Sailing Holidays

Sailing Holidays in Florida Keys

Sheltered by the only coral reef in the USA, the Florida Keys offer splendid sailing conditions year round.

Often called "America's Caribbean Islands" the Keys are warmed by the Gulf Stream, a swift flowing river in the ocean. The Florida Keys are known for their spectacular coral reefs, excellent marina facilities and quiet restful anchorages.

With its extensive system of canals, Fort Lauderdale is sometimes called the Venice of America. It is an ideal location for your Florida yacht charter, with the exciting sights and sounds of South Beach Miami just a day sail away. Stretching beyond that is the natural beauty of the famous Florida Keys and Key West.

The islands of the Florida Keys run south from Miami and are connected by bridges carrying Highway 1 to Key West. Sail down-island along Hawk Channel or Florida Bay on "the inside". At the southernmost end, is the historic seafaring town of Key West, laid-back and friendly. Walk the beach and watch a beautiful sunset or check out the Old Town at Key West, with restaurants, Hemingway's haunts and the famous nightly sunset celebration at Mallory Square.

Charter from Fort Lauderdale and sail into the peaceful serenity of the Florida Keys, over 125 miles of islands warmed by the Gulf Stream. The first island is Key Largo which offers some of the finest diving and snorkelling in the Florida Keys. One of the main attractions in Key Largo is the John Pennekamp State Park. Islamorada, just south of Key Largo, is known for its world-class sport fishing. Marathon Key is known as the heart of the Florida Keys and offers many relaxing. Big Pine Key and the Lower Florida Keys are as kicked back as it gets here. Boating and diving are the number one attractions.

Winds are light to moderate and temperatures rarely drop below 20oC. Best time to come is December through June, but any time the weather is great for sailing.

Experience level 1.

 

DAY 1 : Provision in the morning board and depart by 2:00 PM Sail to Miami (18NM) and spend the night at Dinner Key Marina, Bay Side Marina, Miami Beach Marina or anchor in “No Name Harbor” at the southern tip of Key Biscayne. If staying at anchor at No Name Harbor be sure to take time the next morning to check out the nature trails, visit a top 10 beach in the USA and climb the historic Cape Florida Light House
DAY 2 : Depart from the Miami area and sail south down Biscayne Bay, anchor on the inside of Elliott Key (Swim, Snorkel, Beach). Spend the afternoon there and then sail a little further south to spend the night behind Pumpkin Key. (17NM)
DAY 3 : Sail out through Angel Fish Creek to Hawk’s Channel. Sail to Little Grecian Rock Reef. This is where you will find the Christ of Abyss Statue under water. The statue’s spread arms seem to welcome you to the reefs of the Florida Keys. After a great day on the reef, sail to Key Largo and pull into  Marina Del Mar (26NM). 
DAY 4 : Sail southwest in Hawks Channel to Hen’s and Chickens Reef, a very shallow reef, great for kids and conditions are always calmer than the outer reef. After lunch, sail the short distance to Post Card Marina at Holiday Isle Resort (12 – 14NM) where you will find a great beach, watersports and wonderful restaurants. The Theatre Of The Sea is very close by and has performances for the family or a longer cab ride can take you to the Florida Keys Dolphin Research Center, where you can swim with the dolphins. 
DAY 5 : Depart Holiday Isle early and sail the short distance to Indian Key. Pick up a mooring ball at the Indian Key Anchorage. Historic Indian Key is a small island and a state park. There are no services on the island other than ruins from an early 1800’s settlement and a self guided tour explaining the rich history of the Wrecker’s who settled on the island and were overrun by the native Indians.  After a short visit, sail northeast on the outside of the reef allowing the Gulfstream to help you along. If you are making good time you can always stop at one of the many reefs along the way as they all have recreational day mooring balls open to the public. Sail all the way back up to Rodriguez Key (21 – 24 NM)
DAY 6 : Full day sail on the outside up to Government Cut and into Miami or Old Biscayne Channel and into Upper Biscayne Bay. Sailing with the Gulf Stream will make for a very fast sail. Keep your eyes open for wildlife such as sea turtles, flying fish, and dolphin. Once you get to Upper Biscayne Bay or the Miami area (48 – 55 NM) choose from the many marinas, moorings, and anchorages to spend the night. 
DAY 7 : Sail on the outside up to Port Everglades and back to marina. (18NM)

Charters from Fort Lauderdale can  start and finish any day (minimum 5 nights), giving you total flexibility over your holiday dates.

