The pandemic has changed the way we live and how we travel, and in America families are choosing a luxury yacht charter close to home to protect their bubble without compromising on quality or the adventure.
The United States is fortunate in having some absolutely spectacular and unique destinations along its coastline, from the breath-taking array of colours at the end of the New England summer to the permanent vibrant blues down in the Bahamas.
Cleanliness and hygiene standards have always been meticulous aboard luxury yachts, making this kind of holiday one of the safest: You choose who comes aboard, supplies can be left on the dock so that there’s no human-to-human contact whatsoever, and your itinerary can be one that heads to the best water sports locations and local natural wonders without ever needing to venture into town. Continue reading to find out why a charter yacht holiday is the best option in summer 2020.
The Sunshine State is best known for its film starts and spectacular beaches lined with beach bars and clubs that will take the party long into the night, however aboard your own luxury yacht you can host your own private party, and the larger superyachts will even have DJ setups, karaoke and dance floors. Shop and avoid contact with the world by having your good delivered to the dock, just in time for you to cruise off into the sunset with plenty of treats on board. The Florida Keys archipelago has some choice locations to fish for lobster and other succulent sea life to be prepared by your expert on board chef, and before dinner you can kayak or paddle board through mangroves or soak up the sunshine on a secluded beach or on your on board sun loungers.
Cruise north west to find pristine white sand beaches among the Ten Thousand Islands nature reserve or the magnificent ivory shores stretching for more than 10 kilometres along Keewaydin Island. If you think that there are still too many people around, you can cruise farther north to Cayo Costa State Park, which boasts ‘nine miles of beach and nine acres of forest’.
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The shallow waters of the Bahamas are ideal for families with young children, and just a short cruise from the Florida Keys you’re already in paradise amongst the Bimini Islands. Snorkel over the unusual Bimini Road, considered to be a part of the lost city of Atlantis, or Scuba among the reefs and wrecks to encounter rays, sea turtles, dolphins and much more. Romantics can walk along the pink sands of Harbour Beach or find their own private shores for dinner and dancing by candlelight before another day of water sports, relaxation and exploration of the hiking trails through forests.to spot colourful parrots and other native birds.
At the farthest ends of the Bahamas you will find the wildest, most isolated isles like Mayaguana and Inagua – perfect for fishing, bird watching and taking life at your own pace. San Salvador is an excellent stop on the way for Scuba divers, who have more than 50 mesmerising sites to choose from. A Bahamas itinerary can be as varied as the interests of those on board – read our Bahamas charter reviews to find out why previous guests love the experience.
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Whether you’re planning a family break a getaway for just the girls or boys, or a spectacular celebration, the variety on offer among the US Virgin Islands will fulfil your every wish. Active guests have no end of sports on land and in the sea to choose from: Zipline in St. Thomas, hike and go horseback riding, windsurf, jet ski and Scuba dive at one of 60 sites and have close encounters with sea lions, reef sharks, sea turtles and rays as well as myriad colourful fish. Shop duty free for luxury goods and mementos, then head to the beautiful white sands of Coki Beach, Trunk Bay and beyond. These enchanting locations are idyllic for memorable weddings and honeymoons, or as one of just many gorgeous stops as you travel through the islands.
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The captivating sun-kissed coasts of Mexico are ready to entice guests year-round with perfect weather and lush tropical forest fringed by soft white sands and glassy blue waters. The sea barely conceals its treasure trove of thriving reefs and the numerous species that call them home, and the rocky coastline makes for stunning vistas to wake up to when you drop anchor in a nearby bay. Music, revelry and flavoursome cuisine are strong cultural influences just waiting for you to experience in settlements along the coast.
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Of the whole New England region, Maine is arguably the most well-known and its name conjures up images of lighthouses against stormy coasts and covered bridges surrounded by primary-coloured leaves. While this is true (and photographers will want to come prepared with their best lenses), the state also has fantastic lobster fishing, kelp meadows worth Scuba diving, gorgeous parks and arts and brewery trails that also take in the rich history of the region. In winter, this is also a fantastic destination for winter sports and to find out how maple syrup is made at the local factories.
If you’re looking for endless sands, Nantucket Island and the Martha’s Vineyard island have beaches stretching for miles, although there are plenty of other locations to make your own for water sports and unwinding in the sunshine. If you decide to charter later in the year, there are luxury yachts that have fireplaces on board inside and out for ambience, but all have air conditioning throughout for guest comfort.
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Those who have a love for the active outdoor lifestyle and raw power of nature will be in their element on a luxury yacht charter through Alaska, where you can do white-water rafting and canyoning, and kayak along the coast at Glacier Bay National Park and listen to the crackling of the glaciers as seals and bald eagles pass you by. Brown bears and sea otters are also likely sightings during your cruise past places such as the Katmai National Park, and if you go by explorer yacht then you’re likely to be bringing a large collection of amazing water toys with you. To the far west the Bering Land Bridge Nature Preserve is an almost alien environment of lava flows and hot springs in tundra – a land for explorer looking for a complete detox from city life.