but with every bad situation, there is a silver lining.


Because of Hurricane Charley, Punta Gorda decided to renovate itself. The town’s people have all been fixing the place up and restoring historical areas. That includes the sailors, who also helped out tremendously during the chaos.


The reason I bring it up and the reason that Punta Gorda is on the list is because they have recreated their town from something amazing into something absolutely beautiful. It’s a sight to see from the water, it really is.


Speaking of the water, it is irrationally calm for some reason, making it an amazing place to boat on, added with the sights it is perfect.




Just 90 minutes south of Miami is Islamorada, the fantastic Islands that look as magical as they sound. Known as the sportfishing capital of the world, it draws in quite a few sailors hoping to get a big catch. It is also hosting the largest fishing fleet in the world, so if that’s important to you, then you should probably check it out for that reason alone.


So far on the list, I’ve been talking about the islands and lands that you’ll be sailing from, and this one isn’t any different. Islamorada does have a magical feel to it once you’re exploring it, full of adventure and discovery, it’s hard not wanting to stay.


Sailing from that dock though is some of the nicest people on the planet, if you want some true insider and local advice, you can ask any one of them and they’ll give you a straight answer, that is of course unless you’re talking to someone that’s going to hang out at a certain spot, in which case they’re probably going to keep it close to their chest.


St. Petersburg


Halfway into this, we’ve now gotten into the good stuff. If you’re looking for the absolute best places to sail, then these are your guys.


St. Petersburg is one of if not the most enduring and entertaining offshore experiences any sailor and his family can have. You will have a good time out on the water guaranteed, because this water is as calm as the atmosphere surrounding the boat.


Also, if you don’t have a boat or a yacht or anything, then no worries, all you have to do is look up any of the 140 companies ready to rent out to you. Each yacht or boat full of luxury and efficiency in their style, they’ll get you to where you need to be going.


The sunsets also need to be addressed. On the water, on your fancy high tech boat, you’ll be sitting their calm as a cucumber staring at probably one of the most beautiful sights known to man. A Florida sunset at one of the best spots to be, St. Petersburg. It’s something you can’t miss, and if you’re not a local, a once in a lifetime moment that you can’t miss. The sunsets here are something that can’t in itself be described, you have to see it for yourself.




Stuart as you’ve probably not heard in your day-to-day life, is prepared for any scenario you could face and deal with it in the most efficient manner possible, all while giving you a charming smile that exudes calm. They’ve seen everything and can handle anything because they are the boat ride tour guides that you signed up for.


Stuart is famous for its boat rides, you can sign up for one from the many available time slots, from the many companies willing to give them out, all at varying prices. You’ll be expertly guided throughout the Atlantic Ocean, relaxed as you don’t have to lift a finger for anything, just sitting back and taking in the sights that are being offered.


For the more daring of those though, you can go on your own, bringing your own boat, or renting one to go out and look around. The waters, like a lot of other places in Florida, are calm and ready to go, if you know how to sail, you’re not going to have any trouble here from the waves.


Fort Lauderdale


There is 300 miles of waterways for you to explore Fort Lauderdale, the amazing location rich with history that you could uncover on your relaxing self-made cruise. Fort Lauderdale is known as the Venice of America for an amazing reason, the history, the architecture, and the art surrounding everything is almost overwhelming to some visitors.


This world of water is perfect for you and the family to escape too. Something that you should keep in mind though is that Fort Lauderdale can get pretty darn crowded.


There are 50,000 resident yachts that your gonna have to get around to set sail, and then try to avoid them so you can enjoy your vacation. It shouldn’t be too hard though, as I said there is 300 miles for you to explore, it’s very likely that there won’t be anyone around for miles if you find the right place.


So, you should visit for the rich history, and stay for the sailing at Fort Lauderdale, it’s a trip just waiting to happen, all you have to do is get to it.


St. Augustine


This one is a personal favorite of mine, it’s a place that I’ve visited many times in my life and it is still just jam packed full of culture and art. You can walk around the history filled town and never get bored, you can visit the haunted hotel on main street, or visit the stores full of shells that each tell a story.


