Celebrate Thanksgiving in Miami!

Thanksgiving is the perfect time to reunite with friends and family, and with the holiday season in full swing why not celebrate in style with a private luxury yacht trip for the day in Miami?

Cruise around Miami’s intercoastal waters, taking advantage of the uninterrupted views of the city’s Skyline or venture along South Beach as you soak up the sun, dive straight into the water and share some refreshing drinks before tucking into a delightful Thanksgiving meal. Take a look at our Miami Day Charter Itinerary for some more ideas of what you could get up to!

Boatbookings has a great selection of Miami Day Charter Yachts that are available for hire – we can organise your day so all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the festivities! Send us an enquiry or email charter@boatbookings.com to get in touch.

Miami Biscayne National Park: The Underwater Treasure Chest of History, Colour and Buried Secrets

Biscayne National Park holds a myriad of mysteries, secrets and natural wonders; ranging from jaw-dropping scenery to vast coral reefs, alive and bustling with a full spectrum of tropical fish and other aquatic wildlife- there is a lot more to see than meets the eye!

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Biscayne Bay

Biscayne National Park is one of the largest marine parks in the National Park system. Comprised of 95% water as well as a portion of the third largest coral reef in the world, this National Park is almost exclusively accessible by boat. If you really want to see why Biscayne is so widely renowned, you’ll need to get below the surface to really experience this treasure chest of history, nature and an unforgettable display of colour.

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The Secrets Beneath the Surface

The human history of this immense body of water and scattering of islands dates back almost 10,000 years, to the very first Native American settlements and Caribbean societies. Buried amongst the bejeweled coral reefs many meters under the water, or nestled safely within the timeless, emerald forests and twisting maze of mangroves, the history of humanity is embedded into the nature of Biscayne Bay, swallowed up, but not forgotten. Biscayne Bay holds the key to a myriad of secrets, and it’s up to us to find the clues and piece together the puzzle of life.

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Boca Chita Key

During the 17th and 18th Century, Biscayne Bay was the centre of operations for a notoriously revered pirate: Black Caesar. The name of Black Caesar resonates throughout history; being the subject of many myths and tales, it is said that Black Caesar had used Elliott Key and Old Rhodes Key as bases for buried treasure that had been seized from North American ships and trade ships of other nationalities. The evidence of major conflicts is laid-bare on the bottom of the ocean in the form of shipwrecks, cannonballs and various other relics, preserved over time, that have been gracefully absorbed into the natural world and transformed into beautifully established, perfectly functioning vibrant coral reefs, alive with a myriad of flashing colours.

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The Sunken Wreck of Erl King, 1891

Biscayne National Park has something to offer for everyone; from lovers of history, to those who become captivated by the wonders of the natural world, to those who become captivated by the warmth of the sun and the sparkling, golden sand. The Maritime Heritage Trail, preserved carefully by the park rangers, paints an illustration of human history through various nautical skeletons and ancient infrastructure, such as the Fowey Rocks Lighthouse, which was built in 1878. This trail is only accessible via boat, so if you want to travel through history then get in touch with us about Miami Day Charters!

What some may see as the biggest attraction of Biscayne National Park can be found absolutely everywhere; under every rock, hidden in every nook and cranny; on land, in the sea and even in the sky… This is referring to the vast range of wildlife that inhabits Biscayne Bay, from the smallest insect to possibly the largest crocodile you will ever see, Biscayne Bay is home to a surprisingly wide variety of animals.

American Flamingo

For SCUBA divers, there is an endless list of sealife to be found beneath the surface; ranging from Turtles, Seahorses, Angelfish and Scorpionfish to a myriad of Shark species (including Great White) and the more friendly Dolphins– if you’re lucky you may even bump into a peaceful Manatee, which is a protected species in this National Park, but everywhere you look there’ll be something waiting to catch your eye!

For twitchers (bird watchers to the layman), Biscayne National Park offers an enchanting assortment of bird species; from your Common Loon, to the American Flamingo, to the rather self-descriptive Greater Yellowlegs, to name a few. On land, there is a spectrum of reptiles, butterflies and insects for you to search for, as well as native rodents such as the Key Largo cotton mouse.

