The stunning Horizon Yachts 132, LADY LEILA, is the latest addition to the Boatbookings Super Yacht of the Week! With two master suites, expansive entertaining areas and every water toy under the sun, there is no better choice for your Christmas and winter getaway in Florida and the Bahamas.
After our recent publication on this years annual Miami International Boat Show, the thought of chartering around Florida and exploring the Keys got us really excited. If you have never been to the sunshine state, there is much more to it than all-you-can-eat buffet restaurants and theme parks. Florida is home to the wonderful Florida Keys, Everglades National Park as well as some of the finest beaches, so there is something for everyone. When it comes to chartering a yacht in Florida, you have two great choices. You can choose between a relaxing day out with your family or a sport fishing trip and chance your arm at catching a huge Marlin!
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Florida offers a superb array of charter yachts to meet all of your needs, from luxury motor yachts and yachts specializing in deep-sea fishing to event yachts for corporate entertainment. In particular, the fantastic beaches of Miami and the coral reefs found off Biscayne Bay and the Florida Keys are extremely popular with charter guests.
Known for its miles of sandy beaches, which are perfect for soaking up the sun, Miami is one of the biggest tourist destinations in the world. Miami is also an easy starting point for charters that are headed through the Florida Keys and towards the Bahamas.
South Beach provides arguably the best example of the Miami experience. South Beach (nicknamed SoBe) is renowned for the fantastic beaches, nightclubs, restaurants and boutique hotels that line Ocean Drive. It is the place to be seen and the place to do people spotting. The Art Deco District hosts many popular events including the Sony Ericsson Masters Tennis, the South Beach Wine & Food Festival and Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.
Bill Baggs State Park, which is found on the southern end of Key Biscayne, is definitely worth a visit. The park provides the perfect area for sunbathing and swimming, and is home to the famous Cape Florida lighthouse. Built in 1825, the lighthouse is the oldest standing structure in Miami-Dade County. If you aren’t in the mood for swimming, sunbathing, exploring historical sites, shopping or people-watching, you could always play a round of golf at the Miami Beach Golf Club.
The Florida Keys is an island archipelago beginning about 15 miles south of Miami. Formed by exposed portions of an ancient coral reef, the Keys extend from the southern tip of Florida toward the Gulf of Mexico. They are famed for their stunning coral reefs which make them one of the most biodiverse areas in the world.
The area is part of the Florida Reef, the third largest coral barrier reef system in the world after the Great Barrier Reef and Belize Barrier Reef, and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Biscayne National Park, which preserves Biscayne Bay and its offshore barrier reefs, includes Elliott Key and provides some of the best scuba diving areas in the United States. Elliott Key and the nearby Key Largo (two of the northernmost keys) offer crystal clear waters, fantastic for snorkelling and scuba diving.
Boca Chica (one of the southernmost islands) is also a fantastic point for scuba diving. Here you will find the remains of a a Second World War US Army supply ship called the Almirante, which is now home to a vast collection of tropical fish. Other popular tourist attractions in the keys include swimming with dolphins, sport fishing, and a variety of other water sports.
The city of Key West, which is the southernmost city in the continental United States, is home to 32% of the entire population of the Keys. The majority of tourists visit this city for the stunning beaches such as Smathers Beach, which is lined with coconut trees. Key West also boasts an Art & History Museum, the Audubon Tropical Gardens, and the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum, which was designated as a US National Historic Landmark in 1968.
One of our favorite yachts available for charter in Florida is BIONDA, a Numarine 78 with accommodation for 9 guests. BIONDA is perfect for charters with family or friends. She has a good collection of tenders and toys that includes scuba-diving equipment, snorkeling equipment and fishing gear.