Miami remains one of the most popular vacation destinations in the United States. It is a city that has it all, from incredible fusion cuisine and fresh seafood, a heady mix of cultures and art, that wonderful art deco architecture, and pulsating nightlife. But for many, the main lure of Miami is the salt water. The azure waters of the Atlantic lap the powder-soft sands of the Miami beaches – and not far away, the Caribbean beckons.
It is the lure of these two bodies of water that call to those who want to enjoy boating and yachting off the shores of this vibrant city. But it is also the wonderful marinas that are available that make taking to the water such a pleasure.
There is Coconut Grove Marina with its 582 berths and fabulous opportunities to simply relax and take in the ambiance of the city. Those in the know head to Monty’s Raw Bar for the fabulous cocktails, great Stone Crab, and the ever-popular happy hour. The resident Coconut Grove Sailing Club is the place to arrange a charter or to literally learn the ropes and master the art of yachting.
Head South along the aptly named South Beach and one finds Miami Beach Marina with its 400 slips. A heady mix of boats available for charter and ultra-luxurious yachts are moored while their owners (and crew) enjoy the hospitality of venues such as ‘Texas De Brazil’ to enjoy the Brazillian style menu. Carnivores are right at home with favorites such as the Filet Mignon or the Lamb Picanha. Lastly, but definitely not least there’s MiaMarina at Bayside with its 130 slips. For those who want to enjoy some retail therapy, the neighboring Bayside Marketplace is perfect, offering numerous dining destinations, entertainment venues and a huge variety of retail brands for the avid shopper.
For those who want to enjoy the luxury, privacy, and exclusivity that is part and parcel of the boating And yachting scene in Miami there are numerous charter companies that offer everything from sport yachts, party vessels, motor yachts, and luxury sportfishing boats for those who want to explore the rich waters off the Miami coast. The port of Miami is also a favorite starting point for those who wish to venture further and explore the Caribbean islands or the wonders of the Keys.
In short, whether you own your watercraft, or want to charter one, Miami has a yachting or boating solution that will satisfy even the most demanding of saltwater lovers. So next time you feel the need to explore, or simply relax in one of the most fascinating cities in the U.S. – head for Miami.