Kayaking through the Mangroves

Biscayne National Park is perfect for fishermen, photographers, artists, explorers, sunbathers – you can see where this list is going, but most importantly, this secluded island surrounded by a plethora of buried secrets is only accessible by boat. Imagine yourself waking up in the morning on board your own private yacht, stepping out onto the sundeck and enjoying your morning coffee with this tropical paradise as your back garden for the day- it can’t get much better than that!

If, after reading this blog, you’re itching to go on an excursion to see for yourself the breathtaking sights and menagerie of wildlife, we can help you, just drop us a message and we will sort you out with a personalised itinerary.

Miami: Prepare your Tastebuds for a Culture Shock!

Miami offers a myriad of dining options, ranging from the cheap and cheerful coconut stalls and authentic Spanish gelato vendors all the way up to the top-star, fine dining restaurant experience. Miami, rippling with endless culture, never ceases to keep originality in the foreground, as illustrated by such restaurants as SuViche– a Japanese, Peruvian fusion. It’s difficult to even imagine such an unlikely pairing, but, in true Miami style, they’ve nailed it. At SuViche you can enjoy either lunch or dinner tapas-style dishes such as Tiradito, and with 3 locations across the city (Wynwood, Brickell and Miami Beach), there’s no excuse not to stop by!

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Tiradito- a speciality dish by Su Viche

Miami is renowned for its alligators, and, whether you like them or not, a restaurant called Kush offers you the chance to bite back- in true Miami style. Kush’s menu consists of alligator bites and alligator tacos- but don’t worry- you’ll also find some tasty, alligator-free burgers if you’re not feeling up to it! But, for those of you who may be interested in munching down on an alligator, apparently it tastes like a mixture of chicken and turkey! Kush is located in Wynwood, which is definitely worth a visit!

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The interior of Kush

Another notable restaurant to look out for in Miami is NaiYaRa– a fusion of Thai, Japanese and other Far Eastern street food. This restaurant offers a vast range of high-quality seafood; even flying in rare fish and delicacies from all over the world! NaiYaRa offers original takes on some familiar dishes, for example a Salmon Taco, topped with spicy mayonnaise, avocado and truffle oil.

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A Sushi Donut from NaiYaRa

Wynwood is the place to be for foodies, instagrammers and even coffee-enthusiasts. Panther Coffee, located in the Wynwood Art District, is well-renowned for -you guessed it- coffee! Panther boasts the freshest coffee around; who would say no to daily roasted coffee beans, providing that fresh, full flavour that just resonates with all of your senses? From the farm, to the table- this coffee house is simply a must for those who know what a good cuppa joe should taste like!

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Panther Coffee

If you are up for trying new foods and embracing different cultures, then you would love a trip to Miami! Why not take it one step further and have a look into Miami yacht charter?

MIPCOM, Martin and Miami

This weeks luxury trends highlight the hottest event in the French Riviera this week, MIPCOM. Head down to Cannes to experience the festivities, with the port brimming and the Palais full of advertising excitement. Also discover how Aston Martin are expanding into luxury residences, so you can now experience your favourite brand on land, sea and in property! If you are heading to Fort Lauderdale, and you need a break from the hustle and bustle then head for a cooking class followed by some fancy cocktails.

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Unforgettable Florida – Our Managing Director’s Account

Capucine, Managing Director at Boatbookings.com has just returned from an unforgettable trip to Fort Lauderdale. Apart from welcoming our wonderful new US Charter Director Allison Cecilio, she also re-discovered what makes the Floridian coastline the enchanting holiday and charter destination it is. This blog is her account of three key moments that made her fall back in love with Florida!

1. Alligator spotting tour in the Everglades.

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A little bit of drama here as we were skimming in an airboat over the sawgrass swampland, having seen a number of alligators, and our airboat broke down! Now I’m not shy when it comes to an adventure but having been told these six foot alligators could jump three times their length a slight nervousness came about…

Luckily the rescue boat arrived quickly and we all made it back to base! I couldn’t help but think this wouldn’t have happened on a luxury yacht charter, but an incredible experience. With around 1.5 million crocodiles in Florida it’s a must-do trip!

