The Best Private Yacht Vacations In the United StatesJuly 31, 2017
Memorable private yacht vacations don’t need to be had in international waters. In fact, the United States has some of the most iconic yachting routes in the world. These destinations are nothing to squawk at and certainly deserve a spot on your next yacht vacation itinerary.
The best way to visit Miami is by boat. The melting pot of America is the stuff that private yacht vacations are made of – good food, killer atmosphere, year-round warm weather, pristine beaches and active nightlife. Miami is also a gateway to South Florida with Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach and the Florida Keys all within boating or driving distance. Tip: all three of these cities are great places for boaters.
Long Island, New York
After a brutal winter the people of New York are itching to get their boats out on the water. Hemlock Cove is a popular place for locals to relax. When you are done there you can take a stroll down the Long Island Sound and even jump on land for some hiking at Cedar Beach. In the summer gather the kids up on the boat deck to watch the firework shows, or dock up for some waterfront dining. You’ve got plenty of options in Long Island.
“The City on the Hill” actually has a lot of activities for boaters, especially if you have children with you. We recommend trying out a series of islands as each has something differ to offer private yacht vacationers. Spectacle Island is the biggest, Lovells Island is ideal for families who want to swim and Bumpkin Island is the place for relaxation. The sights from each location can’t be beat as the Boston skyline sits as your backdrop. Also, if the season is right, a trip to Massachusetts on your yacht wouldn’t be complete without a stop at Martha’s Vineyard in Cape Cod.
Key West, Florida
Yes, Florida is on this list twice (the state just screams boaters paradise). The best pictures of Florida include palm trees and beaches – and this pretty much sums up Key West. In Key West you can plan day trips to Wisteria Island and Dry Tortugas National Park. Lionfish hunting is popular in the area and you can also head out to the Florida Straits for some of the best fishing in the southern hemisphere.
San Francisco, California
There isn’t much you can’t do when cruising in California. We think that San Francisco has some of the best backdrops, but Los Angeles and San Diego are also ideal boating destinations (especially for families). In San Francisco try windsurfing and tubing and kick back and relax down the Petaluma or Sacramento River. The wine in this part of the country is great so be sure to steal yourself a glass (or two).
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Myrtle Beach is a seaside escape for families. There are plenty of options for fishing, swimming and dinning on the waterfront. Scuba diving is also popular if the season is right. Be sure to take the family to Pawley’s Island, just 25 minutes south, for a day trip that includes a little bit of history and, of course, ice cream.