Thinking About Your First Yacht Charter Vacation?

By Michelle G. | July 13, 2023

Wanna Escape? Here’s what you need to know before planning your yacht charter vacation.

Google has been great for allowing us to research possible vacations but the sheer magnitude of the information makes it difficult to plan a successful yacht charter. A private yacht charter is all about YOU having that unique, personalized adventure. There are so many options!

Imagine sailing among the rich and famous off the Amalfi Coast or discovering secluded beaches and harbors in the Virgin Islands with your own private crew. If you desire staying closer to home, you can explore the big city feel of Miami and the laid back, unspoiled charm of the Florida Keys all in one charter. Or take in the rich history on the Northeast coast of the U.S. while enjoying charming coastal towns, great seafood and natural beauty.

With a cruise you choose a destination and a stateroom and you are all set. However, chartering a yacht requires the help of an expert. A yacht charter broker will do the legwork to help you find the ideal location with the perfect yacht to match your personal desires. There are literally thousands of yachts available worldwide and a broker can help you narrow down your options. We gather key information from you: dates and duration of travel, number of guests, destination choice as well as specific activities desired and sites you may want to visit during the charter. We can even match you with a chef that matches your culinary wishes and a Crew that will be a great fit. We ensure that by the time you board the yacht, your food, beverage and charter interests have been coordinated with the Crew.

If you haven’t chosen a specific destination yet, a broker can help you narrow down your options. The British Virgin Islands is an ideal location for first-time charterers. These gorgeous islands are known as Nature’s Little Secret. They offer calm conditions and you will never lose site of land. This is especially good for those who are nervous about motion sickness. These islands also have great beaches bars, diving and sites to visit such as the famous Baths.

The Exumas offer shallow, clear blue waters and great marine life like sharks, swimming pigs and iguanas. St. Martin and St. Barts are good for those wanting to be part of the “scene”. St. Barts is chic and great for couples whereas St. Martin has more variety and can also be a great location for families. The Western Mediterranean – French Riviera, Corsica, Sardinia, Amalfi Coast and Sicily are known for shopping, dining, nightlife, views, villages, culture and nature. The Eastern Mediterranean – Croatia, Greece and Turkey are great for history, culture, nature, water sports and beauty.

While a crewed yacht charter is the ultimate in luxury, you can also choose to “bareboat” if you have an experienced sailor or powerboat operator. You are responsible for operating the yacht and any damage that may happen. If you aren’t familiar with the area this can be a challenge. You also have the option of just hiring a skipper to navigate the area or you can do a charter that offers sailing instruction. All yachts offer different water toys and some may offer scuba diving from the yacht or can arrange rendezvous diving. Others may offer meditation, yoga or other exercise options. The choices are nearly endless.

Contact a yacht charter broker today and start planning your escape!