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Yacht charter rates are shown WITHOUT flights giving you the flexibility to book your own flights.

If you want a flight-inclusive holiday Nautilus Yachting is a fully bonded ATOL tour operator and can book flights from the UK to fit your sailing holiday. Choose from a wide choice of airlines - we are not tied to any particular airline. All flight-inclusive holidays are fully bonded for your financial protection under our ATOL 3016. Airport transfers can also be pre-arranged.

FLIGHTS TO MIAMI:
British Airways and Virgin Atlantic have direct flights to Miami. 

 

Whether you are an experienced sailor or setting foot on a yacht for the first time, we can offer you a holiday afloat to suit you. Experience Level 1 are suitable for less experienced crews and Experience Level 3 are more suited for the experts.    

This takes into account the wind strength, tidal range and currents, distances between stops and ease of mooring. Of course even experts may choose to sail in Level 1 areas as they still offer stunning scenery and great sailing.

Experience Level 1: BVI, Bahamas, Florida Keys

Generally light winds Force 2-4, line of sight navigation, shorter sailing distances under 20nm. You will be Day Skipper standard having sailed at least 1 week or 100nm as skipper

Experience Level 2: Antigua, St Martin, St Lucia, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Grenada, St Vincent, Belize

Stronger winds up to Force 3-5 with some longer passages up to 30nm. You will be Day Skipper standard having sailed at least 2 weeks or 200nm as skipper

Experience Level 3: Cuba. One way itineraries, eg Antigua to St Martin, St Lucia to Grenadines

Stronger winds up to Force 4-7 which can lead to bigger seas on long passages between the islands. You will be Coastal Skipper standard with experience to a higher level having sailed at least 4 weeks or 400nm as skipper.

To charter a yacht bareboat or on flotilla you should be Day Skipper standard and be assisted by at least one competent crew.

At present you need an RYA Day Skipper qualification or RYA International Certificate of Competence (ICC) for charters in Croatia, Montenegro, Mallorca, Tenerife and Malta.

The RYA ICC will be ever more required by overseas port authorities but if you have skipper experience it is easily obtained in a day from RYA sailing schools in the UK such as Hamilton Sailing or Brixham Sea School 

Yacht charter rates are shown WITHOUT flights giving you the flexibility to book your own flights.

If you want a flight-inclusive holiday Nautilus Yachting is a fully bonded ATOL tour operator and can book flights from the UK to fit your sailing holiday. Choose from a wide choice of airlines - we are not tied to any particular airline. All flight-inclusive holidays are fully bonded for your financial protection under our ATOL 3016. Airport transfers can also be pre-arranged.

FLIGHTS TO MIAMI:
British Airways and Virgin Atlantic have direct flights to Miami. 

 

Miami Beach Marina is in the heart of South Beach, just a crab claw's throw away from Joe's Stone Crab Restaurant, the oldest eatery on Miami Beach (est. 1913), famous for it's delicious stone crabs and seafood. 


At Marathon the Hawks Cay Dolphin Connections team will not only help you and your family learn all you need to know about dolphins, but also help you get up close and personal with these lovable creatures. Once in a life-time opportunity to splash with the dolphins!

Everyone gathers for the never planned, always varied Sunset Celebration on the Key West's Mallory Dock. Once the sun is safely tucked away by jugglers, mimes, musicians and street artists, the city moves to a different beat. A night beat. The streets, filled with sidewalk cafes , open-air bars, legendary pubs and world-class restaurants come alive. Gourmets and gourmands alike treat their palates to island specialities. 

"Excellent service as always. Yacht was almost brand new and in tip top condition - base staff very helpful and chart briefing was most informative. Non Such Bay was very tranquil and relaxing."
Antigua 2014 - J.H.

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