There’s famous lemonade and candies that you can snack on as you walk around, and amazing restaurants to compliment them after your long day out on the ocean. The night life can also be pretty exciting from what I’ve seen of it, great drinks and fun to be had all around.


The boating part of St. Augustine is not lacking the slightest either. There is places that you can buy a yacht around every corner, there’s also a place to rent one on every street as well, you don’t have to worry about transportation, they’ve got it covered.


The water and nature that you’re going to be seeing is also spectacular. The water here is also a little rougher than the others on this list, but that’s okay, it gives a sense of adventure to anyone who sails on it. The boating clubs are pretty exclusive in town, but it shouldn’t be too much of hassle to get into one if you wanted to, all you need to do is give a few of them a call and find out the requirements you’re going to need.


All around St. Augustine deserves to be visited, it has things that I don’t know how I lived without. Great weather, amazing food, beautiful sights to see, and new things to learn everyday just to make your life interesting.




Pensacola is as south as you are going to get in America, it is right on the bottom of Florida, and that means oceans as far as thy can see. Sugar white sand on every beach just makes you feel like you’re in a movie when you walk on it, it’s kind of like a dream. You can stare at the water from the beach or on a boat all day, the emerald green is as mesmerizing as a chest full of gold, its slaty water spraying you is a life changing experience.


Something that may interest you to know about Pensacola is its strange lack of theme parks. Now, you may or may not like theme parks so that why I bring it up. If you do like theme parks, so much so that you want to enjoy theme along with your boating, then some of the others on this list might be right for you.


If you don’t enjoy the theme park scene, then this might just be the place for you. It’s not nearly as expensive as some of the more exotic or theme filled areas are. The prices are lower because of that, making it a cheaper vacation for you and the family to enjoy, it gives you a plethora of more options to explore rather than being limited to a theme park.


The boating scene on the other hand compensates for the lack of roller coasters. There is even more ocean, more boats, more tours, more rentals, more everything. I have been talking about the boating scene from every one of the amazing places on this list, but Pensacola is tied for my personal top spot, it has everything you could need as a sailor.


You’re going to have the time of your life sailing about of the green ocean and the sugar white beaches, its sailing off into the sunset come to life.


Palm Beach


I said in the Pensacola section that my personal top spot is tied between it and another location, Palm Beach is that location. It goes above and beyond what any sailor is going to need, it not only gives you everything you could possibly need, it’s also going to give you more.


You can go Blue Heron Fishing at the Riviera Beach, or go black dog sport fishing at Jupiter, or go on a Delray Yacht Cruise around Delray Beach.


You can spend all day cruising on the calm waters of the Intracoastal Waterway being hand delivered to you. You can see every sight that you would want to see and enjoy every kind of food that you could want aboard your own private yacht, it’s a dream come true.


You and the family can have a blast making memories on the high seas as you captain your ship, looking for fish, trying to relax under the ocean blue sky, or playing games on the deck. The positive energy and fun that Palm beach radiates some of the most amazing adventures you haven’t yet explored. You just need to pick a spot to visit at Palm Beach and explore to your hearts content, making the memories on a vacation from your dreams on your yacht and checking in with your accountancy office to make sure you can afford this luxury.


Best Places in the World to take a Yacht

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A lot of people spend their free time watching the screening or gaming. These are generally indoor games, and they lead to a sedentary lifestyle. A sedentary lifestyle can be very bad for your health, and you should think about the best ways of spending time in a healthy and fun-filled way. As a matter of fact, medical conditions such as obesity have been blamed for cases of obesity.

One of the best past-time activities is yachting. It is not only a fun-filled activity, but it is also a way of helping you connect and bond with nature. With yachting, you are going to play with the waters, and you are going to play with the wind. You will be leaving the noise in towns and cities to a life of tranquility and peace. In addition to that, it will be a time of relaxation, reflection, and meditation.

With yachting, you are going to feel satisfied. Along the way, you are going to gain confidence and you will learn to maneuver around difficult situations, strong winds for instance. Moreover, you can invite your friends for a yachting experience.

