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Yacht Charter Miami

On a Miami yacht charter with Borrow a Boat you can explore South Florida, Florida Keys and Bahamas within an easy sail. From big game fishing boat rental to a snorkeling and sailing expedition over the beautiful seas, a Miami sailing holiday is going to be an unforgettable experience.

Playground of the rich and famous, Miami has a lot going for it from the perspective of a sailing holiday here. With its fantastic beaches to its coral reefs, and miles of all types of waterways nearby, there is something for everyone who wants to get on the water here.

Whether a day charter, or exploring the Keys on a longer sailing trip, Borrow a Boat can probably offer you just what you want. Virtually any vessel from speed boats, luxury yacht charter, fishing boats, sailing yachts to catamaran charter are all available. From these as platforms you can snorkel over a coral reef, take paddle boards out to cruise Biscayne Bay or just relax at a beach bar and watch the world go by. A Miami yacht charter vacation has everything short of polar exploration!

For those who don't know how to sail you can get a day charter sailing experience or you can simply arrange a crewed luxury yacht charter and allow someone else to take care of you. If you can sail, you can arrange a bareboat yacht charter and go your own way. Whatever you want from a Miami yacht charter vacation, the world is very much your oyster.

Explore Miami By Renting A Yacht

There are three essential playgrounds for the water sports enthusiast - Biscayne Bay, the Florida Keys to the south and the Bahamas to the east. The Everglades are to the west of Miami but we won't cover them here.

Biscayne Bay is a fantastic water sports playground. Everyone from sport yacht sailors to superyacht cruisers and yes, fishing boat users are out here, feeling the year round sun and the general vibe around Miami. Just inland is the intracoastal waterway that is a maze of rivers and canals that you can enjoy in almost any direction from Downtown Miami.

Directly to the south and leading in a curve west into the Gulf of Mexico are the Florida Keys. Key Largo and Key West are famous among these as places to seriously chill, and perhaps see the odd celebrity hiding from the world. These are coral islands and you will have ample opportunity to snorkel, dive, fish, swim and paddle board - or just watch it all happen from your luxury yacht!

Out to the east are the Bahamas. An independent country from the United States these islands are another great playground. Sport fishing is a major pasttime here, as are nearly every water sports imaginable. Cruising here on your yacht charter vacation will allow you to forget the world at home and just enjoy being alive!

From a day trip out on Biscayne Bay or up the intracoastal waterways, to a longer trek out to the islands nearby, there is plenty to choose from on a Miami yacht rental.

How To Get To Miami

Miami International Airport

Served by airlines from all over the world, Miami International Airport is the regional hub for onward travel to the Caribbean, Bahamas, and south Florida. You can take a bus or taxi to the marina from where your yacht charter will start.

Marinas In Miami

As you can imagine, there are a very large number of marinas in Miami. Here are five of the largest.

Dinner Key Marina:

In Coconut Grove, Dinner Key Marina is Miami's largest yacht charter hub with charter company offering crewed and bareboat charter sailing catamaran charter, sailboat charter, luxury yacht charter, motor yacht rental, sport yacht and speed boats.

Berth Characteristics:

582 berths (225 moorings)

Max Length 12m (40 Feet)

Max Draught 2.4m (8 Feet)

List of additional services: Shore power, water, WiFi, shower/WC, launderette, garbage disposal, cash machine, currency exchange, gym, supermarket, restaurant.

Miami Beach Marina:

This large marina is also a yacht charter hub with charter companies offering crewed and bareboat charter sailingcatamaran charter, sailing yacht, sport yacht, luxury yacht rental, speed boats and motor yacht rental.

Berth Characteristics:

400 berths

Max Length 76.2m (250 Feet)

Max Draught 3.6 m (12 Feet)

List of additional services: Shore power, water, WiFi, shower/WC, launderette, garbage disposal, cash machine, currency exchange, supermarket, restaurant.

Bill Bird Marina:

This is one of many smaller marinas that still act as a yacht charter base with charter companies offering crewed and bareboat charter sailing catamaran, sailing yacht, luxury yacht, fishing boat, speed boats and motor yacht rental.

Berth Characteristics:

152 berths

Max Length 36.5m (120 Feet)

Max Draught 2.6m (8.5 Feet)

List of additional services: Shore power, water, WiFi, shower/WC, launderette, garbage disposal, cash machine, currency exchange, supermarket, restaurant

Miamarina:

Right in Downtown Miami, this smaller marina is a yacht charter base with charter companies offering crewed and bareboat charter sailing catamaran, sailing yacht, luxury yacht, fishing boat, speed boats and motor yacht rental.

Berth Characteristics:

130 berths

Max Length 45.7m (150 Feet)

Max Draught 3.3m (11 Feet)

List of additional services: Shore power, water, WiFi, shower/WC, launderette, garbage disposal, cash machine, currency exchange, supermarket, restaurant

Pelican Bay Marina:

In nearby North Bay Village, this smaller marina is a yacht charter base with charter companies offering crewed and bareboat charter sailing catamaran, sailing yacht, luxury yacht, fishing boat, speed boats and motor yacht rental.