2. Visiting Port Everglades

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One of the largest cruise ship ports in the world, I counted no less than 8 large cruise ships in the port, each one taller than every building around. Quite a spectacular sight! I couldn’t help but think that a cruise is the perfect opportunity to arrive in port and enjoy a private and thoroughly relaxing day out on the sea. Whether you head down to Miami or just enjoy the sights and sounds of Florida a day boat rental allows you to do all this and escape the crowds.

3. The variety on offer!

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Whilst sat in my hotel, I look outside my window to see quite an awe-inspiring sight. It was motor yacht TATS, one of my favourites by Alloy Yachts launched in 2009. Although I was impressed by the yacht, what was most impressive was its proximity to the coast! Fort Lauderdale is America’s own Venice with over 165 miles of navigable intracoastal waterway, meaning you can spend days enjoying the wonderful climate and friendly atmosphere with the option of heading out and enjoying the privacy of the ocean as and when you feel like it! A truly unforgettable vacation experience on offer here.

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Another personal highlight was visiting the newly re-fitted VICTORIA DEL MAR II. A stunning yacht with elegant beach house styling and ample space for al fresco dining for 12 on the expansive sun-deck. The great news is she’s available for charter in Florida and the Bahamas at the moment, and will be heading to the glorious French Riviera for the summer. An option I cannot recommend highly enough!

For more information on chartering in Fort Lauderdale and on the Florida coastline, contact our expert broker team today.

Charter a yacht to Nikki Beach in Miami

If you’re still seeking sun, glamour and hedonism then charter a yacht to Nikki Beach this Autumn. Nestled along the Atlantic coast, Nikki Beach is well established as one of the coolest beach clubs around – Miami’s ultimate party playground for celebrities and VIPs.

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The club regularly attracts the biggest names in dance music, and puts on exclusive catwalk events should you want a taste of Miami’s renowned fashion scene. In the day, enjoy full food and VIP bottle service in their cabanas and lounge beds while soaking up the South Beach sun. At night, the club lives up to its notoriously raucous reputation – expect table dancing, magnums and models!

Nikki Beach is all about style, so why not charter our Luxury Motor Yacht Marquis 40 SC? You and your friends will turn heads when stepping off this sleek yet spacious, beautifully built boat. Accommodating up to 4 guests in 2 cabins, she is perfect for day or weekend charters. If it’s more than just partying that you’re after, she is an extremely fast and comfortable vessel to explore Florida’s coastline – from Fort Lauderdale to the Florida Keys this part of the world has something for everyone.

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Nikki Beach has expanded since its birth in 1998 to include the hottest of destinations: Mexico, Ibiza, Koh Samui, Mallorca, Marbella, Phuket, St Barths and St Tropez. Want to visit one of the Nikki Beach destinations? We can organise a yacht charter to get you there.clearance

Our Top Picks for Miami Restaurants and Beach Clubs on Your Yacht Charter

Are you considering a Miami yacht charter? Not only do we know the yachts to choose and best places to see by boat, we also can invite you to try our top picks of restaurants and beach clubs to end your day or to visit while you’re in town; you don’t have to check them all out on the same day as your charter.

Yachts in port at Miami South Beach
Yachts in port at Miami South Beach
Miami and the Keys Cuisine
Try the Famous Key Lime Pie!

The Miami ‘Floribbean’ cuisine brings together flavours from Florida and the Caribbean sea, creating a unique fusion of flavours. Try the famous Key Lime Pie at LoKal or Sweetness Bakeshop that originates from the Florida Keys and uses the local limes, or stop off at the long-standing Joe’s Stone Crab restaurant to sample some of the best crab claws around if you want a taste of traditions.

Or if you fancy somewhere young and lively, check out Nikki Beach Miami along Ocean Drive, and maybe stop off at Ocean’s Ten on your way for some impressive cocktails that you aren’t likely to forget any time soon.

See all of our top restaurants and beach clubs here.