This article is going to guide you on the best places for a yacht.

Best Places for a Yacht

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a Gold Coast gem, could as well be stated as the gem capital of the world. Florida is known for its sunny beaches and hundreds of sunny days. There has been a lot of accumulated investing in yachting in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, thereby leading to a very strong community on the sport. The city boasts of 100 marinas. There are many businesses which are dedicated to the construction and maintenance of the yachts. There are charter and yacht events services.

The International Boat Show, Fort Lauderdale, is an annual event which attracts a lot of visitors every year. The event is known for its unique experiences. For example, participants are able to showcase the latest yachts. The event attracts a lot of visitors and leaves behind memorable experiences.

Many homes in Fort Lauderdale, are built with contractors having in mind that the home owner could have a yacht. Many homes in this area provide water access which plays an important role in enhancing a yachting experience. Again, a lot of homes in the area are just a few minutes from the scenic open ocean, and this gives the locals a yachting experience that they cannot get anywhere else.

Greek Isles

Holiday makers will tell you that Greece is a popular destination and has been for many years. There are a lot of islands in Greece, some inhabited, and some uninhabited. There is no better way to experience the Greek Island than hiring a yacht. Doing so will give you the unique experience to beauty as well as a taste of ancient civilization and ancient history.

Through yachting in Greece, you are going to experience beautiful Greek sunrise, and beautiful Greek sunset. In addition to that, Greece offers one of a kind target of tourists- people who like reading, scholarship, and civilization. Here, a tourist package can as well be an opportunity for learning. There is nothing as good as a scholar visiting places that Aristotle and Plato lived, and the places that form the foundation of the Western education.

The following are unique yachting destinations in Greece:

Hydra: This is not a highly populated area and it is a sight of many historical events and many historical personalities. The bays in this area are suitable for anchoring. Therefore, you can step out from the water and experience delicious Greek cuisine and go back to your solace for more relaxation.

Ithaca: Ithaca is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Known for its unique climate, it has a natural harbor. Therefore, you can easily reach the Greek mainland. Ithaca is the home of Odysseus, the mythical character created by Homer. Today, Ithaca is as well as the home of inspiration.

Sykros: Sykros can be a very popular choice in a yacht itinerary. It is a beautiful island located at Cyclades Islands. Here you can experience the forest, and you can experience the rocky mountain, all of them from your yacht. There are some times of the year when travelling here can be very cheap. The tourist companies know the best time for incentives.

Crete: If there would be a beauty contest in Greece, it would definitely be won by Crete. This is not only a popular Greek destination, but you are going to have a memorable experience. People who have visited Crete consider themselves fortunate, and the yachting experience is one of the most unique experiences.

With that discussed, you need to consider a yachting experience in Greece. Greece is a relatively stable and safe country, and it is definitely worth a visit.

Ibiza, Spain

Ibiza is known for being a party place, and nights out are the order of the day. It is therefore a perfect town for relaxation and unwinding. Beyond famous clubs such as Privilege Ibiza, Ibiza is known for unique places such as Cala Comte beach. Being the gem of the Mediterranean Sea, you are going to have an amazing experience.

One of the best ways of exploring Ibiza is through renting a yacht. At Ibiza, you can rent a yacht in a very easy way, you just need to peruse through the tour websites. With a yatcht at Ibiza, you are going to enjoy a lovely bay and unique beaches. The history of Ibiza, is, in itself, a cultural experience. The crystal clear waters are accompanied by a stunning coastline.

Yacht companies in Ibiza have a lot to offer, and you are going to have a lot to choose from. You might, however, be required to rent a yacht for the whole week, rather than every day, but it is definitely worth it.

Taupo New Zealand

New Zealand is a unique tourist destinations and one of the best countries for adventure. A look at the scenery will tell you how great the country is, and many tourists dream of going there. If you are planning to make a trip to the country, consider setting aside at least two weeks for an optimal experience. The good thing with the country is that it is a safe, outward-loong, and friendly country.

The Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings stands out in the country, and it is only accessible by either a boat or a yacht. If you make this yachting option, you are going to breathe in a fresh water bay and a stone carving. Lake Taupo is located on the North Island, and if you are travelling from Auckland to Wellington, you can as well pass by in the area. If you want to experience the rock carvings in Taupo, you can consider a romantic sunset cruise and look for the elusive parrotlet, and this is an experience that you will never forget.

The Yacht Week, Croatia

The Yacht Week is a 7 day yachting challenge in Croatia. The experience includes a Hide Out Festival. Participants can either choose ordinary access or VIP access. There are massive performances in the 7 day event, and these include popular DJs from all over the world. In this unique yachting vacation, visitors are going to breathe in natural bays, scenic beaches, beautiful islands, and the unique Croatian coast.

This year’s yacht week in Croatia starts in June, and one can sign up from the website If you do not have cash right up, sign up now, and start paying in installments. You just need to contact the management team, and they will, in deed, offer you flexibility.

South Africa

South Africa has recorded an increasing number of yacht cruises and is a unique tourist destination. This is part and parcel of the Red Sea Routed. In connection to this, South Africa offers many natural reserves which make it a unique tourist destination.

One of the most reliable websites to check out in South Africa is However, bear in mind that South Africa faces some challenges in the issue of security, and therefore, consult a tour company on the places that you should avoid.

Factors to Consider When Hiring a Yacht Company

Renting a yacht can run into thousands of dollars, and therefore, you do not want to make the wrong decision. It is advisable that you start looking for a yacht provider for your yacht vacation months before the scheduled trips. This is going to give you enough space and time for your consideration of the yacht. Moreover, you can solve any problem that might arise, early enough.

The most important thing to consider when renting a yacht is the budget at your disposal. As stated earlier, yachting can be an expensive affair, and in some cases, you are going to go as far as you can afford. Renting a yacht will depend on the number of days for the trip as well as the number of visitors in your planned yacht vacation.

Safety on a yacht vacation is an important factor to consider. For example, cruises in Europe experience cases of refugee boats, pirates, political instability, and political unrest. The coast of North and East Africa can be vulnerable to safety issues. This is because of the effect of the Arab Spring and the pirates from Somalia. In such cases, the yachting company should be in a position to make an informed prediction of the safety circumstances and make the relevant action.

Lastly, when renting a yacht, be sure to check if there are any hidden charges for your trip. If you do not ask about this beforehand, you could be slapped with a high bill after your trip, and you may not afford it.

Factors to Consider When Buying a Yacht

The market has a lot to offer in yachts or yachting. Buying a yacht can be a very daunting task. You can get a lot of information on the same, but that does not in any way mean that the information given is correct and relevant. Some consider buying a yacht the second biggest decision following buying a house.

The first thing to consider when buying a yacht is the quality of the yacht. You do not want to buy a low quality product only to regret later. Second, think about the design of the yacht. In your yachting experience, you will need a well-designed yacht. Consequently, matters of aesthetics cannot be under-estimated. Bear in mind that you will be inviting your friends, and you want to show-case the best.

When you are buying a yacht, think about the time of re-selling, just in case you need to resell it. For example, it is prudent to buy a brand which others want to identify themselves with. In such a case, then, you are going to find a buyer in the event that you decide to dispose your product for whichever reason.

When buying a yacht, think about how easy it is for you to handle it. Buying a complex product could mean that you are going to be in need of someone who is experienced on a yacht, and this is going to be expensive. Buying a yacht is already an expensive affair, and you do not want to buy a product that you are going to keep idle.

Lastly, when you are buying a yacht, follow what your heart tells you. Remember that buying a boat is a very emotional experience, and you are going to develop a strong attachment to the yacht. The most important thing is to evaluate why you are buying the boat, and have a very clear plan on what you are going to do with it. In the end, the type of yacht that you buy should be your ultimate decision.


There is something which is calming and satisfying about a yacht in the waters. Travelling by a yacht captures a very great imagination, and it is something that you should prepare yourself for. Consider the above yachting option, and you are going to have an optimal experience.