Berth Characteristics:

120 berths

Max Length 50m (164 Feet)

Max Draught 3m (9.8 Feet)

List of additional services: Shore power, water, WiFi, shower/WC, launderette, garbage disposal, cash machine, currency exchange, supermarket, restaurant

Suggested Sailing Routes From Miami

So, what do you want from a Miami yacht charter? Serious chill on a sandy beach? Snorkeling or scuba diving on a protected coral reef off your charter yacht? Catching big game? A boat rental out of Miami can mean all these and more!

8 Days - Luxury Yacht Charter - Florida Keys: With Key West your destination on day 7 you spend the first day at sea hanging out on Biscayne Bay. Key Largo on Day 3 is a chance to go diving on the artificial reefs - the largest such in the world. Islamorada and the 'Village of Keys' will be day 4, and then onward to Hawks Cay Resort on Ducks Key for day 5 where you can enjoy the facilities to the max. Newfound Harbor is your next destination with some unique marine and coral life that will utterly entrance you. Key West with its escapist vibe, amazing bars and restaurants will be your next night afloat, and then return to Miami for handover.

7 Days Upper Florida Keys Family Trip: This trip will mean more time ashore/in the sea and less big sailing time (unless you want to!). Out of your Miami marina you will sail out to Biscayne Bay for the first day afloat. Enjoy the vibe and water sports. Hang out and snorkel at Elliot Key the next day and then head out to Pumpkin Key for the evening. Little Grecian Rock Reef for the next morning's swimming and snorkeling where you will find Christ of the Abyss under the sea. Off to Key Largo for the evening. Day 4 takes you to the family friendly Windley Key to enjoy the theatre and nearby dolphin research center. Northeast on a gentle sail to Marina del Mar the next day, and then back to Biscayne Bay for some more fun. Handover the next day.

Best Times To Hire A Yacht In Miami

Unlike Europe, the sailing season in the this part of the world runs from November to May - perfect for a dose of winter sun. The NE Trades are settled and you will encounter weather between 25-35 degrees C.

Within this period, March and April after the winter northerlies have passed are cooler yet the sailing is just as fun as the rest of the year.

For those who want to try something a little outside their comfort zone, August and September are said to be the very best sailing months of all.

There's a problem with this - many yacht charter fleets will not be in the area thanks to hurricane season that runs between July and November. If booked and a hurricane is on its way your holiday will be cancelled. There is no minimising the danger of being in the region in a hurricane - there is no high ground and with the general trend for ever fiercer storms, it is not an experience to even risk being around for.

The Climate

North East Trade Winds: These are regular and can get up to F6 at times, but steady and predictable.

FAQs:

What should I consider when hiring a Yacht or Boat?

The main points to consider are what is your budget, have you got the necessary sailing experience and qualifications to manage the boat if it's not going to have a skipper, whom you are taking sailing, where exactly you wish to go and what will the weather be like on the proposed dates of your trip.

What are the Marinas in Miami?

Being one of the world's greatest waterborne playgrounds, Miami has more than a dozen marinas in or near the city. Amongst them are Dinner Key Marina in Coconut Grove (582 berths for yachts up to 40'), Miami Beach Marina (400 berths up to 250') and in Downtown Miami, Miamarina (130 berths for boats up to 150').

When are the best times to hire a boat in Miami?

Miami is in the northern Tropics and this means blissful trade winds and comfortable temperatures year round. The cooler part of the year from November to May is better for yacht charters simply because the hurricane season coincides with the hotter and wetter part of the year. As ever, if serious chill is the name of the game, then come out outside of school holidays.

Do you have to pay a deposit when hiring a Yacht in Miami?

You will typically pay 50% up front on booking the yacht hire and the balance on arrival. You will either pay a security deposit with your credit card on departure or can get insurance covering damage in advance. In some cases (such as the recent Covid situation) charter companies may be more flexible but this depends on the individual charter companies themselves.

What happens if my Yacht breaks down?

If you are at sea and in danger, call MAYDAY on VHF Ch16 or ring the coast guard on your phone if you have reception. If you have a mechanical fault and can make it to or are on a mooring you will be able to phone a help line number given by the boat charter company.

What should I think of before I hire a Yacht or Boat in Miami?

You should consider do you have the experience to handle the yacht charter or boat hire before you book and where do you want to go along with what the weather will be like. Dress for warm weather but do have something for tropical rains - light but waterproof.

What Qualifications Do I need to hire a boat or yacht?

If you want to sail without a skipper then you will need relevant qualifications like RYA Day Skipper/International Certificate of Competence (ICC)/ASA 104 Bareboat certificate or the US Sailing Certificate. For small 'day boats' or if you choose to have a skipper on board your yacht charter you typically don't require licences.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I consider when hiring a Yacht or Boat?

The main points to consider are what is your budget, have you got the necessary sailing experience and qualifications to manage the boat if it's not going to have a skipper, whom you are taking sailing, where exactly you wish to go and what will the weather be like on the proposed dates of your trip.